South Bay anglers found excellent fishing during the holiday weekend.
Boats on two-day trips to Cortez Bank returned with catches of bluefin tuna and yellowtail. The L.A. Harbor boat Shogun returned Monday from Cortez with 48 bluefin, 42 yellowtail and limits of rock cod.
Three Torrance fishermen caught bluefin that earned jackpot awards.
Steve Tsujiuchi weighed in a 39 1/4-pounder, Chuck Beckharts caught a 37 3/4-pounder and Isao Hatashita a 35 1/2-pounder.
The 22nd Street Landing’s Islander returned Tuesday from Cortez with 14 yellowtail, 11 tuna and limits of rockfish. The largest fish was a 48-pound halibut caught by John Heston of Long Beach.
Barracuda and bonito fishing at Horseshoe Kelp remained strong and yellowtail were reported at Rocky Point.
Anglers aboard the L.A. Harbor boat Sportking caught five white seabass at Horseshoe Kelp. Several other seabass busted tackle. The Long Beach Sportfishing boat Victory reported that two seabass were caught, but a school of the fish were chased away by seals.
Long Beach anglers catching seabass included Jack Stout with a 16-pounder and Marlyn Robinson with a 15-pounder.
The presence of white seabass could indicate an early fall run.
Anglers aboard half-day boats from Redondo Sportfishing have been catching limits of bonito in the Rocky Point area. Yellowtail have also been caught.
Larry Fontino, aboard the City of Redondo, caught a 30-pound halibut.
A six-pound triggerfish was brought aboard the Sportking by San Pedro fisherman Maurice Humphrey.
At first, Humphrey believed he had hooked a bonito. It was his first triggerfish.
Rosie Cadman at the Avalon weigh station reports that 56 marlin have been brought to the scale.
Kelly Barr, 10, of Avalon, aboard the Cat Last, caught a 112 1/2-pound marlin while trolling off the slide area.
On Friday and Saturday, the King Harbor Marlin Club and Marina del Rey Anglers will compete in a marlin tournament. More than 50 boats are entered.