Happy 4th everyone! After fishing freshwater on Saturday (Diamond Valley Lake), and locally on Sunday (the boiler rocks near the San Clemente pier), my son, Max, and I decided to repeat our local fishing efforts on the 4th. Saturday's fishing was excellent for calico bass (a few 5-6lbs and many over 3, almost like the islands). He got his first fish at the fuel dock (a 21 inch halibut). We headed out, anchored near the pier and proceeded to catch some big bass (all released). A buddy of mine sent me a text indicating some yellowtail action toward the 14 mile bank on Saturday and a report that some dorado had been seen (I misread his text and thought that he had just caught a dorado this morning). It was about noon, and Max and I immediately pulled anchor and headed back to the harbor for more fuel for an offshore trip (we had planned to just sit at anchor all day). We made a beeline for the 14 mile bank. On the way, we stopped on about 5 kelps (too small to call them paddies). On one kelp, Max said he saw a fish follow his bait (sardine), but it didn't bite -- probably a small yellow. There were lots of signs of life near the 14 mile bank, birds working bait on the surface -- we suspected bonito, but I didn't see any fish. The water temp was 69-70. We turned and headed toward the 279/267. Hit a couple of additional kelps for nothing. The water was a little warmer toward the 279, close to 71 degrees, and there were lots of signs of life (bait balls on the sonar). Right at the 279 we found another kelp. Max picked the smallest sardine and cast it with his Lexa 300 baitcaster rig. After a bit of a soak, he got picked up. He fought it for a while, and it made long runs and jumped several times. I would have had great GoPro action if I had actually pressed record on the camera (I thought I did, and heard it beep, but I goofed). Stuck the gaff right in the head, and celebrated victory. Our first offshore fish this season! We really weren't prepared to keep any fish and most our ice had melted, so we jammed it in the kill bag (my small one which was serving as a cooler for our drinks) and decided to call it a day. I served it for dinner with some mango salsa and cilantro, the first of several mahi mahi dinners we are going to have this week. Go get 'em.