Each week, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching provides the Capt. Brian Woolley’s Catch of the Week Report, in addition to the weekly fish count.
Here is Captain Woolley’s report on last week’s action:
Super fun week for us, and we had some fantastic conditions to go along with it.
The mid-day scene was classic fall inshore fishing with some bass action for the guys on fly-lined sardines and lures like small five-inch shots and swimbaits. Some fun surface action on a bonito for the anglers, casting small 40g colt sniper machines.
Also, there was better sheepshead fishing with the addition of all commercial lobster gear. This makes these fish more active and biting. Good water in a couple of areas has helped a lot. We even had a school of jumbo coastal yellows put on a performance one afternoon for the Clemente’s during an after school trip for the kids. It was a great show for the kids, and Captain Chad cast a live mackerel and got a bite! He landed a 40-pounder.
In the scene of three quarters of a day, he returned to the sea. Very good bream fishing again, and it was an easy three quarters of a day. We’re catching fish in a few different areas, so it’s not just an isolated pocket of fish. And these fish have also grown to a nice average size of 12 pounds with some nice ones pushing 18 pounds.
Fly-lined lures accounted for all the fish this week. In some of the kelps, we caught some tuna, both bluefin and yellowfin, which has been a big plus. Also, we have also had a good signal on the yellowfin with the dolphin in the last few days.
The Clementes had some shots of this fish yesterday and were able to catch a sample with fish pushing 35 pounds. The water temperature has been a consistent 71-73 degrees, and it has been great fall action.
Action for the Fury this week has included a great redfin opportunity at night with fish pushing 150 pounds. On San Clemente Island, more shots on solid grade yellows from 18 to 25 pounds along with some fun bass fishing and good fishing for pen boys.
Here are the latest fish counts from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching:
November 12 – 4 boats, 69 anglers: 20 bream, 1 yellowfin, 9 bonito, 5 bass, 4 whitefish, 3 bass, 1 skipjack, 70 bass released
November 11 – 4 boats, 99 anglers: 87 bream, 55 yellowfin tuna, 11 bonito, 6 whiting, 3 whitefish, 2 bass, 2 bass, 80 bass released
November 10 – 4 boats, 91 anglers: 17 bream, 13 yellowfin tuna, 4 bass, 6 bass, 3 whiting, 2 bonito, 3 sheepshead, 150 bass released
November 9 – 7 boats, 219 anglers: 62 bream, 45 yellowfin tuna, 14 bass, 12 bass, 8 whiting, 6 whitefish, 5 bonito, 4 sheepshead, 1 rockfish, 316 bass released
November 8 – 10 boats, 180 anglers: 197 bream, 8 yellowfin tuna, 6 yellowtail, 19 bonito, 5 bass, 3 bass, 2 sculpin, 2 whitefish, 1 sheepshead, 1 rock, 37 bass released
November 7 – 5 boats, 150 anglers: 222 bream, 19 bluefin, 3 yellowfin, 1 striped marlin, 14 whitefish, 14 rockfish, 4 sheepshead, 3 bass, 2 sculpin, 1 bonito, 1 sea bass, 98 sea bass released
6 November – 6 boats, 109 anglers: 208 bream, 24 bluefin tuna, 13 yellowfin tuna, 1 yellowtail, 24 bonito, 19 bass, 1 sea bass, 3 redfish, 1 sheephead, 1 whitefish , 4 rockfish, 140 bass released