Sand bass lead the coastal charge, Colonet bite continues

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    BY MERIT McCREA

    SAN DIEGO — Capt. Jason Coz put his 22 half-day anglers on nearly 100 bass Sunday morning, with a final score of 93 sandies, 3 calico and 17 sculpin. That’s some solid local wintertime bass catching. The action has been down the beach recently and it’s been steady. But Sunday’s score was a definite boost bass-wise.

    The sandies were nicer models from 14-inch keepers to 6-plus pounds, mostly on leadhead and squid with some on the plastics, including Hookup Baits. Also in the mix were 1-ounce
    slider and squid.

    Several 1.5-day boats made the run south to fish Colonet’s deep reefs. As always, results included some heavy catches of nice reds and other rockfish. A few yellowtail on the yo-yo iron added some string-pulling action.

    KEVRETTE JOHNSON fished the Pacific Queen off Punta Colonet, landing one of 4 yellows he hooked on the yo-yo iron.

    The Pacific Queen was back Sunday morning with her 22 anglers landing 5 yellowtail to go with 9 lings, 13 big bonito and 238 rockfish, including 68 reds. Kevrette Johnson fished and landed 1 of 4 yellows he hooked on the yo-yo. He filled out his limit with rockfish.

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    The Tribute crushed the ocean whitefish with her 30 anglers putting on 112 of the razorgills to go with 151 rockfish with 58 reds, 21 lings and 6 bonito.

    From H&M Landing, the Relentless was back early last week from a 2.5-day Monday morning with 15 anglers getting 2-day limits on the fish, which included 150 reds along with 125 rockfish of other types, 19 lings and 6 yellowtail.

    This past weekend the Ocean Odyssey took 17 anglers down the line on a 1.75-day to take 92 fat reds, 216 other rockfish, a pair of yellowtail and 15 bonito, plus 19 lings.

    That landing had the Alicia out fishing hoop-nets for lobster. Lots of lobster under the minimum size limit arrived in the floodlights each evening. A few keepers allowed pullers to average a lobster each for their efforts.

    Anglers looking to get aboard a Colonet trip booked for Friday departures, fishing Saturday and arriving back dockside early Sunday morning. The 1.75-day trips left Friday 11 a.m. while the 1.5-day trips left that evening.

    Oceanside saw the Oceanside SEA Center put the Chubasco II out on 4 half-day trips last week. Catches were mostly tasty sculpin, with Monday’s crew of 21 landing boat limits — 105 scorpions.

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