Fish Bite Showers
Maybe its because of all the rain we’ve had this week, but sitting at my desk on this gloomy Thursday morning I’m having trouble mustering the enthusiasm to write about the weekend fishing prospects. In fact, this weather makes me feel like just leaving the boat sitting in the driveway like I did last weekend. The problem is that, like last weekend, by Sunday afternoon I’ll be wishing I’d have gone and when I read my friends reports on Monday morning I’ll be kicking myself for not going yet again.
Yes, it’s that time of year where you need to force yourself to go fishing even if you really don’t feel like it. Trust me you’ll be glad you did.
Punta Colnett remains the go to spot for sport boat anglers looking to catch some yellowtail and rockfish. With good weather forecast this weekend there will be plenty of trips online, so call down to your favorite San Diego Landing and book a spot. The fish down there have been keyed in on bigger yo-yo jigs and if you’re planning a trip I recommend you check out my buddy Joe Sarmiento’s article about his recent trip here.
My pick for private boaters this weekend is Catalina Island. The bite has been tough there the last few weeks but Captain Gerry Mahieu fished the island on Saturday and reported decent bass fishing with some smaller yellows mixed in. He also found some big yellows on the backside of the island but they were completely keyed in on red crabs and would not bite the jig.
We’ve got good weather forecast over the weekend and the full moon behind us so those island fish should start cooperating. There’s also a little bit of squid and some mostly short seabass at the island but that too could turn into something better at any time. Private boaters fishing along the beach had good action on sand bass and calicos before the rain and I’d expect those fish to still be biting after the rain as well. With these last few storms coming the direction they’ve been we’ve been able to avoid the strong clearing winds that will upwell the coastal waters and shut the fishing down. So, as long as that pattern continues there should be good bass fishing when the rain isn’t falling over the next few weeks.
Sport boats out of Long Beach and San Pedro landings have been getting some decent scores on sand bass and sculpin. This continues to be a a leadhead and squid bite, with perch biting for the guys fishing dropper loops. The sand bass and sculpin are biting from the Santa Monica Bay down to San Diego but the LA area seems to be the most consistent zone. The only other action along the beach is the yellows that have been popping up off San Diego. These fish are few and far between but boats lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time have been able to catch one or two fish on jigs and mackerel. The fish are in open water and are following bait schools. Mornings have been the most productive so if you’re heading out, check your tide chart to try and be in a fishy looking zone for the morning’s slack tide. It sounds like these fish are popping up and sinking out fast so you better bring your A game.