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 20, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-06-20-13

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.

Weekend fishing for Offshore Yellowtail continued with limits being the rule on most 1.5 day trips or longer. A hand full of Bluefin Tuna added to the spice of each trip, with Tuna over 100 pounds. White Seabass and huge Halibut are being caught at the Channel Islands on a regular basis.

On any given day there have been excellent counts of Yellowtail being caught at Catalina, primarily on the front side of the Island. Private boaters, six pack charters and a few full day boats have found a school of White Seabass willing to bite on occasion. The Calico Bass fishing is outstanding at the Island, and a good mix of Barracuda is being found as well.

San Clemente has at times yielded counts exceeding those at Catalina for both White Seabass and Yellowtail to over 40 pounds, except the Yellowtail are the bigger brutes in smaller quantities than the school size 10 to 12 pounders being caught at Catalina.

Locally the Barracuda have played hide and seek for the ½ day and ¾ day boats. A few local Yellowtail are still being caught in the Horseshoe Kelp area. Sand Bass Junction has been very plentiful of late, with many limits being taken, and many more Sand Bass being released less than 14 inches in size.

Most of the better counts on Bluefin Tuna to over 100 pounds remain some 175 miles south of Point Loma, although Tuna have been caught as close as 60 miles, the 20 to 30 pounders which bite better on light tackle!

Here is a nice Bluefin off the Condor over the weekend; they also caught limits of Yellowtail to 28 pounds:

The Enterprise did catch 29 Barracuda on yesterday's ¾ day run, Wednesday, 06-19-13. They had fun fishing for Calico Bass, releasing over 130 and 24 Sand Bass, keeping only a few due to size limits.

The Yellowtail fishing at the Coronado Islands has improved lately, as on Wednesday the Malihini caught 37 with 21 Barracuda. The San Diego added 23 Tails and the Mission Belle 17 Tails.

Coastal Tanker White Seabass fishing picked up some this week, also the schoolies keep us encouraged for better action to come. An occasional large Yellowtail have been caught mixed in with the WSB. The prime reason the WSB bite improved is the arrival of live squid in key areas.

Private boater Tim fished with friend Barry and caught this 52 pound Coastal Tanker, Tuesday, 06-18-13:

Tim also added a Yellowtail:

Angler Vick, who owns the world record for White Seabass of 66 pounds caught on eight pound test line, catches a 50 pounder Tuesday, 06-18-13 on the same test line:

The Halibut bite remains impressive for those few that fish for them. The Sport Boats have found a more frequent healthy bite on both Calico and Sand Bass. Twilight trips are being scheduled more frequently, with some night time fishing for Barracuda to go with both Sand and Calico Bass.

Dana Point local White Seabass:

Twilight fishing awesome off the Enterprise, Saturday, 06-15-13 with host Phil Friedman:

Another great Twilight trip on the Freelance out of Newport Beach, Monday, 06-17-13:

Angler Sergio and friends with limits of Bass on the Freelance, Tuesday, 06-18-13:

Reports out of Ensenada have been few and far between lately.

Just more pretty ladies that fish or not:

Private boaters Mike and Dave find the fish on the chew on Saturday, 06-15-13 just off the beach:

Angler Ryan scores aboard the Mirage on the White Seabass, Sunday, 06-16-13:

Photos from Monday's trip on the Mirage, 06-17-13:

Nice trip on the Stardust, Saturday, 06-15-13:

Big Channel Island Yellowtail caught by angler Rick aboard the Seajay:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

I fished Catalina on Sat.-06-15-13 with private boater Jeff. We arrived at the Island just after dark and soon found an enormous school of squid and got them to float. We stuffed boat bait tanks and a cooler for chum. We both got a decent night of sleep, and I awoke at 4am and checked our outfits to find them in total disarray. We re-rigged and began fishing. At 6am Jeff caught a 30 pound White Seabass and I hooked one, only to lose it to a huge seal. Conditions were definitely not favorable and four hours later had nothing further to show for our efforts. Made a number of moves before Jeff added a nice 35 pound White Seabass to the count. Both the Calico Bass and Barracuda were off the chew today, releasing a half dozen of each. Some pictures:

Nice Tails off the Fortune on Tuesdays trip, 06-18-13:

And a big Halibut:

Angler Pam with Yellows off the Gail Force on Saturday's trip, 06-15-13:

Nice 25 pound Halibut on the Fury, Monday, 06-17-13 caught by lady angler Cher:

Private boater Jimmy with a big Catalina Halibut:

The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro found 41 Yellowtail and 20 Barracuda on the chew a Catalina on their Tuesday, 06-18-13 trip. Angler Sergio with one of his many Calico Bass caught and released:

San Clemente Island!

The Freedom caught 8 Yellowtail, 43 Calico Bass, 6 Barracuda and 210 Rockfish on their Wednesday trip that returned 06-19-13.

Great Calico Bass fishing off the Fury, Saturday, 06-15-13:

A huge Yellowtail caught by Dennis off the Options, Monday 06-17-13:

Angler Joe with a nice White Seabass off the Ultra, Monday 06-17-13:

Pictures from the Ultra's Tuesday, 06-18-13 trip:

Angler Toshio with a nice Calico Bass:

Fortune gets on the White Seabass, Yellowtail and big Halibut Saturday, 06-15-13:

A 41 pounder:

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Another big Yellowtail on the Pacific Queen, Monday 06-17-13!

Sergio says:

Must be catching, I have OFCD too?

Quote of the day:

Fisher Lady Julie, said she loves fins, and these, a Classic:

Have you ever seen an Amberjack over 200 pounds:

All comments and suggestions welcomed!


The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be very fishable both inshore and offshore, with some afternoon wind. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,

Comments (2)

RonBeach wrote 5 years ago

Awesome report Cory, and have a great time
in Costa Rica. Some big azz ghosts and that
200+ Amberjack is HUGE! Some fish.

Tunaslam wrote 5 years ago

Thanks Ron I sure hope to!

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