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Default Teen's catch could be junior record for halibut

June 24, 2008

As the fishing season heated up over the weekend for albacore and bluefin tuna and even marlin, all caught close to San Diego, a young angler caught a California halibut that, if approved, will set the International Game Fish Association junior record.
Paul Mendoza, 15, from Rancho Santa Margarita, caught a 49-pound, 9-ounce California halibut Sunday while fishing on Capt. Ernie Prieto's Chubasco II out of Mission Bay Sportfishing. Capt. Prieto said the halibut was weighed on a certified scale at Mario Ghio's Sportsmen's Seafood next to the Mission Bay landing.

“This young man has been fishing with me since he was 9 or 10 years old, and he's a great little fisherman,” Prieto said.

The present IGFA male junior record for halibut is a 36-pounder caught April 2, 2005, in South Santa Monica Bay, but Matt Vander Dussen of Fountain Valley landed a 45.4-pound halibut at the Horseshoe Kelp in May and has submitted that for a record. Young Mendoza's halibut would break that record, too. He was aboard the Chubasco II as Prieto worked the flats area in the lee of South Island of the Coronados. Mendoza used 25-pound test line and baited an anchovy. He and his father, Ray, caught limits of sand bass and barracuda and his father also landed a white seabass.

Speaking of records, it was a weekend for it. Marshall Madruga has contracted to do a fish print for a spearfisherman who nailed an 11.3-pound calico bass off Laguna Beach.

Farther south at Rosarito Pier, Tom Gatch reports another successful kids' fishing derby there. Gatch was assisted by Bobby Arms on the day and said the chumming of the waters off the pier is starting to produce some very good fishing. He said there are tons of baby (3-inch) California halibut being caught on Lucky Joes and then quickly released. The first-prize winner caught a 9-pound halibut, Gatch said.

Locally, David Morgan and Mike York won the fourth leg of the San Diego Saltwater Showdown at Shelter Island Sunday. Anglers were asked to weigh in their heaviest five calico bass or sand bass. Morgan and York weighed in both calico and sand bass totaling 16.79 pounds, which included a 4.83-pounder, the heaviest sand bass of the tournament.

Robert Reinert and Darrell Fontenot weighed in five bass totaling 16.32 pounds, including a 6.75-pound calico bass, the heaviest of the tournament. Morgan and York also took Angler of the Year honors. The series wraps up July 27 with a season-ending Fish-Off, where only qualifying teams fish for three fish, but they must weigh in a spotted bay bass, a calico bass and a sand bass to win.

Out at the 302, the Kidney Bank west of the Coronado Islands and just 22 miles from San Diego, albacore, bluefin and an estimated 200-pound striped marlin were caught over the weekend. The marlin was released, but private boaters reported limits of albacore mixed with bluefin.
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