There really isn’t much to report this week. In fact, other than the bass and sculpin that the 1/2 day boats caught in the last couple days there’s been little to no fishing done in Southern California since the middle of last week. But don’t let the lack of reports keep you off the water this weekend.
The conditions are improving daily and with light Santa Ana winds forecast for the weekend, there are lots of good options available.
As you can see by this wind forecast, the strong Santa Ana winds that are forecast to blow on Friday “should” calm down a bit on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, the waters over most of Southern California are forecast to have 10 knots or less of wind throughout the weekend. As is always the case, these forecasts can quickly change for the worse, so make sure and check the latest forecast before heading out on the water. Down south the wind will be blowing offshore for the 1 1/2 day trips making the run down to Colnett this weekend. While they are forecasting moderate winds in the early morning hours both days this weekend, this spots proximity to the coast makes it very fishable in offshore wind conditions. Another plus is that the offshore winds will make for comfortable running conditions on the way there and back.
Despite the good weather you’ll need to remember that we’re coming off the biggest storm Southern California has seen close to ten years and the water conditions are not going to bounce back overnight. Water temps across the bight are lower than they’ve been in at least the last three years and the extreme run off from multiple inches of rain has many of the inshore zones dirty. Add to that the big swells that hammered our islands and coast over the weekend and any exposed shoreline is likely to be washed out. I can imagine the east end back side of Catalina is going to be a silty mess this weekend as will the kelp beds along the coast that are adjacent to sandy beaches. The good news is that the bass along the coast are biting despite these less than stellar conditions. Regarding the islands, we’ll have to wait and see what anglers find there this weekend. As for the boats making the run to Colnett this weekend it’s anyone’s guess if they’ll find yellows but the rockfish will be there to take up the slack if they aren’t.
If you’re looking to try something different, Brandon Hayward’s onemancharters.com is offering both lobster and lobster / white seabass combo trips from February 1 to March 22. While the weather has had their boats grounded like everyone else, both of the charter services boats will be running by the time you read this. Hayward reported that last stretch at the island gave up the first seabass of the year for Ellis Jensen in that of a 30 incher. Lobster fishing hasn’t always been slam dunk limits, but Hayward said he’s scored limits on 49 of his 54 trips this season. Strictly lobster trips are $295 per person, and lobster / white seabass combo runs are $390. Captain Gavin Harbor of the Pacific Queen and Hayward are switching off running the trips. The next trips are February 1 (lobster/wsb) and February 2 (lobster only). You can contact them through the website or call Hayward at (949) 212-0719.