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by Cory Visser

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Thursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:

For local fishing in the Santa Monica, Long Beach, Catalina and San Clemente Islands. Through:

Turn off the lights, the party is over, the Fat Lady sang, and it’s just wait until next year for the Tuna and Dorado. Also with the turn in the weather, the big question is whether the local island Yellowtail will hang around? So far there have been no reports, and darn if there isn’t another storm on its way this weekend!

Most full day boats will now begin planning their winter maintenance, while some like the Constitution will make trips down the coast to Colonet, and other points south for Lingcod, Rockfish, and perhaps some Yellowtail?

Boats like the Freedom, Toronado, Fury, Thunderbird and Pacific Star have already begun scheduling 2-day and extended full day trips to San Nicolas, Santa Barbara, and San Clemente Islands for Freezer Specials. If you can get out in a good weather window, fall fishing for both deep water and shallow water Rockfish this time of year is often very rewarding.

Private boater reports are few and far between lately, and that reduces the pictures available for display.

The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing ran an extended trip to San Nicolas Island, (fish until dark), returning in the wee hours Sunday morning, 11-06-11, catching 1 Halibut to 35 pounds, 7 Calico Bass, 33 Sheephead, 39 Whitefish, 109 Rockfish, 18 Lingcod, 3 Sculpin and 6 Cabazon for 19 anglers.

At Catalina, -There were no reports of Exotics from the Island this week.

At San Clemente Island, -I fished with Dave on his 28’ Farallon on Wednesday, 11-09-11. The five of us had easy limits of Rockfish with about 30 big Reds to 7 pounds. We also fished the shallow water from late morning to 3:30 pm, catching mostly Sheephead to 5 pounds.

On the local scene, There was some decent Calico and Sand Bass fishing out of both Long Beach and Dana Point this week on the ½ day boats Matt Walsh and Western Pride, and the ¾ day boats Freelance and Dana Pride. However, Sculpin and Rockfishing are still the primary targets, with a mix of Sheephead, Whitefish, Lingcod and an Occasional Halibut. The ¾ day boat Sea Angler is running Sand Dab and Rockfish specials daily, whenever they can get enough anglers to make a run.

Twilight fishing: The Freelance ran a twilight trip out of Davey’s Locker on Saturday, 11-05-11, with 11 anglers catching 3 Calico Bass, 4 Sand Bass, 6 Rockfish and 1 Sculpin. The Slammer out of Redondo Sportfishing ran a trip on Sunday, 11-06-11, with 4 anglers catching 9 Rockfish, 26 Lobster, 6 Rock Crab and 2 Spider Crab.

In Santa Monica Bay

The ½ boat Redondo Special caught 97 Rockfish and 3 Lingcod on their trip Saturday, 11-05-11, for 18 anglers, while the ¾ day boat Tradition is out for re-powering.

The ½ day boat New Del Mar caught 211 Rockfish, 9 Lingcod and 93 Sculpin on their trip Saturday, 10-22-11, out of Marina Del Rey, for 63 anglers. The Spitfire caught 190 Rockfish, 2 Lingcod and 200 Sculpin on their trip Saturday, 11-05-11, for 40 anglers. The 3/4 boat Betty O caught 1 Sheephead, 85 Rockfish and 75 Sculpin for 72 anglers on Saturday, 11-05-11.

Newport Beach and Dana Point.

The Freelance ran a ¾ day trip out of Davey’s Locker on Thursday, 11-10-11, with 18 anglers catching 16 Calico Bass, 58 Sand Bass, 7 Sheephead, 1 Whitefish, 6 Rockfish, 1 Sculpin, 5 Perch and 98 Sargo. The Western Pride, out of Davey’s Locker, fished Thursday, 11-10-11, with 10 anglers catching 12 Calico Bass, 43 Sand Bass, 12 Sheephead, 2 Whitefish, 1 Rockfish, 2 Sculpin, 5 Perch and 11 Sargo.

