Re: Dana Point Fish-N-Que

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Posted by quietman on 13:04:00 06/16/03

In Reply to: Dana Point Fish-N-Que posted by Perry C.

Perry C. wrote:

>About a 1/2 mile paddle will take you outside >the harbor where bass, barracuda, WSB and >threshers can be caught.

Perry that is good advice about the harbor being crowded on weekends.

Two things I would add are one, that the OUTSIDE channel, with the jetty as the sea-wall, is much less crowded and the jetty can be worked for bass and the sand drifted for halibut while staying out of the open ocean and out of 90% of the boat traffic.

Two, I would say Halibut is the most targetable species outside the harbor on a consistant basis and with just a short (1/3mi) paddle in addition to getting out of the harbor.

Fishing the headlands for larger WSB and Mr.T and bass involves a 2 mile each way paddle, with intense HIGH SPEED boat traffic, wakes and an almost certain upwind, wet paddle. At least in the middle of the day it does.

Instead I would recommend going South and right in tight to the surf line, if the swell is from the west or north it will be very protected, and from the wind as well.

Here motor boats and jet skis are PROHIBITED so it is a 100% kayakers paradise.

There is an excellent likelyhood here that drifting for halibut will be rewarded with legals. This area can also be very good for sand bass and *just* legal WSB as well as leopard and sand sharks, etc.

Between first light and about 10am, there is very little traffic of any kind in Dana Harbor, except fishermen heading out from the main boat launch. The sillyness doesn't start till the normal folks get down to the harbor, like elevenish.


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