Got a chance to get out with my dad on Sunday. We launched from Dana Point at a more than gentlemanly time of 9:30am. Picked up a half scoop of somewhat large sardines and we were on our way.
We drove down the beach a couple miles before turning offshore on a line a couple miles below the 267 to get off the beaten path. Water temp at the beach was 63° but warmed up quickly a few miles out.
At 10 miles out, we started to see life. Lots of jumping molas and birds working the area. So we put out the trollers… pink jet head and zucchini broom tail Zuker… our tried and true dorado jigs…
Trolled about 10 minutes before we found our one and only paddy for the day. Stopped short of it, reeled the trollers in and watched dorado jumping all around the paddy.
First pass, instant double hookup on the big sardines. One fish spit the hook on its second jump, but the other one ended up being dinner. Its stomach was full of 2 inch anchovies.
After that, they were done biting for us. They’d chase baits and sniff chunks, but wouldn’t commit. A couple other boats showed up and the 3 of us all worked the paddy very nicely taking our turns slow trolling up wind and drifting past. Each of the other boats landed 1 fish for their efforts.
There were a couple spots of puddling yellowfin that popped up close to the paddy, which we checked out, but they didn’t want anything to do with what we had to offer. They were chasing those micro-chovies.
We gave up and called it a day about 2:00 and the boat was back on the trailer at 2:45. Not a bad 4.5 hours of fishing.