This weekend’s weather forecast has been bouncing around all week. First, it looked like rain and not much wind, then wind and not much rain and now it’s looking like a little rain and lots of wind Friday, no rain and little wind on Saturday morning and lots of wind and no rain Sunday.
All that being said, the forecast has bounced around enough recently that it may have changed again by the time you read this.
In a nutshell, Saturday morning looks very fishable along the coast. The weather at Catalina looks okay on Saturday but the water conditions probably won’t be great after a very windy Friday afternoon and night. As for Sunday, you’re probably going to be better off staying home.
The SBS tournament that’s coming up on Saturday has had all of the bass fishermen tight-lipped about what they caught last week, but having fished myself, I can confirm that the general consensus among the guys I spoke with was that the bite in Long Beach and Huntington Beach was a little slower over the weekend than it had been in previous weeks. The bass up in the Santa Monica Bay are still biting well for the sportboats fishing squid on a leadhead around the artificial reefs and they are also catching plenty of sculpin.
The bass bite in San Diego seems to be a lot better with fish being caught in deep water off Point Loma as well as down at the Imperial Beach pipe. There are also some halibut biting down there and the Dolphin has a couple of weeks left in its Wednesday halibut derby so that might be a good option if you’re looking for something different to do during the week. There are also some yellowtail starting to be seen and caught by private boaters fishing along the coast and around the Coronados but there isn’t much info available on where that’s happening, so it’s going to take some looking around if you want to target them on your boat.
In other good news, the bigger seabass are starting to bite for the guys putting in their time. Over the weekend I heard that a 30-pound fish was weighed in at the Balboa Angling Club on Friday and yesterday I talked to Brandon Hayward of Bight Sportfishing who reported one of his boats getting a couple as well. “With the yellowtail bite at Catalina not being what it was last week, we did our first strictly seabass trip of the season. Captain Wes Pierson got things going on this new moon with a pair of 40 plus pound seabass. The big fish were caught on live squid fished on Gamakatsu Octopus hooks.” Hayward let me know that the boats are almost sold out until the end of lobster season in five weeks but they do have a handful of dates still available with plenty of openings in April, but with fish like these being caught, I’d bet those will be filling up fast.
While Hayward wouldn’t share where he caught the fish, the exact location doesn’t matter because the weather is going to suck this weekend, but given the grade of fish, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made bait at the island and fished it somewhere along the coast. That’s about it for this week.
Good luck if you’re fishing this weekend and remember to check the weather forecast before heading out!