Southern CA Saltwater

San Pedro: Island yellows too tough to tackle?

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Sep 11, 2019

SAN PEDRO/LONG BEACH — The past week resulted in more than its share of stories about big island yellows besting anglers' efforts. It appeared more than half of what was hooked managed to bust off in the weeds, rocks or other anglers' lines.

Meanwhile the variety of fishes caught continued to grow, with larger numbers of both bonito and barracuda making their mark.

BIG BLUEFIN LIKE these caught by Jackson Ma continued to be an option aboard the Options.

Looking farther afield the overnight fleet continued to charge for the southern sector tuna bite. Aboard the Toronado, one lucky group of 18 anglers limited out on bluefin tuna – 36 blues to 75 pounds, alongside 36 yellowtail too.

The Outrider, 22nd Street landing, also posted an outstanding 2 dayer with 11 anglers decking 110 yellowfin and 28 bluefin over the weekend.

Skipper Jacob Moreno suggested 20- to 25-pound line, a short fluorocarbon leader, small hook all on 100 feet of mono top-shot over braid. It had been an all bait bite, no iron.

Out of L.A. Waterfront, Capt. Ryan Gengler reported landing 6 of the big yellows for 18 hookups. Capt. Bruce Root's 23 anglers managed to salvage just 9 of the big forktails, out of 22 hook-ups Thursday.

Meanwhile those island bound boats continued to occasionally encounter better bonito bites, barracuda too. The Native Sun, 22nd Street Landing Sportfishing, had a day with 58 bonito and 34 barracuda.

Out of Long Beach Sportfishing, Steve Phelps reported the Ahra Ahn with a catch including 60 bonito. Capt. Herman Dorado on the 6-pack Dreamer got into the big tanker seabass, with 6 anglers landing 9 Saturday morning.

Out on the Long Beach Shelf rockfish again proved to be a better option and Sunday the Victory scored nearly limits for 24 angers, consisting of 123 reds and 100 bocaccio.

According to Steve Phelps at Long Beach Sportfishing the Pacific Rader connected with limits of keeper calico.

The coastal sculpin bite which had been so strong for most of the summer before abruptly shutting down, continued at relatively low levels again past week.

As for those monster bluefin out around San Clemente Island, the Options – Pierpoint Landing – got out into the zone and put a few on deck this past week, including a 150 pounder for Jackson Ma of Alhambra.

bustingbigbruisersBUSTING BIG BRUISERS like these aboard the Gail Force, out of island structure proved a big challenge.

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