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Fishing report: Hot weather equals big corvina

July 06, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Hot corvina action is the norm at the south end of the Salton Sea as daytime temperatures pass the 110-degree mark.

Many boaters, launching from Red Hill Marina, are returning with heavy limits of orange-mouth corvina. Top action seems to be in water 6 to 10 feet deep, directly west of Red Hill, off the western tip of Black Rock, the point near the geothermal plant on the end of Lack Road, Jack's Hole and the mouth of the New River.

The largest corvinas are hitting live croaker but croakers are scarce and hard to find this year. Many big corvinas are being are hooked by fishermen jigging Hopkin's Spoons trying to catch croaker. Another jigging spoon popular with fishermen is the Cast-Master.

The top producing hard-bait has been 3/4-ounce RattleTraps in chrome or chartreuse colors. In the soft-bait category, Swim Baits in dorado or rootbeer flake colors seem to be the hot ticket.


Bill and Scott VonDerlieth, along with Kyle Carnahan of San Diego, fished the west side of Black Rock early in the morning last week and ended up with three limits of corvina. The fish, ranging from 12 to 15 pounds, were caught in 6 to 8 feet using live croakers.

Fishing the dike between Young and Lindsey Road, Enrique Huerta of Calipatria landed three 12-pounders using croakers for bait. His son helped him catch croakers baiting small tilapia, which were netted along the shore. Allen Martin of Westmorland fished the same area pitching RattleTraps and limited with five corvina weighing between 13 and 15 pounds.

Also doing well with chrome colored RattleTraps south of Black Rock were Alfred Spence and Manuel Aceves of Brawley and Gerry Merten of Holtville. Toby Johnson of Brawley drifted through the same area and limited with 8- to 15-pound fish fishing RattleTraps, Swim Baits and Lunker Grubs. On Sunday I fished with Benny Carter of El Centro. We quickly limited out using spoons and RattleTraps.

At the Salton Sea State Recreational Area on the north end of the Salton Sea, corvina fishing continues strong from the jetty down to Bombay Beach. Croakers are plentiful and some tilapia and sargo are being caught.

The Salton Sea temperature is now 90 degrees and will probably continue to rise another five degrees as high summer temperatures continue.

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