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Dana Point/Newport Beach: Yellows flash at San Clemente Island

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: May 21, 2019

DANA POINT/ NEWPORT — With the weather up this week, it was a matter of fishing the weather windows. The sculpin bite and rockfishing held up along the coast but the good island yellowtail counts suffered. The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker patrolled the coastal waters and scored good sculpin numbers. A 3/4-day trip on Saturday with 55 anglers scored 250 sculpin, 85 whitefish, 45 rockfish and 15 bocaccio. The evening twilight with 30 anglers landed 150 sculpin. The Western Pride fished cod on a morning 1/2-day Saturday and 18 anglers posted 90 rockfish, 25 whitefish. The p.m. 1/2 day with 18 anglers caught 30 blue perch, 15 calico bass, 10 whitefish, 5 sheephead, 2 sand bass and15 calico bass. The Thunderbird managed to take 37 anglers on an overnight trip and scratched at 6 yellowtail.

JOSE ESPOSITO FROM Dana Point took this SCI yellowtail on the surface iron aboard the Fury.

The Aggressor out of Newport Landing ran a morning 1/2-day on Sunday with 41 anglers and landed 119 sculpin, 15 rockfish, 8 red snapper, 5 bocaccio, 37 whitefish, and 1 perch.

The Dana Wharf boats were also targeting the sculpin but were seeing signs of things to come, Capt. Brian Woolley on The Sum Fun described the bite this way, “Along the coast in the half-day zone we continued to see things perk up. The local calico bass fishing has continued to gain some momentum with water temps in the 63- to 64-degree range. A little hiccup with some wind and weather dropped it a bit but it’s seemed to bounce back rather well. Fly-lined sardines were a big part of the catching equation for us and a lot of our die hard bass only regulars had success with the rubber lures and surface iron.”

The report continued, “Stretching out to our 3/4-day zones down deep off San-O and Box Canyon, the bottom fish still provided best opportunity. Again very good and consistent fishing with a lot of very nice reds and grouper. After catching what we need on the rockfish we’ve been able to load up some sculpin and whitefish to round out those efforts.

“The Fury has continued to find success over at Clemente. The yellowtail action was good for them yesterday. They ended their day over there with just under 40 yellows. Some other good sign over there as well with the bass finally waking up and some of that yellow on the spots. The barracuda and bonito are in scattered schools around the island too and providing shots at them during the day as well.”

On Sunday, the landing posted 4 boats and 6 trips with 136 anglers landed 56 vermilion rockfish, 56 assorted rockfish, 56 calico bass, 30 whitefish, 26 sculpin, 17 yellowtail, 10 sheephead, 7 bonito, 1 sand bass, 150 calico bass released. The Fury on an overnight trip with 28 anglers reported 17 Yellowtail, 7 Bonito, 30 calico bass,75 calico bass released, 30 whitefish and 7 sheephead.

tochenhergTOCHEN HERG, A landing regular shows off a nice kelp bass caught aboard the Sum Fun on a twilight trip.

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