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Central Coasters grinding limits

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Oct 10, 2018

MORRO BAY/AVILA — Along the Central Coast, wind conditions became challenging over the weekend, yet the coastal morning sliver of calm water proved to be enough. Once again the partyboat fleet managed to make it out almost every day and bag up limits before wind or waves sent them back to the barn.

THE KID'S SEABASS, one of 4 in the boat.

Lingcod catches were ever so slightly improved in local waters as they typically do as days shorten. Yet they were a far cry from recent season's totals. However the rockfish numbers were excellent, couldn't be any better legally. It was a challenge to find a fish count less than full limits, and when one did, it just barely missed the mark.

Between Avila Beach and Morro Bay the situation was similar, limits the rule. However, Port San Luis Sportlaunch put a sharper point on it, posting over the weekend, "Wind blows! Not many boats launched the last couple days due to rough weather. But this kid caught seabass today!"

The "kid" had 4 white seabass laid out before him in one photo.

Double flies and 16 ounces or more should do the trick up here in deeper water. Shallow water spots deserve a bass reel and 2-ounce lead-head with swim-bait, however hurricane swells rolling in might have inshore areas pretty murky.

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