Compiled by Zach Cavanagh
Water temperatures pushed to 70 degrees, and the bass fishing frenzy continued last week at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching.
In his weekly report, Captain Brian Woolley said there have been a few days of good current that have cleaned up some of the lingering dirty water around the beach. The cleaner and warmer water have provided greater bass fishing days for the half-day trips.
The Dana Pride had a couple 100-plus fish trips on the same day, and the charter groups over the weekend hit their bass limits. The bass came in all sizes from the average legal weight up to some seven-pound fish.
Woolley said that sliding egg sinkers with a live sardine or anchovy have provided the best fishing. He also said the rubber lures are also pulling in plenty of bites which is a welcomed signal for the weeks to come.
Morning or afternoon, the fishing has been good. The Clemente pulled in 170 sand bass on a twilight trip last week. Half-day and three-quarter-day trips have had strong numbers along any of the kelp lines.
Over at San Clemente Island, the Fury grabbed some more yellowtail along with the bass that everyone is hooking.
Here is the latest fish count out of Dana Wharf:
July 4 – 6 boats, 251 anglers: 154 calico bass, 265 sand bass, 2 sculpin, 3 sheephead, 3 whitefish, 10 rockfish, 1 barracuda, 1 halibut, 458 bass released
July 3 – 10 boats, 307 anglers: 264 calico bass, 56 sand bass, 1 sculpin, 54 sheephead, 134 whitefish, 106 rockfish, 1 treefish, 10 blue perch, 931 bass released
July 2 – 10 boats, 174 anglers: 237 calico bass, 125 sand bass, 4 sheephead, 8 whitefish, 10 rockfish, 1016 bass released, 5 sculpin, 1 bonito
June 30 – 5 boats, 217 anglers: 93 calico bass, 307 sand bass, 2 sheephead, 5 rockfish, 2 blacksmith perch, 448 bass released
June 29 – 7 boats, 188 anglers: 105 calico bass, 265 sand bass, 2 sculpin, 2 sheephead, 1 barracuda, 1 blue perch, 640 bass released
June 28 – 5 yellowtail, 132 calico bass, 3 sand bass, 11 sheephead, 1 whitefish, 35 rockfish, 5 barracuda, 2 bonito, 1 halibut, 18 blue perch, 760 bass released