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Dana Point: Fury on yellowfin tuna limits

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Oct 08, 2019

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — It was early in the week when the Fury returned from a 1.5-day offshore fishing trip with 27 folks finding full limits of yellowfin tuna for all aboard. They took home 135 yellowfin, 85 skipjack and a pair of dorado.

Reporting for Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Capt. Brian Woolley said they were committed to keep the ball rolling fishing tuna offshore. They've slated 1.5-day trips with the tuna bite in mind.


lobsterandyellowtailLOBSTER AND YELLOWTAIL — The Catalina Island combo was on tap on the Triton's noon to midnight fishing and hooping combination trips.

As for the inshore bite he said, "Good week of fishing here for us. More of the same bass fishing as the last couple weeks. Water now in the 68-70 range. Great action along the kelp spots.


"Fly-lined sardines accounted for a majority of the bass this week. Plenty of action for the guys throwing the rubber lures too. Also seeing some nice sheephead as well. Guys bringing the clam and shrimp specifically targeting those sheephead have had plenty to catch. Lobster gear in the water has those fish activated for sure."


Most bass continued to be released.


For anglers looking to sack fish for the table, 3/4-day fishing was where it was at along the coast. Wooly reported, "3/4-day trips right now still mixing it up out deep with the rockfish. Steady action just about every day this week. Some heavy current and bait moving around in that deep water did make things tricky a day or two but still plenty of sculpin, reds, whitefish etc. to fill the bags for our anglers. Coltsniper jigs deadly for the guys fishing em."


Out of Newport Bay both Davey's Locker and Newport Landing boats were all within range of the Long Beach Shelf reefs along the drop-off. Those reefs were productive of the bottom biters for both 1/2- and 3/4-day anglers, judging from reports.


Sunday's 1/2-day outing aboard the Western Pride put close to 300 rockfish on deck.


whopperoftheweekWHOPPER OF THE WEEK — Benjamin Michael Morrison caught this 2.3-pound spotted sand bass right from the 22nd Street Landing docks.

Out at Catalina Island the Freelance put nearly 100 big bonito in the bags Thursday. The day prior they'd spotted schools of tuna just off the island and slid in to hook several, landing 2 yellowfin to 40 pounds, before sliding into the island for yellowtail and bonito. Bonito were all over, and they landed 7, 20-pound class yellows too.


The Avenger wrapped up scientific work and is back in the Newport fleet this week. The Patriot ran a 3/4-day with 32 anglers Saturday. The local bite produced 141 whitefish, 192 rockfish, 14 sheephead, 5 keeper calico and 2 keeper sand bass, 4 sculpin and 15 perch for a nice haul, averaging over 10 per angler.


The Thunderbird was on the hunt for the jumbo bluefin outside San Clemente Island mid-week and boated 18 or so between two trips. Weather was less than ideal for sure though.


Over the weekend the outer waters winds and seas laid down and glassed off. Fishing the outer banks put them on 20-pound class yellows. Saturday they hooked 20 to land 10 and also stocked up on the big bottom biters out there, along the way.


lunkerlingaboard
A LUNKER LING aboard the Eldorado tipped the scale to 25 pounds.

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