While the fat lady hasn’t sung yet on our offshore fishing season, you can definitely hear her warming up in the background. It’s been a while since any big bluefin were landed at the outer banks and while there were a few smaller fish caught, the volume just never returned after the last big storm. Down south, the action on the local banks has dried up, save for small kelp paddy yellows and the occasional skipjack.
The only bright spot for offshore fishermen is that the swordfish are still biting a bit for the deep drop guys and if you’re one of them you still have time to sign up for the IGFA Swordfish Open that’s happening in a couple of weeks. While it seems that most of the reports I’m hearing about swordfish being caught are coming from the San Diego area, I’m sure there are guys catching them up the coast as well but are keeping their mouths shut about it. The weather this weekend, especially on Sunday, looks good for deep dropping in most areas if you’re looking to get out there and crank your arm off.
There’s really not a whole lot else to report right now aside from the fact that most boats are targeting rockfish and predictably, those having the best results are fishing up north or at the outer islands. While the weather sites I’ve been checking are giving conflicting forecasts for Saturday, they all agree that the weather will be great on Sunday. If you’re fishing on a sport boat I wouldn’t worry about Saturday’s weather but private boaters should play it by ear. My advice is that if it’s windier than forecast when you leave the harbor, it’s likely to remain that way, so adjust your plans accordingly.
Speaking of adjusting plans, I intend to make the run to Clemente on Saturday to get in on some of the good bass fishing that Captain Benny Florentino had there earlier this week, but will fall back to fishing Catalina if the worst of the differing forecasts ends up being correct. That’s about it for this week. Remember that the coast from Huntington Beach to Oceanside is still closed to fishing until further notice. Good luck if you’re heading out!