breaking: Boat Freedom reports 91 seabass and 12 yellowtail on their
PEDRO — While not much is known of
the location for their catch, and with three days, they could have fished with
the Channel Islands fleet, this much is known.
scored limits for passengers and crew on the croakers for all three days. In
addition they have a dozen each of barracuda and yellowtail according to their
late FB post, which was location tagged at 0600 on day 3 near Avalon. This
makes Catalina the most likely site. They also reported ‘2 big halibut’ and
‘plenty of rockfish.’ This writer realizes that the seabass math does not work
entirely, but that’s what the report is.
As for what we "definitely know....
surface season in San Diego! Calicos
are on the chew, barracuda, bonito are primary targets as rockfish begin to
fade from view.
It’s that time of year we have been waiting for. It’s the “surface season.”
When this writer interviewed captain Ernie Prieto of
“It’s a bass a cast now. We caught more (14-inch
plus) bass last week than I honestly thought that we were going to catch all
summer.” He added the fish
have been taking the iron, swimbaits and, of course, the “beautiful 6-inch
anchovies” that Everingham Bros. has been bringing in.
The surface irons of choice were the Salas 7x jr.
and the Tady 45.
Capt. Prieto suggested straight braid. “Straight Spectra cuts the kelp like
butter,” he said. The boat also boated a nice 31-pound halibut last week. It’s
been pretty solid on the bass. This last Friday morning’s ½-day Chubasco trip boated 228 calicos,
all told, for 23 anglers. Most of the bass were released.
Captain Mike Schmidt of the ¾-day boat Malihini reported good barracuda and
bonito fishing at and below the Coronado Islands.
“Overall, fishing’s been really good and a lot of
fun,” he said. Each day they took a handful or two of yellowtail too, fishing
both structure and sonar marks. On Sunday his 46 anglers boated 4 yellows, 21
rockfish, a lingcod, and 81 barracuda. During the week the boat ran with less
than 20 anglers aboard. Just as he predicted earlier, sea lions are more of a
challenge now, as they look for hooked fish to steal off of the lines.
Fly-lined bait has been the best method at these
islands. Mike added that there are great weekday opportunities, as there has
been lots of room on these trips. There are yellowtail offshore as well he
This was reflected in the 1 ½-day boat counts for
the landing. The Top Gun 80 turned in 46 forkies for its 24 anglers, while the Old
thrown 25 over the rail for 16 anglers.
Over at Point Loma Sportfishing and Fisherman’s
Landing the story was similar except that the ¾-day boat Point Loma targeted rockfish on last
Saturday, getting about 5-fish around at about 30 percent red for 25 anglers.
They also had a bass and a halibut for their efforts.
The Dolphin had similar results as well
while a 2-day freelance trip aboard the Pacific Queen brought back a smorgasbord
of 11 yellowtail, 20 lings, 140 reds, and 148 other rockfish, plus a sheephead
for their 18 anglers. This boat has additional overnight freelance trips
scheduled, while the Prowler is online for offshore kelp-paddy hopping. The Prowler will target the plentiful
yellows that have shown up offshore.
Over at Seaforth their local ½-day boats opted for
rockfish and aboard Sunday’s New Seaforth a.m. ½-day 55 anglers scored 222 rockfish,
including 40 vermilion, plus a sheephead and a scorpion. The ¾-day boat San
boated 66 barracuda,7 forkies, 13 rockies, and a calico for 48 anglers.
As the temps inland heat to the “stay indoors” level
this coming weekend, remember that out at sea it will be in the 70s at most.
local water conditions bring Oceanside the bass
— Oceanside anglers are
transitioning from rockfish to surface fish now, with the calico biting
plastics for a private charter on the Sea Star, and plenty of bass swung
aboard a Sea Trek ½-day
our new 14-inch size limit means that most are being released this year, the
warming waters make for some fun fast action. A recent Sea Trek ¾-day trip reported
back with 24 anglers snaring 43 sand bass and 247 calicos. They also tied into
a few rockfish.
Ben Jacques at the Helgren’s Sportfishing reported
that the best bite came on the landing’s San Clemente Island trip.
In a brief interview with Capt. Joe Helgren he
reported there was good show on
bass in The Cove. His anglers also fished rockfish in about 180 feet of water,
getting 283 rockfish, a dozen sheephead, and 15 ocean whitefish. Water temps at
the island were near the 62.5-degree mark, but on the way home temps climbed to
68 degrees, the water was blue and the kelps held yellows. He also reported
that the winds at the island were not nearly as strong as forecast.
