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 14, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-06-14-13

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.

Offshore Yellowtail fishing below the border continues to be excellent with limits the rule. Most of these trips are 1.5 day or longer, which allows for dawn to dusk fishing. Then after finding limits of Yellowtail, they can search for the Bluefin Tuna. The schools of Bluefin are few and far between and early in the year are on a finicky bite pattern. Everyone needs to bring 40 and 50 pound on their trips as these fish have up to and over 100 pounds, and are averaging 40 to 60 pounds.

Limits of White Seabass at the Channel Islands were not a common occurrence this week; however, there were some good catches. For example the Mirage had limits of White Seabass on their Wed., 06-12-13 trip. Big Halibut are hanging out with the Seabass and the fish are being up caught to 50 pounds.

Locally the Barracuda have been hit and miss and are certainly negatively affected by boat pressure, with some counts up to 70 for the ½ day and ¾ day boats. An occasional local Yellowtail bite has been on both at the Horseshoe Kelp and just outside the Long Beach Harbor from 1 mile to the 6 mile green buoy. Look for working birds and be sure to bring live squid.

The annual migration of Sand Bass has begun, as the ¾ day boat Patriot caught both limits of Sand Bass and Sculpin on yesterday's trip, Thursday, 06-13-13. The Enterprise caught over 100 Sand Bass and 100 Sculpin on yesterday's ¾ day run.

The Yellowtail bite at Catalina over the weekend and during the week has been good with counts on the Pursuit over 50 Yellowtail. If you're in the right place at the right time, the White Seabass are biting. The Island has been yielding some huge Halibut on the squid grounds and on some of the beaches on both sides of the Island.

San Clemente Island has had some great fishing for both Yellowtail and White Seabass this week.

The Coronado Islands have yielded very inconsistent counts of none, 1 and 10 to 30 on the Yellowtail throughout the week. The last few days the bite has been off.

I did not see any reports on the Coastal Tanker White Seabass biting this week. I'm sure this fishing will make another appearance soon. Erratic water temperatures could be the cause?

La Jolla had a quick break out for Yellowtail last week, then the counts quickly faded when lots of boat pressure was applied.

More and more Twilight trips are being scheduled, with some night time fishing for Barracuda to go with both excellent Sand and Calico Bass fishing

The Bluefin Tuna are getting closer. Here is a nice Bluefin off the Pacific Voyager over the weekend:

nice 15 pound Halibut caught off the ½ day boat Sum Fun, Monday, 06-10-13:

Twilight fishing awesome off the Enterprise, Sunday, 06-09-13:

Another great Twilight trip on the Nautilus out of Newport, Sunday, 06-09-13:

Japan Ron fished on the Victory Wed.-06-12-13 and caught some Barracuda, Sculpin Bass. Here is the jackpot weigh in:

Private boater Lal fished with friend Japan Ron on Friday, 06-07-13 and they found the big Sand Bass on the chew in Newport Reef and other coastal areas. Some pictures:

Ensenada reports were scarce this week.

Just more pretty ladies that fish or not:

Nice day of fishing off the Monte Carlo, out of San Pedro, Tuesday, 06-12-13, with 76 Sand Bass on their AM half day run.

Anglers off the Aloha Spirit with limits of White Seabass caught Sunday, 06-09-13:

Nice Halibut off the Spirit on Sunday's trip:

The Mirage scores on the White Seabass, Tuesday, 06-11-13:

Some pictures from their Sunday, 06-09-13 trip:

Nice 20 pound Halibut on the Speed Twin, Sunday, 06-09-13:

Jackpot Lingcod off the Speed Twin:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

I fished Catalina on Sat.-06-08-13 with private boater Lal. We caught lots of nice Calico Bass, a decent size Sheephead and a few other critters, but no exotics. Got a call from new friend Jeff who found the White Seabass on his trip with his girlfriend on Mon-06-10-13 and said let's go get some more. I was all in! Figuring I just had to break out of my slump at Catalina this day would be the ticket. Holy Moses it was a day to remember, probably top five all time, certainly my best ever at any Island! I caught 27 and 30 pound Halibut, released a 100 pound Black Seabass, I also caught a 25 pound White Seabass, the Ghost, curse over, and two 12 pound Yellowtail. Jeff caught a White Seabass and a Yellowtail. We also released over 40 Calico Bass and 20 Barracuda. Some pictures:

Charter Master Jamie running the new 34' Parker of Seasons Sportfishing found a few Halibut and limits of White Seabass on the chew on Saturday, 06-08-13. Some pictures:

Angler Sergio and friends with Barracuda and Yellowtail on the Freelance, Sunday, 06-09-13:

The Mardiosa fished the Island Friday/Saturday, 06-08-13 and they caught three White Seabass, a nice Halibut and all Calico Bass you wanted. Here is angler Eddie and friend with White Seabass:

Private boaters Frank, Kenny and Bobby found the Calico Bass on the chew at the Island, Sunday, 06-09-13. Catching numerous fish to over nine pounds:

The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro found 56 Yellowtail and 10 Barracuda on the chew a Catalina on their Tuesday, 06-11-13trip.

San Clemente Island!

The Freedom caught 12 White Seabass and 8 big Halibut to go with 25 Calico Bass, 2 Sand Bass, 2 Sheephead, and 15 Rockfish on their Wednesday trip that returned 06-12-13.

The Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker had a great day yesterday, Wednesday, 06-12-13 as they caught 11 Yellowtail and 5 White Seabass to go with 24 Calico Bass, 11 Barracuda, 3 Halibut and 1 Sargo.

The First String had a very successful trip to the Island Sunday, 06-09-13, where they caught 8 White Seabass to 30 pounds and a 33 pound Yellowtail.

White Seabass and Yellowtail off the Fortune, Saturday/Sunday, 06-09-13:

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!Private boater Mike with a Yellowtail caught off La Jolla Monday, 06-10-13:

Nice yellowtail caught off the San Diego, Sunday, 06-09-13:

First offshore trip on the newly re-furbished Chief, which returned from a 2.5 day trip Sunday, 06-09-13:

Charter Master Duane of Seasons Sportfishing found the big Yellowtail on the chew on Sunday, 06-09-13.

They fished the Coronado Islands and other south of the border areas. Some pictures:

Angler Ed with a 55 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Old Glory on Saturday, 06-08-13:

Another big Bluefin Tuna on the Pacific Queen!

Captain Kelly took a charter out fishing on Tuesday, 06-11-13 out of San Quintin, and found a Yellowtail and big Calico Bass on the chew: Some pictures:


All comments and suggestions welcomed!

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very fishy both inshore and offshore. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,

Comments (2)

tsurikichi wrote 6 years ago

Hi Tunaslam,

Wow .... has catching picked up or what ?! As you said in your report .... might not get a result of a one-day trip like that again. Notice I didn't say never ...... as in never say never.

Congrats to you and your skipper.


RonBeach wrote 5 years ago

Great report Cory, good to see Catalina giving
up some real quality fish now. Cool beans!

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