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Dana Point Times
The shift in weather conditions has made for an interesting month of fishing off the coast of Dana Point. In his weekly fish report, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching captain Brian Woolley outlined that the prevailing winds and drop in water temperature have led to unusual catches. On Saturday, Nov. 14, an angler reeled in a small snowy grouper, which Woolley said is an unusual catch in these waters.
The colder water temperatures have also brought yellowtail closer to shore, according to Woolley.
Woolley and his crews have been focusing on finding yellowtail and rockfish during the 3/4-day fishing trips, as well as mixing in some spots known for yielding calico bass.
The Dana Wharf’s annual halibut derby is in full swing and the first drift trip of the season was held on Nov. 13. Anglers aboard the Sum Fun were able to reel in nine halibut, ranging in size from five to 24 pounds.
Jerry Boston currently holds the lead in the halibut derby standings with his 23.5-pound catch.
Here is the latest fish count out of Dana Wharf.
11/18—2 boats; 37 anglers: 60 rockfish, 31 vermillion rockfish, 15 boccacio, 14 yellowtail, 5 sand bass, 4 sheephead, 2 bonito.
11/17—2 boats; 37 anglers: 43 rockfish, 12 boccacio, 12 vermillion rockfish, 9 sheephead, 8 calico bass, 5 sargo, 1 yellowtail, 1 bonito.
11/16—No boats due to weather conditions.
11/15—2 boats; 29 anglers: 28 lobster, 2 halibut, 1 sand bass.
11/14—6 boats; 195 anglers: 122 rockfish, 70 lobster, 46 vermillion rockfish, 26 boccacio, 26 calico bass, 6 sand bass, 6 sheephead, 3 yellowtail, 3 bonito, 1 lingcod.
11/13—3 boats; 49 anglers: 42 vermillion rockfish, 32 calico bass, 28 rockfish, 27 sand bass, 18 boccacio, 10 sheephead, 5 blue perch.
11/12—3 boats; 122 anglers: 75 rockfish, 36 vermillion rockfish, 11 sand bass, 8 calico bass, 6 sheephead, 2 white fish, 1 yellowtail.
11/11—3 boats; 122 anglers: 85 rockfish, 39 vermillion rockfish, 27 boccacio, 12 sheephead, 4 calico bass, 3 sand bass, 3 white fish, 2 bonito, 1 yellowtail.
11/10—No boats due to weather conditions.