Southern CA Saltwater

Rockfish to the rescue

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 10, 2018

SAN PEDRO/LONG BEACH — Local rockfish bit well despite the incoming ground swell from hurricane Rosa early in the week. In fact, the City of Long Beach turned in 10 around Tuesday when 16 anglers loaded up on 130 whitefish and 35 rockfish on a 1/2-day.

Saturday the Enterprise took the run and with 29 anglers, put them on 225 whitefish, 200 rockfish and a few others.

daveyjonesfromDAVEY JONES OF Beverly Hills landed this 70-pound yellowfin off a porpoise pod cruising the backside of Catalina Island, aboard the Options.

The 6-pack boat Options kept big game in the forefront of their efforts. Angler Davey Jones was rewarded with a 70-pound yellowfin tuna that came off a porpoise pod on the backside of Catalina Island. The catch earned him WON Whopper of the Week honors.

The staff at 22nd Street Landing Sportfishing published a series of 1-day, 1.5-day and 2-day trips in October aboard the Freedom. They put out word on that landing's upcoming Tackle Swap Meet Oct. 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Their 6 a.m. Catalina Island boat Pursuit kept counts of bonito and bottom fish plus a handful of yellowtail rolling in each day. Locally the Monte Carlo found good numbers of ocean whitefish and rockfish. Scorpion fish or sculpin are out of season.

sylviahahnfromSYLVIA HAHN FROM Santa Barbara hooped up these Catalina Island lobster with Bight Sportfishing.

At Long Beach Sportfishing Steve Phelps reported, "This week's weather and big swell did not deter our 3/4-day boat Victory from producing great numbers of bottom fish all week... On Monday, after looking around for a sign of surface life, they headed outside into deeper waters. They spent most of the morning on very productive drifts, ending up with a total of 80 miscellaneous rockfish, 25 vermilion rockfish, 75 salmon grouper, and 51 whitefish, before heading inside for the last part of the day. They found great bass fishing, with both calico and sand bass coming over the rail... they added 25 nice sand bass, 5 calico bass, and 12 fat sheephead to their final count, with lots and lots of fish, just shy of legal, released.

The Eldorado fished bottom biters on a special charter trip, loading up on 10-fish limits of the bigger ocean whitefish, topped by 150 rockfish and a few sheephead. Their San Nicolas Island runs will start in early November. Currently they depart nightly fishing freelance looking for game fish opportunities and backing it up with outer island bottom biters.

Lobster fishing trips were being offered at that landing aboard the Pacific Raider, and at L.A. Marina Sportfishing aboard the Triton and Gail Force, all included.

Also out of L.A. Marina, the Sport King offered 3/4-day trips with plenty of elbow room, getting off the dock with less than 10 anglers twice last week.

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