Central CA Saltwater Fishing Report

November albacore, phenomenal lingcod fishing near and far highlights the action out of Virg’s

BY BRANDON HAYWARD/WON Staff Writer Published: Nov 06, 2012

Central Coasters get an added option in that of ‘Rock and Crab’ trips out of Patriot to go with the landing’s half- to long-range trips

MORRO BAY — The albacore action has shifted to the outside, as the incredible water edge that was holding the albacore and bluefin off San Simeon, and as close as 7 miles off the beach, broke down, sending boats out to the southwest 38 to 50 miles from Morro Rock, and towards the Donut.

Virg’s Landing got a couple of albacore trips off the dock this past week. The Friday run on the Princess had the best weather to work with, by far, and the 20 quality albacore for the 13 anglers was a testament to that when the weather lets boats work, there’s some good fishing to be had on jig strikes, slide lures like the swimbaits and Megabait-type jigs as well as any bait — like live squid — that can be jigged up before the trip.

There’s no live bait in the receiver, so trying for live squid in the bay has been the way that the trips start.

ALL ABOUT THE ALBIES — Virg’s got a couple of albacore trips off the dock last week; the weather was down and the fish were up and hitting the troll jigs on on the Princess last Friday when these longfin — and anglers from near and far — hit the deck.

The Black Pearl was out Sunday for 8 of the longfin in sloppier conditions. While tuna are drawing the attention of both locals and out-of-towners who want to get a shot at some white meat, the bottom fishing continues to ramp up, thanks to the incredible lingcod action that has been available near and far to Morro Bay. The half-day trips have been getting into lingcod fishing that mirrors that of the long range trips. Like on Sunday when the Fiesta was on a half-day trip for 20 lingcod to go with 51 reds, 112 rockfish and 3 cabezon. This was after a Saturday ¾-day trip knocked down 22 lingcod, 78 reds, 52 rockfish and a cabezon for 13 anglers — which worked out to full limit on the rockfish, which has been standard for the ¾-day plus trips. The long range trips are most always the way to score big on the lings, and if they are hittin’ close to Morro Bay then they are really chewing up above at a long range local like San Simeon. On Sunday the Princess scored 36 of the lingcods to match up with 140 reds and 110 rockfish for limits on the rockfish for the 25 anglers.

The news out of Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach is that of Rock and Crab trips entering the schedule for the fall. The landing had the Patriot dump the pots in the water on Nov. 3, and they will soak until Nov. 14, when trips kick off. Priced at $74 for an 8-hour trip, the runs will go on Wednesday and Friday. The traps will get pulled, and the rest of the trip will focus on rod-and-reel fishing for rockfish.

It hasn’t been full-on limit style action the past few weeks for all the trips on the Patriot, but the counts have been plenty good. Like on Saturday when it wasn’t 10 around on the rockfish for the ¾ day, but the 24 anglers on the ¾-day ended up with 103 rockfish, 11 lingcod, 30 reds, 48 bolina and 1 cabezon.

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