By: Terrence Berg
A few more yellowtail are starting to show at San Clemente Island, as the water temperatures range from 57 degrees to 60 degrees in protected areas on sun-warmed days. This is also finally starting to wake up the bass. But the reality is that most of the action at San Clemente Island is still rockfish. Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker has been consistently turning in great scores on its trips to San Clemente Island. On March 26, there were 13 anglers on board — and they landed 72 whitefish, 58 red snapper, 55 sheephead, 39 bocaccio, 33 rockfish and three lings. El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing was on an overnight trip at San Clemente Island last weekend, and the 28 anglers on board landed 196 whitefish, 192 rockfish, 84 bocaccio, 23 sheephead, eight sculpin and four lings. At Catalina, private boaters are keeping the pick on white seabass off the East End of the island very quiet, but there have been some quality fish landed. A few yellowtail are also starting to show at Catalina — but overall, the bite has been tough, with water temperatures still a little low for the bass to turn on. The rockfish action, however, has been very good.