Southern CA Saltwater

Dana 3/4-day hammers scorpions

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 05, 2019

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — The pre-storm results were in and the Sum Fun led the pack on the sculpin bite, limiting out 3 days running. As the big storm rolled closer the bite fell off however, and the fleet tied up over the weekend.

The Dana Wharf halibut derby leaderboard stayed virtually frozen, with no new fish brought to scale.

coastalbassfishingCOASTAL BASS FISHING is outstanding on the half- and ¾-day trips out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing. PHOTO COURTESY DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING

Capt. Brian Woolley reported, "This last week again was pretty much a carbon copy duplicate of what we’ve been doing the last few weeks. Our 3/4-day trips have been spending the mornings down off San Onofre on the anchor in anywhere from 210 to 270 feet of water fishing various hard bottom spots catching sculpin. The catching has been very consistent for us as pretty much every angler has been catching their 5. Rubber lures fished on a dropper loop or the Lucanus jig caught the better fish down there this week."

After sacking up limits of sculpin, they've headed in to the shallows for a bit of bass fishing on "hard bottom," as those classic kelp beds like the Barn Kelp, Yellowtail Kelp and San Onofre Kelp, currently have no kelp at all.

Up at Newport Bay, the story was similar at Davey's Locker Sportfishing, with the Western Pride out daily on local 1/2-day runs up to Friday, before calling it a week and battening the hatches for the weekend's wet and wild weather.

The boat had been working a slow pick on the sand bass, coupled with a perch bycatch.

BILL HOGAN OF Hogan’s Bait and Tackle in Dana Point with Dana Wharf Sportfishing Capt. Shane Mansur showing off a dandy sculpin.

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