A Week Of Hit & Miss Fishing For SoCal Anglers

We’ve finally come off what I will call my least favorite full moon in the last six years. Maybe it was the clear winter nights most of last week, but the full moon definitely screwed up the bass bite last week.

sand bass off socal

If you read my previous report you know that I struggled mightily to catch a few spotties in San Diego bay on Wednesday. Well, on Saturday I decided to make the run to Clemente just so I could be guaranteed to actually catch something to start off the new year. As it turned out, the bass bite at Clemente was so bad that it made San Diego bay look wide open by comparison. How bad was it? five bites and one lost fish was the total of our action for three guys fishing for six hours.

The waning moon and the foggy nights we’ve had the last few days made me feel a little better about my fishing chances, so I went out to fish sand bass out of Long Beach on Wednesday. While we had to deal with a little early morning fog, the bass bite we found on the deepwater structure spots made it worthwhile. The fish were stacked up and readily biting both swimbaits and the MC Slug with at least a half dozen fish over five pounds in the mix. The good news is that the fish were biting on just about every spot we fished from Huntington Beach to the Horseshoe Kelp.

We ended the morning with at least 50 fish and were back in the harbor at noon.

calico bass reports

The bass have also been biting pretty well at night with the break wall kicking out some nice calicos like this one caught by my friend Nick Trujillo. If you’re thinking about doing a night time bass trip to anywhere beyond the break wall, I’d hold off until this fog goes away as there are a bunch of container ships you’re going to have to dodge outside the harbor and there’s also a ton of floating debris from that storm we had last week. On Wednesday I had to navigate around several large pieces of wood that would have easily destroyed a lower unit.

It sounds like the bass fishing is pretty decent along the coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego but some areas are biting better than others. If you’re a sport boat angler you might want to head up to Marina Del Rey as the bass bite up there has been really good. Joe Sarmiento took a recent trip aboard the New Del Mar and you can read his report here.

bluefin tuna sportboat fishing reports

The bluefin tuna bit again for boats fishing outside San Martin Island over the weekend and the New Lo-An landed 9 fish to 180-pounds on their 2 1/2-day trip. According to Fishdope, the Mexican seiners are on these fish and the tuna have scattered out quite a bit. The good news is that boats are also seeing fish closer to home so there’s a chance the 1 1/2-day trips might start taking a look after fishing yellows at Colonet. Speaking of Colonet, the Pacific Queen had 90 fish from 15 to 28-pounds on their last trip there.

We’ve got good weather in the forecast all weekend, so if you’re looking to jump on a 1 1/2-day, now would be the time to do it.

Erik Landesfeind
Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal...