Tough Fishing After Wind Storm

Well, we had our first dose of strong northwest wind of the season earlier this week, and as expected, it had a negative effect on the fishing. While there hasn’t been enough coverage since the wind to get a handle on exactly what’s happening, looking at the water temperatures offshore, it definitely didn’t do the fishing any favors. While a single wind episode isn’t enough to send the fish packing for good, it certainly signals the beginning of the end for our offshore season.

While you might have to settle for targeting rockfish, the good news is that we’ve got Santa Ana winds in the weekend forecast, which should make for comfortable fishing weather.

If I were looking to go rockfishing this weekend, I’d trailer my boat up to Santa Barbara and make the run to Santa Rosa Island. If I were looking to go on a sport boat, I’d jump on a trip to Santa Rosa out of Santa Barbara as well. I’m sure there will be boats running to San Nic this weekend as well if you’re looking to endure a longer boat ride to target rockfish.

On a brighter note, there are still some tuna to be found south of the border and the San Diego out of Seaforth Landing managed to catch one on Wednesday’s trip to go along with skipjack and kelp paddy yellows. Seasons Sportfishing made a run down to the same zone and had good fishing on kelp paddy yellows. I’m sure that the fleet will relocate the bulk of the fish once they get some more coverage this weekend, but I can’t guarantee that the fish they find will be in a biting mood.

In closing, I’m sure the bluefin are still out there somewhere around the Cortes and Tanner Banks and like down south, the fleet is probably going to need to relocate them. These fish have had no problem biting in the middle of winter over the last few years, so I doubt a little wind will have much of an effect on them. If you’re planning on fishing this weekend, keep in mind that the coast from Huntington Harbor to Oceanside and out 8 miles is still closed due to the oil spill. Good luck out there!

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...