Southern CA Saltwater

Dana Point: Another cookie-cutter week

Sprinklings of calicos and sculpin

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 04, 2020

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — Winter weather can’t come any finer, yet the fishing was a little slow due to water in the 58- to 60-degree range.

“Capt. Brian Woolley of Dana Wharf said, “The sunshine for sure had us feeling like it was summertime, however, the catching was a bit from that. Half-day action still gave us a little glimpse of calico bass action near the surface and on the rubber lures, but most of the action came by way of the sinker rigs.”

CAPT. CALVIN COOPER, left, had his charter boat Helena out on Saturday and beefed up angler Chris Brown with this solid 32-pound halibut. Deckhand Mike Meyers with the gaff duty. PHOTO COURTESY DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING

Woolley added that both the 1-ounce sliding egg sinker rig and the dropper loop both caught fish.

Three-quarter-day trips continued to focus on sculpin, and action remained steady. “With mellow conditions all week the deeper water hasn’t been an issue,” Woolley said. “We had some good days of near limits on these sculpin. The guys have been splitting time as needed and catching the sculpin in the morning then heading into the kelp or hard bottom spots and fishing bass for a few hours as needed.”

The best sculpin count was 55 aboard the Clemente on Thursday, for 13 anglers.

Two anglers came home with legal flatties from a Halibut Derby trip, but the bigger news was a solid 32-pound fish caught on a Helena private charter by Chris Brown from Capistrano Beach.

No sportboats operated out of Davey’s Locker this week.

localhalfdayLOCAL HALF-DAY fishing hasn’t been lights out however there has been some great day-to-day action. Here Capt. Chris Pica hold an angler’s solid sand bass caught on a whole squid.

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