FISHING / DAN STANTON : Game Fish Giving Anglers Round-the-Clock Action
The summer fishing season is busting out with a round-the-clock abundance of game fish.
Big barracuda have been biting through the monofilament line and anglers using light line are now using short wire leaders and catching limits.
For the past two weeks, the small bait situation has created some problems and squid have been hard to obtain.
Anglers using blue and white jigs during day and twilight trips have been catching near limits of sand and calico bass.
The yellowtail fishing continues to be good at Catalina Island with most being caught under kelp patties.
Traditionally in July anglers await the migrating albacore and again this year it is wait and see, along with the daily rumors.
The Outerlimits from L.A. Harbor Sportfishing returned from a two-day trip to the Cortez Bank in search of tuna.
Captain Gary Norby said conditions in the area were not the best and he headed to San Clemente Island to fish the kelp patties. Anglers caught 24 tuna on the trip.
Eric Holden of San Pedro landed a 28-pounder and four others weighed up to 15 pounds.
Lloyd McDaniels of Long Beach caught four and his 29 1/2-pounder was the jackpot fish.
The third annual March of Dimes Fishathon held last week aboard the Shogun out of L.A. Harbor Sportfishing was a big success.
A wide-open bite of barracuda was found at Catalina.
Limiting out on barracuda weighing up to eight pounds were San Pedro anglers Art Corona and Aaron Catz.
West Los Angeles Big Brothers held their fifth annual fishing trip aboard Marina del Rey Sportfishing’s Happyman.
Many of the 90 boys aboard had never been fishing and received help from sponsors. The novice group landed 140 barracuda.
Torrance fisherman Jack Wright, fishing off the rocks at King Harbor, was using a scampi with cut squid and caught two bonito, with the boneheads weighing seven pounds.
South Bay Catches: Paul Nicksil of West Los Angeles, fishing at Catalina Island aboard the Shogun, caught the whopper of the week, a 37-pound yellowtail.
Mark Larson of Long Beach, fishing at Catalina aboard the Topgun, caught a 28 1/2-pound yellowtail.
Chris Pelliangelo of Lomita, aboard the Sea Spray, caught a 25-pound halibut.
Trina Peterson of Long Beach, fishing at Rocky Point aboard the El Dorado, caught a 22-pound white sea bass.
Mel Daniels of Torrance, fishing at Catalina aboard the Freedom, caught a 15-pound yellowtail.
Lee Davidson of Wilmington, aboard the Hitless Miss at the Horseshoe Kelp, caught a 12 1/2-pound white sea bass.
Fish Reports: Anglers fishing Santa Monica Bay have a choice of barracuda and sand bass, with good catches of both.
At Marina del Rey Sportfishing: The Sumo fished the bay and anglers sacked 250 barracuda, 105 sand bass and 10 bonito.
The Spitfire fishing the bay returned with 370 barracuda and five bonito.
Betty O anglers chalked up 106 rock cod and 100 barracuda.
At Redondo Sportfishing: The Sea Spray worked Rocky Point for 243 calico bass, 54 bonito and 38 barracuda.
At 22nd Street Landing: The First String fished off Catalina and returned with 119 barracuda, 104 bonito, 33 calico bass and eight yellowtail.
The Monte Carlo on a half-day trip to the Horseshoe Kelp returned with 47 calico bass, 37 sculpin and 12 sand bass.
At L.A. Harbor Sportfishing: The Sportking fished off Catalina and anglers caught 65 calico bass, 47 barracuda and three treefish.
The Matt Walsh on a half-day trip to the Horseshoe Kelp returned with 135 calico bass and 55 sand bass.
The Outerlimits fished off Catalina for 36 calico bass, eight yellowtail, one halibut and a sheepshead.
The Shogun fished off San Clemente Island and returned with 128 bonito and nine yellowtail.
The Annie B barge had a weekend count of 891 jacksmelt, 250 kingfish and 43 mackerel.
At Long Beach Sportfishing: The Victory fished the flats and anglers caught 233 sand bass and 151 barracuda.
The Aztec fished off Catalina and anglers caught 106 barracuda, 47 calico bass and 12 yellowtail.
The Toronado trip to Catalina resulted in a catch of 125 barracuda, 13 bonito and 23 bonito.