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San Diego: ’Tails up on the Pacific Queen

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 14, 2020

SAN DIEGO — Another winter weekend, another successful 1.5-day yellowtail trip to Colonet for the Pacific Queen.

The boat out of Fisherman’s Landing scored 25 yellowtail for 34 anglers, four more than last weekend’s trip. Capt. Gavin Harbour ran the trip and said although the water was colder and the yellows not as aggressive, they were nicer fish in the 18- to 25-pound range.

A SOLID YO-YO Colonet yellow aboard the Pacific Queen. This weekend’s fish were less aggressive but of excellent quality.PHOTO COURTESY PACIFIC QUEEN SPORTFISHING

“We definitely saw more,” he said, indicating there’s a substantial volume of fish. There were a few casualties as nearly always happens with yo-yo fishing — all the yellows ate the deep iron — anglers pull hard to get the fish away from structure and sometimes the hooks pull too.

As a bonus, the Pacific Queen’s anglers cranked up plenty of reds but a few less lingcod. “Rockcod was really good, probably better than last time,” Harbour said. “The red fishing was really good, everybody’s going home with limits of nice reds. The majority were in the 2- to 5-pound range, and we had a couple 8 to 10 pounders.”

The boat departs for Colonet every Friday evening, returning Sunday, and Harbour said just a handful of spots were available.

The Tomahawk, also out of Fisherman’s, has been following the same schedule for its Colonet trips. The boat returned Sunday morning with 18 lingcod, 14 bonito, 120 rockfish and 3 yellowtail for a light load of 16 anglers.

Old Glory out of H&M Land­ing is also online for weekly 1.5-day trips south to the Baja coast but did not run this weekend.

JUMBO REDS ARE common on Colonet 1.5-day trips. These were caught aboard the Pacific Queen. PHOTO COURTESY PACIFIC QUEEN SPORTFISHING

In other news out of H&M Landing, the Premier half-day boat has new owners. The landing released this statement, “H&M Landing welcomes John Woodrum and Gus Gutierrez as the new owners of the Premier, the finest half-day vessel on the West Coast. Both John and Gus have decades of experience in the sportfishing industry. They own and operate several vessels in Southern California and will prove to be an asset to the H&M Landing Fleet. Their dedication to customer service, a more personalized experience and passion for our industry was evident from the start.”

The boat’s first trips under the new ownership fished locally, producing a mix of sculpin, bass and perch.

The Dolphin half-day out of Fisherman’s had a standout day on the sandbass Thursday, with 51 on a p.m. trip. That bite has been up and down. On many trips, blacksmith perch have been the majority of the catch.

Up in Mission Bay at Seaforth Landing, the New Seaforth continues to run daily 3⁄4-day trips to Mexican waters where rockfish season is open, with most trips yielding limits. Saturday’s count was 180 rockfish and 30 reds for 26 anglers. That same day on a p.m. trip, the Sea Watch half-day scored 40 sand bass and 26 calicos plus 5 sculpin for 16 anglers.

THE PREMIER, H&M Landing, was sold to John Woodrum and Gus Gutierrez, two men with decades of experience in sportfishing. Right away, the boat was on good sand bass numbers, 44 for 10 anglers, plus a dozen sculpin on Sunday’s trip. PHOTO COURTESY H&M LANDING

OLD GLORY WILL get back into Colonet action this coming weekend after sitting out this past one.


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