After what ended up being one of the biggest wind events on the water that I can remember seeing in quite some time, I’d be lying if I said that I had any hope of the water temperatures rebounding before the next storm. It basically looked like that storm was going to be the first nail in the coffin for our hopes of another year of exceptional fishing. The good news is that it looks like I might have been wrong.
I spoke with my friend Captain James Sloan on Thursday morning after he sent me a picture of a yellowtail he’d caught that morning on the surface iron during a research trip off south Orange County. James reported catching the fish on a green and gold Tady 45 after watching it come up chasing bait near the boat as he waited for his divers to finish working. While having yellowtail actively feeding this soon after the storm is good news, the better news is that his divers reported 60-degree water from top to bottom in 50-feet of water.
The significance of the water all being one temperature is that it means there was no upwelling associated with the wind storm and huge swell that we had earlier this week.
There’s no way to know if that storm was a fluke or if The Blob will lessen the effects of these upwellings for the rest of the storm season. Whatever the case, if we can maintain a deep thermocline and the water temps stay close to where they currently are, there’s a good chance that we might see somewhat of a repeat of last years fishing. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed and wait to see how it pans out.
The good news is that we’ve got great weather forecast for the weekend and the fish are biting. The hot yellowtail bite remains in the 1 1/2-day zone off Colonet. The boats that fished down there last weekend had to cut their trips short due to weather, but still managed lots of yellowtail. There are plenty of trips online for this weekend, so call your favorite San Diego landing and jump on a boat.
While there are scattered yellowtail biting along the coast, the most consistent game in town is the bass bite. My friends and fellow Abu/Garcia pro-staffers Chris Lilis, Brian Marshall and Justin Reynolds fished calicos at Catalina on Friday. They reported that the huge swell had the front side of the island washed out but the bass didn’t care. With lots of red crabs at the island the big bass were keyed in or red and orange swimbaits fished in deeper water. They caught and released dozens of bass to eight pounds on Pearl swimbaits matched with WAR Baits lead heads.
The bass bit along the beach as well and the big swell had the Long Beach breakwall pumping out some good fish. Savage Gear pro-staffer Cesar Chavez fished the wall on Saturday for a mix of calicos and sand bass. His big fish, a seven-pound sand bass came on a Savage Gear Sand Eel fished along the base of the wall.
If you’re interested in fishing some bass this weekend, why not come down to the first event of the SWBA tournament season. This spotted bay bass only event will be held at the Chula Vista launch ramp on Saturday morning and with the good weather we’re having should be a fun tournament. Check out the SWBA website for more info or just come on down before 5:00 am and sign up the day of the event.