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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August 08, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-08-08-14

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.

So far it has been and continues to be an unbelievable season for Tuna and Tails, so close to shore, and everywhere in between. The Long Beach and Newport Beach boats have had to make longer runs to find the Tuna, yet they are still producing too. Unfortunately the Tuna are no longer in 1/2 day range up north, yet near the border the fish remain close.

In the San Diego area, where boats are fishing near the border, they have found numerous schools of Yellowfin Tuna and occasionally are running into some very large Bluefin Tuna to 115 pounds just north of the border.

Although a few Dorado are being caught on most trips, I expect a lot more Dorado will arrive later in August and remain through September?

As far as below the border goes the Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail fishing remains wide open, with sensational counts found on ¾ day boats, one day boats and longer trips! Even the extended half day pm trips on the Dolphin have produced some outstanding results.

The Yellowtail bite at Catalina Island has been really going off lately, with some Bonito being caught. However a good many Yellowtail are under five pounds and should be released to fight again next year!

A few Bonito are being caught in Santa Monica Bay as well as off San Pedro and Long Beach.

The weekend boat pressure did not put the hex on the Tuna fishing this week, although the frantic pace of easy limits turned into a full working day to fill up the sacks, with so many boats sharing the area.

I fished on the Condor on a 2.5 day trip that fished Sat. and Sunday. Since we could see land off and on during the trip, we were not very far offshore? How cool it is for the boat operators to not spend so much money on fuel on recent trips. We straddled the border and scratched out 101 Yellowfin Tuna on Saturday, with not one single troll fish? How weird?

Sunday was a whole different day, although Saturday and Sunday both contained Monsoonal conditions, with high humidity, off and on rain and a deep marine layer. On Sunday morning we ran across some big Bluefin Tuna. We hooked 25 and ended up catching only 8 to over 90 pounds. Too many folks were using light gear and waved goodbye to their fish shortly after hook up! Unfortunately I never got bit with the heavier gear.

We caught 35+ trolling fish on Sunday as compared to zero on Saturday? We finished off trip limits by early afternoon and again went looking for big blue, with no luck in hooking any, although we ran over several schools. I finished the trip with double US limits!

Some pictures:

Two of the Yellowfin Tuna I caught early:

Here is "Junior", ok Cole with the jackpot winning first day Yellowfin Tuna, a little over 20 pounds:

Angler Tommy with a nice Tuna:

A 70 pound Bluefin Tuna

This one looked to be 90+

Roger with a big Bluefin Tuna:

An 80 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Condor Tuesday, 08-04-14:

Crew Miguel with a big Bluefin on the Condor:

A few Barracuda being caught daily by the ½ day boats out of San Pedro and Long Beach. Bass fishing is way down right now, and the annual spawn looks to have been cancelled? A crazy year.

The Channel Islands boats continue to catch White Seabass and big Halibut, what a year they are having?

The Excel scores three Opah to 181 pounds on a single stop on their latest trip:

Just off Catalina Island a Marlin is hooked by angler Steve on Saturday, 08-02-14 for Balboa Angling Club's first tag and release of the year:

Some slug Bluefin Tuna caught off the Fortune, Thursday, 08-07-14:

Big Bluefin Tuna caught on the Pacific Dawn over the weekend:

A couple of great reports out of Dana Wharf Landing!

Private boater Alex and friends with a dandy Do Do and Tuna caught south of Dana Point:

25 pound Bluefin Tuna caught fishing on the Dana Pride:

Happy anglers with Tuna caught off the Malihini on their Tuesday trip, 08-05-14:

Mission Belle scores 74 Yellowfin Tuna, Wed., 08-06-14:

Sea Adventure 80 with a 115 pound Bluefin to go with all the other 270+ Tuna caught on their recent 2.5 day trip.

Pam with a Dorado and Danny with a 40 pound Bluefin Tuna:

The San Diego caught 61 Yellowfin Tuna on their Thursday, 08-07-14 trip:

The Thunderbird out of Dana Wharf with 200 Tuna, on a three day trip that returned, 08-04-14:

The T-Bird caught 46 Yellowfin Tuna, 9 Bluefin Tuna, and 37 Yellowtail on their trip that returned Thurs.-08-07-14:

Good fishing off the Tribute on Monday, 08-04-14:

Great Tuna fishing on the Freedom:

Twilight fishing out of Long Beach on the Liberty, Saturday, 08-02-14 with 27 Sand Bass and a bunch of Sculpin.

Another great day of White Seabass and Halibut fishing, off the Mirage, a 2 day trip that returned Tuesday, 08-05-14:

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:

White Seabass and Halibut still being caught on the Pacific Islander on Saturday, 08-02-14:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Sport King, Pursuit, Native Sun and Victory have all caught plenty of Yellowtail on their trips to the island this week:

The ¾ day boat Enterprise out of Long Beach scores 62 Yellowtail on Thursday, 08-07-14:

San Clemente Island!

No recent reports besides good Calico Bass fishing.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Good fishing on the Dolphin, Saturday, 08-02-14 and more good fishing throughout the week:

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing puts the wood to the big Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin:

Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters found the Tanker White Seabass on the chew to go with another good catch on the Yellowtail and Yellowfin Tuna over the weekend and during the week:


How the dogs beat the heat:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!


The weather forecast for Friday and Saturday looks fantastic! Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

Comments (3)

RonBeach wrote 5 years ago

GREAT REPORT CORY and glad you had a fun time on
Condor with the boyz! We slayed limits again on
Tuesday and both freezers maxed again. This is
just too insane! I'm OFF until Labor Day 2.5 now!


drlingbrac wrote 5 years ago

Cory your reports are something i always check on my way out. Taking the boat down to Ensenada next weekend. Will give u updates. Thanks for your nice job

RonBeach wrote 5 years ago


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