FISHING NOTES / DAN STANTON : Anglers Will Find Plenty of Action on Holiday Weekend
There will be plenty of deep-sea action over the Memorial Day weekend as anglers choose the species they would like to try for.
The outlook is for an abundance of fish to be caught.
At Rocky Point, party boats and private boats will find the three Bs: bass, bonito and barracuda. The Horseshoe has been yielding some good-size calico bass. Barracuda are among the missing at Horseshoe because of fluctuating water temperatures.
Catalina Island fishing remains excellent with barracuda and white sea bass at the west end of the island.
Yellowtail weighing more than 20 pounds have been caught from the kelp patties. Anglers are using live squid for bait with light line, but have lost some good-size yellows. It takes up to 30-pound tests to hold the big ones that head back into the kelp after being hooked.
Earl Vanal of Santa Monica, fishing aboard the Sumo in Santa Monica Bay, was sure he hooked a yellowtail. He reeled and followed his fish from bow to stern for 15 minutes, but when it came close to the surface it was a big bonito, probably the largest caught this spring at 12 pounds.
Kelp pattie hopping: Aboard the boat Instinct 30 miles from Point Loma, five South Bay fishermen had full limits of yellowtail, although the size of the fish averaged only 10-16 pounds.
Leon Campazzie of Torrance landed a 16-pounder, Bob Gifford of Torrance a 15-pounder and Paul Friedman of Hermosa Beach a 15-pounder. Phil Friedman, the voice of 976-TUNA, had a 15-pounder and Martin Thompson of Manhattan Beach had a 12-pounder.
Stan and Celinda Woodward of King Harbor Marlin Club returned last week from Cabo San Lucas. Stan weighed in a 372-pound black marlin while Celinda brought aboard a 105-pound sailfish.
Fish Reports: At Marina del Rey, the Spitfire caught 33 barracuda and 20 sea bass. The Happyman landed two barracuda, 12 bonito and a halibut. The Rock Cod Special caught 430 rock cod and five cow cods.
At Redondo, the City Redondo brought aboard 253 sea bass and 164 sculpin. The Red Special caught a limit of 130 sculpin. The Sea Spray landed 58 barracuda, 84 calico bass and a yellowtail.
At 22nd St. Landing, the First String brought aboard three yellowtail, 57 calico bass, 31 barracuda and 51 bonito. The Monte Carlo caught three yellowtail, eight calico bass, 11 barracuda, 20 sea bass, 28 bonito and 11 whitefish.
At L.A. Harbor, the Sportking caught 160 bonito and 14 barracuda. The Topgun brought aboard 23 yellowtail, 90 barracuda and 41 bonito. The Outerlimits caught 138 calico bass, two white sea bass and two yellowtail. On the Shogun, 40 bonito, 12 barracuda, 52 blue perch and three yellowtail were caught. The Annie B Barge landed 350 mackerel, 65 kingfish and 210 jacksmelt.
At Long Beach, The Toronado landed six barracuda, 112 calico bass, one white sea bass, eight sheephead and 20 bonito. The Aztec landed three yellowtail, 18 barracuda, 120 calico bass, 10 sheephead and 60 bonito. The Victory caught one yellowtail, 51 barracuda, 93 calico bass and 141 bonito.
South Bay catches: Marcus Larson of San Pedro, fishing aboard the Topgun, caught the whopper of the week, a 52 1/4-pound white sea bass.
Jim Kirby of Hawthorne, fishing aboard the Topgun, won the jackpot with his 46-pound white sea bass.
Bob Sullivan of West Los Angeles, aboard the Blackjack, caught a 32-pound white sea bass.
Mark Mola of Wilmington caught a 24-pound white sea bass aboard the Betty G.
Delthi Garua of Long Beach, aboard the Victory, caught a 17-pound yellowtail.