Cory Visser

Cory Visser, of Long Beach, has been fishing for over 50 years. He has never had a boat of his own but is always there for captains who need a good crew. He is proud that he was once part of a crew that caught a Grand Slam of tuna on a one-day trip.

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January 24, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-01-24-14

by Cory Visser

Thursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
A Summary of local fishing from Santa Monica to Oceanside, including Catalina and San Clemente Islands, with fishing trips out of San Diego down to Baja, Mexico.

This was a bit of the same old, same old week of fishing activities and results, limits of Sculpin, some Bass and a few Halibut. Unfortunately the Bonito stopped biting at Catalina, nor were there any reports of Yellowtail or White Seabass being caught.

Sadly the Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands also went MIA after a several week run, and a great bite on Saturday. I can verify that the fish totally disappeared as I went out Wednesday on the ¾ day boat San Diego with a light load of only 17 anglers and we got zero Yellowtail and the Captain saw little on the sonar. Three boats caught Yellowtail to 38 pounds on Saturday and none that I know of since?

Winter Yellowtail bites tend to have a here today, gone tomorrow sort of nature, and we all hope the fish will return soon? The quality of the Yellowtail has been extraordinary, averaging 25 pounds in size.

Once again the local boats like the ¾ day Spitfire out of Marina Del Rey and the ¾ day Victory out of Long Beach plus many others did well on the Sculpin, a bunch of Sand Dabs and Perch added to the counts, while they had some success on chasing Bass later in the day. The ½ day boat Southern Cal recorded limits of Sculpin and 38 Sand Bass on one of their better trips.

A few more Halibut showed up in the counts this week, which is encouraging. A few boats are again scheduling Twilight trips on the weekend with some decent results on the mixed Bass and plenty of Sculpin.

The last remaining signs of active winter Yellowtail biting is in San Quintin, where many anglers are catching them mostly on the iron, fished Yo Yo style. In the winter the fish seem to hang nearer the bottom.

The Yellowtail bite was Red Hot at the Coronado Islands on Saturday, 01-18-14 on the ¾ day boat San Diego, as they landed 68 Yellowtail to over 30 pounds.

Private boaters Justin and Dom get in on the hot Yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands, landing 7 out of 8 hook ups:

The Fortune returned from a 2.5 day trip over the weekend and got into the Yellowtail bite at San Martin Island, and also found big Reds and Lingcod on the chew at Colonet:

The Tribute out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay had another excellent 1.5 day trip over the weekend, south of the border. They managed limits of Lingcod, big Reds and limits of Rockfish. Big Lings:

The hitch hiker Ling weighed 22 pounds attempting to eat a 7 pounder:

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:

Nice Corvina caught in the surf:

This angler fishing the ½ day boat Reel Fun had to release this big Sheephead caught Monday, 01-20-14:

Halibut fishing seems to be really improving as with this happy angler holding a 38 pounder caught off the ½ day boat Patriot:

A 10.4 pound Halibut caught off the Native Sun in their Pot of Gold Tournament which heads the leader board:

Moving into second place angler Puria with a 9.8 pound Halibut:

Private boater Shawn with a 22 pound Halibut:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Very quiet at the island right now.

San Clemente Island!

There has been some excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island, for those willing to make the long run. Private boater John with his PB Calico Bass at 9.5 pounds caught Sunday, 01-19-14:

John and his brother ended the day with over 30 Calico Bass, with several lost in the 8 to 9 pound range.

Private boaters Ryan, Nate and Kyle with excellent Calico Bass fishing at the Island:

Private boater Dave fished San Clemente Island on Tuesday, 01-21-14 with friends and they caught lots of Calico Bass to six pounds on fresh dead squid. They also had a great bite on the bigger models of Whitefish and some Sheephead all released.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Captain Jamie and Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing found the Yellowtail on the chew at the Coronado Islands over the weekend;

And of course big Lingcod:

Nice Lingcod, a big Cow Cod and lots of Reds caught over the weekend down near Colonet on the Dominator that returned from a 1.5 day trip Sunday, 01-19-14:

Private boaters on the Lucky B score well on the Reds and Lingcod south of the border:

Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels has been having great fishing on their offshore trips.

Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters did very well on the Yellowtail over the weekend out of San Quintin, as did Captain Juan and private boaters Mikey and freinds:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!


The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday is outstanding, as it looks to be a lake all weekend. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,

Comments (3)

RonBeach wrote 5 years ago

Great report Cory. ELECTRIC REEL lingcod? My god!
What next? Hilarious

Tunaslam wrote 5 years ago

No Ron, the Electric reel was used to fish Black Gil at 1500 feet.

RonBeach wrote 5 years ago

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh whew had me

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