The bluefin tuna continue to bite for boats making the run to Tanner Bank. The Fortune returned from a trip there on Wednesday morning with 20 big bluefin for 14 anglers and boats report the fish are still biting at the time of this writing on Wednesday afternoon. This weekend’s weather forecast for the bank looks fishable but uncomfortable, so if you’re thinking about taking your own boat out, I’d double and triple check the weather before committing to the run. We’ve got a full moon coming up early next week and that could either improve the bite or send the fish packing, so it’s a gamble if you’re looking to book a trip after the weekend.
In non-tuna news, squid is showing up along our coast and is making for some excellent rockfishing.
The rockfish are biting well everywhere for anglers using live squid but the hot bite this week has been in the Santa Monica Bay. The New Del Mar out of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing has been scoring big reds and good numbers of quality lings on most trips. The Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfishing has been getting in on the action as well when they can get enough anglers to get off the dock. If you want to get in on some of the best rockfishing this year I recommend jumping on one of these boats this weekend. The wind is forecast to blow up north, so this might be your best chance at loading up on some quality fish. If you’re a private boater looking to catch some rockfish check out my article about finding rockfish spots by clicking here.
The bass are responding to the influx of squid as well. Boats fishing the coastal artificial reefs have been catching a mix of calicos and sand bass. The Patriot out of Newport Landing fished off Huntington Beach on Tuesday and managed limits of bass for their passengers. Private boaters looking to get in on this bite should plan to anchor up current of these spots and chum cut squid while fishing live squid on a light lead head or sliding sinker rig.
Make sure to fish with a properly set drag as there are some big seabass and yellowtail cruising around as well.
As I previously mentioned, there is some wind forecast for the Channel Islands this weekend, but the rockfish are biting. On Saturday the Aloha Spirit landed 51 ling cod and 120 rockfish for their 17 anglers. Channel Island Sportfishing has boats online all weekend and is doing a Holiday Food Drive. For every non-perishable canned good item donated you will receive a free raffle ticket good towards our year end drawing on December 30th. Raffle items will include CISCOs Tackle Shop gift certificates, fishing trips from Channel Islands Sportfishing fleet and more. This is a great opportunity to help support a good cause while potentially winning some cool prizes.