Central CA Saltwater

Rippin' red fishing the rule

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Jun 13, 2018

MORRO BAY/AVILA — The past week westerly winds again ripped down the coast just outside the prime red zones, however the bite was on and winds held off until later in the day, before coming ashore.

HALF-DAY REDS aboard the Fiesta out of Virg's Landing, Morro Bay. Yes, this is the local grade coming in from waters just past the old 40-fathom limit line.

The trick was to get out early, get'er done and get home. And it worked big time. Full limits were the rule all the way around, even on 1/2-day adventures with 35 or more bags to fill.

At Virg's the Rita G took 25 out 1/2-day fishing and loaded up locally with limits including 175 reds. This week it was Myra Payne of Bakersfield who qualified for their John Rowley lingcod fish-off at the end of the season. Her 17.5-pound ling put her in contention.

The Black Pearl and Fiesta knocked out limits every trip it looked like, and at Morro Bay Landing the Endeavor never missed a beat either.

Inside Morro Bay bait was still abundant and bat rays and leopard sharks continued to dominate while there were scattered reports of halibut.

At Avila it appeared only a few trips ran, mostly early in the week and likely due to the west winds later. However, like Morro Bay, every trip nabbed limits for all, even when the Patriot ran with 33 on a 1/2-day trip Wednesday. Tuesday a trap pull netted 22 Dungeness crab and the following fishing scored full limits with 99 reds and a bonus of 16 lings.

On the private boater scene it didn't appear conditions were stable enough for trailer craft to head for open water and neither did Port San Luis Sportlaunch nor others using the Morro ramp post much in the way of results.

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