Southern CA Saltwater

Dana Point: Mirror image fishing

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 11, 2020

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — This week’s action out of Dana Point and Newport mirrored the past two weeks in good weather and production.

“Our water temps remained mild again this weeks with that same 58- to 60-degree range pretty much everywhere,” said Capt. Brian Woolley of Dana Wharf. “Half-day fishing is still setting up over some deeper hard bottom structure targeting sand bass and sculpin. The best set-ups continue to be those using sinkers, either the sliding egg sinker or the dropper loop set-up. There has been some standout fish on the live sardine but most action is coming off the whole squid or strip bait.”

sculpinactionSCULPIN ACTION — There was still plenty of action on the sculpin for the Dana Wharf fleet this week. Five fish limits have been the norm on the landing’s recent 3/4-day trips. PHOTO COURTESY DANA WHARF

Three-quarter-day action is still concentrating out deep on scorpionfish. “Catching remained excellent all week with 5-fish limits not hard to come by,” Woolley added. “The swimbait fished on the dropper loop has continued to be lights-out productive — 5-inch swimbaits are perfect in any of the red colors. There’s been a little bass action on these trips too as we’ve been able to anchor over the kelp and hard bottom after wrapping the sculpin as needed.”

Woolley went on to say halibut action has picked up. “The Halibut Derby leaderboard sits as is with 19 fish,” he said. “There were a few fish caught this week on open party trips but the anglers hadn’t bought into the derby. And then the Helena out again Saturday on a charter had a couple nice halibut, one in particular 21 pounds caught by Charlie Vogel of Laguna Nigel.

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

anotherdandyhalibutANOTHER DANDY HELENA HALIBUT — Twelve-year-old Charlie Vogel of Laguna Niguel poses with his 21-pound flatty. PHOTO COURTESY DANA WHARF

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