Dana Point half-day trips fish shallow

Good bottom fishing in very shallow water

The sportfishing scene out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing focused either hundreds of feet down on the 3⁄4-day trips, or super shallow on the local 1⁄2-day trips.

Capt. Brian Woolley reported, “3⁄4-day focusing exclusively on the rockfish scene. It’s been very good the last couple weeks. The quality has definitely been there with some very solid 10-fish limits for a lot of anglers. I’d say the double dropper loops with the live sardine fished the best this week. Some nice fish on the deep water jigs too. The current was up a few days down there so come prepared with a good assortment of torpedo sinkers from 8 to 16 ounces.

CARSON HARTMAN WITH a pair of yellowfin as the sun sets behind the Old Glory. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRACY HARTMAN

Capt. Mike Pritchard on the Tribute was other skipper out on the water this last weekend, his 27 anglers scoring 76 yellowtail and 5 skipjack.

The best offshore score coming in this past week was aboard the New Lo-An Monday the Dec. 2 when 23 anglers decked 101 yellowfin and 5 bluefin, but that was before the rain.

But with the rainy weather and Holiday season, players were hard to come by for the fleet and there was little coverage offshore over the most recent weekend.


As for the local fishing, the 14-inch bass limit continued to send the 1/2-day fleet fishing deep so anglers might sack fish. Local highlights included the Premier with an afternoon run with 17 anglers sacking 132 rockfish, 6 sheephead, 5 sculpin, 7 sand bass, 3 calico, a halibut and a ling.

The New Seaforth’s Saturday morning run with 21 fishing, nabbed 192 rockfish including 91 reds, plus a sheephead.

The lobster hooping twilights continued to see plenty of bugs in the hoops, with lots of shorties going back and about 2 keepers per hoop.

All the San Diego Landings were busily booking charters for 2020 and offering some impressive perks. For example, H&M Landing is giving $100 towards trips or tackle for every $80 spent on gift cards.

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