Southern CA Saltwater

Game fish target Anacapa

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 18, 2017

OXNARD — After the initial flurry of seabass at Santa Rosa Island in previous weeks, it was Anacapa Island which took over the spotlight, complete with a fleet of private boaters. The local island trips picked steadily at grande-grade yellow and white. The bottomfish bite the Channel Islands is famous for rolled right along, and finally only a day or two posed wind problems, mostly just on Friday.

CAPT. RICKY OF the Amigo busts out a 45 pounder, the biggest fish of the week for the Gold Coast fleet. PHOTO by VENTURA SPORTFISHING

The northern waters showed some amazingly cool temperatures on top in places like the outer islands, where 54 degrees was standard. However, Anacapa waters held near 60. Scores showed a couple to a handful of big game critters on each boat, while rockfish and other bottom stuff kept bags filling.

Erna B had a big game fish day with 15 folks on the board, scoring 10 yellows and a seabass Saturday. Mirage pulled outer island ling limits and rockfish too.

WON's Rockfish Rumble out of Ventura Sportfishing found good weather finally, getting out just hours before the winds came in that evening. Rockfish were the order of the day. Pacific Eagle lead the pack with 17 full limits. Island Spirit, Amigo and Pacific Dawn were not far behind.

NEW HUSTLER HAD a hot day on the Anacapa yellows. PHOTO by HOOK'S LANDING

Ed Guyette reported nice game fish all week: seabass, yellow­tail and halibut. The whoppers list showed an impressive 25- to 50-pound grade on all of it. Live squid was on tap for their entire fleet. Sunday the Amigo, with just 5 anglers, connected with limits of barracuda and a croaker, for the first report of full-speed ’cuda in a long, long while.

Mike Thompson at CISCO said Santa Rosa Island was the destination for their overnight boats. There they started with seabass mornings and transitioned into limit-style bottom fishing later in the day.

Thompson added, "We are finding new spots holding squid on a daily basis with the most recent location down the coast outside of Malibu." The bait is island and coastal now as the season builds.

ABSOLUTELY GLOWING — This 32 pounder made Mike Bibeau's trip aboard the Aloha Spirit. PHOTO by CISCO

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