If you’ve been following the weather reports you know that the wind this week has been horrendous. Despite the adverse conditions, the boats that have made it off the dock have caught fish when the weather allowed. if you’re reading this on Friday, the wind is likely to be blowing steadily. The good news is that according to forecasts, the weather is going to come down and stay down for at least a week starting Sunday.
As you can see on the Navionics Boating App, the wind is going to peak on Friday afternoon, with sustained winds of 20 to 25 MPH over much of our outer waters. The wind switches offshore on Sunday and while it won’t be too strong in most areas, offshore winds blowing across big residual wind waves might make for some uncomfortable conditions on Saturday. Sport boats should be fine, but if I were a private boater I’d wait until Sunday to fish. The calm weather forecast for Sunday continues on as far as the forecast will go and the conditions in the SoCal Bight look very good for all of next week. So if you’re kicking around the idea of jumping on a tuna trip, I’d suggest scheduling something mid-week as it will give the fish a chance to settle in after this wind and will let the boats have time to dial in their pattern a bit. With the new moon occurring yesterday, the fishing should be stable for at least the next few days.
The wind having kept most boats at the dock all week, there isn’t much to report. The San Diego out of Seaforth Landing got out on Wednesday, the only fishable day this week, and found the big bluefin biting. They ended the trip with seven bluefin, a couple of which were over 100-pounds. The Oceanside 95 got off the dock the same day and got four big bluefin. The Pacific Queen ran a trip over the weekend and landed four big bluefin and the 116-pound opah pictured in the header for this article. Private boaters have been getting shots at these big tuna as well and with good weather in the forecast, I expect to see more reports coming from them. If you’re planning on heading out on your own boat, I’d check fishdope to get the latest on bite locations. In the early season there is a lot of dead water out there so it’s very easy to miss if you go in blind.
The bass have been biting well for sport boats and private boaters along the coast when the weather permits. The Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker found a good bass bite on Wednesday with a mix of calicos and sand bass. Captain Jimmy Decker ran a local trip out of Long Beach on Saturday and reported excellent calico fishing on the breakwall in the morning. After landing over 60 fish, he took his clients up to Palos Verdes where they caught a few more bass and saw a school of large seabass cruising in the kelp. With potentially rough inshore conditions forecast for Saturday, you may want to give fishing the inner harbor a try. For more information of where to go and what to do, please check out my article on harbor bass tactics. I know that spring winds suck and are a real downer but the good news is that this weather cycle is almost behind us. Good luck this weekend!