By: Terrence Berg
The whole Southern California half-day and three-quarter-day fleet has been focusing on rockfish since the water temperatures have dropped. But the easy availability of squid (all along the coast and at all the offshore islands) has made this bite even better than normal — and there has been a nice mix of halibut, white seabass and bass in the action. On Nov. 18, San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out on a three-quarter day trip with just 12 anglers and they landed two yellowtail, 32 calico bass, 17 sand bass, five sheephead, 22 red snapper, 20 rockfish, two bonito and one lingcod. Sea Watch, on a half-day trip out of Seaforth with just 19 anglers Nov. 19, returned with one seabass, four sheephead, 43 rockfish, 24 red snapper and 11 sculpin. Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing was out Nov. 20 with 23 anglers, and they landed 48 red snapper, 15 rockfish, 13 sheephead and one sand bass. The action is even better up in the Channel Islands. On Nov. 20, Mirage was on an overnight trip with 22 anglers, and they caught 220 rockfish, 162 whitefish, 44 lings and six sheephead. Aloha Spirit was on a full-day trip with 20 anglers, also on Nov. 20, and they landed 94 rockfish, 40 lingcod, five sheephead, three whitefish, one sculpin and one blue perch.