Well, the windy weather forecast for this week ended up shifting out to the west providing for comfortable seas on the tuna grounds. I’m not sure if it was due to the weather forecast or because people aren’t thinking offshore fishing the week before Thanksgiving, but not too many boats made it off the dock. One of the boats that did run this week was the New Lo-An, albeit on a crew goof off trip, The trip ran into the big bluefin that had been MIA for a while and ended up hooking 16 but only landing 5 due to being under gunned with 50# and 60# test.
Several other boats had good scores on the yellowfin, the best being aboard a 1 1/2-day trip aboard the Old Glory that tallied 177 yellowfin to 70-pounds. The overall grade of the yellowfin that are biting is good but they’re biting pretty far from the dock so I’d get on a 1 1/2-day trip if possible. On Wednesday, the Aztec, which has been a big fish high liner all year shared the photo at the top of this article and reported, “Fall fishing at its finest. Light loads and tons of fish. Our 18 anglers ended up with 18 bluefin and 41 yellowfin. Had a stop in the morning for some jumbo bluefin and rounded out our day with a few more stops of mixed fish with 25-65-pound yellowfin and a handful of bluefin. The majority of fish were caught on fly-lined bait with a couple on jigs.” The offshore fishing weather looks good on Saturday, which happens to be the night of the new moon, and there are plenty of boats with trips on line so get out there and catch some fish.
In other news, the boats fishing out of Ventura and Santa Barbara landings have been doing really well on quality rockfish along with the occasional yellowtail. If you’re planning to fish up there this weekend I’d go Saturday because it’s going to be the better weather day. It’s mostly rockfish with a side of bonito for the boats fishing along the coast right now so there’s not much exciting to say.
Catalina and San Clemente Island haven’t been getting much fishing pressure because guys the overnight boats are fishing tuna. I fished San Clemente Island on Saturday and had excellent bass fishing. There were some tuna off the frontside of the island but they didn’t want anything to do with the boat. You can read my full report here.
The 3/4-day boats in San Diego are still catching bluefin and yellowtail at the Coronado Islands but most have been struggling to get off the dock due to lack of participation. I’d imagine there will be enough interest for them to run this weekend. If you’re going make sure and bring some 20# or 25# fluorocarbon leader because the bluefin at the islands have been pretty line shy at times.
Finally, if you’re a bass fisherman and live in the LA or Orange County areas you might want to head over to Performance Tackle at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. They are hosting a casual gathering of inshore fishermen and will have some guest speakers, free food and good fishing conversation. If you’re planning to attend please make sure to bring some cash as they will be raffling off a Traeger Grill to raise miney for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.