Southern CA Saltwater

Outer-island fleet finds Santa Rosa Island yellowtail

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 08, 2017

OXNARD — This past week, the Gold Coast outer-island boats tapped the yellowtail lurking at Santa Rosa Island, adding a game fish dimension to the quality bottomfish bite.

Mike Thompson at CISCO's reported, "Over the last week we have seen a resurgent yellowtail bite. Not necessarily unheard of during the fall season, but catching yellowtail at Santa Rosa in November is a big bonus on top of an already outstanding assortment of fish to be had."

susanponsellSUSAN PONSELL OF Laguna Beach with a 30-pound mossback aboard the Gentleman.

The Mirage's skipper and crew found time to put on 22 yellowtail and a pair of halibut before sacking 24 limits of bottomfish on Sunday. Saturday they had pulled 14 forktails before heading off to the land of cods.

Uploading limits of rockfish and lingcod this past week were the Sea Jay and Pacific Islander. Tagging up on bluefin tuna was the Ranger 85. A 3-dayer with 33 fishing totaled 61 lings, 9 bluefin tuna, 375 big ocean whitefish, 680 rockfish and 36 sheephead in their catch.

Limit calico bass fishing set the pace for the Island Tak and Sea Jay. The Tak added a bonus 15 yellows to their bass limits for 10 anglers Wednesday, and 25 more forktails with limits of calico for 11 the next day.

santarosaislandSANTA ROSA ISLAND yellows like this one aboard the Mirage have been lurking along the south side.

At Ventura Sportfishing, Robert Meyer reported to WON on Sunday, "The Pacific Dawn this week was booked solid with private charters, with limit-style fishing at the local and outer islands with 28 yellowtail today!" The day prior, the Dawn had limits of lingcod and rockfish for 18 anglers, and the Amigo was on the board with the same for their 20 folks.

At Hook's Landing, the Outrider was back in the fold for the final two months of the season. A 2-day trip with 10 fishing scored full 20-fish max limits for both days, with ling limits, rockfish limits and ocean whitefish filling in the final openings.

The New Hustler was on the board with ling and rockfish limits for just 13 aboard Saturday, while the Coroloma reported 20-fish max bags for 29 on a 3/4-day Friday. It was the 290 ocean whitefish that pushed them over the top.

MAS NAKAMURA, Diamond Bar, aboard the Pacific Dawn. His yellowtail weighed in at 30 pounds.

outerislandoceanOUTER-ISLAND OCEAN whitefish like these show the potential little ones in local waters have, in just a year or two.

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