Dana Wharf Fish Report: Bass, Dorado, Tuna Catches Filling Local Boats


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Each week, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching provides the Dana Point and San Clemente Times with a report on the week’s catch from Captain Brian Woolley, in addition to the weekly fish count.

Here is Captain Woolley’s report on last week’s action:

It was a great week of fishing in September, both near home and offshore.

The half-day scene was on the bass program. Water temperatures are between 70 and 72 degrees and are fairly consistent along our beach. Bass fishing remained decent with good action on some days on the surface with doubled bait. Really just standard bass fishing with artificial stuff like rubber swim baits and flukes as well as hard baits to catch fish. Anglers fishing the bottom with the dropper loop baits did well too.

But it was the offshore scene that kept the boats busy on the long journeys this week. The three-quarter and full-day trips were dorado fishing. This fish has moved around a bit as the water temperatures have cooled from those crazy 75-76 degrees last week to more typical 72-73 degrees. A few shots of this mahi in open water schools, but the majority of the mahi we catch was on kelp. The 25-pound monofilament fished the best. We tell our guys if you have braid on reels you need a long monofilament rig that is at least 50ft but 100% straight monofilament is the way to go with these fish. We caught a bit more yellowfin tuna on both dolphin and kelp this week as well.

Night trips on the Fury also caught this mahi. On their longer trips they caught good bluefin tuna west between the islands and out to San Clemente Island. Some good fish spreads in this area. And the 6-Pac fleet has been all over the mahi this week as well. 6-Pac boats like the Running and the LexSea also had bluefin tuna in the counts when they made the longest run to the tuna areas.

In addition, very good times were spent on the Dana Pride yesterday as they organized another Fish for Life trip taking children with disabilities and developmental disabilities fishing. Huge smiles and great local fishing action got these anglers excited. Founder Jim Holden does a great job planning each trip, and all the volunteers involved have a huge impact on the lives of these children. We are delighted that Dana Wharf can be a partner in this venture.

Super simple report, but it was a very good fishing and we are delighted with this new week.

Here are the latest fish counts from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching:

September 22 – 7 boats, 140 fishermen: 1 yellowfin tuna, 39 sea bream, 19 yellowtail flounder, 1 halibut, 21 bonito, 29 calico bass, 9 sand bass, 3 sheep, 5 white fish, 177 bass released

September 21 – 4 boats, 87 fishermen: 7 bluefin tuna, 2 sea bream, 22 yellowtail flounder, 51 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 16 sheep, 11 white fish, 30 redfish, 29 skipjack, 20 released bass

September 20 – 9 boats, 164 fishermen: 34 dorado, 3 bluefin tuna, 1 yellowfin tuna, 14 calico bass, 3 sand bass, 180 bass released

September 19 – 9 boats, 212 fishermen: 141 sea bream, 10 yellowtail flounder, 3 bluefin tuna, 66 calico bass, 48 ​​bonito, 7 sheep, 3 whitefish, 85 bass released

September 18 – 57 sea bream, 1 yellowtail, 14 skipjack, 14 sculpin, 11 calico bass, 2 sand bass, 125 bass released

September 17 – 10 boats, 163 fishermen: 89 sea bream, 4 bluefin tuna, 12 bass, 11 redfish, 10 calico bass, 7 sculpins, 6 bonito, 3 sheep, 2 vermilion redfish, 1 whitefish, 173 bass released

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