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 01, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-06-01-12

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 White Seabass Island bite slows down, although plenty of Coastal Tankers are still being caught, provided you're willing to put in the time for them. A few huge Yellowtail are mixed in with the Tanker Seabass too, that is not a common occurrence locally? The Coronado Islands and Rockpile down south have heated back up, with Yellowtail counts in the high 30's and fish to 44 pounds. Still a few fish being caught at Catalina, with a few schools spotted at San Clemente Island as well as Santa Barbara Island. Recently the Barracuda show up one day and are gone the next, both in Santa Monica Bay and Long Beach, and now they are back again, with many boats catching limits on Wednesday out of Long Beach.

The excitement level increased when word spread that the First Bluefin Tuna of the year was caught by Danny Lynch on the multi day trip over the Holiday weekend on the Sea Adventure 80, some 95 miles south of Point Loma on a cedar plug trolling:

They also caught a few Yellowtail on the three day trip:

Speaking of Bluefin Tuna, the Royal Star on the way back from Alijos Rocks found some schools of biting Bluefin Tuna to 106 pounds, average size was 75 pounds:

All of the multi-day trips that ran over the Holiday weekend found Mother Wind a big annoyance, preventing any further offshore exploring. My trip on the Aztec out of Seaforth Landing, a 2.5 day trip, spent the morning of the first day searching for Yellowtail in Ensenada Bay. We saw some, but they didn't want to play. Of course on Sunday they bit, while we ventured south to San Martin Island, waking up to 30 knot winds and 53 degree dirty water. Saturday afternoon was spent hammering the Lingcod to 14 pounds, along with some Reds and other Rockfish. Sunday was spent attempting to salvage the day with Whitefish and Sheephead; however, they didn't want to play either. We did spend several hours fishing deep water Rockfish for about 50 Reds and a few more Lingcod. Saturday's Jackpot Lingcod caught by me:

Sunday's Jackpot Lingcod, twins?

The Charter Boat Dreamer caught limits of White Seabass on Monday, 05-28-12. The Mardiosa managed 2 White Seabass, 1 Halibut, 18 Calico Bass, 7 Sheephead and 6 Sargo on Monday, 05-28-12, and then on Thursday, 05-31-12, caught 5 White Seabass, 1 Halibut, and 25 Calico Bass.

Private boater Scott caught this 44 pound White Seabass out of Oceanside:

Angler Odium fished on the Pacific Star out of Pierpoint Landing on a 3 day trip returning Monday, 05-28-12, and caught lots of fish. Some pictures:

Odium with some big Lingcod:

Jimmy with a Lingcod:

Lingcod city:

Sheephead at Santa Barbara Island:

Day 3-Halibut at San Clemente Island:

Tamara with a Lingcod:

Angler Angel with a big Lingcod:

The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 19 Yellowtail on Monday, 05-27-12, pictures courtesy of angler Ryan:

The Voyager ran a multi-day trip over the weekend to San Martin and other points south returning Monday, 05-28-12 with 60 Whitefish, 60 Rockfish, 112 Lingcod and 32 Red Snapper.

Private boater Barry fished on Monday, 05-27-12 locally with friends and caught these White Seabass:

Private boater Tommy and friends with White Seabass:

Charter Master Tim on Seasons Sport fishing found the local Tanker Seabass on the chew:

Although the best Bass fishing has been found mostly in the evenings, both the Matt Walsh and Sport King caught over 100 Calico Bass on their day trips on Thursday, 05-31-12. There has also been a sprinkling of Barracuda being caught on the Twilight runs.

Twilight fishing: The Native Sun fished on Monday, 05-28-12, and caught 34 Sand Bass, 11 Barracuda, 1 Rockfish and 36 Sculpin. The Enterprise fished on Monday, 05-28-12, and caught 83 Sand Bass, 21 Barracuda, 1 Sheephead and 7 Sculpin. The Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf ran a trip on Wednesday, 05-30-12, and caught 9 Calico Bass, 21 Sand Bass, 1 Whitefish, 9 Rockfish and 4 Sculpin.

In Santa Monica Bay
The ¾ day boat Tradition was off line this week.

