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Dana Point: Thunderbird runs for promised land… and scores!

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Oct 16, 2019

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — Angler Marc Ingram was aboard the Thunderbird, Davey's Locker Sportfishing, Newport Beach, when Capt. Bryan Kelley made the call to run for the border.

He reported, "I fished Mexican waters along with 33 other anglers on Friday looking for yellowfin tuna. We started in the zone outside of the Coronados and got a plunker bite going with at least a couple fish hooked continuously. Grade went from small (6 to 8 pounds) to some very respectable 20- to 30-pound class fish. The skippies came through at times and we caught all we wanted. Final count was 84 (yellowfin tuna) and 50 skipjack."


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BRIAN KELLY ON the gaff for this youngster aboard the Thunderbird.

Island fishing results aboard the Freelance's 3/4-day included Saturday's run with 58 anglers on deck putting lots of cods in the bags – 300 total, plus 45 whitefish rounding out the bottom biter take. The 48 bonito added a top water dimension to the outing and 4 keeper calico were counted too.


The Western Pride's 1/2-day coastal trip that afternoon took 32 out to catch 224 rockfish, 3 whitefish and 10 sculpin.


Island 6-pack fishing for 5 anglers on the Bongos III boxed 32 yellowtail, 25 bonito and 7 calico.


At Newport Landing the Aggressor returned from an overnighter with 13 fishing for 49 yellowfin tuna and 20 skippies too. There, the Newport Patriot kept it local, heavily into the bottom biter scene, lots of whitefish and rockfish mostly.


Dana Wharf Sportfishing had the Fury out on a 1.5-day with 27 anglers putting 39 yellows, 60 bonito, 91 rockfish, 51 whitefish, 24 sheephead, 5 sculpin and 2 lingcod on ice.


On the coast the local rockfish spots proved most productive as 3/4-day trips took anglers to catch lots of them. The Clemente had a 3/4-day with 19 anglers catching almost limits of rockfish – 180, with 160 reds in that mix. The added 90 sculpin and 10 whitefish on top of that.


anothernnicefuryANOTHER NICE YELLOWTAIL aboard the Fury, Dana Wharf Sportfishing's overnight and 1.5-day boat.

The Helena put limits of straight reds on for 10 anglers – 100 red, 80 sanddab, 6 sculpin.


Capt. Brian Woolley reported, "Fishing for us this week was pretty much a repeat of last week’s. We are definitely seeing and feeling the water change. Along the coast we had 65- to 67-degree water. The offshore winds this week seemed to have cleaned the water up a bit too.


"We are fishing with very nice live sardine – 4- to 5-inch variety. It has helped keep the calico bass action at the center of our half-day trips. Some decent days along the kelp sectors off San Clemente. Fly-lined baits and rubber lures caught plenty of bass for us this week. More quality sheephead for the anglers that bring shrimp and clam as additional bait.


"The longer 3/4-day trips have had great shallow water rockfish action. The live bait has been the best bet. Doubles on quality reds of bigger bocaccio has almost been automatic for the anglers using the live baits. Some nice fish caught on the squid strips for sure but with that smaller sardine it’s been the better bait for sure.


"The Fury has again kept tuna in its fish counts. It’s been a ‘travel-to-catch’ kind of a game though. But some nice counts and great returns for the extra miles needed to go the distance. The yellowfin has ranged in size from 10 to 25 pounds."


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