The landing’s nighttime shark trips got 4 mako shark
and 2 blue shark last Friday night.
action on tap for O.C. landings
BEACH — From
all reports it looks like that
Davey’s Locker Sportfishing’s
got a nice taste of yellowtail action at Catalina early last week. The
scuttle-butt that came out about last Wednesday was that the boat had posted a
nice score from there while the Bongos 6-pack had found fish on local kelp paddies.
This reporter had not been able to verify the details of these rumors by press
time, and only that the fish were landed.
Nevertheless, a nice bite on 8- to 15-pound class
forkies did materialize at the island mid-week, with several party-boats
posting impressive scores.
An interview with the landing staff revealed that
their recommended gear for the island trips, and coastal trips that have also
taken yellows includes 2/0 to 4/0 size hooks for bait fishing, small casting
jigs such as the Sumo 1 and 2, and 20-pound test line.
A 20 pounder was taken this morning aboard the Freelance, so some larger models are
On the local scene across the Long Beach shelf
region, the scorpions are on the chew. This would be ½-day fare. Both coastal
yellows and seabass have been occasional coastal catches, too.
This writer witnessed plenty of bird-life, mostly
terns, bait, porpoise, huge barracuda and a few viciously voracious sea lions
out on the Shelf locally. The ‘cuda showed breaking water, as meter marks and
on the jigs. It cannot be for long, before the area landings are reporting good
catches of barracuda. These fish bit the 3.5- to 4.5-ounce mega type jigs on
the ‘doink’ best.
Down the coast at Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Rachelle
Schenk reported that bass fishing is good and both local and island yellowtail
were on tap. The bait in Dana Harbor has been a nice grade of anchovies
Bass have liked the bone Waxwing lure and the
anchovies, of course, while the yellows have come on fin bait.
Some yellows were taken offshore but not far off, on
floating “kelp paddies.”
IT’S GO TIME! Solid yellowtail scores
come from Catalina
days of boat scores saw upwards of 50 forkies, followed by nearly limits of
seabass late in the week
PEDRO — Tuesday
last week this writer got a call from Capt. John Woodrum of the Pursuit. His boat had decked over
50 yellows at Catalina.
Thursday this writer witnessed the action first-hand and it was a sight to see,
nothing short of ‘full speed’ action starting from the moment the boat pulled
in. But, you’ll have to read The Scoop here to follow up on that. This action
was had at various spots at the West End.
By the weekend the yellowtail action had cooled to a
more modest pace, but seabass picked up the baton at the easterly end of the
island, with the Freedom getting nearly limits of the croaker on Friday (34 for 37) and
posting another 27 fish on Sunday. Although the outer waters were forecast for
much westerly wind, this island is largely inshore of most of it for most of
Over at Pierpoint Sportfishing the 6-packers Options, Dreamer and Mardiosa each took at least one turn
posting limits of seabass for all hands onboard, clients and crew. Capt. Wes
Flesch of the Options took the cake for the week, posting 27 yellowtail and 9 seabass
for 9 clients and crew combined. If you are sitting by your computer still
watching for a better opportunity you might as well Craig’s List your gear.
It’s definitely “go time.”
Capt. Ramond Lagmay of the Toronado reported the boat decking a
pair of fork-tails and a hand-full of seabass on Sunday, along with roughly
30-each of sheephead and whitefish, a pile of perch, and 25 others including 10
calicos on an overnight trip.
The basic setup for the L.A.–L.B. region coastally
was lots of scorpion fish for local boats, rockfish for those that tried, and
bass fishing really gaining strength, both calico and sand bass. There are a
few local yellows to be had as well. In addition, late in the week there was
great barracuda sign on some really nice fish. These fish wanted small heavy
chrome jigs bounced mid-water and ranged to as large as 9 pounds.
A recent Monte Carlo a.m. ½-day posted 6
yellowtail, 74 calico, 6 sand bass, 2 scorpions and 3 sheephead for 16 anglers.
Another on the Southern Cal showed what is available on the sculpin grounds,
posting 140 of the sharp-spinned scorpion fish and a pair of barracuda for 23
As the weather warms to the “stay inside with the
AC” level late week, it will be just as cool and comfortable as ever out on the
good rockfish and ling’ says New Del Mar captain and owner Rick
MONICA — Although
the waters of the Santa Monica Bay are clean and warm Capt. Rick Oefinger is
still waiting for one the 3-Bs to swim in, barracuda, bass or bonito.
Meanwhile, the lingcod fishing is extraordinary, holding at nearly ½ fish per
rod on ½ days, and rockfishing is holding at about the ½-limit level, while
¾-day trips score ¾-limits.
