NEWPORT BEACH — Unusually cold Pacific Ocean waters off Southern California have put a damper on sportfishing, leaving many anglers walking away from fishing boats empty-handed, if not outright despondent.
Even some of the locals are starting to reconsider their daily jaunts down to the shore to surf cast off Balboa Peninsula.
Fresh from a successful fishing vacation off of Cape Cod, Alex Bassinne, a regular fisherman down near the Wedge, said he's getting a tad frustrated at continually reeling in nothing.
"I caught a corbina a few days ago, but that's it so far," said Bassinne, 49, referring to the bottom fish that can be found along sandy beaches and in shallow bays. "Usually, this time of year, I'm pulling them in one after another from this very spot."
Such is the sport. Mother Nature has dealt it a blow lately.
Sportfishing companies are reporting the same refrain: The sand bass, barracuda, corbina and yellowtail, all warm-water fish, are rarely getting hooked these days.