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Cold water yellows go for juice

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Apr 10, 2018

OXNARD — Despite some very chilly surface water, the Aloha Spirit pulled in 13 yellowtail to top off limits of rockfish. Gold Coast outer island boats managed to keep live squid in their tanks. But the stock in CISCOs' receivers dwindled and was replaced by excellent anchovy.

The week was not without its windy weather challenges farther west in the Channel, but the fleet was able to work around it, finding a few calm spots to fish as needed. That same boat had limits of lings for 19 Tuesday.


majorgoatMAJOR GOAT — This 18 pounder chewed for Jerry Lawhorn of Glendale while fishing aboard the Gentleman.


In the more local waters the Speed Twin carried 37 out to find just less than limits of rockfish, with bonus fish – 57 razor gilled bottom dorado.


At Hooks Landing the New Hustler, Outrider and Coroloma all managed to fill the sacks with rockfish limits, but got out just a few trips. The New Hustler added in 170 bonus fish, as 168 whitefish and 3 sheephead.


At Ventura Sportfishing the Amigo pulled 54 lings for 27 folks (limits). Again whitefish helped fill sacks to the top as 61 helped 214 cods do the job.


The Pacific Eagle ran with 24 on a full-day trip. They scored 240 rockfish and 157 whitefish and more. The Pacific Dawn rolled in with limits for 16 that same afternoon.


CISCO's Assistant Manager Mike Thompson pointed out the wind forecast for the coming week was not without its challenges. However there will be windows and places out of the weather, just as the past week. In particular, the coming weekend looks to bring at least one day with great outer island weather. At press time that day looked to be Saturday.


Nevertheless, the day this issue hits stands for most folks showed a fair bit o' wind in the forecast. Be brave and think about the 580 rockfish and 105 whitefish the Gentleman crew managed to find for their 58 anglers this past Saturday.


channelislandsaprilCHANNEL ISLANDS APRIL yellowtail from 54 degree green water — no excuses aboard the Aloha Spirit. Maybe tanks full of live squid helped...


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