Congratulations Pursuit captain John Woodrum
This week’s winner in the Pot Of Gold halibut tourney at Long Beach Sportfishing is David Keil, Granada Hills. His fish weighed #37.3 pounds, the largest of the season, which earned him $250. Long Beach Sportfishing is reporting that the halibut are really biting with 20 fish over 20 pounds caught this last week. The giant squid or Humboldt Red Devils have been caught lately all the way up the coast to Alaska but none in local Los Angeles waters. Let’s hope they get here soon. Now that the squid are being caught in tremendous numbers there is a compassionate cry by not only environmentalists but also by me and my fishing group to use care in catching these magnificent creatures. There is no law controlling the bag limit of the squid and the angler tendency is to catch many more than necessary. One 40-pound Humboldt could feed a family of four for two months if they ate the squid every night. They have no bones and are one big chunk of meat. They are easily returned to the water so lets all not get greedy. On the freshwater scene at Santa Ana River Lakes, 14-year old Anthony Torres, Placentia won the Alaskan fishing adventure to Woxof Lodge. He caught a 25 1/4-pound rainbow the first week of the competition. Coming up in February, the beautiful Lightning Trout will be stocked three consecutive weeks, including trophy-sized Lightning’s. Plants of huge rainbows will join them. All of the fish will come from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms in Red Bluff. The live squid for bait is still available to all the local sportboats and is responsible for some terrific bass bites. All the local sportboats are consistently reporting outstanding sand bass and calico bass counts. Lots of sculpin and sand dabs are also being caught. Pierpoint landing had one boat of 11 anglers catch 18 calico bass, 26 sand bass and limits of sculpin. LA Harbor Landing caught 61 calico bass and 200 sand bass for 56 anglers. Mike Hudson of 22nd Street Landing extends congratulations to captain John Woodrum skipper of the boat Pursuit. His boat put on 52 yellowtail for 52 passengers last Sunday at Catalina. There wasn’t another yellow caught by any other boat according to the fish counts. Captain Woodrum has his secret spots that he stops at and they are really special because he has consistently caught the yellowtail all winter. Mike says that the ongoing winter yellowtail bite is now better than the summer bite. The first Lightning Trout will arrive on Valentine’s Day night, Feb. 14, and they will be planted the following two Wednesday nights as well. If you’ve never caught these trout, you’ll fall in love with them during one of these three Lightning Trout weekends. The lightning’s are Hybrids with a solid golden color. There isn’t any trout going that matches the iridescent shimmering gold of this fighting fish. Corona Lake announces The Tundra & Lightning Fishing Tournament that will be held in the middle of the plants of Lightning Trout on Sunday, Feb. 25. The angler catching the largest trout during the one-day event will win a free, six-day, five-night all expenses paid fishing trip to Hotel Punta Colorado in Cabo San Lucas during the peak of the roosterfish season. All anglers fishing on Sunday of the tournament will be eligible for the big fish prize, and everyone will also receive five raffle tickets when they come through the gate for a massive prize drawing. Lake Wohlford announced its Whopper Contest winners for December: Clement Minor, Escondido, 6.3-pound bass; Douglas Wooley, Temecula, 9.5-pound trout; Larry Alvarado, Riverside, 2.10-pound crappie. Whopper leaders for January: Devyn Lovett, 10.5-pound trout and Mike Kostial 7.2-pound bass. Just a word reader, this lake has some extra large crappie swimming around as attested to by the 2-pounder being caught. I plan to chase them in one more month. Laguna Niguel Lake has had some fantastic fish takes the past few days. Remembering that no State fishing license is needed on the lake some large fish limits ended up in the bag. Jarad Fitzgerald and Parker Baffa, age, 11, from Laguna Niguel had a total of 14 trout while D. Bassiri and Nadir Yamin from Newport Coast had 9 fish. Lets not forget this lake also has some of the largest bass in Southern California swimming around and they really get fat feeding on the stocked trout. Irvine Lake reports the outstanding catches of the week. Les Golden of Arrowbear landed a 9.0-pound rainbow trout on power bait at the west shore. Raymond Heshmat, Laguna Niguel caught a 8.2-pound rainbow on a power mouse and the Romo family Anaheim, landed a 10-trout limit totaling 30.1 pounds. Most limit stringers were made up of 1- to 4-pound fish with an occasional fish in the 5- to 9-pound class. The duck and goose season really ended on a bad note at the public waterfowl hunting areas. The hoped for storms didn’t arrive in time to help the hunting in most areas and counts were well below average. Waterfowl season is officially over in the state and wont open again until next fall. The Long Beach Rod and Gun club announced their new officers for the coming year. They are President Jack Willson, Treasurer Wayne Shaw, and Board of Directors member Chuck Ponti. Other officers elected were Vice President Roland Monroe, Recording Secretary Mike Reed, and Corresponding Secretary Bud Klecker. Completing the make up of the Board of Directors are Alan Adam, and Fred Schiel, Jr. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!