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By Zach Cavanagh

Anglers were finally able to grab some calico bass on the half-day trips as pockets of kelp returned along the coast. Photo: Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching

Anglers were finally able to get back into some kelp along the coast this week on Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching expeditions.

In his weekly report, Captain Brian Wooley said the coastal waters were steady at 62-64 degrees, and it was “a welcome sight” to be able to get into a pocket of kelp on the half-day trips. Anglers were able to use the sardines and get some calico bass on the line.

On the three-quarter-day trips, the conditions have been more day-to-day, with deeper fishing as the way to go. The fleet had to adjust around San Onofre and Box Canyon, where the current was usually flowing “downhill,l” but that changed to some “uphill” for tricky conditions. The captains were able to adjust and get some rockfish and sculpin for those on board.

The Fury had some nice hauls on its overnight trips. Yellowtails made their way into the catch as the trip hit San Clemente Island. The yellowtail were coming in at 12-20 pounds, and anglers grabbed some bonito as well. Also in the haul were sheephead and whitefish.

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

May 1 – 3 boats, 42 anglers: 15 calico bass, 3 sand bass, 32 sculpin, 2 sheephead, 12 whitefish, 44 rockfish, 45 vermilion rockfish, 71 bass released.

April 30 – 2 boats, 49 anglers: 84 bocaccio, 37 vermilion rockfish, 43 rockfish, 9 sculpin, 18 whitefish, 5 calico bass, 1 sheephead, 56 bass released.

April 29 – 2 boats, 38 anglers: 16 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 1 sculpin, 1 rockfish, 48 bass released.

April 28 – 5 boats, 126 anglers: 7 calico bass, 6 sand bass, 84 sculpin, 1 sheephead, 21 whitefish, 50 rockfish, 106 vermilion rockfish, 34 bocaccio, 150 sanddab, 2 treefish, 1 rock sole, 5 mackerel, 51 bass released.

April 27 – 6 boats, 147 anglers: 8 yellowtail, 75 bonito,18 calico bass, 5 sand bass, 136 vermilion rockfish, 13 sculpin, 23 sheephead, 100 whitefish, 196 rockfish, 6 bocaccio, 126 bass released.

April 26 – 3 boats, 50 anglers: 107 vermilion rockfish, 69 rockfish, 25 sand dabs, 21 white fish, 18 calico bass, 3 sand bass, 5 sculpin, 2 sheephead, 6 bocaccio, 82 bass released.

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