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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October 26, 2012

Tunaslam Corner-10-26-12

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.

As the season winds down and every weekend for the last four weeks containing windy seas, the counts are dwindling on the Offshore banks. As per the all year trend, one day trips for some Sport Boats did not yield many, if any Yellowfin Tuna, a few Dorado are hanging around, and a lot of kelp Paddies were again loaded with the small Yellowtail, with some bigger models mixed in.

No signs of any Bluefin Tuna reported lately, nor any more Albacore. Once again the 1.5 day trips generally did better than single day trips, while 2 day and 3 day trips had more time to fine the Yellowfin Tuna.

There have been very few private boater reports, and given the lousy weather conditions on the weekends, most have stayed home, with a few exceptions whom had some decent counts. Surprisingly the ¾ day boats are still doing well on any given day, there are fish being caught between 30 and 50 miles south. According to some private boater reports the 1010 Trench and 1067 Knuckle are still holding Yellowfin Tuna to 45 pounds, some 65 to 75 miles south of Point Loma. Ensenada reports indicate the 238 and Lower 500 are holding Tuna, Tails and Dorado. The inshore banks, Hidden, 302, 371 and 425 are still yielding mostly Rat Yellowtail and a few Dorado, with an occasional Tuna.

The question that remains is if the recent reports of heavy winds on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will drop the water temps enough to send all the exotics south? Very rough seas the last few days resulted in no reports, as most Captains cancelled trips. So was this week the last hurrah? Time will see?

Private boater Tim ran out in rough seas with friends on Saturday, 10-20-12 and caught 4 Yellowfin Tuna to 30 pounds and all the rat Yellowtail you wanted out by the 425 and a bit south. They had planned to go to the 1010, however, the weather would not cooperate.

Private boater Benny fished with friends on Friday, 10-19-12 and caught 4 Yellowfin Tuna and limits of Yellowtail. A couple of pictures:

Private boater Brandon fished with friends on Friday, 10-19-12 and caught a half dozen Yellowfin Tuna and limits of Yellowtail. A couple of pictures:

The multi day trips had the best counts over the weekend, and few boats fished past Tuesday as the weather really came up with a vengeance. For example: The Ocean Odyssey returned Sunday, 10-21-12 from a 2.5 day trip catching 139 Yellowfin Tuna, 24 Skipjack Tuna, 260 Yellowtail and 27 Dorado. Some pictures:

The Pacific Voyager returned Sunday, 10-21-12 from a 2 day trip catching 140 Yellowfin Tuna (limits) and 140 Yellowtail (limits) for the 14 anglers.

On the 1.5 day trip on the Condor returning Sunday morning, 10-21-12, they caught 14 Yellowfin Tuna, 170 Yellowtail and 12 Dorado.
My kind of guy, Sergio says:

In Santa Monica the 1/2 day boat Redondo Special had a great day on their Tuesday, 10-23-12 trip catching 1 Yellowtail, 5 White Seabass, 13 Calico Bass, 2 Sand Bass, 5 Sheephead, 3 Rockfish, 1 Sculpin and 1 Cabazon for only 9 anglers. The secret was having a tank full of live squid for bait; they also lost several Yellowtail in the 30 pound class due to light tackle. The New Del Mar had a decent day of Bass fishing on Tuesday, 10-23-12, catching 1 White Seabass, 19 Calico Bass, 22 Sand Bass, 21 Sheephead, 119 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod and 20 Cabazon.

Out of San Pedro, the ½ day boat Monte Carlo had a decent trip Monday, 10-22-12 1 Halibut, 14 Sheephead, 6 Bocaccio, 58 Rockfish, 4 Sculpin, 31 Perch, 49 Red Snapper and 1 Cabazon.

Out of Newport Beach, the Freelance fished Saturday, 10-20-12 and caught 35 Calico Bass, 15 Sheephead, 25 Whitefish, 15 Rockfish, 390 Perch, 31 Sargo and 2 Red Snapper. The Nautilus fished on Monday, 10-22-12 and caught 1 White Seabass, 3 Sand Bass, 29 Rockfish, 50 Red Snapper and 3 Cabazon.

Private boater Erik fished with a friend locally for shallow water Rockfish and had a great day on the Cod and Sheephead to 8 pounds, out of Long Beach. Some pictures:

Private boater Yutaka fished with a friend locally for shallow water Rockfish and had a great day on the Lingcod to 23 pounds, out of Long Beach. Some pictures:

Private boater Japan Ron fished with Lal on the Ducky locally on Tuesday, 10-23-12 and had a decent day on the Calico and Sand Bass with some Sculpin and other critters caught. Some pictures:

Twilight fishing: The Freelance fished Sunday evening, 10-21-12 and caught 4 Calico Bass, 2 Sand Bass, 10 Rockfish and 61 Sculpin. No other boats ran.

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Very quiet at Catalina Island this week and most of the summer.
The Sport King had a good day at the Island on Monday, 10-22-12 catching 54 Calico Bass, 43 Sheephead, 17 Whitefish, 5 Rockfish, 133 Perch and 6 Sargo.
The Pursuit out of 22nd St. Landing, ran to the Island on Thursday, 10-25-12, with 15 anglers catching 1 Halibut, 37 Sheephead, 18 Whitefish, 75 Rockfish, 3 Lingcod and 25 Red Snapper.
San Clemente Island!

Private boater Mike Lane with a 10.3 pound Calico Bass caught at SCI over the weekend:

The Freedom caught 6 Calico Bass, 31 Sheephead, 129 Whitefish, 42 Rockfish, 3 Lingcod and 1 Sculpin on their Saturday, 10-20-12 trip.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The ¾ day boats are running offshore where they have had sensational Yellowtail and Dorado fishing, as well as a few Tuna being caught.

The ¾ day boat San Diego out of Seaforth Landing caught 48 Yellowtail and 20 Dorado on their Tuesday, 10-23-12 trip.

The ¾ day boat Mission Belle headed out on Saturday, 10-20-12, and caught 72 Yellowtail and 2 Dorado.

The ¾ day boat Malahini caught 11 Yellowfin Tuna, 91Yellowtail and 2 Dorado on their trip on Sunday, 10-21-12.

Angler Stanley fished on the Blue Horizon on Sunday, 10-21-12 in La Jolla and they had a successful trip on Yellowtail and White Seabass. Some pictures:

Another nice White Seabass caught this week on the ½ day boat New Seaforth:

Jaime with Seasons Sportfishing had a great final weekend trip on Saturday, 10-20-12, catching a bunch of Yellowfin Tuna, including this big guy, a few Dorado and all the rat Yellowtail you wanted:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

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

Comments (3)

tsurikichi wrote 6 years ago

Hi Tunaslam,

As always .... all one needs to do is check out your extensive roundup to pretty much get a picture of exactly what's being caught from Mexican LR trips to the Channel Islands and sometimes a tad north !!

Thanks for the hard work,


RonBeach wrote 6 years ago

GREAT JOB once again Cory. Ya know, sitting here
eating seared AHI I caught almost every trip
all summer, WHAT a season it was!! Hopefully
next year will be the same, and more ALBACORE too

Tunaslam wrote 6 years ago

Thanks guys, glad someone appreciates the hard work that goes into my reports.


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