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Fishing report: Corvina still best game in town

June 22, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Excellent corvina fishing continued through the weekend at the Salton Sea.

Darrell Ramey of Brawley and Kip Smith of San Diego reported catching two limits of corvina early last week. The fish weighed from 8 to 12 pounds and were caught at midday from the Lack Road dikes. After failing to get any bites using mudsuckers, they switched to silver flitter Mogambo grubs rigged on ½-ounce lead head jigs and limited out in two hours.

On June 14, Bud Gray of Brawley fished the dikes late in the afternoon and caught five corvina between 4 and 6 pounds using a silver flake Scampi.

Joby Johnson of Brawley caught a limit of corvina at the same location on June 15 using assorted plastic lures. Others fishing the dikes reported great success baiting croaker to catch larger corvina.


Phillip Snowden of Brawley wins the prize for the most corvina caught from the dikes last week when he landed 25 large corvina on June 16 from the Lack Road dikes. Snowden used Red Horse minnows, tilapia and carp to catch the record number of corvina and kept the five best to take home.

A lot of action continues around Black Rock as boaters continue to drift mudsuckers and vertical jig Hopkins' spoons in 7 to 12 feet of water.

Fishing the east side of Black Rock, Donald Walker and Curtis Carter of El Centro used mudsuckers and tilapia to catch a beautiful limit of corvina from 8 to 15 pounds. Walker remained cool as a cucumber as he fished 75 yards offshore with the water up to his arm pits. Sporting a large floppy hat, the horse flies couldn't find any exposed areas to bite.

On June 16 I fished with Vincent and Gerry Merten of Holtville. Our limits weighed from 6 to 15 pounds and most fish were caught using live croaker and fishing near Jack's Hole. We filled our limits and a beautiful day of fishing off the mouth of the Alamo River, again baiting live croaker. If you could catch a croaker you could turn it into a large corvina.

Salton Sea guide Ray Garnett reports fishing continues to be excellent on the west side of the Salton Sea between Sandy Point and Johnson Landing. Garnett and his customers begin fishing at 5 a.m., drifting in 6 to 18 feet of water using small croaker and 2- to 4-inch tilapia for bait. By 7 a.m. he is usually finished and headed back to the barn with happy customers sporting 8 to 14 pounds corvina. Garnett can be reached by calling 395-5883.

There are reports of nice corvina being taken from the jetty and down to Bombay Beach. The Salton Sea State Park area has been running hot and cold, with the most fish being taken by boaters.

Salton Sea water temperature is 89, and elevation is -227.51.

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