Southern CA Saltwater

San Diego: Super sand bass Sunday

More Colonet cods and ’tails

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 04, 2020

SAN DIEGO — There’s more than one way to catch the big game. For Lori Heath and friends aboard the half-day boat Dolphin Sunday afternoon, the touchdowns came when their sand bass hit the deck.

“Fun was had by all and there were big sculpin as well as sand bass,” Heath said. “The largest sand bass was 4.5 pounds.”

BASS BOWL WINNERS included everyone on a Sunday afternoon half-day trip aboard the Dolphin. Those who wanted to check in on the big football game could do so in the galley. PHOTO COURTESY LORI HEATH

Heath said leadheads with sliding glow sinkers and either a strip of squid or a sardine chunk did the trick. But what about the football game? It was on in the galley in case anyone wanted to look.

The final tally for the p.m. trip was 25 sandies, 3 calicos, a dozen plump sculpin and 36 perch for 23 anglers who wanted to get out and enjoy the prime weather.

The trip was emblematic of local action off San Diego this week. The winter bass bite has been robust at times.

Three boats made the 1.5-day run to Colonet, and two tangled with yellowtail. The best results were in the range of one to two yellows per rod. The Vagabond, Point Loma Sportfishing, tallied 35 forkies, 90 vermillions, a dozen lingcod and 96 miscellaneous rockfish on a charter.

The Pacific Queen, Fisherman’s Landing, was the other boat to score yellowtail, picking up 23 for 33 anglers. They rounded out their trip with 11 lings, 120 reds and 150 rockfish.


The Tomahawk, Fisherman’s, was back on the Colonet beat, and although they didn’t deck any yellows, one of their anglers overpowered a 35-pound lingcod, a tremendous fish. They must have hit a packed ling nest, as there were 18 others, some quite large, 6 bonito and limits of rockfish for 13 lucky anglers.

Seaforth Sportfishing out of Mission Bay has been sending the New Seaforth on 3⁄4-day trips targeting Mexican waters cod, and their results continue to tease limit levels. Like all trips across the border, a passport is required.

The Mission Belle, Point Loma Sportfishing, is the first of the full-day boats to announce the resumption of Coronado Island trips. For now, it appears to be a weekend deal, with the first foray set for Friday, Feb. 7. It will be great to have a regular report of what’s doing at the Islands.

The Jig Strike¸ H&M Landing, has been hooping up dozens of lobsters on their frequent trips, but the short ratio is large. Still, on recent trips everyone has taken home at least one bug, sometimes more.

dolphintriggerfishDOLPHIN TRIGGERFISH — A nice ceviche bonus.

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