Central CA Saltwater

Limits the rule

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Nov 06, 2018

MORRO BAY/AVILA — Steady rockfish catches continued to come in at Morro Bay and Avila. And almost every angler carried off a full 10-fish limit, once again this past week. Private boaters out of Avila also averaged limits as other species didn't distract from the bottom bite.

Big grumpy reds were on tap for the private boater Avila Beach bunch. Most of the party boat offerings ran light, just teens or low 20s fishing. The only exception was a pair of local weekend 1/2-day trips on the Patriot, where 39 fished together.

morrobaybonitoMORRO BAY BONITO aboard the Avenger – big ones!

Tuesday the Patriot fished with just 5 fishers on deck. All the standard rockfish strategies worked, double fly setups with a 1 pounder, swimbaits in shallow along with the iron.

The boats out of Morro Bay, both from Virg's Landing (Fiesta, Rita G, Black Pearl) as well as the now three boats at Morro Bay Landing (Starfire, Endeavor, Avenger) averaged middle 20s participating. The Avenger even jigged up a pair of beefy bonito.

For the most part any northwesterly winds stayed away from inshore waters, at least long enough to get the day in.

The waterfront was a busy place as fishers got ready for this week's Dungeness crab opener. Patriot's first crab-n-cod outing is/was Tuesday.

burlyredsbroadBURLY REDS BROAD as the blade of a 9-inch Russell fillet knife brought in by Avila Beach private boaters at Port San Luis Sportlaunch.

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