Southern CA Saltwater

San Pedro: Catalina bassin' blows up

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 04, 2019

SAN PEDRO/LONG BEACH — The Catalina Island calico bite blew up big time for some this past week, limits of big bass – 120 for 24 anglers – aboard the Enterprise Thursday and nearly 70 bulls aboard the Pursuit Friday.

For others, the bonito bite grew some legs and took off running. The Ahra Ahn tuned in 60 of the tiger tuna Sunday.

TRUE BULLS ABOARD the Pursuit, tight to the island.

Ripping current on the Long Beach Shelf sent 3/4-day anglers to the island according to Steve Phelps at Long Beach Sportfishing. He said, "A big swell, and ripping uphill current slowed down our local fishing this week, so Captain George on the 3/4 day boat, Victory, headed across to the island... The guys had a great day, landing 2 barracuda, 41 bonito, 11 calico bass, 50 calico bass released, 14 rockfish, 2 sculpin, 15 whitefish, 12 whitefish, and going 3 for 10 on the big yellowtail for 16 anglers."

The 6-pack Chubasco III, headed across on the same day, and his 6 anglers landed 2 barracuda, 1 bonito, 18 calico bass, 1 sheephead, and 2 big yellowtail. The Pacific Raider joined them and their 6 anglers sacked up 3 barracuda, 15 perch, 25 calico bass, and 3 whitefish.

The Eldorado has headed for San Diego for the next few weeks, fishing pelagics from there.

All of the region's overnight offerings continued to target the pelagics, making the run south for yellowfin tuna as the schools of fish edged ever closer. Pierpoint Landing's boat Toronado pulled back to the dock Thursday with 61 yellowfin and a yellowtail for 33 clients.

Also from that landing, the 6-pack boat Options found good gamefish action on an outer island foray, decking halibut, yellowtail, seabass, big sheephead and reds all on the same outing. The biggest flatfish scaled at an impressive 45 pounds. David Porter of Huntington Beach was the lucky angler.

As for the limits bass bite aboard the aboard the Enterprise fishing Catalina Island, Capt. Andrew Sirat said they were big fish, 4s, even a couple of 8 pounders. They had a flash through of yellows splashing for a few minutes as well but none bit. The word was beautiful weather and non-stop action.

Aboard the Triton – L.A. Waterfront – the yellowtail bit but proved too big and mean for the day's anglers to boat many. They have openings on open party 5 to 5 runs.

The Sport King saw limits bass action Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, along with good numbers of bonito, 32 for 13 anglers Tuesday. This is some great bass fishing, given the large minimum size today.

outerislandgloryOUTER ISLAND GLORY — Another trifecta day aboard the Options.

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