AVILA/MORRO BAY — Boats from Patriot Sportfishing in Avila and Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay scored heavily on quality rockfish, lingcod counts have been off the chart, and private boaters found limits of salmon when the wind allowed.
“We’re getting 7 or 8 rockfish around for our passengers, and the lingcod bite has been great. We’re at 370 lings for the season, which is only 3 weeks old,” said Kyle Robertson at Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach. Rockfish included hefty vermilion, coppers, black and blue rockfish.
Kelly, at Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay said, “Rockcod and lingcod fishing has been wide open out of Morro Bay. We had some big winds and a good size swell but we powered out and landed some real nice fish. On some days we came home early with limits all around. Call us up and get on board.”
Morro Bay counts for the week: Monday: The Princess took out 11 anglers who landed 90 red's and 20 assorted rockfish. Tuesday: The Princess took out 9 anglers and scored 7 lingcod, 50 red rockcod and 40 assorted rockfish. Thursday: The Fiesta had 16 anglers accounting for 2 lingcod, 80 reds and 80 assorted rockfish. The Princess took out 27 anglers and they landed 7 lingcod (to 16 pounds), 140 reds and 100 assorted rockfish. Friday: The Fiesta had 21 anglers who bagged 5 lingcod, 108 reds and 54 assorted rock fish. The Princess had 18 anglers on a long range trip, during which they boated 36 lingcod to 12 pounds. Also in the sacks were 110 reds and 70 assorted rockfish. Saturday: The Fiesta with 35 anglers landed 6 lingcod, 105 reds and 145 assorted rockfish. The Princess took 38 anglers who landed 11 ling, 63 reds and 140 assorted rockfish.
Private boaters waited through long lines in both harbors to splash boats, but the drive and wait were worth the time and effort because on any day this week when the weather permitted, salmon action was available just a short distance from harbor.
Just about the time it felt right to throttle up outside the harbor, the wise course of action was to slow down instead and deploy trolling lines. That is how close in the fish were found, though most boaters ran several miles before slowing to fish. There were days, early in the week, when boats with limits of salmon were returning to harbor and had to wait because the morning line of boats hadn’t yet finished splashing.