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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August 09, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-08-09-13

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.

There was some tough fishing Offshore for the Bluefin Tuna over the weekend, as the weather kicked up. Then on Monday things seemed to settle down and the bite was on again. When time permitted to look for kelp paddies, there continued to be excellent Yellowtail fishing. Although disappointing, there were many rats back in the counts. Both the one day and 1.5 day trips and longer did well on both species.

The weather came up on Wednesday and continued through Thursday, however there were still some good scores to go around. Kelp Paddy hopping became more difficult and this shut down the private boater opportunities.

Did anyone mention this is Albacore season? Here is what they look like, the first one this year caught on Monday, by angler Brandon, first of the year in Southern California that is:

They started catch lots of 20-30 pound Albacore up north in Monterey.

Scratch fishing for a few Dorado is the norm each day. That warmer water expected in August, has not yet arrived. With the Tuna pens once again producing, private boaters jumped on the short window of opportunity and got into some decent fishing.

The ¾ day San Diego boats have ventured offshore and also found rewarding results off the Paddies at times, including Bluefin Tuna, Yellowtail and Dorado.

Limits of Bluefin Tuna caught by angler Justin while fishing on the Aztec on a one day trip, fishing the pens:

A huge Bluefin on the Outer Limits:

Another nice Bluefin off the Eclipse:

Big Bluefin off the Vagabond:

A 150 pound Blue Tuna caught off the Excel:

A Bluefin off the Tribute:

Breaking news the Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker finds Bluefin Tuna (47) and 28 Yellowtail on the Cortez Bank Monday, 08-05-13:

On their 1.5 day trip that returned Thursday morning, the Thunderbird ended Wednesday fishing with 143 Yellowtail, 28 Bluefin Tuna and 110 large Bonito.

The Channel Islands long season of catching White Seabass seems to have come to an end, with only one or two being caught lately. Even some of the best Halibut fishing in years dropped back to a few per day.

San Clemente Island is still yielding a few Yellowtail and occasional White Seabass, however, this bite has dried up for the most part.

A couple of Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina per trip, with Calico Bass and a few Barracuda scattered in.

Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass fishing has slowed to a crawl, same with the Barracuda bite! Sadly most boats have returned to Sculpin and Rockcod fishing, yikes it's too early for that! Twilight fishing for Bass is decent on selected nights, although when the Bass are not biting they target Sculpin.

Native Sun Twilight fishing:

Angler Brittany with a nice Sand Bass off the twilight trip on the Enterprise:

Private boater Chris with a 11.4 pound Calico Bass caught on the plastics:

Several private boaters found the Yellowtail on the chew at the Coronado Islands over the weekend. They found Tails averaging over 20 pounds, this is a real plus.

Very quiet in Ensenada with some decent Bluefin Tuna bites offshore.

Now this is a big Bluefin Tuna, caught off the Outer Limits:

Angler Todd with huge Opah caught off the Fortune, Saturday, 08-03-13:

And they had some good Bluefin Tuna fishing:

A 67 pound Bluefin Tuna, caught off the Pacific Queen, Saturday, 08-03-13:

Pretty Ladies that fish or maybe not:

Private boater Ron fished with friends on the Victory Wednesday and had a decent day of mixed Calico and Sand Bass fishing:

A big Cabazon off the Speed Twin:

A big Red and Copper Rockfish caught off the Star Dust:

Lingcod off the Stardust:

Angler Jimmy had a great day of fishing on the Stardust with friends, Sunday, 08-04-13:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Gail Force gets the job done on the Yellowtail, Sunday, 08-04-13:

San Clemente Island!

The Freedom is still finding a few White Seabass and Yellowtail at the Island, although they have been heading to the Cortez bank lately.

The Bongos gets on the Yellowtail Saturday, 08-03-13:

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

The 3/4 day boat San Diego runs offshore Saturday and catches 65 Yellowtail:

Not bad for a ¾ day trip, how about a 50 pound Bluefin Tuna:

Nice Bluefin and Yellowtail off the Ultra, Sunday 08-04-13:

Angler Duane of Seasons Sportfishing has a great trip on Monday, 08-05-13:

Anglers with limits of Bluefin Tuna caught off the Pride:

Big Lingcod fishing off the Dolphin over the weekend:

Angler Sergio with a 50 pound Yellowtail caught at Cedros Island:

Captain Juan finds the White big Lingcod and Yellowtail on the chew in San Quintin:

Quote of the day:

Educated Cat?

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

WeatherThe weather forecast for Saturday looks to be a decent both inshore and offshore, while Sunday will be just a little bit breezier. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,

Comments (2)

tsurikichi wrote 5 years ago

Hi Cory,

Tuna, tuna, tuna .... kinda ! 11+ Calico Wow !! I ain't even gonna ask.

thanks for the always considerable effort put into your weekly recaps !!


RonBeach wrote 5 years ago

WOW that's a lot of meat! Great report. After week of "recovery" I'm back out next Wed. again.

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