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Dana Point: Good island yellowtail bite for O.C. boats

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jun 26, 2019

DANA POINT/ NEWPORT — With few yellowtail on the coast, the boats along this stretch have been making hay at the islands, where the bite has shown some recent consistency. The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker made the trip to Catalina on a ¾-day trip with 55 anglers. The boat landed 26 yellowtail to go with 31 whitefish, 2 sheephead, 12 blue perch, 16 calico bass, 3 bonito, and 3 barracuda. An­other ¾-day trip earlier in the week aboard the Freelance with 55 anglers caught 38 yellowtail, 95 whitefish, 5 sheephead, 8 blue perch, 21 calico bass, 2 bonito and 2 barracuda. The jackpot-winning fish went 25 pounds.

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A SURFACE IRON yellowtail landed on the Fury at San Clemente Island.

The Thunderbird fished a 2-day trip with 20 anglers and put 60 yellowtail on the deck. The boat fished San Clemente Island and also caught 308 rockfish, 18 whitefish, 8 sheephead, 1 blue perch, 39 calico bass, 13 bonito, 4 lingcod and 6 barracuda. The catch was very good overall.


The Patriot out of Newport Landing fished a ¾-day at Catalina and posted a score for 39 anglers.


The group landed 13 yellowtail, 1 barracuda, 8 calico bass, 2 sheephead and 34 whitefish. The coastal bite has been bottom fishing in the mornings and a little calico bass in the afternoon. The Western Pride out of Davey’s on a morning ½-day with 48 anglers had a typical score of 39 whitefish and 152 sculpin. An afternoon ½-day with 26 anglers on the Aggressor out of Newport Landing landed 10 calico bass, 75 calico bass (released) and 1 sand bass.


The bass fishing off Dana Point has also been showing signs of life, and Capt. Brian Wooley filed this report from the past week: “Bass fishing remained front and center for us on both our half and ¾-day trips this week. Close to home in the half-day range, the anchovy bait provided tons of action for us. Fly-lined baits fished best. Some of the days, when the sun makes its wayout of the clouds we saw good signal, it’s not going to take much to make things pop so fingers crossed we see more sun this week.”


The report continued, “Further down the beach, the kelp has made great strides in its regrowth and with that, the calico bass fishing again has been good with that anchovy. We’ve been fishing with both sardine and anchovy so the chum has been helpful and the sardine has been helpful on sorting through the short fish and catching the legal ones.”


The Fury has been getting shots of yellowtail at San Clemente and Catalina Island. The calico bass fishing has also been improving.


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A CHUNKY CALICO bass caught on the Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf.

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