The ¾ day boat Patriot out of Newport Landing caught 6 Calico Bass, 52 Sand Bass, 5 Sheephead, 4 Whitefish, 5 Rockfish, 5 Sculpin, 28 Sargo and 1 Cabazon on their Thursday, 11-10-11, trip for 30 anglers. The ½ day boat Nautilus caught 3 Calico Bass, 10 Sand Bass, 17 Sculpin, 13 Perch, 20 Sand Dab and 1 Cabazon on their Saturday, 10-29-11, trip for 22 anglers.

The ¾ day boat Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf caught 2 Calico Bass, 19 Sand Bass, 3 Sheephead, 11 Rockfish, 2 Sculpin and 3 Sargo on their Thursday, 11-10-11, trip for 10 anglers. The ¾ day boat Dana Pride also out of Dana Wharf fished on Thursday, 11-10-11, with 42 anglers catching 24 Calico Bass, 47 Sand Bass and 16 Sheephead. 

Long Beach and San Pedro

Private boater Gary went bouncing for Halibut over the weekend and was rewarded with 7.5 and 14 pound Halibut. Here is a picture of the big’n:

The Enterprise out of Long Beach Marina Landing caught 11 Whitefish, 20 Bocaccio (limits), 46 Rockfish, 1 Lingcod, 3 Sole and 16 Red Snapper for 10 anglers on their trip Sunday, 11-06-11.

The ¾ day Victory out of Pierpoint Landing caught 5 Sheephead, 4 Whitefish, 63 Rockfish and 1 Sculpin on their trip Sunday, 11-06-11, with 8 anglers. The ½ day boat Southern Cal caught 142 Rockfish and 47 Sculpin on their ½ day trip Saturday, 11-05-11, with 15 anglers.

The ½ day boat San Pedro Special out of 22nd Street Landing ran a morning trip on Wednesday, 11-09-11, and the 16 anglers caught 6 Calico Bass, 4 Sand Bass, 16 Sheephead, 36 Whitefish, 38 Rockfish, 6 Sculpin, 16 Perch and 12 Red Snapper. The ¾ day boat Sea Angler fished on Saturday, 11-05-11, and the 27 anglers caught 190 Rockfish, 12 Sculpin and 2440 Sand Dab.

The ½ day boat Matt Walsh out of LA Harbor fished on Tuesday, 11-08-11, with 22 anglers catching 21 Calico Bass, 23 Sand Bass, 9 Sheephead, 15 Rockfish, 7 Sculpin and 11 Red Snapper.

The Islands
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!

The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing ran a full day trip to Catalina on Wednesday, 11-09-11, and the 27 anglers caught 10 Calico Bass, 25 Sheephead, 17 Whitefish, 54 Bocaccio, 105 Rockfish, 3 Sculpin, 208 Perch and 15 Red Snapper.

The ¾ day Sport King out of LA Harbor ran a trip on Thursday, 11-10-11, with 12 anglers catching 2 Sheephead 1 Whitefish 24 Bocaccio 45 Rockfish 1 Sculpin 25 Red Snapper.

This sunset picture was taken by private boater Shad at Catalina on Wednesday, 11-10-11, on a hooping trip, which I witnessed returning from San Clemente Island:

San Clemente Island!The Fury out of Dana Wharf ran a trip on Saturday, 11-05-11, with 36 anglers catching 10 Calico Bass, 1 Whitefish, 22 Rockfish, 4 Bonito and 12 Perch.

Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!

The ¾ day boat San Diego ran a trip on Thursday, 11-10-11, with 13 anglers catching 45 Rockfish and 3 Lingcod.

The Indian is running full day Rockcod trips to the Finger Bank and Points south of the border. Their Wednesday, 11-09-11, trip resulted in limits for all 16 anglers aboard, with many big Reds. A quick stop at the Rockpile produced some big Sheephead. Some pictures:


The weather forecast for the weekend calls for rain and wind on Saturday and wind on Sunday, another weekend to catch up on the Honey Do’s or be a couch potato, and watch some good football games. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.

Hook Up,