Central CA Saltwater

Lings rally for Avila

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 18, 2017

AVILA BEACH — For the fleet out of Patriot Sportfishing's Avila Beach location, the lings went on a tear over the weekend. It started Saturday with the Patriot posting 50 lings and the Phenix getting 25. Easter Sunday the Phenix went on to sack full limits of lings, bagging 38 for 19 anglers, also bagging limits of rockfish including 140 reds, and get this — it was a 1⁄2-day trip.

ANGLERS REVEL IN redness aboard Virg's Landing's Fiesta.

In Morro Bay, Virg's spokes­man, Bruce Harwood, provided a complete rundown of the week's results. He noted that high winds Thursday and Friday made things challenging but otherwise there were some great trips run, and they slew the reds and coppers out in the 280-foot depths.

"For the week ending Saturday, we had 11 trips go out with 291 anglers. There was a total of 2,730 fish caught — 9-plus around including 77 lings, 1,331 reds, 313 coppers, 191 canary rockfish and 4 rock sole," noted Harwood.

He highlighted a pair of Spring Break 1⁄2-day trips run Wednesday. Rita G limited on rockfish, including 72 reds, 18 coppers and 18 canaries. Fiesta came close, with 35 anglers getting 220 reds and 60 coppers, plus 35 other rockfish and 14 lings.

The Week 2 qualifier in their 'John Rowley Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Tournament' was Kevin Watkins of Bakersfield for his 16.8-pound fish.

Down on Embarcadero, Morro Bay Landing had all 3 boats, Avenger, San Pedro Special and Endeavor, out. The best ling score of the week was Endeavor's 41 ling score on Thursday, with 41 for 25 anglers. The day prior saw their best rockfish score with limits for 20 with 180 reds.

Saturday the Avenger found full limits for 34 on a 1⁄2-day run, 340 cods, and got 11 lings too.

Harwood reported on the local surf bite as the big, slab barred surfperch continued to raid the whitewater. "We again sold out of lugworms, nightcrawlers, jumbo redworms and shrimp — those being the preferred bait for the aggressive big ones, along with Lucky Craft 110 jigs," he said.

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