I’d like to start out this week’s report with the disclaimer that I’m running out of ways to describe lousy weather, so I apologize if these reports are starting to sound like a broken record. In fact the weekly rain and associated crap weekend fishing weather has been so reliable lately that I’m beginning to suspect that bad weather may be to 2019 what the yellowtail bite at the 150 was to 2015. If there is a silver lining to this unending stream of storm clouds, it’s that the water temperatures are holding steady in the high fifties, so the fish should continue to bite when and if these storms ever stop.
As you can see, wind is again the big player on this week’s Navionics Chart. There’s a small window on Friday between when the rain is supposed to stop and the wind is supposed to start, but with forecasts along the entire coast in excess of 15 knots all day Saturday and Sunday, I wouldn’t recommend venturing out of the harbor. If you’re dying to fish, I recommend heading down to Mission Bay on Saturday morning and competing in the Saltwater Bass Series tournament. The event was originally supposed to happen outside the harbor but the tournament director changed it to a spotted bay bass only event due to the storm. As someone who is fishing the event, and who was on good pre-fishing outside the harbor, I’m pretty bummed about the format change but it definitely beats the prospect of fishing in 6 to 8 foot mixed seas and 20 knots of wind on the outside.
The weather should lay back down midweek and once it does I’d imagine the local bass and sculpin will still be biting. And if the weather holds through the weekend I’m sure that the 1 1/2 day trips will be running down to Colonet. These trips have been getting good scores on big rockfish and okay to good scores on yellowtail depending on the trip. If you’re looking for something fishing related to do off the water this weekend I recommend checking out the Pacific Coast Sportfishing Show. I’ll be there on Friday and Sunday doing seminars on yellowtail fishing, so stop by and say hello.