MIXED WEATHER WITH MIXED BAG FISHING

It’s been an interesting week of weather across Southern California with warm Santa Ana’s interspersed with cold west wind and thunderstorms. The good news is that the weather is forecast to settle down for the weekend and I doubt Tuesday’s storm was significant enough to have an impact on the fishing. That being said, we have another weather system coming in next week, so if you’re planning on fishing, I’d get out there this weekend and please be safe and keep an eye on the weather.

While the fishing has been status quo along the coast, the one new bright spot is the seabass bite that’s starting to happen at the islands. Captain Wes Pierson ran a charter aboard the Bight Sportfishing’s Parker and reported, “After catching a bunch of short seabass, and some nice halibut, we finally found a hungry school to kick off our season. A few dips of chum and five minutes was all it took to get this school up and on us and we were kept busy with the guys steadily picking fish for an hour before we sent one back and called it a day with limits. We even had some followers that the guys hand-fed squid as they were sitting under the boat. Additionally a seabass came up and blew an 8-inch calico bass out of the water about four times right off the stern, “it was a wild scene.” The boat has another trip scheduled on Sunday and has two spots open, with another trip online for Wednesday. You can book your trip by contacting Captain Wes directly at (949) 294-4451.

Seabass aside, the sport boats fishing the coast in the OC area are still getting a steady pick of sand bass and sculpin. Private boaters continue to have decent to good sand bass fishing on the deep water wrecks and reefs and I am starting to hear about some surface action for calico bass in the kelp off Rocky Point. Hopefully that trend continues because I’m getting tired of having to make the run to Clemente to catch calico bass.

Speaking of calico bass, I’ll be giving inshore fishing seminars each day of the Pacific Coast Sportfishing show this weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds. If you’ve never been to the show, imagine it to be a Fred Hall Show without all of the vendors extraneous to the fishing industry. If you’re looking for a deal or just want to come and check out the seminars, I recommend bypassing the ticket window and heading over to the CCA California booth where you will get free admission to the show when you sign up for a membership with this important organization. If you’re unfamiliar with CCA California, you can learn more about what they do here.

That’s about it for this week, good luck if you’re fishing and stop by to say hello if you see me at the show!

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...