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Sculpin bite tops for Dana 3/4-day

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Feb 13, 2019

Western Pride limits on sand bass

DANA POINT/NEWPORT — The Orange County salt water fishing scene continued to feature solid bites of sculpin and moments of sand bass glory too. Newport Landing had the Aggressor back on the water fishing, limiting on sculpin Sunday.

At Dana Wharf Sportfishing the Sum Fun's 3/4-day trips continued to see solid action on sculpin, sometimes full limits with time for a bit of bassing too. That's what happened Thursday when 22 anglers bagged 110 of the red devils before heading into the shallows.

ADAM PACHOLKA TAPPED into the sculpin action this week out of Dana Wharf. Here he admires his catch on one of his own Demon Spawn lures. DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING PHOTO

Capt. Brian Woolley reported, "Again the artificial stuff like the rubber lure and the Lucanus jig fished best."

He also noted local 1/2-day fishing saw some good action fishing 10- to 15-fathom hard bottom spots with dropper loop and squid gear.

As for the halibut, Fred Erdman was the lucky flatfish getter with his nearly 14-pound halibut.

At Davey's Locker Sportfishing, Newport Bay the Western Pride showed how to do it 1/2-day style when 19 anglers pulled 85 sand bass for full limits, adding 10 scullies and 70 perch.

Just down the walkway at Newport Landing the Aggressor was back at it once again, with limits of scorpion fish Sunday.

DANA WHARF HALIBUT derby regular Fred Erdman of Long Beach landed the sole legal halibut aboard the Sum Fun Sunday. This fish weigherd just under 14 pounds. DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING PHOTO

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