Southern CA Saltwater

Dana Point: Big halibut for 14-year-old Dana Wharf angler

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 31, 2019

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — Fourteen-year-old Abdoa Askar of San Clemente got a big surprise while fishing rockfish in deep water aboard the Sum Fun. It was a 24-pound halibut. It’s possible to enter Dana Wharf halibut tournament on a rockfish trip, but what are the odds? Apparently, pretty good.

CAPT. BRIAN WOOLLEY with 14-year-old Abdoa Askar and his 24-pound deep water halibut aboard the Sum Fun. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING

Capt. Brian Woolley reported, “The half-day fishing was day-to-day depending on conditions. Some wind and some dirty water due to the rain runoff made things hard a couple days. But the days that conditions were good we had fewer fishing. The sheephead fishing has been great, some real bruiser fish in the shallows. Shrimp baits were the best bet. Some bass action on the live bait too but water temps putting the squeeze on that.” Indeed, the numbers were there but weren’t too impressive.

As for 3/4-day on the deeper water rockfish grounds, he said, “Double dropper loop best bet and the fishermen that came with a good assortment of heavy torpedo sinkers were able to adjust with the current that’s been blazing out there.”

Those results were solid and the San Mateo turned in a 9-angler score of 56 rockfish with 23 reds, 11 whitefish, a ling, a sand bass and 11 dabs.

The Freelance was out Sunday taking advantage of the final week of bottom grabber getting on the coastal zones with an amazing 80 anglers. Their mixed bag included 300 blacksmith, 205 ocean whitefish, 10 keeper sand bass, 11 sheephead, 21 sculpin and a legal ling.

THE SHEEPHEAD ACTION has been very good for the Dana Wharf fleet on the 1/2-day runs. Shrimp bait has been the key to catching these goats. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING

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