Southern CA Saltwater

Mostly bottomfish, bass for O.C. sportboats

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 13, 2017

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — O.C. landings were heavily into the Christmas Spirit, as most boats out of Davey's Locker dressed up in lights for the week. The Bongos III did fish though, taking 5 anglers out to catch their limits of December bluefin tuna, and adding in a number of rockfish, too.

The Patriot fished half-day over the weekend and it was all on the bottom, with lots of micro-whitefish and some rockfish on tap.

THIS FLATTY FELL for a live sardine on a dropper loop aboard the Helena. Pictured are angler Larry Hartman with Capt. Calvin Cooper.

By far, it was the Dana Wharf fleet that carried the ball this past week while fishing daily. Capt. Brian Woolley reported their 3/4-day trips primarily fished deeper waters double-dropper style down below San Onofre, snaring up big rockfish once again. Angler numbers were light.

With regard to the 1/2-day scene, Woolley said, "Conditions were king again and the days with a little current and less wind obviously fished the best. Water temps in the 63 to 65 range were standard for us this week too. Some good fly-line action a few days for both sandbass and calico bass and a little shot at some smaller bonito. But the guys fishing the sinkers had some real nice sandbass and some bruiser sheephead."

The Halibut Derby report noted 20 spots filled on the leaderboard as of the weekend, with the top fish still the 25 pounder landed a couple of weeks back. That leaves just 5 open spots before the smaller fish begin to get pushed off as larger ones are caught.

It's double kids for free with adult this month at Dana Wharf Sportfishing. All December, up to two kids fish free with a full-fare paid adult ticket, and kids younger than 16 won't need a fishing license.

JEFF IHARA WITH the illustrious Capt. Brian Woolley aboard the Sum Fun, who holds Ihara's elegantly barred sand bass.

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