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Pursuit back on-line

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Feb 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES — With the groundfish opener right around the corner, the Pursuit was the first of the 22nd Street Landing Sportfishing fleet to come back on-line after winter maintenance. They're running daily to Catalina Island at 6 a.m. and started their 2018 season by hooking 9 yellows to land 7 Saturday, said boat owner Capt. John Woodrum.

They caught lots of perch and released lots of ‘em, mostly blues and some opaleye. "I'm fishing beaches and kelp lines and trying to catch anything I can while looking for yellowtail, seabass halibut," said Woodrum.


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STEW SUENAGA'S MOST recent Triton charter captured 19 keepers and lots of short lobster, too.


He added that once March 1 comes, he'll be mixing it up some adding in rockfish and such when they're available once again. For now, the best setup consisted of small sliders, 1/4- to 1/2-ounce egg sinkers and a hook fit for live squid or squid pieces.


They've been going out evenings to stock up on local live squid and that's what they had in the tanks over the weekend. He had the boat all painted up nice for the season he said.


Over at L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing, the Sport King only had a report for Tuesday this past week. It listed 14 folks fishing local spots and sacking a dozen bass, mostly sandies, 60 scorpions and 35 perch.


Capt. Ryan Gengler reported, "Decent hooping at the island for both boats this week. Most trips averaged 20 to 25 legal lobsters with good weather over at the island. Both boats are running until the end of lobster season, which is March 21."


Over at Pierpoint Landing, The City of Long Beach ran half-day trips daily from Wednesday though Sunday. Modest crowds of 20 to 40 anglers saw consistent sand bass catches averaging 1 to 2 per rod to go with lots of perch and a few local sculpin.


Steve Phelps of Long Beach Sportfishing, over at Berth 55 reported good fishing for sculpin and sanddabs locally, along with announcing the Eldorado's San Nicolas Island overnight trips starting March 1.


Friday's dab trip aboard the Ahra Ahn was outstanding. Just 16 anglers hauled in over 2,000 dabs, averaging close to 130 per angler. The boat will switch to full time Catalina Island fishing starting March 2.


Wednesday's 1/2-day trip on the Tradition saw 19 anglers sack 61 scullies, 17 perch, a nice halibut and a sand bass.


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