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Morro Bay: Final fishes of 2019 fly aboard

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Dec 31, 2019

MORRO BAY/AVILA — The Central Coast fleet saw some fine fishing the final weekend of the 2019 season. And in the usual rockfish mix were a couple of croaker, plus crabs so it might not necessarily be over entirely come Jan. 1. However the 2020 groundfish download will have to wait until April 1 up here.

whiteseabassWHITE SEA BASS — Port San Luis Sportlaunch saw private boaters come back with not only rockfish and lings, but a pair of these croakers too, and a nice halibut over the weekend. PHOTO COURTESY OF PORT SAN LUIS SPORTLAUNCH

Out of Port San Luis Harbor the final weekend saw private boaters once again with launchable weather at hand. Saturday the small boat fleet found about 1/2-limit fishing for the rockfish, plus 5 lings and 2 seabass, with just 12 boats on the water and all back early Saturday afternoon.


On the party boat side of the reef, anglers again kept the fish flying over the rails. For the 24 folks fishing aboard the Flying Fish Saturday that meant limits of rockfish with a cabezon thrown in, 4 lings and a sheephead.


Their top jackpot contender, a 12-pound lingcod caught by Manny Castillo of Orcutt, was on bait at Pt. Sal. So that meant the flying Flying Fish had made the nearly 20-mile run south on a 1/2-day time frame!


The Patriot’s Crab-N-Dab 3/4-day hauled up 49 Dungeness in the pots, along with 13 rock crabs and 8 spider crabs. From there the 23 anglers aboard caught 162 rockfish and a cabezon before time was up.


In Morro Bay the fleet also saw some solid final weekend production. Morro Bay Landing’s biggest ling of the day Sunday was a 22.5-pound monster aboard Capt. Sal Rocha’s Starfire. His 26 anglers had limits of rockfish (260) including 120 reds, plus 10 lings.


As for the Avenger, on a 3/4-day, 29 anglers topped out with 280 cods in the bags, plus a ling and a petrale sole. Dan Gardner’s 12-pound bocaccio took the prize money.


The Endeavor fished a 12-hour trip with 30 anglers getting 180 reds, 20 coppers, 30 bocaccio plus 50 other cods and 16 lings.


Over at Virg’s Landing the Black Pearl reported full rockfish limits for all 23 anglers on the first day of a 2-dayer, including 200 reds. Also landed were 30 lings.


The Fiesta fished a long range trip with 26 anglers bagging limits of rockfish with 200 reds, plus 7 lings topped by Clarence Henderson’s 18 pounder.


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A HAPPY ANGLER gets her last 2019 licks in on the reds aboard the Starfire, Morro Bay Landing. PHOTO COURTESY SAL ROCHA, STARFIRE SPORTFISHING

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LAST LING UNTIL SPRING — Another Starfire lingcod, possibly the last until April when bottom fishing reopens for Central Coast anglers. PHOTO COURTESY SAL ROCHA, STARFIRE SPORTFISHING

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SAN SIMEON SPECIAL — Capt. Sal Rocha of Morro Bay Landing’s Starfire said Sunday’s 10-hour trip produced chunky lingcod like this one, which weighed 22.5 pounds. PHOTO COURTESY SAL ROCHA, STARFIRE SPORTFISHING


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