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By Zach Cavanagh

Beverly May of San Juan Capistrano was aboard the Fury this week and got the best of this SCI yellowtail. Photo: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Bass along the shore and yellowtail out on the islands continues the hot summer fishing at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching.

In his weekly report, Captain Brian Woolley said the bass action continued great, following the usual summer trends. Some wind brought down water temperatures a little, but the water still rebounded for 70-72 degrees most of the week.

Rockfish was the main catch on the windy days, but the half-day and three-quarter-day trips continued to focus on the calico bass. The bass came in between 6-8 pounds with the fly-lined sardines being the top bait once again.

At Catalina Island, some of the fleet’s six-pack boats pulled in nice catches of yellowtail. The yellowtail came in between 15-30 pounds. On its all-day trips, the Fury pulled in bass, bonito and barracuda as well. The Fury also ventured down to San Clemente Island to grab some yellowtail, as well as more bass.

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Here are the latest fish counts from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching:

Aug. 8 – 9 boats, 205 anglers: 55 calico bass, 8 sand bass, 3 sculpin, 2 sheephead, 13 whitefish, 28 rockfish, 80 vermillion rockfish, 830 bass released

Aug. 7 – 10 boats, 243 anglers: 23 yellowtail, 102 calico bass, 8 sand bass, 4 sculpin, 11 sheephead, 22 whitefish, 30 rockfish, 10 barracuda, 8 bonito, 1 halibut, 10 blue perch, 748 bass released

Aug. 6 – 8 boats, 199 anglers: 6 yellowtail, 12 bonito, 1 barracuda, 15 bocaccio, 12 vermillion rockfish, 20 rockfish, 17 white fish, 5 sheephead, 4 sculpin, 3 sand bass, 55 calico bass,, 1 rubberlip perch, 385 bass released

Aug. 5 – 9 boats, 243 anglers: 15 yellowtail, 146 calico bass, 6 sand bass, 1 sculpin, 14 sheephead, 46 whitefish, 17 rockfish, 1 barracuda, 11 bonito, 2 halibut, 1 white seabass, 1 sargo, 1 triggerfish, 3 Spanish mackerel, 1 blue perch, 836 bass released

Aug. 4 – 9 boats, 330 anglers: 2 yellowtail, 64 calico bass, 23 sand bass, 2 sculpin, 16 sheephead, 39 whitefish, 14 rockfish, 15 vermilion rockfish, 1 barracuda, 1 bonito, 1 halibut, 522 bass released

Aug. 3 – 10 boats, 283 anglers: 56 calico bass, 19 sand bass, 3 sculpin, 8 sheephead, 9 whitefish, 42 rockfish, 207 vermilion rockfish, 25 bocaccio, 4 barracuda, 2 bonito, 2 thresher shark, 660 bass released


Zach Cavanagh
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports.

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