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Southern CA Saltwater

San Clemente Island cranking out cods

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 09, 2019

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — The Orange County overnight boats continued to find great rockfish action out at San Clemente and even Santa Barbara Island, now with access to some deeper reefs not fished for almost 20 years. The big redfish continued to fill angler's bags full for anglers fishing the Fury out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing in Dana Point and the Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker Sportfishing in Newport Beach.

A HAPPY ANGLER aboard the Fury, who tagged this San Clemente Island yellowtail along with a bag full of bottom biters.

Not only were those fish grade-large, but the bite continued to provide anglers limits, often augmented by burly ocean whitefish. The T-bird rolled in with 23 anglers having caught 230 rockfish with 85 reds, 11 sheephead, 3 lings and 189 ocean whitefish for full 20-fish max daily bag limits for all Sunday.

For Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Capt. Brian Woolley reported, "Fury's been getting out too and staying busy. They’ve been fishing at Clemente and have had some great rockfish for his trips. Some real nice quality on that rockfish over there right now. They had a shot at some yellows today, I think they got 4. He has both all-day trips to Cat and some 1-day trips on the books this week too."

That landing's halibut derby wrapped up this past weekend, with a final fish-off for the 20 anglers remaining on the leaderboard.

Lenny Green pulled off the win with a keeper flatfish putting him in the money — $500 bones!

As for coastal bottom fishing on that landing's 3/4-day trips, the bite continued. Woolley's report was, "Nice week weather wise for us... Some good days down in the deep water off San Onofre and Pendleton. The conditions a few days made things tricky with some current issues but each day we were able to catch what we needed. Live sardine fished great this week, as did the 100-gram jigs. Tons of sardine in the zone down there this week and that better grade rockfish was on the live baits because of it."

As for 3/4-day trips aboard the Newport-based Freelance, they've been heading across to Catalina Island some and fishing rockfish there. There catches consisted of a wide variety of bottom biters, including whitefish, rockfish, sculpin, perch, sheephead and sanddabs.

The coastal 1/2-day bite for the Patriot and Aggressor included ocean whitefish, limits actually on some trips, 210 for 21 Monday. Rockfish numbers were up and down, but were second most abundant in the catch.

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