Southen CA Saltwater

Huge coastal gamesters show

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 13, 2018

Local bite hits stride, 3/4-day fishing kelps

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — Both a monster tanker at 63 pounds and mossback yellowtail of 37 pounds were landed in local coastal waters, bracketing the Laguna coast.

At the northern end jeweler Paul Hansen of Costa Mesa, owner of Blue Wave Jewelry in Newport Beach, pulled the big fork on the long rod aboard the Western Pride. The brute ate the iron at the end of 30-pound on a Seeker Ulua rod.

PAUL HANSEN'S 37-pound mossback yellow aboard the Western Pride afternoon 1/2-day on the long rod.

At the south end it was Larry Jia of Newport Beach catching a 63-pound tanker on a mackerel fly-lined on 25-pound at Dana Point Kelp aboard the Helena.

All along the O.C. coast waters warmed and the surface bite ripped. Capt. Brian Woolley reported the 3/4-day boats were switching away from the deep water double dropper deal to the surface bite for bass.

"Our 3/4-day trips have switched out of rockfish mode finally and have been fishing the beach as well. A couple days this week we did get off the beach 6 to 10 miles and did see some yellowtail sign on kelps out there. That fish hasn’t bit quite yet as the areas we are seeing this yellowtail is full of bait. Soon enough however I’d imagine this fish will get with it," reported Woolley.

Coastal calico highlights include the Boardroom's 3/4-day charter with 6 anglers catching 154 bass and releasing 127, and the Rampage's 1/2-day with 5 aboard swinging 162 of the sport coat clad calico over the rail, releasing 135.

A 63-POUND CROAKER caught by angler Larry Jia of Newport Beach. Here Capt. Keith Emmons and deckhand Cole Coscino aboard the Helena heft the tanker for the photo.

Up out of Davey's Locker the Freelance 3/4-day and Western Pride's 1/2-day run still tagged big numbers of rockfish. At Newport Landing the Patriot pulled 50 keeper sand bass for 10 anglers in limit-style fishing, adding 41 rockfish and 36 sculping as well as 3 barracuda.

The barracuda began to show on the flats zone well this past week late and the Western Pride had a half for 30 log skinnies along with over 200 bottom bites and a few bass.

Outer island boats Fury and Thunderbird fished the San Clemente Island bite and scored well on bass and yellowtail too. Sunday the T-bird posted 37 forks in their final count. Their best tail bite of the week was 57 for 30 folks, along with 200 bottom biters and 13 keeper calico. Hundreds of calico were caught and released at SCI. The Fury had 261 bass Friday, keeping 41.

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