Southern CA Saltwater

Halibut hold the spotlight at Dana Wharf

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 07, 2018

DANA POINT — The epic local halibut action resumed this past week and a third flatfish in the 30s was landed. Chuck Cordona's 32-pound, 5-ounce flatty displaced Cher Owens' 32-pound, 4-ounce model as the second place fish on Dana Wharf Sportfishing's Halibut Derby leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Michael Cross hung onto his qualifier spot with just over 11 pounds, setting the current lower mark.

threemoredandiesTHREE MORE DANDIES for the Dana Wharf Halibut Derby leaderboard aboard the Clemente.

WON source Capt. Brian Woolley said, "This week we continued to see that steady sculpin action that has carried us through the last month now. Consistency has been the name of the game. Some days it’s been the ‘work at it a bit for limits,’ and other days it’s been finding 'em biting good and then having time to go catch a few bass afterwards."

Of course, this past week's weather was absolutely gorgeous, flat, greasy calm for the Orange County landings. Water temperatures leveled off at near 60 degrees and the 1/2-day bass bite was a day-to-day deal.

Woolley added that the Sum Fun was in maintenance mode this past week. A little fresh paint and a few internal upgrades were added, with the boat back on-line as of press time.

Saturday the Clemente sailed with 41 anglers on deck. They sacked 192 sculpin, adding nearly a hundred dabs while they were at it.

The Western Pride, running out of Davey's Locker Sportfishing, pulled limits of the spiny critters both Thursday and Friday. Both the Patriot and Aggressor over at Newport Landing were on-line locally and participated in the scorpionfish bonanza.

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