SoCal Fishing Report


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Dec 9, 2005
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Colton, CA
By Terrence Berg, 976-TUNA
LONG-RANGE ACTION: The 10-day and longer boats are just now getting back on the water after taking a break for Christmas. The Qualifier 105 out of Point Loma Sportfishing, and the Excel out of Fisherman's Landing have left on 10-day trips, and the Polaris Supreme, out of Fisherman's Landing, is on a 14-day trip. All three boats will reach the big tuna grounds on Thursday this week and landings should know by Friday if this epic season will continue. So far, one day and boat catch records and hundreds of personal bests have been recorded in what everyone is calling "the best yellowfin tuna season in history." Most boats are coming back with holds full of 150 to 250-pound yellowfin. Shorter range, five-day trips to Cedros Island for yellowtail and rockfish have seen windy, tough conditions so far this week, but conditions were improving and skippers expected to see a good yellowtail bite.
LOCAL SURFACE BITES: With the end of rockfish season approaching on Dec. 31, many local boats have been testing the waters for surface bites this week and have found consistent, not dazzling, bites on calico and sand bass on structure from Newport into the Santa Monica Bay. The Izor Reefs are all producing a good number of bass and a lot of sculpin. Catalina Island has been pretty much left alone in the past week, but there continues to be a spotty pick on yellowtail for private boaters with live squid. More white seabass are also showing up in the catch.
ROCKFISH: The season closed Jan. 1 except in Mexican waters. That means the San Diego fleet will continue to see good rockfish action on one-day and longer trips that run south. But anglers have through Saturday to cash in on consistently good rockfish action off the Southern California coast. Port Hueneme Sportfishing has had limits of rockfish and red snapper for all of its boats in the past week.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: The staff of 976-TUNA and SKB host instructional charters throughout the year, offering beginning anglers or veterans advice and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. There is a special 10-day trips to give instruction for catching and landing giant tuna that leaves Jan. 6 on the Qualifier 105.
Cost is $2,400. The next trip after that will be a Friday, March 3, 1 1/2-day jaunt out of Seaforth Sportfish to Colonet for yellowtail and rockfish trip. Cost is $175. For information about this or other SKB/976-TUNA instructional charters, call (310) 328-8426 or go to