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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May 11, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-05-11-12

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 weekend weather was very nice, with the water temps gradually increasing daily to reach the mid 60's, and consequently the fishing continued to improve. More White Seabass were caught at Catalina and a few along the coast to a whopping sixty pounds. Yellowtail remain scarce at Catalina, however, the Calico Bass fishing is much better. More Squid were located at both Catalina and San Clemente Island. Barracuda are moving up the coast and the question is: have they finally arrived in Long Beach? There were sightings on Thursday, yet none were hooked and landed.

Private boater Ron with friend James caught their limit of White Seabass on Saturday, 05-05-12, catching huge 50 and 60 pound fish:

The Charter Boat Options caught limits of White Seabass on their last two trips to Catalina over the weekend.

A number of Private boaters also got into the Catalina White Seabass action this week.

The Yellowtail in La Jolla returned in small quantities, along with a few White Seabass!

There were some decent counts of Yellowtail found at the Coronado Islands and south of South Island during the week, with high counts of 12 Yellowtail caught, along with a smattering of log size Barracuda.

Coronado Island Yellowtail caught on the Voyager, Sunday, 05-06-12:

The arrival of Barracuda locally will most likely be the primary focus this coming week. While local fishing continues to be excellent on Rockfishing, lots of Big Bocaccio, some huge Reds and some very large Lingcod are being caught, as well as lots of Sculpin. The warmer days have also improved the local Bass fishing.

There were more good evenings of Bass fishing on the Twilight runs.

Twilight fishing: The Native Sun fished on Sunday, 05-05-12, and caught 56 Sand Bass and 7 Sculpin. The Enterprise fished on Sunday, 05-05-12, as only 11 anglers caught 40 Sand Bass and 4 Sculpin. The Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing also ran a trip on Sunday, 05-05-12, and caught 49 Sand Bass, 4 Rockfish and 9 Sculpin.

In Santa Monica Bay
The ¾ day boat Tradition ran a trip on Saturday, 05-05-12 and according Jackpot Jimmy; the light load of 11 anglers limited out on Rockfish and caught 5 Lingcod. Some pictures:

The 1/2 day boat Redondo Special ran a trip on Sunday, 05-05-12 and caught 88 Rockfish, 5 Sculpin and 2 Sole.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 305 Rockfish, 1 big Lingcod and 115 Sand Dab on their Wednesday, 05-09-12 trip.

A picture of the big Lingcod caught on the New Del Mar Wednesday:

The ¾ day boat Spitfire caught 60 Rockfish and 110 Red Snapper on their Sunday, 05-06-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
The ¾ day boat Clemente ran a trip on Wednesday, 05-09-12 and caught 35 Calico Bass, 9 Sand Bass, 2 Sheephead and 5 Rockfish.

The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Wednesday, 05-09-12 and caught 26 Calico Bass, 4 Sheephead, 42 Bocaccio, 20 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod and 5 Red Snapper.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance out of Davey's Locker found the Rockfish on the chew on their Wednesday, 05-09-12 trip, catching 10 Calico Bass, 12 Whitefish, 24 Bocaccio, 103 Rockfish, 1 Black Sea Bass released, 10 Perch and 87 Red Snapper.

Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Dat fished with his Dad on Sunday, 05-06-12 out of Long Beach. They fished in Dat's favorite Red Hole and they were on the chew. Some pictures:

The Enterprise fished on Sunday, 05-06-12, as 23 anglers caught 46 Bocaccio, (limits), 150 Rockfish, 115 Sculpin and 30 Red Snapper.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Thursday, 05-03-12, as 8 anglers caught 1 Whitefish, 16 Bocaccio, (limits), 28 Rockfish, 5 Sculpin and 45 Red Snapper.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 05-06-12 and caught 97 Rockfish, 62 Sculpin and 4 Red Snapper.

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor ran a trip on Wednesday, 05-09-12 and caught 1 Calico Bass, 18 Bocaccio, 29 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin and 11 Red Snapper.

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Charter Captain Jaime for Seasons Sport Fishing ran a trip to the Island on Saturday, 05-05-12 and caught another White Seabass.

Private boater Bob fished the Island on Saturday evening and at grey light, Sunday morning, 05-06-12, the crew of seven caught limits of White Seabass in 30 minutes, as they left them biting. Some pictures:

The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Saturday, 05-04-12, with 31 anglers catching 25 Sheephead, 95 Whitefish, 62 Bocaccio, (limits), 95 Rockfish, 4 Sculpin, 110 Perch, 2 Sargo and 25 Red Snapper.
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Monday, 05-07-12 with 11 anglers catching 94 Calico Bass, 2 Sheephead and 3 Rockfish.

San Clemente Island!
Angler Pam fished on the Sport Boat Pacific Star over the weekend and they caught a nice variety of fish, including Rockfish, Lingcod, Sheephead and Whitefish. They never made any squid and saw no exotics. Some pictures:

The Thunderbird ran to the Island on Sunday, 05-06-12 and caught 46 Sheephead, 226 Whitefish, 62 Bocaccio, 251 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod and 13 Sculpin.
The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing ran to the Island on Sunday, 05-06-12, and caught 4 Calico Bass, 76 Sheephead, 112 Whitefish, 34 Bocaccio, 246 Rockfish, 3 Lingcod, 36 Sculpin, 14 Perch, 27 Red Snapper and 2 Cabazon.
The Big Game 90 fished the Island on a 2-day trip that returned on Sunday, 05-06-12, with a couple of Yellowtail, lots of Reds, Lingcod and assorted Rockfish. Some pictures:

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Richard with a nice Halibut caught in the Surf:

The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught these Yellowtail on Sunday, 05-06-12, pictures courtesy of angler Debi:

The Tuna Jihad team won the SWYC bottom fishing tournament with a bunch of Big Bocaccio, they also caught a few nice Lingcod to 21.7 pounds, plus some big Reds: Pictures courtesy of Mike, who caught the big Lingcod:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

The weather forecast for Saturday looks excellent, and on Sunday it appears to be a bit breezy. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,

Comments (1)

tsurikichi wrote 7 years ago

Hi Cory,

Great roundup on variety and fishing venues !! You got no contributions from me as we simply didn't have anything really noteworthy !!



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