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Dan Albright of Irvine is currently in second place in the Halibut Derby after catching this 10.6-pound halibut. Courtesy photo
Dan Albright of Irvine is currently in second place in the Halibut Derby after catching this 10.6-pound halibut. Courtesy photo

Compiled by Steve Breazeale

With the water temperature expected to drop in the coming weeks, the focus at Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching has been on rockfish. In his monthly press release, Captain Brian Woolley described how the productive fishing areas have been in the 220-260 foot range, which is an active area for not only rockfish, but whitefish, sculpin and salmon groupers as well.

The first month of the Halibut Derby is officially in the books, with fish upwards of 10 pounds sitting atop the leaderboard.

11/13—48 anglers; 2 boats: 95 rockfish, 37 reds, 15 sheepshead, 10 sculpin, 3 blue perch, 2 whitefish, 2 lingcod.

11/12—28 anglers; 2 boats: 83 rockfish, 43 sculpin, 22 sand dabs, 17 sheepshead, 16 vermillion rockfish, 8o sand bass, 8 whitefish, 2 calico bass, 1 lingcod, 1 triggerfish.

11/11—110 anglers; 4 boats: 195 sand dabs, 182 sculpin, 159 rockfish, 22 sheepshead, 17 sand bass, 14 vermillion rockfish, 10 whitefish, 2 blue perch, 1 calico bass, 1 halibut.

11/10—107 anglers; 3 boats: 29 sand bass, 21 mackerel, 19 rockfish, 14 blue perch, 13 calico bass, 9 sheepshead, 3 sculpin, 1 halibut, 1 whitefish.

11/9—126 anglers; 3 boats: 173 rockfish, 81 sculpin, 33 sand dabs, 21 whitefish, 15 boccacio, 12 mackerel, 90 sheepshead, 8 sand bass, 6 reds, 1 rock wrass, 1 calico bass.


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