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Fishing report: Hot action continues at Johnson's Landing

June 29, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Excellent corvina fishing continues on the west side of the Salton Sea for boaters fishing an area from Riviera Keys to two miles north of Johnson's Landing near the dome.

Salton Sea guide Ray Garnett reports his customers are limiting out every morning in less than three hours drifting in 6 to 18 feet of water using small croaker and 2- to 4-inch tilapia for bait.

Garnett fished near Riviera Keys on Sunday and his four clients limited with 20 fish by 7:30 a.m. Fifteen of the fish weighed 10 to 15 pounds. Garnett said many of the large fish were caught on hot pink Swim Baits allowed to drag behind the boat and occasionally jigged off the bottom.

Norm Niver of Riviera Keys reported that Larry Lewis and his son, and Rich Marsell of San Diego fished from his dock Tuesday morning and caught and released more than 70 corvina from 5 to 10 pounds. All were caught on Swim Baits, Scampi tails and Mogambo grubs.

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For those fishermen who catch and release corvina, it is important to remember they are much more delicate than most people realize. If even a small amount of fish slime is wiped off while unhooking corvina, their chance of survival is greatly reduced. The best way to unhook fish is with a pair of needle-nose pliers without lifting them from the water. The corvina's natural slime protects the fish from infection and when it is wiped off, bacteria can attack the fish within days, with death occurring as soon as 10 days.

Boaters around Red Hill are still catching fish but limits are not the norm.

Dike fishing is running hot and cold from one day to the next and even hour to hour. Manuel Aceves of Brawley, fishing from the dike between Lindsey and Young road, reported catching a 15-inch corvina on June 20 using a chartreuse Swim Bait. John Wellcome of Brawley and his two sons, Travis and Brandon, limited out fishing the dikes on June 21 using mudsuckers.

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