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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March 14, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-03-14-14

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.

The much anticipated annual Fred Hall show opened a week ago Wednesday. Most reports indicated the show drew decent crowds, however with fewer exhibitors this year? Not sure why, as for most of the year the economy has been improving? Generally it was considered another good show with average attendance. There was not an abundance of break through deals, yet plenty of discounts were offered on terminal tackle as well as Rods and Reels, etc. There appeared to be a much larger display of boats on hand.

If you missed the Long Beach Show, the Del Mar show starts up next week, although it is usually much smaller in size.

The Coronado Islands Yellowtail bite exploded over the weekend and into early this week. All the ¾ day boats getting in on the action with counts as high as 58 on the Mission Belle, 111 on the Malihini and 80 on the San Diego, full limits for 16 anglers on Monday,03-10-14! Some pictures from all the boats:

Mission Belle:

Angler Matt with a big Yellowtail:

How about a 31 pound Halibut caught on the Yellowtail grounds:

The San Diego caught 23 Yellowtail on their Sunday trip:

They caught 15 on their Saturday trip:

Pictures off the ¾ day boat Malihini out of H&M Landing in San Diego. They ended the day with 40 Yellowtail to 30 pounds on Sunday:

The Yellowtail continue to put on a good show in Ensenada and as far south as San Quintin, with the Yellowtail mostly being caught on the Yo Yo iron style of fishing.

The majority of the local 1/2 day and 3/4 day boats are now targeting Rockfish and Lingcod, with good results, then looking for local action on both Calico and Sand Bass, while Halibut fishing also remained upbeat.

Most private boaters found improved fishing on both species of Bass, with some great size on the local and Island Calico Bass fishery. For example Lal and friend Mark fished on Friday along the Palos Verde Coast for some excellent Calico Bass fishing, then headed toward Izor's Reef on Sunday and got into a wide open bite on the Sand Bass, releasing some 52 combined Bass to 5 pounds.

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:

The Bass fishing is getting better, here is the Jackpot Sand Bass caught off the Twilight trip on the Native Sun, Saturday, 03-08-14:

Weekend Native Sun Rockcod trip:

Private boater Dave with his son catching some local Calico Bass:

Private boater John with a nice night time Sand Bass:

Private boater Sivory with PB Calico Bass, caught Sunday, 03-09-14:

Great local fishing out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing on the Dana Pride, Tuesday. 03-11-14. Here is angler Hu who released this six pound Calico Bass:

Private boaters Sergio and Ron with Calico Bass:

Happy angler with an 18 pound Halibut:

The Mirage is back in action, Sunday, 03-09-14:

Big Lingcod caught on the Aloha Spirit, Tuesday, 03-11-14:

Angler Brandon with one of the 60 Lingcod caught on the 2-day trip on the Coral Sea over the weekend out of Oxnard:

The Pacific Islander with big Sheephead, Whitefish and Reds:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

No recent reports of post storm Bonito being caught, although the ¾ day boats are mainly concentrating on Rockfish, Bass, Sheephead and Whitefish.

Private boater Brandon who fished with his friend TY found the big Catalina Calico Bass on the chew:

The Sport King taking advantage of the good Rockcod fishing and weather:

San Clemente Island!

Private boater Brandon and his Dad with this big Calico Bass caught Sunday, 03-09-14:

The Fury gets on the Rockfish over the weekend:

The El Dorado visits the island Saturday, 03-08-14:

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Angler Scott with a big Yellowtail caught off the Sea Adventure II:

Angler Gio with a couple of Tails:

Private boater Zach and father fished the Coronado Islands on Monday, 03-10-14 and found some hungry Yellowtail:

Nice Sheephead off the Dolphin:

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing finds the big Yellowtail on the chew:

Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels with friend Angel caught Yellowtail to 32 pounds out of Ensenada on Sunday, 03-09-14:

Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found some excellent Yellowtail fishing with angler Jeff, Tuesday, 3-11-14 out of San Quintin:

Captain Juan gets in on the Tails out of San Quintin:

Private boaters Stan and Lorenzo get in on the San Quintin Yellowtail and Lingcod action on Saturday, 03-08-14:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!


The weather forecast for Saturday looks to be outstanding, while Sunday looks to be bit breezier, yet very fishable, with wind under 10 knots most of the day. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

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