ROCKFISH OPENER AWESOME

The rockfish bite all along the coast has been as good as it can be, with limit-style fishing the rule rather than the exception. The Channel Islands have been a hotbed of activity, with most three-quarter- and full-day boats reporting limits of since the March 1 opener — and there is a nice mix of whitefish, ling cod, and sheephead on these boats. On March 5, Sea Jay out of Channel Island Sportfishing had 10 anglers aboard, and they landed 55 rockfish and 45 red snapper along with three lings on a full-day trip. Mirage was on an overnight trip, and the 23 anglers aboard had 230 rockfish, 46 lings and 10 whitefish. Coroloma out of Hook’s Landing had 17 anglers on March 5, and they had 170 rockfish, 40 sand dabs and one ling. Farther down the coast, the bite has been just as good. Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out March 4 with 29 anglers, and they had 290 mixed rockfish (most red snapper), 45 sculpin, and one ling on this three-quarter-day trip. Enterprise, out of Long Beach Sportfishing, had 20 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip March 3, and they landed 70 rockfish, 60 bocaccio (limits), 51 red snapper, 35 perch, 24 sculpin and one ling. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker returned from a March 5 three-quarter-day trip with 20 anglers who caught 120 rockfish, 47 bocaccio, 83 sculpin and 10 red snapper. In San Diego, the three-quarter-day and 1.5-day boats are still fishing in Mexican waters and seeing good rockfish action. Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a 1.5-day trip that returned March 6, and its 24 anglers landed 115 rockfish, 42 red snapper and six lings. San Diego, also out of Seaforth, was on a three-quarter-day trip March 3 with 24 anglers, and they landed 156 rockfish, 22 sheephead and two lings. These boats also saw a few yellowtail around Los Coronados islands in the past week and have landed as many as four on a single trip.