Southrn CA Saltwater

Fleet fishes 4 of 7 days

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 11, 2018

VENTURA/OXNARD — The winds and rain came early Tuesday and cleared Thursday, keeping the fleet tied mid-week. Flat weather was the rule Monday and Friday through the weekend however and the anglers fishing with the Gold Coast Fleet enjoyed excellent weather with fast filling of the fish bags.

Monday's outer island action put big scores up, limits of lings for 20, along with rockfish limits aboard the Aloha Spirit and Amigo.

dannydelsiDANNY DELSI PUT this 24 pounder on the Amigo.

After the wet weather and southeast winds broke, the usual west winds never came and calm weather again greeted the fleet. More big bottom biter scores came in Friday Saturday and Sunday.

The Ewarts at Ventura Sportfishing said, "The lingcod are biting, as well as the rockfish and whitefish. Outer island trips are reaping solid catches of lings and rockfish, typically bringing aboard limits of rockfish and lingcod. The local islands are still producing a mix of sheephead, whitefish and rockfish. Sardines and squid have been working great for bait, along with various lures. We are counting down to the season end, and with no severe weather in sight as of yet, it's still ideal fishing even this late in the season."

At CISCOS, Mike Thomson reported, "Due to weather, there was only a handful of trips this past week. A couple on Monday, but then the weather hit and cancelled the boats until Friday. Luckily, after the storm system blew through it was quite nice.

"The weekend trips enjoyed pretty good weather overall. The fishing has remained the same, solid and productive for a variety of bottom species. Boats are mainly catching shallow water rockfish, whitefish and sheephead. On occasion the boats will venture out deep and as usual, the larger rockfish are found there. Lingcod are being caught in the deep water as well."

As we roll into winter, the bigger lings start to show. Miguel Fernandez fished the Seabiscuit and landed a 19-pound gator. Danny Delsi put a 24 pounder aboard the Amigo.

Again, huge numbers of ocean whitefish added to the catches in a big way, boosting numbers to near 20 per angler in many cases. Sunday the Amigo rolled in with 395 fish for 20 anglers – 200 cods, 161 whites, a goat and 33 lings. Sunday the Pacific Islander bagged 440 fish for 22 anglers – 220 rockfish, 202 whitefish, 6 sheephead, 12 lings.

Then there's the Island Tak, with 8 anglers opting for calico fishing Saturday, limits!

Squid nests continued to coalesce both at the islands and along the coast. With most of the squid fleet focused on the Santa Cruz Island nests early in the week, there was a solid fleet of lights Sunday, between Deer Creek and what's left of Leo Carillo, which is looking pretty crispy now after the Woolsey fire tore through there. So the juice is flowing through the fleet.

miguelfernandezMIGUEL FERNANDEZ BOATED this 19-pound gator aboard the Seabiscuit – Daniel Butler on the gaff.

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