Southern CA Saltwater

Fleet tests Tanner Bank

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Aug 08, 2018

SAN PEDRO/LONG BEACH — Several boats in the Harbor Area fleet including the Toronado and Eldorado put in a test run to the Tanner this past week. The results were good — bluefin, yellows, seabass too. Plus plenty of whitefish, rockfish and bonito. The first report came in from Capt. Tom Holland. Long Beach Sportfishing's Steve Phelps reported the stats.

NEAR SUPERCOW STATUS, this big blue aboard the Ultra ended up at 276 on the scale at 22nd Street Landing. Angler Larry Owen with Capts. Dom and Mikey helping nose balance the beast. Owen hooked it on a Flat-Fall early in the a.m.

"On the overnight scene, the Eldorado has been fishing Tanner Bank, with pretty good success with the very line shy and skittish bluefin. As I was typing this report today (Sunday), Captain Sal checked in with 36 bluefin tuna, 9 white seabass, 12 yellowtail, 30 bonito, 180 whitefish, and 100 rockfish for his 35 very happy anglers!” keyed Phelps."

The Freedom was on the board with a very similar score Sunday. Earlier in the week one of San Diego's long range fleet had given the outer bank a try.

At 22nd Street Landing a near 300-pound bluefin rolled in aboard the Ultra. First report came from United Composites field staffer Dan Burns with taped estimates at 300 for one fish and 208 on a second cow. At the scale the bigger one cleared 276.

Angler Larry Owen made the epic catch, hooking the fish on a 500g Flat-Fall style jig, on 200-pound fluoro leader, 200-pound Izorline top shot over a base of 100-pound Spectra. The rod and reel combo was an Avet Pro EXW 30 paired with a Calstar GFGR 765XXH.

The big fish bit just before gray light at 5 a.m. and they landed it around 7.

The Toronado's top trip reported was Wednesday's with 23 folks and 16 bluefin plus 53 yellowtail.

AN OUTER ISLAND run produced this full limits seabass catch on a 2 dayer aboard the Options.

At Catalina Island the bite was in simmer mode this past week as rockfish filled in where gamesters left off. The calico bite was on with modest numbers of keepers.

Gamefish highlights included a trip aboard the Gail Force where a charter group tangled with mossbacks, hooking 31 and landing 10, all 18 to 30 pounders.

Capt. Ryan Gengler reported, "Capt Jared and crew did all they could to get the group on the fish but in the end the guys got SMOKED by 18- to 30-pound yellowtail! The group went 10 for 31 on the big Yellowtail."

Similarly the local bite was modest and many trips resorted to scorpionfish, however, there were moments nonetheless. Phelps highlighted, "Our 3/4-day boat Victory has been getting off the dock every single day for months, and on Saturday, 69 gregarious anglers had a great day, catching both surface and bottom species. Final count was 48 barracuda, 40 barracuda released, 45 calico bass, 280 calico bass released, 5 vermillion rockfish, 10 rockfish, 4 sand bass, 4 sand bass released, 25 sanddab, 1 sheephead, 30 whitefish, and 125 sculpin."

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