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 23, 2013

Tunaslam Corner-08-23-13

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.

The weather was up most of the weekend and all during the week. Trips to the Cortez Bank, made for a wild ride and slower fishing. The water temps have been falling with all the wind Offshore and the main schools of Bluefin Tuna have fanned out over a large area, moving southwest, out of range for most private boaters and requiring at least a 1.5 day trip to get there. The best fishing was even outside the 1.5 day range some 160 to 180 miles southwest of Point Loma. Consequently the only boats fishing this far south were three day trips or longer?

The Bluefin Tuna they have been finding are on the large side as this picture displays:

The bite continued to be excellent for Yellowtail with many Kelp Paddies holding fish. The size of the Yellowtail remained predominately rats in the 5 to 10 pound range, with an occasional 20 pounder mixed in. What looked to be an ever improving bite on the Dorado, quickly succumbed to the falling water temps and the windy conditions? Given this scenario the hoped for late season run of Yellowfin Tuna is in serious trouble, although things could change oh so quickly, all we need is a good push from a southern tropical storm?

The Toronado fishing the Cortez bank with Angler Bob catching a 55 pound Bluefin Tuna:

And some big Yellowtail:

The Tuna pens are now only wishful thinking, a disappointing year for sure. With the falling water temps providing more ideal conditions for a possible Albacore showing, this remains a mystery for 2013. Any decent fishing for Longfins remains far to the north, as my friend Jeff made the long run up north to Monterey and caught fourteen 20-30 pound Albacore over the weekend.

More sightings of Marlin lately has provided some exciting moments for those trolling for Tuna. Private boater Lal fishing on the boat Salt Fever had a double hookup on the Marlin on their way back from the Worm bank. They were close to the 302 when this occurred. Without the proper heavy leaders they lost the first one, yet landed the second, which appeared to be in the 100 to 125 pound range:

The Coronado Islands are still holding a fair amount of Yellowtail for those few that make the attempt to fish for them. With few boats around the seals become a massive problem. Private boater Rob went fishing with his dad and cousin on Sunday, 08-18-13. They managed to catch four Yellowtail to 30 pounds in only a half day of fishing.

The ¾ day boats out of San Diego have ventured offshore, however the weather has made these attempts futile in most cases.

Yellowtail and Bluefin Tuna off the Condor:

A 70 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Pacific Dawn:

And another 60 pound Bluefin:

And another 70 pound Tuna:

The Outer Limits got a good shot at the Bluefin Tuna Tuesday, 08-20-13:

While a lot of boats both one day and 1.5 day trips have scratched up 5 to 30 Bluefin Tuna during the week, the Pacific Voyager on a three day trip hit the jackpot catching 237 Bluefin Tuna, 5 Yellowfin Tuna, 214 Yellowtail and 7 Dorado.

Good fishing on the Dominator:

Pretty Ladies that fish or maybe not:

The Channel Islands continues to produce a smattering of White Seabass to go with excellent Halibut fishing and good Rockfishing.

San Clemente Island has been very quiet with an occasional Yellowtail and White Seabass being caught with lots of Rockfish, Whitefish and Sheephead to go with the local Calico Bass fishery which has not seen it's normal quality this year?

A couple of Yellowtail are being caught at Catalina on any given day, supplemented with Calico Bass, Sheephead, Whitefish and Rockfish.

Very quiet in Ensenada with some Yellowtail at the Island, with a few Bluefin Tuna and Dorado bites offshore.

Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass fishing slowed to a crawl, as did the Barracuda bite! When unavailable most boats have returned to Sculpin and Rockcod fishing! I can't remember such continued poor local fishing for these species for such a sustained period of time?

Day time Bass fishing is at an all-time summer low, yet Twilight fishing for Sand Bass is a different story. The Enterprise fishing Sunday evening, 08-18-13 caught over 100 Sand Bass and 26 Sculpin.

Private boater Evan with an 8.4 pound Calico Bass, who also caught several 7 pounders:

Private boater Jason with a dandy Cali:

A big White Sea Bass caught fishing on the Mirage:

And of course a big Halibut:

A big Lingcod off the Speed Twin:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

Very slow!

San Clemente Island!

Also very slow!

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

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Private boater Dennis with a Bluefin Tuna out at the Dumper:

Private boater Gail with their lone Bluefin Tuna caught on Monday, 08-19-13 off the 238 Bank:

Private boater John with a nice Halibut:

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing with some great results over the weekend:

A nice Yellowtail caught Friday, 08-16-13:

And a Bluefin to go with limits of Yellowtail and some Dorado on Monday, 08-19-13:

Angler Jay with a PB Bluefin Tuna caught off the Pride:

And then there was this monster 137 pound Tuna:

Another boat with a shot at the bigger Bluefin, and many losses:

Possible world record Halibut caught in Norway, 515 pounds:

And this is a big Bluefin Tuna, only a mere 914 pounds:

Quote of the day:

Need to get me one of these T-shirts-Too Cool!

Ouch, that must be a pain in the rear?

All comments and suggestions welcomed!

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks to be improved from recent days and very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.
Hook Up,

Comments (2)

tsurikichi wrote 5 years ago

Hi Cory,

Very nice roundup as usual. Especially with the weather making catching a big problem. Sorry for nothing this week from me either !! Trip was truly a non-event.



Tunaslam wrote 5 years ago

Ron I can't remember a worse season of local fishing and private boater offshore fishing?

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