I’ve been searching for a topic to write about today. The weather mostly shut down the sportboat activity this week. So “just write about what’s going on” wasn’t working. Then I started making my way around to the various captains I chat with, “What are your plans for fishing this weekend?” Pretty consistent reply this week, “I’m not sure.” No one’s been out lately because of the weather, so they need to look around and see what’s up. If the captains aren’t sure about the fishing, what should you as the angler do?
Make your plans, and just go fishing!
That’s what I was doing this week, making plans to fish. I have free time to fish next weekend. There wasn’t a big bite anywhere this week to guide my decision. What do I know?
I know there are seabass around in a few spots. I talked about them in my Tuesday article. There were big schools of them below us on my Island Spirit trip last weekend. I talked to Capt. Greg Obymako who found some squid at Catalina last weekend and caught a legal and a short on his boat the Pacific Quest.
I know those bluefin are probably still around and that opportunity usually doesn’t last long.
I know that Colonet is still kicking out fish.
I know that I love to eat rockfish and I’m thankful that rockfishing is always a viable backup plan.
I know that just as fast as things changed for the worse in terms of conditions, they can change right back and afford you the opportunity for an epic trip. If you wait until you see the big hit to go, 99% of the time it’s going to be – “You shoulda been here yesterday” (or last week, or whatever the case may be). OR even worse, you can’t even get on a boat.
I know that there are a lot of good boats, with hard working crews, that want to show you a good time…regardless of how the fishing itself goes. We have an incredible live bait fishery that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Don’t fall into the trap of “waiting ‘til it gets better.” It may not. We’re in a very unpredictable period right now, a waning El Nino condition. You’ve seen the fish. You know they’re around. Just make your plans and go. Simple. I’m going 1.5 on the Eclipse next weekend. You should join me.
Speaking of making plans, if you have a free Tuesday coming up, join Team Shimano on the San Diego (and also the Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing in June) for Teramar Tuesdays. Shimano reps will be on board with 20+ demo rigs for anglers to use (FOR FREE) so you can test drive their latest gear.