Southern CA Saltwater

Dana Point halibut derby a wrap!

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 10, 2018

David Sluder takes first –
Lennie Green wins fish-off

DANA POINT — The results were in. David Sluder hung on to the top spot with his 36.9-pound flattie landed in January and Top Angler honors went to Lennie Green who landed the largest halibut during the April 8 flatfish Fish-Off with a 10.4.

The money spots fell as follows:

 Place Prize Money
 Angler Weight
 1st $1,500 David Sluder
 2nd $750 Chuck Cardona
 3rd $500 Cher Owens
 4th $250 Greg Harrington
 5th $100 Carlos De Los Santos
 Top Angler
 $500 Lennie Green

Local fishing focused on the bottom fish out in 200-plus feet of water along the coastline. Capt. Brian Woolley reported, "On Sat I had a light load on a 1/2-day, so we fished some cod in front of the harbor. For 15 anglers we put together 70 red rock cod, and 24 miscellaneous rockfish."

The better cod spots were accessed on the longer 3/4-day trips, but Woolley added, "In the 35- to 45-fathom areas below San Onofre there’s been no shortage of red crab, so the fish have been a little finicky — you’ve just got to find the right spot devoid of the crab and we’ve been able to catch some real nice reds, coppers and grouper down there."

While the best bet was the standard double dropper rigs with live bait or squid strips, the 100g Coltsnipers did some damage in the right hands, too.

Of course, there were a few breezy days offshore this past week, but when the wind gods allowed it was as good as ever on the reds, whitefish and other bottom biters out at San Clemente Island.

Saturday the 30 anglers fishing aboard the Fury sacked 300 rockfish (limits) along with 81 ocean whitefish and 13 sheephead plus a few lings, calico and perch.

Angler Marc Ingram reported in form Davey's Locker Sportfishing's overnight boat Thunderbird, also out at SCI. With just 12 anglers aboard Monday, they scored easy limits of rockfish, adding a bonus of 42 whitefish, 3 sheephead and a lone ling. It was 13-year-old Larsos, visiting from Delaware with the ling and several fat reds too.

Fishing the local waters the Newport Landing boats Aggressor and Patriot saved the 1/2-day by adding in over 100 ocean whitefish each outing, to more modest rockfish numbers this past week.

Angler participation aboard the Catalina Island bound Freelance and 1/2-day local Western Pride was heavy once again this past week as Groupon crowds cashed in.

WON READER SCOTT Childress sent in this photo of a fine local red, the J.P. winner on the Clemente out of Dana Wharf Monday. An anchovy on the DL rig did the trick.

THIS DANDY FURY SCI red was one of many.

younglarsonYOUNG LARSON LANDED several reds and the only ling aboard the Thunderbird while fishing San Clemente Island in limit style action. PHOTO BY MARC INGRAM

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