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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June 30, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-06-27-14

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.

It was another weekend of disappointing Tuna fishing? I'm not sure of what the problem was, nor were all the accomplished Captains out there coming up with any explanations? Wind, drop in water temps, plus an early season that showed way too much, too early? Yet as the week progressed, the Tuna fishing seemed to improve, with some exciting counts on both Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. Several boats had mixed Tuna counts from 60 to 75. The Bluefin Tuna are running big with fish to 100 pounds and the Yellowfin Tuna have been as big as 55 pounds, quite surprising to have Yellowfin running this big this far north. So be sure to bring some 40 to 50 pound outfits.

Bait remains a problem, with few Sardines being located. Making Mackerel before heading for the Tuna grounds has proved rewarding, especially for hooking the big boys on heavy tackle. Throwing out an Anchovy with 25 pound test line is suicide when a 50 pound or bigger Tuna decides to bite!

A steady pick at the Islands, as fishing for Yellowtail and White Seabass continues, as both the Channel Islands and San Clemente have kicked out good counts on both species lately. Good fishing for Huge Halibut adds to the excitement. Catalina fishing for Yellowtail picked up a little bit with an occasional White Seabass in the mix. Calico Bass fishing has also improved.

The best Barracuda fishing locally out of Long Beach and San Pedro has been in the afternoon. The ½ day boats PM runs have far out produced the AM runs. Counts exceeding 100 Barracuda have been common in the afternoon? Also the Twilight trips have picked up some nice Barracuda to go with the excellent night Bass bite. Santa Monica has also seen some excellent runs on the Barracuda recently. A nice school of Barracuda also showed up in Dana Point this week.

Daytime Bass fishing has also improved, with some nice pockets of Calico Bass to go with theSand Bass. The fish are getting ready to spawn and are loaded with eggs. The annual spawn should begin soon, as water temps as high as 70 degrees provides ideal conditions for spawning.

Fishing for Yellowtail at the Coronado Island remained steady during the week with counts as high as 27 on the Mission Belle, Thursday, 06-26-14, and the San Diego produced 20 Yellowtail with scattered counts of Barracuda, making for a fun day of fishing.

Angler Brian caught his limit of Yellowtail on the Mission Belle on Wed.-06-25-14:

A big Halibut for this lucky angler on the Belle:

The Yellowtail offshore were a better grade for the 1.5 day Eclipse trip returning Sun. -06-22-14:

Great Yellowtail fishing off the Malihini as they caught 43 Yellowtail on their Saturday trip:

The San Diego caught 78 Yellowtail on their Saturday trip, 06-21-14:

Angler Travis with a small Bluefin Tuna:

Some pictures off the Chief's 2.5 day trip that returned Sunday, 06-22-14:

The Pacific Voyager caught 48 Bluefin Tuna up to 100 pounds on their recent 2 day trip that returned on Wed.-06-25-14.

Here are anglers Mike and Wes with part of their catch:

The Patriot finds some good Rockfish on the chew:

White Seabass and Halibut, caught off the Pacific Islander, Sunday, 06-22-14:

White Seabass, caught by angler Michelle off the Mirage, Monday, 06-23-14:

Also some big Halibut on the Mirage:

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:

A 53 pound Halibut was caught on the Sea Biscuit, Sunday, 06-21-14:

The Aloha Spirit slams the White Seabass, plus some Halibut on Tuesday, 06-24-14:

A 50+ pound Halibut caught the Pacific Dawn:

They caught 26 White Seabass and more Halibut on their trip, Monday, 06-23-14:

Reds, Halibut and Lingcod off the Stardust:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Private boater Shawn with a nice catch on the Catalina Yellowtail:

The Ultra catching 11 White Seabass Saturday, 06-21-14:

San Clemente Island!

The Thunderbird scores on their Saturday, 06-21-14 trip:

On Tuesday's trip the Thunderbird scored on this 41 pound Yellowtail:

Big White Seabass on their Wed.-06-25-14 trip:

Angler's Norm and Greg catch toad Tails on the T-Bird Thursday:

White Seabass and Yellowtail off the Fury, Sunday, 06-21-14:

Good Calico Bass fishing with Charter Master Benny at the Island:

Angler Greg with a Trifecta:

Good Calico Bass fishing, some nice White Seabass and Yellowtail caught Sunday on the El Dorado:

A good day on the Freedom, Wed.-06-25-14:

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Angler with a nice Lingcod on the Dolphin, Saturday, 06-21-14:

Oh yeah and the Barracuda are biting:

How about an 8 pound Calico Bass:

A 31" school size White Seabass:

This Yellowtail was close to 50 pounds, caught on the Pacific Star:

Some big Tails caught on the 1.5 day trip over the weekend on the Eclipse:

Private boater Stephen with friends caught 8 Yellowtail on Sun. 06-21-14:

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing states the big Yellowtail are still on the chew at the Coronado Islands this week:

A surprise White Seabass off a Season's charter:

Angler Roxy with a 60 pound White Seabass:

Private boater Jr. Besara with a 62 pound White Seabass:

Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found the Yellowtail on the chew at the six fathom spot over the weekend:

And a Bluefin Tuna on the troll, Tuesday, 06-24-14:

Then on Wed.-06-25-14 both the Yellowtail and Tanker White Seabass moved in:

Saved pic

Seeing Red off a K&M Charter:



All comments and suggestions welcomed!


The weather forecast for Saturday is for good conditions both offshore and inshore, with Sunday looking to be about the same.

Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.



Comments (1)

RonBeach wrote 4 years ago

YEAHMAN...can't my eye on one of those
100lb Bluefin sooner or later. LOL. Good to see
some quality yellowtail coming over the rail too.
Dorado would be nice this weekend in addion to
more yellowfin and hopefully bluefin TOO!! See you
on Condor Thursday...ready to ROCK again! LOL

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