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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May 30, 2014

Tunaslam Corner-05-30-14

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 Holiday weekend fishing did not disappoint and more and more exotics are showing up on ½ day boats, ¾ day boats, full day Island fishing boats and best of all the 1.5 and longer trips out of San Diego.

Yellowtail and White Seabass are being caught at the Islands, and all along the coast in strategic areas from south of the border to the Channel Islands. Barracuda have now arrived almost everywhere and as far north as Santa Barbara. Bass fishing is improving all the time, with some outstanding Twilight trip fishing. Great quality on the Halibut being caught all over. With Barracuda moving in we are now enjoying a fabulous early season extravaganza of fishing opportunities! I am so drooling to get out, yet remain land locked for another few weeks on crutches, so get out and make me jealous of your catch!

As I said in my last report and now confirmed by numerous Captain's, catching Yellowfin Tuna within 1.5 day range of San Diego is virtually unheard of in May! Mix in early arriving huge schools of Bluefin Tuna to over 125 pounds and lots in the 60 to 70 pound range and the excitement runs high. Since everyone is anxious to get their lines wet and pull on these hard fighting fish, remember the sheer brute strength of fighting a 70 to 100 pound Bluefin Tuna tests all your angling skills! Many find out they are not up to the task, nor is their tackle. Be sure that your line you use is fresh, at least 40 to 50 pound in test, the drags on your reels are new or recently serviced, use strong circle hooks and a Flouro carbon leader when possible to gain better resistance in line fraying. Tuna do have teeth!

Unfortunately the quality of the Yellowtail found recently on kelp paddies down near the Tuna grounds have been babies in the 3 to 5 pound. I urge everyone to please release as many as possible and allow them to grow.

I got my first taste of fresh Yellowfin Tuna this week as my good friend Lal caught a couple, he also lost a few big Bluefin Tuna to chewed line and pulled hooks. Fresh Tuna is so rewarding at the dinner table or as sashimi!

If you have the time and the money your best bet on getting into a good Tuna bite is a 2.5 day trip. This allows the Captain to target areas beyond 150 miles, which is the outer limit to a 1.5 day trip. Just think, most sport boats travel at 10 knots, so that is roughly 15 hours out and then 15 hours back, 30 hours of just traveling, which does not leave much time for fishing on a 1.5 day trip, you more than double your fishing time on a 2.5 day trip and can go as far as 190 miles if needed.

Here are some happy anglers with 60 to70 pound Bluefin Tuna caught off the Pacific Voyager which returned Monday from their 2.5 day trip:

The ¾ day boats are still catching lots of Reds, Lingcod and other assorted bottom critters. Local Bass fishing is also improving, especially on Twilight runs. Barracuda down south and at the Islands should soon turn into some great local opportunities on the flats and at the Horseshoe Kelp areas.

This 8+ pound Sand Bass was caught by angler Puria, off the Twilight trip on the Monte Carlo, Sunday, 05-25-14:

Angler John fished on the Eclipse and there was carnage all around on their 2 day offshore adventure out of San Diego over the weekend:

The Condor out of San Diego ran offshore returning Mon. 05-26-14 and committed carnage on some big Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna for a total of 265 mixed fish, outstanding:

The San Diego managed to catch 27 Yellowtail on their Wednesday, 04-09-14 trip to the Coronado Islands. The Malahini contributed 14 Yellowtail on their Tuesday trip.

The San Diego caught 1 Yellowtail, plus a bunch of Barracuda on their Tuesday trip, 05-27-14:

Jackpot Lingcod off the Pacific Islander at San Miguel Island Sunday, 04-06-14 by angler Mike:

Private boater Matt fishing with his dad Charter Master Benny caught this 9 pound Calico Bass along the Palos Verde coast on Memorial Day:

Pretty ladies who fish or maybe not:

Some exciting fishing happening out of Oceanside this week on the ½ day boats no less, here is a Tanker White Seabass caught on the Helena, Tuesday, 05-27-14:

How about a 41 pound Yellowtail caught off the ½ day boat Sea Trek out of Oceanside Sportfishing, Sunday, 05-25-14:

A second big Oceanside Tail:

Private boater Alex with a 31 pound Yellowtail:

Another private boater named Alex with a 30 pound Yellowtail caught off San Onofre:

Private boater Tim with son find the Yellowtail, Lingcod and a White Seabass on the chew:

Some Barracuda caught out of Dana Wharf:

The Huck Finn finds the Halibut to 28 pounds and Calico Bass to 12 pounds on Wednesday, 05-28-14:

The Aloha Spirit got in a wide open bite on the Barracuda on Tue.-05-27-14:

Nice Lingcod off the Stardust:

The Islands

Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Sport King gets the job done on the Yellowtail:

Yellowtail caught off the Sport King Tuesday, 05-27-14:

The Pacific Star whacking the White Seabass:

Private boater Tyrone, Father Norman and friend catch limits of White Seabass for the third trip in a row over the Holiday weekend:

Private boater Greg and friend with big White Seabass:

White Seabass off the Seeker:

San Clemente Island!

Huge Calico Bass off the Thunderbird, plus White Seabass and Yellowtail, 05-29-14:

Nice Halibut on the El Dorado:

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

Private boaters Rick and Doug of Let's Talk Hook up, get in on the Yellowtail action at the Coronado's and then go to work on the Halibut on Wednesday, 05-28-14:

Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing took the Holiday weekend off and got back on the water on Wed.-05-28-14 and found the big Yellowtail still on the chew:

Private boaters Brandon and friends continue to score on the Coronado Island Yellowtail:

Captain Kelly of K&M Sportfishing Charters said the Yellowtail went on the chew over the Holiday weekend and they caught a Tanker White Seabass too:


Big brother Jacob holding my new grandson Landon, born Friday, 05-23-14, which is on my birthday:


All comments and suggestions welcomed!


The weather forecast for Saturday is for breezy conditions offshore, not too bad close to shore, with Sunday looking to be about the same. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,Cory

Comments (4)

ml8fish wrote 5 years ago

Thanks for the great reports as always and best wishes on a speedy recovery!


RonBeach wrote 5 years ago

Awesome Report as usual Cory...MAN eating this
fresh sashimi in May I could get used to, with
2 freezers full of Bluefin and Yellofin and
the whole season ahead...Lord Have Mercy!

CONGRATS on the new grandson! Get well soon! TC

Olds66 wrote 5 years ago

Get well soon Cory. Pretty soon you will be back chasing em around the boat again. It could be worse you know, and be like me...stuck in western Pennslvania. Always look forward to each weeks report you do...Joe Hartman

Tunaslam wrote 5 years ago

Thanks for the feedback guys, always appreciated!

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