Southern CA Saltwater

Ventura/Oxnard: Ranger 85 on the move

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 10, 2019

VENTURA/OXNARD — With the full moon in June at the Channel Islands in the history books now, the crew of the Ranger 85 made final finishing touches to the big rig before the long run south to H&M Landing for her summer offshore season.

Meanwhile the remainder of the Channel Islands fleet continued to rake in big numbers of rockfish, spiced with a continuing steady flow of game fish.

Outer Island winds earlier in the week gave way just in time for the weekend while weather along the backside, east ends and Anacapa never faltered.

JOSE ROMERO'S 46-pound seabass aboard the Pacific Islander at Santa Rosa Island.

Crystal Ying for Ventura Sportfishing reported, "We’ve had a great week with lots of white seabass! We’ve been seeing some yellowtail starting to appear, and lots of barracuda. On the Amigo, with Captain Jon Ewart and Captain Steve Chesley, our whopper of the week goes to Jeff Lane with a 34-poud seabass! On the Island Spirit, with Captain Sonny Haendiges, our whopper of the week goes to Nathan Blaiwes with an 8-pound barracuda."

It was the Island Spirit 3/4-day connecting with the barracuda, posting 16 skins Saturday to go with 32 limits of rockfish, 62 whitefish, 10 calico and more.

The Pacific Dawn posted the top croaker count with 27 seabass for 24 anglers on its July 4th overnighter. A halibut was an added bonus and of course the catch came with full limits of outer island rockfish.

Soon the Dawn too, will be on her way to San Diego for her summer offshore season. Mostly chartered, she has her first open party openings out of Fisherman's Landing for a 2-day departing July 21.

Mike Thompson at CISCO's reported his fleet focusing ever more in shallower waters as they warm with the season. The calico bite continued to gain momentum with more of the fleet taking time to tap it.

RAY STREETER OF Pasadena with a 20-pound yellow aboard the Pacific Islander.

He made mention of the early week's windy outer island weather, subsiding later on. The bottom fish bite roared on wind or not of course. Some big gamesters continued to be hauled aboard the boats and Jose Romero's 46-pound tanker seabass was welcomed aboard the Pacific Islander.

Generally speaking though, the seabass and yellowtail scores finally subsided to single digits mostly, with a few exceptions here and there. Monday's overnighter aboard the Mirage saw 12 seabass and 8 yellows along with rockfish limits for 14 anglers.

That same evening the Island Tak returned from an 8-angler 2-day with 48 seabass in the box.

Over at Capt. Hooks, the 42 folks fishing the Coroloma's 3/4-day trip had a 553 fish day. An invasion of ocean whitefish pumped up the tally by 241 fish and almost 300 more rockfish added the bulk of the remainder.

The New Hustler had 33 guests aboard for their overnighter fishing that day. Limits of rockfish with lots of reds were a given. Over 100 sheephead and whitefish were an added bonus and 6 barracuda and a seabass provided some string pulling action.

JEFF LANE'S 34 pounder on the Amigo skippered by Captains Jon Ewart and Steve Chesley.

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