Umarex Gauntlet


Southern CA Saltwater

Clearing conditions and quality cods

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 12, 2019

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — With a few more days of dry weather came anglers ready to get their lines wet after a long winter off the water. Local 1⁄2- and 3⁄4-day trips out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and out of Newport Bay landings put anglers into some solid rockfish bites.

In addition, the “new” Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker Sportfishing was on-line for fishing this weekend.

schoolofrockSCHOOL OF ROCK — Dana Wharf Sportfishing is having no problems filling sacks this rockfish season.

Capt. Brian Woolley’s weekend report from Dana Wharf Sportfishing included, “More great fishing this week for us. That deep water has been very productive. The 3⁄4-day trips have been spending their day either on the anchor or drifting for rockfish. Some great quality this week. Real nice reds and some big bocaccio. Plenty of other mix in’s like the whitefish, sculpin and other assorted rockfish.”

Trips targeting rock grabbers and bottom biters definitely had the edge, however the local bass bite, though not setting any records, edged upward a bit as they acclimated to the cooler conditions.

Woolley had this to say in that regard: “The 1⁄2-day stuff has been gaining some momentum too. A few days they’ve fished the rockfish and have had great counts. And the bass fishing has perked up a bit with some surface action on the live bait and lures. Sunshine and steady water temps were the key... a couple days the weather kept us off the water. But all in all things are pretty steady.”

Out of Dana Wharf the week’s highlights included the 3⁄4-day catch aboard the Clemente Thursday for 18 fishers. They bagged 180 rockfish for full limits for all. These included 90 reds. Other fish landed were a keeper sandbass, a sheephead, 31 ocean whitefish and 5 scorpions.

Out of Davey’s Locker Sport­fishing, the Western Pride had a 1⁄2-day with 15 anglers put on limits of rockfish for all, 150. And from Newport Landing the Patriot fished with just 10 anglers on one 1⁄2-day, catching 100 reds, 3 whitefish and a lone sculpin. Counts showed a few trips scored fairly well on sculpin too, with a couple of trips posting over 100 on deck.

Both the Fury (Dana Wharf) and the beautiful new Thunderbird (Davey’s Locker) had trips scheduled departing Friday evening for overnighters to San Clemente Island. This will be the first outing with passengers for the new Thunderbird.

Capt. Jeffrey Markland posted, “Friday night you can overdose on #puresugar.”

THE NEW T-BIRD — She’s a beauty!

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