Forty eight anglers on a recent ½-day trip scored 24
lings, 246 rockfish and 2 “large sand bass.” On the ¾-day Betty-O the 30 anglers iced down
240 rock critters for their day’s effort.
Down the way, on the opposite side of the big runway
at LAX, Redondo Sportfishing’s Redondo Special brought its 15 Sunday
afternoon ½-day anglers to 141 rockfish and a sculpin. The ¾-day Betty-G found a halibut, 7 calico,
2 sand bass, 19 sheephead, a whitefish, 33 rock grabbers and 11 other misc.
grabbers for their 10 folks onboard on Sunday.
waters smokin’ wind, inner waters smokin drags
tanker seabass move from spot to spot keeping the fleet busy while the wind
howls in the outer-waters of the Santa Barbara Channel region.
OXNARD — Early last week the
photos of truly huge seabass started to flow in from this region to this
reporter. Then, as soon as the bite slowed in one area, it popped right back up
at another. This writer expects the past to predict the future.
There is only one way to stay on top of one of the
biggest and best seabass bites we’ve seen out of the numerous Marine Protected
Areas in this region and on the right side of the bourgeoning literature of new
regulations. That one best way is to go with a local professional.
In fact, this writer has it on good authority that
our current recreational 50-fathom Rockfish Conservation Area bounds have not
yet been officially published, and that the best currently available
representation is the one that this writer dissected out of a plethora of other
PFMC bounds and made available to the SAC fleet.
Although on the face of it, it appears that every
effort is made to make the MPA bounds clear, where the stem meets the swell it
is still very challenging for one to determine these boundaries at sea. Few
plotters available yet make them clear by default. Those that provide them
commonly miss some and include many others that are irrelevant. Most pros are
each compelled to custom-program them into their plotters in one crude fashion
At the time of this writing, both Capt. John Fuqua
of the Sea Jay
and Capt. Shawn Steward of the Aloha Spirit both reported limits of seabass
for their 13 and 20 anglers respectively. Riley Glover of Rosemead boated the
big one for the day aboard the ‘Spirit, a 38 pounder.
When not into the seabass this fleet has been able
to quickly fill the void with plenty of bottom grabbers, despite having much of
their prime turf blanketed by a froth of foam, waves and wind. The outer-waters
of Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands were all but unreachable.
One boat, at least, the Sea Biscuit made it as far as the lee
of Santa Rosa on Sunday and managed to catch not only limits of rockfish for
their 19 anglers, but two king salmon on the rockfish gear.
The larger of these two weighed in at 12 pounds and
was caught by angler Chris Bently of Upland, reported Capt. Bob Valney of the
boat. The smaller was an 8 pounder.
Captain Shawn Steward of the Aloha Spirit recommended the following
terminal tackle for the seabass: A small sliding sinker, about a ½-ounce, or a
leadhead of similar weight. This fleet is catching and fishing live squid for
bait. The dropper loop rig is working, too.
Steward added that upon running short of squid late
in the day he suggested that to an angler who had caught a small sanddab, for
him to try it as bait on the D-loop rig. Sandabs are something that the
bottom-net guys had reported to him as being common in the stomach content of the
croakers that they caught. It worked! So there you have it.
Shawn also reported that the yellows up there are
the same catchable ‘grade’ as the Catalina fish, and that there are small
boccaccio everywhere and the fish are apparently eating those too.
On the days where seabassing was slow,
overnight-boats managed counts similar to this one posted by the Pacific
rockfish and 2 lingcod for 19 anglers. Also out of Ventura Sportfishing, the Island
¾-day captained by Jessie Martinez managed to find his 36 anglers 293 rockfish,
2 lings, and 9 scorpions on the same day. Two days before however, the Island
of 23 put the steel to 23 huge coastal seabass and a halibut
rockfish fill the orders for Santa Barbara area anglers
BARBARA — It’s
steady as she goes on the Santa Barbara SEA Landing rockfish front. Even when
it gets windy you can count on the Stardust to put in a good rockfish
score, and last week is no exception. Captain’s Jason and Dane found ½- to full limits of
rockfish every trip last week, with roughly half of the fish being vermilion.
They fished within just a few miles of the dock
where the waters seldom see much rough weather and posted limits each of the
last three trips of the week. On Sunday their 25 anglers sacked 250 rockfish
including 110 vermilion.
The biggest red was an 8 pounder caught by Paul
Harper of Goleta at Goleta, while the biggest ling went in Howard Cooledge’s
bag. It weighed in at 13 pounds. He caught it in the Carpinteria area. Howard
lives in Santa Maria, and is the local Kern Refuge maven. No drop of water
moves into or out of Kern without Howard knowing about it.
