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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September 21, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-09-21-12

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.

And the beat goes on, as the Offshore action remained very steady, with good scores on Yellowfin Tuna, lots of Do Dos and Tails, occasional good schools of Bluefin Tuna of which some were the tackle buster 60 to 100 pound variety, with some decent scores on Albacore. Open water jig strikes were common and the Kelp Paddy fishing could turn into a smorgasbord of all of the above species off of the one Kelp.

In the last several weeks the private boater has enjoyed great fishing down at the 1010 Trench, some 65 miles south of Point Loma. Tuna were also found at the D220 and 213 Banks. The inshore banks, Hidden, 302, 371 and 425 are still yielding mostly Rat Yellowtail and a few Dorado, yet not much in the way of any Tuna. Water temps range anywhere from the high 60's on up to 75 degrees, depending upon the area.

The Legend was one of the lucky boats to find the big bruising Bluefin Tuna, along with limits of Yellowfin Tuna. Some pictures:

The Top Gun 80 returned Monday, 09-17-12 from a whale of a 2.5 day trip with 25 anglers catching 45 Bluefin Tuna, 250 Yellowfin Tuna (full 2-day limits), 4 Albacore Tuna, 50 Yellowtail and 50 Dorado.

I was lucky enough to hitch a ride with Bill on his 26' Striper, fishing Sunday, 09-16-12. Leaving Point Loma we found the going tough, with bumpy seas and 15+ knot winds. We found some dandy Kelp Paddies, mostly holding Rat Yellowtail, and a few small Dorado as we passed the upper part of the Hidden Bank. We arrived late to the party at the 1010 Trench, 10 am, having to listen on the radio about how good the fishing was. Nevertheless, we managed to catch four Yellowfin Tuna to 25 pounds and an 18 pound Bluefin Tuna, with some big boys lost to pulled hooks. A couple of pictures:

Private boater Ed fished on his boat with friends, Sunday, 09-16-12, and they caught limits of Yellowfin Tuna to 25 pounds, a few Bluefin Tuna to 35 pounds and huge Dorado to 45 pounds, for 3 anglers, A couple of pictures:

According to angler Ted his one day trip on the Pride Monday, 09-17-12 was wide open on the Yellowfin Tuna, (limits), with a few Dorado and Yellowtail mixed in.

The Aztec, returned from a successful 1.5 day trip Monday, 09-17-12 with a great mix of fish: 9 Bluefin Tuna, 33 Yellowfin Tuna, 16 Albacore Tuna, 120 Yellowtail and 14 Dorado.

For most of the last several weeks not many kelp paddies in the US were holding fish, however this week that all changed. A number of times the Mother Load Kelp Paddy is found, as Jonathan and his wife Jenn went hunting last weekend, starting at the 277, finding little and continuing further south some 20 miles before coming across the Magic Paddy. Wow it was as good a yield on huge Dorado as I have seen reported this year, regardless of where, US or Mexican waters. They spent hours on the same Kelp Paddy, enjoying a steady bite on Big Bull Dorado to well over 30 pounds, and lots of big Hens too. They kept 10 and released more than that many. Some pictures:

Private boater Joe fished on his boat, Tuesday, 09-18-12, out of Dana Point, and caught lots of Dorado, releasing all but four, as on the way home from Catalina, he found the Magic Paddy. Some pictures:

Most of the ¾ day boats out of Newport Beach and Long Beach had long since given up on kelp paddy fishing and returned to targeting Rockfish and Sculpin, however, this week they are again running offshore, however, the results were not all that great. Here is a nice Dorado caught off the Gail Force on a 3/4 day trip:

To get in on the Tuna, it is necessary to book a 1.5 to 2 day trip out of these northern landings to reach the fish.
There has been a small snap on the Yellowtail and White Seabass at Catalina Island this week.

The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing ran a trip on Sunday, 09-16-12 and caught 3 Bluefin Tuna, 91 Yellowtail and 6 Dorado.
The Freedom out of 22nd St. Landing caught 62 Bluefin Tuna on their trip Monday, 09-17-12.

In Santa Monica the ½ day boat Redondo Special had a decent day on their Saturday, 09-5-12 pm trip catching 2 Yellowtail, 5 Calico Bass, 1 Sand Bass, 2 Sheephead, 9 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin and 11 Perch.

Out of San Pedro, the ½ day boat Monte Carlo had decent afternoon, Thursday, 09-20-12 on the Lingcod and Red Snapper, catching 5 Lingcod, 1 Calico Bass, 9 Sheephead, 13 Rockfish, 11 Perch, 36 Red Snapper and 1 Cabazon. Some pictures:

Out of Dana Point, the Fury ran an offshore trip on Tuesday, 09-18-12 and caught 1 Yellowtail, 30 Dorado, 48 Calico Bass and 5 Perch.

Out of Newport Beach, the Amigo ended a 2-day trip on Saturday, 09-15-12 catching 13 Bluefin Tuna, 1 Yellowfin Tuna, 25 Albacore Tuna, 30 Yellowtail and 15 Dorado for 14 anglers. The Freelance fished offshore Tuesday, 09-18-12 and caught 14 Dorado, 3 Calico Bass, 2 Sheephead, 2 Rockfish, 2 Sculpin and 45 Perch.

Twilight fishing: The Freelance fished Sunday evening, 09-16-12 and caught 8 Calico Bass, 20 Rockfish, 120 Sculpin and 1 Cabazon. Most boats have discontinued twilight trips as the demand has dwindled?

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Sport King had a good day at the Island on Monday, 09-17-12 catching 4 Yellowtail, 42 Calico Bass, 15 Barracuda, 12 Sheephead and 110 Perch.
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Wednesday, 09-19-12, with 40 anglers catching 11 White Seabass, 100 Calico Bass, 31 Sheephead and 106 Perch.

San Clemente Island!
The Fury out of Dana Wharf fished on Monday, 09-17-12 with 26 anglers catching 211 Calico Bass, 13 Barracuda, 1 Sheephead and 7 Perch.
The Freedom caught 40 Calico Bass, 1 Barracuda, 31 Sheephead, 1 Whitefish, 34 Rockfish, 1 Sculpin and 63 Perch on their Saturday, 09-15-12 trip.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!No recent reports about the Yellowtail fishing at the Coronado Islands, which has been very good for private boaters. The ¾ day boats are running offshore to catch mostly Yellowtail and Dorado, as the Tuna are a bit far south to run to.
The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 100 Yellowtail 44 Dorado on their Thursday, 09-20-12 trip.

The Mission Belle headed out on Monday, 09-17-12, and caught 80 Yellowtail and 21 Dorado.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 45 Yellowtail and 22 Dorado on their trip on Thursday, 09-20-12.

Charter Master Jamie, of Seasons Sportfishing fished offshore on the weekend and caught an Offshore Grand Slam of Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail and Dorado. Some pictures:

Private boater Vince fished on friend Dave's boat, Tuesday, 09-18-12, and they caught a bunch of quality Yellowtail and two Albacore to 30 pounds:

Private boater Don with a nice Tuna caught at the 1010 Trench on Wednesday, 09-19-12:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday looks to be quite nice for the offshore runs. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,

Comments (1)

RonBeach wrote 6 years ago

AWSOME REPORT CORY...lot of nice fish caught
this past week or two. I'll bb out soon.!

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