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Southern CA Saltwater

Dual island bite – yellowtail!

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 15, 2019

SAN PEDRO/LONG BEACH — With live squid tanked, the sardine proved equally effective as anglers tackled yellowtail at both San Clemente and Catalina islands. The Cat bite rolled on over the weekend with the Pursuit on the board with 150 and the Native Sun with 92 on Wednesday. On an overnighter, the Fortune put up 70 for 22 anglers fishing on Sunday.

ON THE YARN! — Young Chance Barber fished the plug aboard the Fortune, and it looks like San Nic in the background.

With the Outrider back in the 22nd Street Landing fold for the summer, Capt. Oby at the helm, the weekend saw 10 anglers on the board with 24 yellows Saturday, followed by 9 on a 1.5-dayer tackling 10 bluefin and 8 paddy yellows.

For Long Beach Sportfishing, Steve Phelps reported, "On the overnight scene, Captain Daryl on the 6-pack boat, Chubasco III, took 4 anglers to Catalina on Thursday night and checked in Friday with 22 calico bass, 15 sheephead, 6 sargo and 2 nice white seabass.

Plus, the Eldorado continued to whack limits of lings and lots of rockfish, heavy on the vermilion out at San Nicolas Island. On Memorial Day the big boat has an Island Tackle-sponsored 1.5-dayer coming up.

Phelps noted, "Those local yellowtail that showed up in full force last week locally seemed to have disappeared this week, so it was back to bottom fishing for our 3/4-day boat, Victory. Captain George had an excellent day on Saturday, connecting with 12 calico bass, 71 vermilion rockfish, 105 salmon grouper, 45 miscellaneous rockfish and 25 sheephead for his 24 anglers."

Up at Pierpoint Landing, Capt. Raymond on the Toronado tackled San Clemente Island for some solid action on the yellows. With just 14 anglers aboard for Saturday's overnighter, they put the wood to 37 yellowtail and 18 barracuda in a surface iron and fly-lined sardine snap, picking up 10 bass and 20 rockfish along the way.

Limits and near limit fishing for local sculpin and good numbers of rockfish along with ocean whitefish paved the way to fame and fortune aboard the City of Long Beach and Enterprise, as the phenomenal local bottom biter action continued unabated.

Back up in San Pedro, Sport King and Capt. Bruce Root continued to be the best-kept secret in the LA/LB Harbor area. Anglers looking for a boat with ample rail room and great catches would do well to check L.A. Waterfront's open party 3/4-day offering.

With live squid in the tanks, the 14 anglers picked up a nice pair of Catalina Island white seabass to go with all the regular action, lots of calico with 22 keepers, 26 sheephead and lots of other nibblers.

Sunday they hooked 5 forks to put 3 over the rail.

A DANDY CATALINA croaker aboard the Pursuit this past week. The seabass bite seemed to be winding up for the full moon this week. It looked like anglers will have to hit the weather window and bring slickers to tap the snap this round.

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