Southern CA Saltwater

Channel Island yellowtail bite churns

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

OXNARD — As summer begins turning to fall, the Channel Islands continued to kick out excellent yellowtail catches, reported CISCO's Mike Thompson. It was still both Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands providing the bulk of the topwater game fish action, while San Miguel and Santa Rosa provided the best in quality rockfishing and lingcod bites.

A LIVE ANCHOVY enticed Jack Storti's 19-pound yellow to dine. The action took place aboard the Coroloma at Anacapa Island.

With the best bait being a lively fly-lined sardine, the fish also took surface iron and plastics from time to time.

"We had a couple of days where we had white seabass caught while fishing for yellowtail," said Thompson. He added "The water continues to warm up, so the likelihood of a resurgent seabass bite looks dim. Sea surface temperatures are well above 70 degrees, and are reported to be 73 degrees in spots at Santa Cruz Island."

A couple of the boats on overnight trips tested the waters at both San Nicolas and Santa Barbara islands for yellowtail but resorted to rockfish. The Seabiscuit went out to the Tanner Bank looking for bluefin, hooking 4 and landing one. The word was sharks were the culprits.

They ended up bagging a dozen hefty yellowtail and bags full of ocean whitefish, rockfish and lingcod, adding 25 grade-grande outer bank bonito.

The week's stand-out scores included a couple of ling and rockfish limit days aboard the Mirage, one for 50 lings and 250 rockfish. The Pacific Islander did the same with 20 anglers catching 40 lings and rockfish limits.

The New Hustler at Captain Hook's Landing was in the mix with limits of both species for 16. They also posted 38 yellows for 25 anglers early last week. The Amigo, out of Ventura Sportfishing's docks did it too, this time for 13 anglers Friday and again with 19 anglers on Sunday.

Island Tak was on the board with limits of calico.

Ventura Sportfishing topped the list, with the Pacific Eagle on the board with 23 anglers catching 42 yellows along with a pile of bottom fish, too. The Island Spirit carried 17 anglers and caught 35 yellows that same day. Sunday, they connected heavily with the fork-tails once again, plugging 25 and over 160 bottom biters, 20 bonito and a barracuda.

kellycarlbergKELLY CARLBERG WITH a 25 pounder aboard the Aloha Spirit.

FIRST YELLOWTAIL EVER — An 11 pounder for Capt. Craig Coffee's grandson, Barrett Coffee, aboard the Gentleman.

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