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By Zach Cavanagh

October has still brought success for the fleet at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. Photo: Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Tuna and bass filled the boats this week at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching.

In his weekly report, Captain Brian Woolley said the offshore tuna fishing was a highlight for the past week.

On a 1 ½-day trip last week, the Fury hit full limits on yellowfin tuna catches for all anglers on the trip. Trips for tuna will be a focus in the immediate future.

Along the shore, bass fishing continues to be the top hit. Water has stayed up in the 68-70-degree range, which has made for more strong action in the kelp. The trips are also seeing a good catches on sheephead.

Woolley said the three-quarter-day trips had trouble in deep water with some heavy current, but the trips were still pulling in rockfish and sculpin.

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

Oct. 9 – 5 boats, 106 anglers: 49 yellowtail, 2 lingcod, 90 bonito, 12 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 10 sculpin, 30 sheephead, 55 whitefish, 121 rockfish, 95 vermilion rockfish, 48 bocaccio, 5 barracuda, 110 bass released.

Oct. 8 – 2 boats, 89 anglers: 8 calico bass, 4 sand bass, 26 sculpin, 4 sheephead, 19 whitefish, 20 rockfish, 67 vermilion rockfish, 24 bocaccio, 7 bonito, 69 bass released.

Oct. 7 – 5 boats, 92 anglers: 35 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 106 sculpin, 8 sheephead, 76 whitefish, 44 rockfish, 320 vermilion rockfish, 34 bocaccio, 1 bonito, 80 sanddab, 89 bass released.

Oct. 6 – 7 boats, 232 anglers: 13 yellowtail, 16 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 29 sculpin, 21 sheephead, 33 whitefish, 53 rockfish, 35 vermilion rockfish, 22 bocaccio, 3 barracuda, 9 bonito, 3 blue perch, 251 bass released.

Oct. 5 – 11 boats, 255 anglers: 68 yellowfin tuna, 2 bluefin tuna, 35 skipjack tuna, 9 yellowtail, 39 calico bass, 21 sand bass, 75 sculpin, 16 sheephead, 19 whitefish, 29 rockfish, 115 vermilion rockfish, 25 bocaccio, 1 barracuda, 139 bonito, 1 halibut, 426 bass released.

Oct. 4 – 5 boats, 132 anglers: 6 calico bass, 7 sand bass, 108 sculpin, 23 whitefish, 76 rockfish, 157 vermilion rockfish, 159 bocaccio, 8 sanddab, 251 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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