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San Pedro: Local sculpin bite rages on

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 09, 2019

Catalina yellows, Clemente calicos, Nic reds and bluefin offshore

SAN PEDRO/LONG BEACH — As yellowtail continue to course along Catalina Island’s front side, calicos bit well around back, along with barracuda. Out at San Clemente Island reports featuring limit-style action on big calico was the word, along with lots of bluefin just off the island but few biters. The Eldorado opted to run to San Nicolas Island as winds abated and scored heavy limit sacks of rockfish, mostly reds. And yes, the local sculpin snap kept its unprecedented limit-style pace going out on the local Long Beach Shelf spots.

Aboard the Freedom on the 4th, 21 anglers spent most of the morning offshore trying to get the abundant bluefin to bite, hooking 2, landing neither.

6-PACK SEABASS in the Catalina Island catch too — this one aboard the Options caught by young Aiden Castillo weighed 38 pounds.

Plan B was bass actually and the sport coats bit hard at the island, limits plus lots released, many of them over the 5-pound mark — beyond the unofficial slot-limit most of SoCal’s better sticks abide by voluntarily.

The crew of the Pursuit kept the pace going regarding yellows, with 46 on deck for their passengers Wednesday.

Some of the speedier sculpin snaps happened aboard the Monte Carlo. Friday their 38 anglers totaled a catch of 186 of the tasty red devils.

Out of Pierpoint Landing the City of Long Beach 1⁄2-day harvested scullies like a machine, limits more runs than not. Even the 3⁄4-day Enterprise made a stop for limits before pushing on to the island.

But even local waters had yellowtail to see.

For Long Beach Sportfishing Steve Phelps reported, “Another great week of fishing for our boats fishing Catalina Island and San Nicolas Island. The 3⁄4-day boat Victory was at the Island (Cat) on Wednesday, and 27 anglers had a great time fishing calico bass and yellowtail. When all was said and done, they sacked up 54 (keeper) calico bass and 7 yellowtail. The bass fishing was great, with MANY calico bass released. The full-day boat, Ahra-Ahn, found some great bass action Wednesday as well. They ended with 76 calico bass, 110 calico bass released, 4 whitefish, and 3 yellowtail.

“The overnight boat Eldorado decided to head to San Nicolas Island Saturday due to the inconsistent bite at San Clemente Island this week. They hunted for yellowtail first thing in the morning, but with none willing to play, Captain Jeff headed to a different area so his passengers could fill their sacks. He found absolutely phenomenal rockfishing, with big vermilion and chucklehead making a great showing. The sacks were filled to the brim with quality rockfish and lingcod, and on the way home he checked in with his final count of 25 lingcod, 250 vermilion rockfish, 100 misc. rockfish, and 20 whitefish for 35 anglers.”

Wednesday the Eldo’ had fished San Clemente for easy limits of calico and 160 released. A halibut, 6 yellowtail and 3 barracuda made up the remainder of the day’s catch. Sunday they scored 24 of the forktails.

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