Central CA Saltwater

Rockfish limits and Central Coast seabass on tap

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 11, 2018

MORRO BAY/AVILA — The white seabass snap out of Avila continued this past week and was augmented by ample halibut opportunities. Partyboaters continued to plug limits of rockfish while staying clear of triple digit heat ashore.

By the numbers, the action included 30 boats launched on the 4th, with full limits of rockfish, 10 lings, 12 halibut and a soupfin shark brought in. Saturday just 7 boats showed up to launch and landed limits of rockfish, 4 lings and 7 seabass.

PORT SAN LUIS SPORTLAUNCH was where the Central Coast game fish action showed up. Here are a trio of seabass aboard a boat being hauled.

With the prevailing westerlies staying consistently farther offshore now, the Central Coast sport fleet enjoyed easier fishing conditions and sacked limits almost every trip once again. This week's forecast featured flatter weather here than most areas within the Bight itself.

Wednesday the Phenix added 14 lings to their catch, fishing the shallows down the coast. These trips are a jig tosser's dream, big fish, shallow water biting swimbaits and small iron.

Up in Morro Bay the red snapper numbers continued to impress. Virg's Laning's Fiesta tapped local reefs with 26 anglers Friday, for limits of cods including 240 vermilion, on a 1/2-day trip.

At Morro Bay Landing the Avenger carried 24 on a full-day outing, with easy limits and 220 reds. Saturday the Endeavor was out on a 3/4-day with 24 fishers finding limits with 200 reds and adding a handful of lings.

With 44 eager 1/2-day anglers aboard the Avenger that day the captain and crew faced the daunting challenge of finding fish for all in local waters on short order. No problem! 420 cods and ling filled the sacks. That was Morro Bay Landing's only trip all week not to post full limits for all hands, missing the mark by just a few fish.

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