Socal Fish report 7/9/08


Mar 11, 2001
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By Terrence Berg and Phil Friedman

CHANNEL ISLAND UPDATE: There continues to be some really excellent white seabass fishing – at times. A trip early this week on the Mirage out of Port Hueneme Sportfishing saw 17 anglers take 34 white seabass. The Aloha Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing has had some big hits recently as have others. Calico bass fishing has been getting better and better and there seems to be more sand bass around, too. Of course, as always, the Channel Island rockfish bite is stupendous.
LOS ANGELES LANDINGS UPDATE: San Clemente Island continues to produce excellent calico bass fishing with a a good shot of yellowtail here and there. There have also been occasional good catches of white seabass. An angler, fishing aboard the Dreamer skippered Allyn Watson, recently caught a bluefin tuna on the anchor. So there is some variety at Clemente. At Catalina Island, the calico bass fishing has been good to excellent, and there have been occasional good catches of white seabass and a few yellowtail. For the nearshore boats, local anglers have been pounding out big catches of barracuda along with seeing some good action on sand and calico bass. The sand bass have yet to settle in, but they are showing in greater numbers all the time. That could explode at any time.
ORANGE COUNTY LANDINGS UPDATE: Anglers on overnight boats out of Orange County landings have been picking away at the albacore and bluefin tuna, as well as some kelp paddy yellowtail and even a few yellowfin tuna. Anglers aboard the Bongos III have seen all three species on trips this week, and the Sea Horse out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing has also cashed in. This bite in not wide open, but there have been enough fish to suggest this bite is about to break wide open. For anglers on the local ½-day trips, there has been excellent barracuda fishing, more and more sand bass, some excellent calico bass fishing along with some big white seabass along the coast. There also continue to be some very nice halibut taken.
SAN DIEGO LANDINGS UPDATE: Albacore fishing seems to get better and better all the time. There have been some down days, as in every albacore bite, but for the most part, the season appears to be headed in the right direction. Anglers on the New Lo An had 71 albacore one-day trip, while the Searcher, Polaris Supreme, Grande, Qualifier 105 and others boats have also posted big albie scores in the past week. Anglers on the Polaris Supreme, and others boats, have also reported good catches of 12 to 30-pound bluefin tuna, and more of those tuna are moving into striking range of the overnight fleet. Besides several big albacore days on the Legend this past week, Captain Shawn Throbridge reported seeing a big breezer of yellowfin tuna this week. Look for more of that as our water temps rise in the nearshore ban of water. The San Diego local bite has been excellent. Limits of sand bass, good barracuda action, and some big halibut have been the rule this past week. There are also more yellowtail being taken along the coast, as well as at the Coronado Islands.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA and Shimano host instructional charters throughout the year, offering beginning anglers or veterans advice and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The next trip is a 3/4-day limited load trip on Friday, July 11, aboard the Icon out of Long Beach Sportfishing. This trip will target surface species and the cost is $50. For more information on upcoming Shimano/976-TUNA instructional charters, call 310-328-8426.


Southern California: Virg's Sportfishing, Morro Bay, 805-772-1222; Patriot Sportfishing, Avila Beach, 805-595-7200; Sea Landing, Santa Barbara, 805-963-3564; Harbor Village Sportfishing, Ventura, 805-658-1060; Channel Islands Sportfishing, Oxnard, 805-985-8511; Captain Hook's Sportfishing, Oxnard, 805-382-6233; Port Hueneme Sportfishing, Hueneme, 805-488-2212; Malibu Pier Sportfishing, 310-328-8426; Marina Del Rey Sportfishing, Marina del Rey, 310-822-3625; Redondo Sportfishing, Redondo Beach, 310-372-2111; Rocky Point Fuel Dock (skiff rentals for King Harbor), Redondo Beach, 310-374-9858; 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro, 310-832-8304; L.A. Harbor Sportfishing, San Pedro, 310-547-9916; Long Beach Sportfishing, Long Beach, 562-432-8993; Pierpoint Landing, Long Beach, 562-983-9300; Marina Sportfishing, Long Beach, 562-598-6649; Newport Landing, Newport Beach, 949-675-0550; Davey's Locker, Newport Beach, 949-673-1434; Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point, 949-496-5794; Helgren's Sportfishing, Oceanside, 760-722-2133; Fisherman's Landing, San Diego, 619-221-8500; H&M Landing, San Diego, 619-222-1144; Seaforth Landing, San Diego, 619-224-3383; Point Loma Sportfishing, San Diego, 619-223-1627; Islandia Sportfishing, San Diego, 619-222-1164.
Mexico Landings: Sergio's Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.

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