Southern CA Saltwater

New T-bird to come on-line

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

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — Josh Iwanaga at Davey's Locker Sportfishing reported, "The Thunderbird is running overnights and have been fishing near limits of rockfish and whitefish, with some yellowtail mixed in. Davey's Locker is introducing a new boat, also called the Thunderbird. It will be run by the same crew with Captain Jeff (Markland) at the helm. With this new boat, the galley will now be twice the size as the original, bunks with air conditioning, and each bunk is equipped with an electrical socket to charge anything you bring."

A BRIGHT YELLOWTAIL aboard the "old" Thunderbird while fishing bottom biters at San Clemente Island.

Angler Marc Ingram was aboard the old T-bird for the cod opener. They fished San Clemente Island with Capt. Brian Kelly at the helm and a full complement of 30 anglers.

Ingram said, "They were pleasantly surprised by an early snap on 12- to 15-pound yellowtail biting the frozen squid, with 2 caught on the yo-yo iron. Final count was 10 (yellowtail), 276 rockfish and 97 whitefish. The new T-bird is scheduled to start next weekend."

Local waters out of Newport continued to produce prodigious numbers of sculpin, along with lots of rockfish now. The Freelance decked 150 of the red devils during Friday evening’s twilight run.

The Western Pride's opening day 1/2-day trip limited out on rockfish with 215 of the 270 rockfish and vermilion.

The Aggressor and Patriot stayed steady fishing local waters too.

For Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Capt. Brian Woolley reported, "We saw some excellent fishing at the end of the week. Yesterday the Reel Fun got out in the morning and ended up catching his rockfish limits before being blown off the water at noon. Reel Fun today had another great 1/2-day trip: 21 anglers with 207 reds, 3 chucks — rockfish limits again. Tons of rockfish pics blasted all over the Internet. I think it’s safe to say that every boat on the coast is hyped to be back to catching fish."

He said the Fury saw very good fishing out at San Clemente Island over the weekend. The bite included lots of rockfish, "piles of whitefish" and even a stray yellowtail too.

Sunday's Fury fish count for 30 anglers was 6 sheephead, 98 whitefish, 235 rockfish, 3 yellowtail and 1 lingcod.

He added that the whales were thick locally now, a great bonus for anyone out on the water.

One last note: the word on the street was lots of red crab, all islands and the coast. They're back!


SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND red, a sunset rockfish this time, aboard the Fury.

yellowtailontheYELLOWTAIL ON THE DL aboard the Fury at San Clemente Island.

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