Tanker half-day yellowtail highlights San Diego action, rockfish fill sacks below border

ROB TRESSLER was fishing for bass with a Hookup Bait on a ½-day trip aboard the Premier fishing bass out of H&M Landing. John “Hopalong” Cassidy of Rod and Reel Radio and owner of Angler’s Arsenal in Lakeside sold him the lucky Hookup Bait. He estimated the mossback at 40 pounds

SAN DIEGO/OCEANSIDE — If you’re Jonesing for rockfish, the San Diego landing’s are your spot. With Mexican waters just 7 miles off Point Loma the lower 9-mile’s deep water rockfish reefs offer extended ½-day runs and ¾-day runs that opportunity. Beyond there, are the Coronado Islands reefs and for 1.5-day runs and longer there’s the excellent fishing off Colonet.

With much of the fleet in maintenance mode, annual haul-outs, painting, projects and improvements going on, just a few boats are on line.

The bonus on the Coronado and Colonet runs is there’s the likelihood of coming across yellowtail schools down deep too.

H&M Landing has the Horizon running 1.5-day trips departing Friday evening for fishing Saturday. For fishing rockfish on a ¾-day trip the Daiwa Pacific Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


This past Friday 16 anglers on the Daiwa Pacific bagged 141 rockfish with 22 reds, 17 sheephead, a lingcod and a halibut.

For local fishing the Premier is on line daily for ½-day fishing. There’s been a nice pick on calico and sand bass for these runs recently and Rob Tressler landed a 30-pound class yellowtail on Saturday’s run.

In addition that landing has nightly lobster hoop-net trips fishing calm waters each evening for crabs and lobsters.

At Point Loma Sportfishing the Daily Double is on the local ½-day runs and also targeted bass. This is the prime season for the longest of the long-range runs and these trips saw some big yellowfin tuna come aboard in the past few days, plus wahoo. It’s exiting to see the catch come in.

The Independence and Red Rooster III crews posted some impressive photos this past week.

At Fisherman’s Landing the Dolphin is offering special halibut trips Wednesdays and Sundays. The Pacific Dawn departs each Friday evening for 1.5-day Baja Coast “Colonet” trips.

Over in Mission Bay, Seaforth Landing Sportfishing has the New Seaforth fishing ½-day trips locally. Recent catches include whitefish and a few sculpin and bass.

Out of Oceanside Harbor a few local ½-day runs are getting off the docks with light loads as is the trend coast-wide. Recent catches featured bass, both calico and sand, and it looked like a decent pick, anglers averaging a couple kept each and many more released.

The Chubasco out of the Oceanside SEA Center appeared to be the most active.