SoCal Fishing Reports
One of the advantages of not having a real winter in the last couple years is that the ocean is not only warm on the surface, down deep as well. In a normal year, the SST might read 75-degrees, but that might only be the top foot of the water and it could be 10 degrees colder 10-feet down. This year, that warm water extends much deeper and that is what’s going to protect our water temps, and the fishing, from westerly winds.
There have been more than a few days of lousy weather in the last couple weeks, including a very windy Monday and Tuesday, but it hasn’t done a whole lot to the water temps. I fished out of Long Beach on Wednesday morning and found 64-degree water at the break wall, but that jumped up to 67-degrees out at the 150. By the time I headed in at noon, the water temps were already increasing. While 67-degree water may not sound all that warm, in a normal year the subsurface water temps rarely get much warmer in the middle of summer, much less in November, so things are still looking good.
Getting back to the fishing, I didn’t catch anything on that morning’s yellowtail hunt, but the 1/2 and 3/4-day boats got some good grade yellowtail to cooperate later in the day. The Enterprise out of Marina Sportfishing ended up with twelve fish after suffering heavy losses. There are fish scattered from the Rockpile out to the 150 and there are lots of red crabs in the area, so if you’re heading out this weekend, I’d recommend doing the same thing you did to find fish last year at this time. Unless of course that included following around the sport boats and involving yourself in gang bangs.
I spoke to Captain Jimmy Decker while I was on the water yesterday and he reported good fishing at the Rockpile on Sunday. His charter passengers got several yellowtail on the surface iron when the fish came up chasing sardines. Like me, he didn’t have any luck with the yellowtail on Wednesday morning but managed to finish off the day with some good afternoon bass fishing at Palos Verdes.
The calicos have been biting swimbaits and surface iron fished along the kelp for the last couple weeks.
There’s also a bigger yellowtail bite happening in the Santa Monica Bay. The New Del Mar out of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing had 60 fish on Wednesday’s trip. Not exactly sure where those fish were caught but based on what’s happening with the red crabs down in Long Beach, I’d imagine those fish came off one of the deeper water rockfish spots in the bay. Again, just go out and look around where you were catching yellows at this time last year.
Finally, the offshore bite is still happening and the wahoo have been the stars of the show. Julio Sandoval fished the east end of Catalina Island on Saturday and got a wahoo on a trolled marauder. On Wednesday the Vendetta out of H&M Landing caught two wahoo on their 3/4-day trip to the Coronado Islands.
The guys fishing wahoo are also finding some big dorado on kelp paddies. There are also lots of striped marlin being caught around Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands. The yellowfin are still biting at some of the outer banks and I’m sure that with this weekend’s good weather we’ll see some more scores on the 1 1/2-day and longer trips.