ROCKFISH AWESOME

The flip side to the tough surface bite is just exceptional rockfish action during the good tides going into Friday’s full moon. Even half-day rockfish boats have been posting limits of rockfish for all anglers on board at the more northern landings (Channel Islands) and half to three-quarter limits for even San Diego and Orange County boats. More important, skippers are reporting a phenomenal number of red snapper and bocaccio — species that were supposedly depleted. But the surveys on these species were done during an unusual warm-water period, and these cold-water conditions are more like the long-term norm of years past. Here are just a few scores, to give you an example of how good it’s been: Malahini out of H&M Landing was out April 3 with 23 anglers who caught 73 bocaccio, 49 red snapper, 73 rockfish and two ling cod. Sea Trek out of Helgren’s in Oceanside was out with nine anglers on a half-day trip April 3, and they landed 56 rockfish, four bocaccio, 80 sand dabs and four red snapper. Victory out of Pierpoint Landing was on a three-quarter day trip with 26 anglers and they had 180 rockfish and one sand bass; while Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfishing was on a half-day trip with nine anglers who had 90 rockfish, a sheephead and a whitefish. Speed Twin out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was on a half-day trip April 4 with 32 anglers, and they caught 320 rockfish and one lingcod.