July 29, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Sport boats are sticking pretty close to the beach on trips out of local landings due to the lack of quality fishing in the channel. Despite excellent conditions, trips to outer waters for albacore and yellowtail have been very unproductive, while the sand bass bite continues wide open for half, three-quarter and twilight runs. Catalina Island is having an off season and over night boats making the longer run to San Clemente Island are returning to the dock with yellowtail weighing in the 12- to 25-pound class.
August 8, 2001
fisheries Jim Niemiec Southern California anglers had better start writing letters to commissioners of the California Department of Fish and Game if they want to have access to many fine coastal fishing grounds. In a jam-packed room at the Costa Mesa Community Center this past week, more than 500 people showed up to voice their opposition to the initial draft and recommendations being made to the commission as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
May 12, 2001
Jim Niemiec Good fishing conditions kicked in to produce a banner week of fishing for the local sport fleet running out of Davey's Locker, Newport Landing Sportfishing and bay-based six-pack sportfishers. There was a wide-open bite on white seabass this past week as boats limited out early on seabass ranging in weight from 17 to 40 pounds. Most of the action took place on the back side of Catalina Island with the bulk of the catch coming on live squid fished with a sliding sinker rig. There were also anglers hooking big croaker on white jigs tipped with dead squid and few fishermen found hungry whites eager to jump on a white-skirted jig head and a chunk of squid.
May 13, 2003
Fishing is a perilous occupation. Not that long ago, we lost one of our dory men, and I've known a couple of people who made their living at sea and perished there. Boyd Reeber was one of the local kids who hung out at Little Corona in the late 1950s and early '60s. On the label of Gerber's baby food is the picture of a child, round-faced and cherubic. That child was Boyd Reeber. Obviously, he was a cute kid. Of course, by the time I knew him, he was heading into his teens and not quite the angel of the label, but he was a nice kid and he still had a head of blond curls.
March 27, 2003
Stephen Santacroce When I came to Southern California almost 24 years ago, I was a naive young man just entering college. I had come here from a heavily Italian neighborhood in New Haven, Conn., and while I had always enjoyed dining out, my experience with foreign cuisine was pretty much limited to the plentiful selection of Italian restaurants in my home area, or the sole Polynesian-themed Chinese restaurant called the South Seas. As it is for most people, college was an opportunity for me to broaden my horizons through the friends I made, other students from not only all over the United States, but from many foreign countries.
December 7, 1999
Jim Niemiec Beginning in 1926 Art Gronsky would come down with his family during the summer, often in the old red trolley cars that used to run down Central Ave. (now Balboa Blvd.) to fish in Newport Bay near the jetty. Art had a secret hole that produced huge spotfin croaker weighing up to 10 pounds. "One of the highlights of my years as a local youngster was hooking and landing three spotfin croaker on a three-hook snelled rig, baited with razor clams while fishing off the old wooden bulkhead next to our home at the end of the Balboa Peninsula," said Gronsky, today's inductee into the Daily Pilot's Sports Hall of Fame, celebrating the millennium.
January 14, 2010
Editor’s Note: Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz are the Daily Pilot’s new restaurant critics. Starting next week, they will review Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach restaurants on a rotating basis. It’s always exciting when a new restaurant opens in Laguna Beach. “O” Fine Japanese Cuisine is the latest on the scene, tucked away in the Albertsons shopping center in a beautiful space they have created from an empty storefront. The forward-looking design is accented by dramatic blue lighting from large, round ceiling soffits meant to evoke the sea. In addition to brick walls are black wood panels with white wavy accents.
July 22, 2006
If swimmers and surfers in Newport's waters have felt a little like they're in a soup pot lately, it's been for good reason: The ocean has been a lot hotter than usual. At the beach, the water reached a 75-degree high Wednesday, and it was 78 degrees in Newport Harbor on Friday, Newport Beach lifeguard officials said. While weather experts such as the National Weather Service couldn't confirm those highs are a record, locals said it's certainly warmer than what they're used to. The last couple of weeks, the water has been the hottest Newport Beach Lifeguard Battalion Chief Rob Williams remembers in his 21 years of service.
May 26, 2000
Jim Niemiec Good coastal and off shore fishing awaits anglers making plans to head out into the ocean over Memorial Day weekend. Over at Catalina Island, the white sea bass bite has been producing limit fishing (one per angler) for the past two weeks. Both bait and water conditions all around the Catalina are ideal for a continued showing of croakers weighing up to 60 pounds. In addition to white sea bass, anglers on board sportfishers running out of Davey's Locker, Bongos sportfishing and Newport Landing Sportfishings are getting into good yellowtail action, backed up by a pretty steady harvest of calico bass, barracuda and halibut.