The 1/2 day boat Redondo ran a trip on Thursday, 05-31-12 and caught 2 Halibut, 2 Calico Bass and 14 Barracuda.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 1 Sand Bass, 36 Barracuda and 225 Rockfish on their Thursday, 05-31-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Spitfire caught 18 Calico Bass, 4 Sand Bass, 62 Barracuda and 2 Sheephead on their Thursday, 05-31-12 trip.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Private boater John fished with his friend on Wednesday afternoon, 05-30-12 out of Newport and caught this PB 56 pound White Seabass:

The ¾ day boat Sum Fun ran a trip on Tuesday, 05-29-12 and caught 106 Calico Bass, 3 Sand Bass, 29 Sheephead, 1 Whitefish and 2 Rockfish.

The ½ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing ran a trip on Thursday, 05-31-12 and caught 1 Halibut, 67 Calico Bass, 40 Sand Bass, 93 Barracuda, 4 Rockfish and 8 Sculpin.

The 3/4 day boat Freelance out of Davey's Locker found a variety of fish on the chew on their Wednesday, 05-30-12, trip, catching 2 Calico Bass, 7 Sand Bass, 105 Barracuda, 135 Sculpin and 200 Sand Dab.

Private boater Dean fished with his two friends on Wednesday afternoon, 05-30-12 out of Newport and each caught huge White Seabass:

Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Tim fished on Tuesday, 05-29-12 locally out of Newport Beach. They missed on the White Seabass; however, Tim made his day with this 30 pound Halibut:

What a week for private boater Beta out of Long Beach caught his personal best White Seabass and Yellowtail this week:

Beta with a 65+ pound White Seabass:

His fishing buddy Dean caught a small 50 pounder:

Private boater Beta out of Long Beach caught his personal best Yellowtail locally, 43.7 pounds. Some pictures:

The Enterprise fished on Wednesday, 05-30-12, as 40 anglers caught 28 Sand Bass, 193 Barracuda and 200 Sculpin (limits). The City of Long Beach had 8 anglers catch 80 Barracuda (limits), on Wednesday, 05-30-12.

The ¾ day boat Sport King out of LA Harbor fished on Thursday, 05-31-12, as 15 anglers caught 112 Calico Bass, 150 Barracuda (limits), 5 Rockfish and 3 Sculpin.

The 1/2 day boat Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 05-27-12 and caught 64 Barracuda and 1 Sculpin. Angler Byran provided the following pictures for their trip:

The 1/2 day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor ran a trip on Thursday, 05-31-12, and caught 120 Calico Bass and 11 Barracuda.

The ¾ day boat Victory out of Pierpoint landing fished on Wednesday, 05-30-12 and caught 28 Calico Bass, 68 Barracuda, 40 Rockfish and 80 Sculpin.

Private boater Lal fished with friend Japan Ron on Monday, 05-28-12 out of Long Beach. The Calico Bass were on the chew, while they looked for Barracuda. They also caught a Lingcod. Pictures:

Lal just called and gave me an on the water report and the Barracuda fishing off the charts, today Friday.

The Islands
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Private boater Pat fished the Island on Monday, 05-28-12 with family and caught a nice variety of fish. They targeted White Seabass with live squid and didn't get any. Some pictures:

The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Tuesday, 05-28-12, with 35 anglers catching 10 Calico Bass, 15 Sheephead, 9 Whitefish, 60 Bocaccio, 114 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin, 36 Perch and 27 Red Snapper.

San Clemente Island!
The Toronado ran to the Island on Sunday, 05-20-12 and caught 1 White Seabass, 15 Calico Bass, 20 Sheephead, 25 Whitefish, 150 Rockfish and 1 Lingcod.
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Monday, 05-28-12 with 27 anglers catching 42 Calico Bass, 28 Sheephead, 4 Sculpin and 83 Perch.
The Thunderbird ran to the Island on Monday, 05-28-12 and caught 1 White Seabass, 35 Calico Bass, 5 Sheephead and 25 Perch.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!Private boater Nicolai fished the Coronado Islands on Monday, 05-28-12 with friends and caught these Yellowtail:

The Mission Belle headed out on Wednesday, 05-30-12, and caught 26 Yellowtail, 2 Calico Bass, 40 Barracuda, 2 Rockfish and 2 Sculpin.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 14 Yellowtail, 20 Barracuda and 32 Rockfish on their trip on Tuesday, 05-29-12.

Yellowtail in Ensenada on Sunday, 05-27-12:

Captain Louie with some Yellowtail caught Sunday, 05-27-12:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for Saturday looks to be decent, and even better on Sunday Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,

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