LOCAL ROCKFISH EXCELLENT

The rockfish bite all along the coast — from the Channel Islands to San Diego — has been very good. Most anglers are getting from five to seven rockfish on half-day trips and near-limits or limits on three-quarter-day or full-day trips. The run-up to the full moon March 27 was very good, thanks to the very good tides this past week. A couple of examples: Victory out of Pierpoint Landing was on a three-quarter-day trip March 25 with 23 anglers, and they landed 171 rockfish, 69 bocaccio, 19 sculpin, five whitefish and five sheephead. Southern Cal, also out of Pierpoint, was out on a half-day trip March 25 with 19 anglers, and they landed 146 rockfish and 44 bocaccio. New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had a pair of half-day trips on March 25, and the 64 anglers had 445 rockfish. On March 24, the 120 anglers on the two half-day trips had 1,065 rockfish.