Limits of Cod at San Clemente Island

Limits of Cod at San Clemente Island
Got a phone call from one of my regulars, Matt Murray, who asked me about the window of weather we were supposed to have this weekend. I told him that it looked like we had slight offshore coming in Saturday morning and staying through Monday morning and that it would probably be a good time to make a trip to San Clemente Island and see if we could get some rockfish before the closures went into effect.

Left Davey’s launch ramp in Long Beach @ 5 a.m. with 15 lbs of frozen squid and it was off to the west end of San Clemente Island. It was a nice, quick, two hour run to the island. As you can see in the pictures, the conditions were flat, glassy and calm. We arrived at San Clemente Island a little after 7 a.m. Our first spot was in 145 ft of water. Our first drift produced 1 sheepshead, 1 chucklehead and 7 whitefish for a total of 9 fish before 8 o’clock in the morning. We drifted that spot the rest of the day. We used 30 lbs line, two 4/0 circle hooks tied to dropper loops with 8oz of weight. The key was to drop it down, hit the bottom, crank it a half-crank and hang on. The total for the day…limits for 6 guys. Thirteen different species were caught…calico bass, sheepshead, red snapper, salmon grouper, sculpin, whitefish, golfer rockfish, starry rockfish, blue rockfish, treefish, chucklehead, grass rockfish, calico rockfish

All in all, it was a great day on the water. The guys had a blast.

If anyone is thinking about getting out there for rockfishing, I would definitely do it now before the closures take effect on January 1st.

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Captain Dave Hansen

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