If you haven’t looked at the long range weather forecast lately, I’m sorry to break the news to you but it looks like we’re going to be in for at least a week of bad weather. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is a windy one once you get even a few miles off the beach and even if you find some fishable water you’re likely to get rained on at some point during the day. By Monday they’re calling for 30-knots of wind at the west end of Catalina and it will continue to blow across the bight on Tuesday. The wind backs off a bit on Wednesday but we’ve got rain forecast for Thursday and Friday and while the forecast doesn’t go that far out, it looks like another system might bear down on us next weekend as well.
If I were trying to fish this weekend, which I most likely am, I’d stay close to home unless the weather forecast changes. The good news is that there are some good local fishing options right now. The weather looks a little wet but otherwise fishable in the Santa Monica Bay this weekend and the New Del Mar has been having some really good bass fishing. The photo at the top of this column is of a 7-pounder caught by Captain Danny Ericson‘s daughter. Apparently, the apple didn’t fall from the tree when it comes to being a great fisherman.
There are some big yellowtail biting on the squid grounds at Catalina but it’s going to be windy out there most of the weekend. There is a little break in the weather forecast for Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning and that would match up well with the fishes bite schedule, which happens to be best first thing in the morning. I drove through that zone on Saturday hoping to maybe find a dumb one that would bite a jig, but the zone was looking pretty barren by the time I drove through there mid-morning.
The good news is that both the calicos and bonito were more than happy to bite our lures.
The sand bass are biting well along the beach from Long Beach to Newport, so if you don’t mind fishing in the rain, you could probably have a fun day down there this weekend. I fished the beach on Sunday and had pretty good sand bass fishing with a few calicos thrown in. The best fishing had been on artificial reefs in 60 to 80-feet of water. I might try doing that again on Saturday if it’s not too windy and will likely fish one of the harbors if it’s blowing. As for rain, the fish are already wet and I’ve got foul weather gear.
Keep a close eye on the weather if you’re planning to fish this weekend and be careful on the water!