Over at Hook Line and Sinker, Santa Barbara’s
complete full-service tackle shop, Captains Dave Bacon and Tiffany Vague
provided some local info.
reported brisk sales on freshwater bass lures and on “trout packs” which her store
staff puts together for novice anglers looking for trout. Capt. Vague said,
“On the saltwater side of the business, we sold a
mix of tackle for white seabass, halibut and rockfish. Naturally we sold lots
of Lingslayers, including mail order. Up north people use 2-hook shrimp fly
gangions for rockfish more often than southern Californians do and judging by
how many we sold this week, we had plenty of northern fishers down here to get
out of their windy weather and take advantage of our solid fishery. White
seabass anglers bought ‘dink hooks’, squid catchers, Aki Twist hooks and white
jigs to take up the coast near the campgrounds or down the coast near the Rock
Island. Halibut fishers needed bounce-ball rigs or rat traps for the boaters
and Lucky Craft lures for surf fishers. It was a busy week and we put up plenty
of reports on our store’s Facebook page.“
Captain Bacon of the WaveWalker found halibut close to
shore this weekend.
“We made drifts in shallow water along the coast and
even caught one inside of Santa Barbara Harbor where Nancy Oppenheim of Los
Angeles nailed a fat 28-incher,” said Capt. David Bacon, who continued, “we
were within sight of the live bait receiver where we had picked up some 4-inch
anchovies. We had the best luck by putting two anchovies on the hook. Before
the halibut drifts at high tide, we had been offshore during the incoming tide.”
he elaborated, “We managed full limits of rockfish at the 4-Mile reef in just
an hour and a half.”
Sporfishing reports 353 lings taken on their boats since May 1
BEACH — Patriot
Sportfishing keeps tabs on the lings that come across their dock each year.
This year, as of last Sunday they have tallied a total of 353 of the toothy
Partyboats here are into the rockfish big-time. As
elsewhere up and down the coast our spring winds have kept them close to
protected waters, and that usually means close to home as well. Nowhere is this
more true than here.
In addition, they have been quite successful at
keeping their anglers into the fish and happy, just as within other areas this
last week or so.
On their most recent trips this last Sunday, the Rita
limits for 28 anglers who sacked 280 rockfish including 75 reds, plus they
reeled in an additional 13 lingcod. The biggest was a 10-pound specimen, landed
by Wendy Cooper of Bakersfield.
Aboard the Patriot Brian Meadows, also of
Bakersfield took top honors with a 12-pound lingcod. Here 39 anglers captured a
total of 15 lings and 351 rockfish. 100 were vermilion rockfish.
On the private boater side of the parking lot there,
things look to have been pretty slow. Marty at the Boat Launch said that less
than 20 boats launched over the Memorial Day Weekend, landing ½-limits of
rockfish and no salmon. He said that launch delaying morning minus tides
coupled with early arriving strong afternoon westerly winds kept most private
boaters laid up land-side.
In Morro Bay, Virg’s Sporfishing office staffer,
Mathew said that their boats managed to get limits, or very near limits of
rockfish on each trip over the weekend, saying,
“All but two trips got full limits” Up here the
office staff recommends first time anglers gear up with 30-pound line, 1-pound
weights and two white rockfish flies. For those who would prefer to bounce a
jig and fly rig, a variety of 6- to 10- ounce jigs are available at the landing.
Newly popular among many, more experienced anglers
are small low-pro reels like the Daiwa Lexa. These are loaded with braid, for
example Izorline Spectra and fished with either a swim-bait or a 4-to 6-ounce
jig like a ‘mega’ type lure.
The following counts for last Sunday are
representative of the fishing there:
fished from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 23 anglers aboard and landed 4 lingcod, 170 reds
and 60 other rockfish. The big fish of the trip was a 6-pound lingcod.
The Fiesta 7 a.m.-3 p.m. trip had 15 anglers take 5 lingcod, 15
reds, and an additional 135 non-red rockfish. Their jackpot fish was a 14-pound
while on an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. run with 42 anglers aboard bagged 2 lingcod, 60 reds plus and
additional 234 non-red rockfish. The big fish was a salmon grouper of 6 pounds.
As one can imagine the same weather situation was
present here as in Avila, 12 miles south. This is some pretty fast fishing.
The landing has the Black Pearl online each Monday night at
10pm. to run up the line, make live squid and fish Lopez and lower Big Sur for
the big lings and shallow water reds there. The boat also dedicates its
Thursday trip to fishing ultra-shallow, less than 100 feet with “bass gear.”