Southern CA Saltwater

Boats tucked into their slips

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Feb 05, 2019

SANTA MONICA — Capt. Rick Oefinger put it this way, "Boats are snug in their slips. What more could you want? Nice storm..."

He said the sand bass fishing had been pretty good, "a nice January-February mix." But it was the number of sculpin that was most impressive, and it turned out most of these were caught fishing sand bass on lead-head and squid in shallow water. It averaged out to almost limits on the 1/2-day, with several days of limits in the week's mix.

moisesbernalMOISES BERNAL STUCK this 28-pound flatty while fishing a live sardine in 190 feet of water aboard the Betty-O.

He commented on how remarkable their abundance had become. It used to be there were just a few select spots where one might encounter those California scorpion fish. But these days, they're on every spot.

Here as farther down the coast, there continued to be halibut out in waters of 20 fathoms or more, a bit deeper that one usually expects to encounter them.

Moises Bernal of Los Angeles fooled a nearly 30-pound flatfish with a live sardine while fishing aboard the Betty-O this past week. The big barn-door was in over 30 fathoms of water at 190 feet.

Just down the coast the Redondo Special was out Wednesday with 26 anglers trying their luck. With bass the target, it was mixed "perch" that found the boat, 115 of them. They released a couple dozen bass too, and kept just a handful.

Saturday there was rain, and Sunday we all had to watch the Patriots grab another round of Super Bowl rings.

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