David Mendez shows off his 32-pound halibut he caught while aboard the Sum Fun. Photo: Courtesy
David Mendez shows off his 32-pound halibut he caught while aboard the Sum Fun. Photo: Courtesy

Dana Point Times

In his weekly fishing report, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching captain Brian Wooley said the change in seasons has been very noticeable out on the waters. As the temperature of the water drops, captains and anglers alike are in an adjustment period but are still pulling in plenty of bass, rockfish and other native fish.

The Dana Wharf Halibut Derby kicked off earlier this month, and there is already an impressive fish on the leaderboard. David Mendez of Victorville is currently in first place after reeling in a 32-pound halibut last week while aboard the Sum Fun.

Here is the latest fish count out of Dana Wharf.

11/20—4 boats; 84 anglers: 36 rockfish, 35 vermillion rockfish, 35 sanddabs, 13 sand bass, 9 bonito, 5 halibut, 4 sheephead, 4 boccacio, 2 calico bass.

11/19—4 boats; 130 anglers: 23 calico bass, 19 sand bass, 19 sheephead, 2 rockfish, 1 rock sole.

11/18—3 boats; 54 anglers: 32 rockfish, 30 calico bass, 15 vermillion rockfish, 13 sheephead, 7 bonito, 5 sand bass, 4 halibut, 2 yellowtail, 2 boccacio, 2 blue perch, 2 sanddabs, 1 barracuda.

11/17—3 boats; 54 anglers: 25 rockfish, 15 vermillion rockfish, 8 sand bass, 7 sheephead, 6 calico bass, 1 boccacio.

11/16—1 boat; 16 anglers: 8 calico bass, 4 blue perch, 1 sand bass.

11/15—21 calico bass, 12 rockfish, 10 vermillion rockfish, 10 sheephead, 7 sand bass, 5 yellowtail, 1 blue perch.

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