By: Terrence Berg, 976-TUNA.com
The rockfish action from Santa Monica Bay to points north continues to be excellent for half-day, three-quarter-day and overnight boats fishing rockfish. Since the surface bite is lagging, the skippers are taking anglers to the best fishing of the season with rockfish limits common for Channel Islands sportfishing boats, even on half-day trips. But three-fish catches to full 10-fish limits are common all along the SoCal coastline. Some typical scores from the last few days: Mission Bell out of Point Loma Sportfishing in San Diego was out April 16 with 32 anglers on a half-day trip, and they landed 89 rockfish, five sand bass, three calicos, three sculpin and one cabezon. Freelance out of Davey’s Locker in Newport Beach had 34 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip, and they landed 102 rockfish, limits of bocaccio (68), 27 red snapper and three whitefish. Spitfire out of Marina del Rey was out of a three-quarter-day trip with 15 anglers, and they had limits of rockfish (150) and 25 sculpin. Southern Cal out of Pierpoint Sportfishing was on a half-day trip April 17 with 37 anglers, and they had 74 (limits) bocaccio and 61 rockfish. At Channel Islands Sportfish, both Aloha Spirit and Gentlemen were out on full-day and three-quarter-day trips, respectively, and the anglers on board all had limits of rockfish.