Islands and Offshore Fish Report

JEFF PRICE pulled aboard 2 of 3 bluefin tuna landed aboard the Pacifica this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF PRICE AND PACIFICA

Updated January 17, 2022


San Miguel – Santa Rosa islands — Squid nests in Bechers Bay drew a few light boats, but with the groundfish season closed, there was little recreational effort.

Santa Cruz – Anacapa islands — Some squid showed in Christy’s Sunday evening with the waxing moon. Anacapa island drop-offs were the site of all-you-want sanddab fishing, with thousands per boat landed and anglers each getting 100 or more.




San Nicolas Is. — There was a squid nest at the east end here too.

Santa Barbara Is. — The nearby Osborn bank also had squid and a small fleet of light boats and seiners some nights

Catalina Is. — Pretty darned quiet but for continued excellent action on the lobsters for hoopers fishing the front side.

San Clemente Is. — No report. Navy ops closure map/schedule at:   Navy island info links and kite regs:



Tanner and Cortes banks — The Tanner held bluefin tuna in 61-degree water but the bite was picky at best, with 8 anglers aboard the Electra landing 4 bluefin but loading up on big bonito with 34 kept.

Inner pelagic waters — Not much reported.

Outer pelagic waters — Butterfly, 60-mile a few bluefin to find but just one was caught aboard the Daiwa Pacific, which made the daring run to check it out.



(Mex license, passport and FMM)

Coronado Islands region, 3/4- full-day range — Piles of rockfish to be caught and both 3/4-day and half-day trips scheduled from San Diego landings.

Southern coastal 1.5- 2.5-day range — The Colonet lingcod bite was exceptional with scores over 30 fish on one boat. Flashes of yellowtail on the yo-yo iron, and blue and white Salas 6x Jr. was said to be a good choice. Catches ranged from 15 to 20 yellowtail per boat per day. Plenty of rockfish filled out anglers 10-fish-per-day limits. This is the WON SoCal salt pick of the week.



(Mex license only)

Open waters to full-day range — Not happening.

Open waters 1.5- to 3.5-day range — Bluefin tuna in the Inner Banks area to see, but bites were hard to come by last weekend. The Pacifica drew this straw and got 3 over the rail, yet that was similar to what the other two boats – the Daiwa Pacific looking southwest and the Electra, up on the Tanner Bank, encountered.





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