In/ Offshore YT & BFT April 26-May 2, 2019

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by SLAYDAYSoCal, May 2, 2019.

  1. SLAYDAYSoCal

    SLAYDAYSoCal Catalina-worthy Center Console Rentals Advertiser

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    Like a kid up all night the day before a trip to Disneyland, we inshore guys have all been patiently waiting for the pelagics to come within our waters. Sure, the day-long runs to Catalina and kelp-hopping San Diego trips are GREAT for big Cat homeguards and feisty kelp-running firecrackers, but when do the skiffs off Salt Creek, Horsehoe, 150, etc. get to play? Well, they get to play NOW.

    This week has continued to provide inshore anglers their bounty of rockfish, with wind and swell staying down for the most part. Reefs and structure from Redondo down to Box Canyon have been producing limits of sculpin, assorted rockfish, and some nicer model Sheephead over the last week, but the big story are the schools of Yellowtail that made a showing over the last 72 hours in the northern part of our bight.

    Without getting too specific, we’ve had some yellows caught here-and-there between 33 35 050 x 118 00 500 & 33 41 300 x 118 14 000. It would benefit you most to pay attention to what the sea is telling you! Ignore the pelicans and seagulls and REALLY look for diving terns, whales, bait, current, etc. Those that we’ve seen caught ended up hooking up on trolled Rapalas near/around the bait marks, yo-yos, and slow-trolled sardines on heavy dropper loops. These are just the set-ups we can vouch for, but you never know.

    There’s no shame is switching over to your ground game if you can’t find the yellows. (You’re likely to join a few dozen other boats this weekend if you decide to fish out of HB/Long Beach) but our advice is to stay away from the fleets. These schools move fast, and one day’s intel could be old news within a few hours. If you just want to put fish on the boat, look at the SE and W shelf breaks for rockfish. Squid is more readily available right now, but hasn’t been brought over to Nacho quite yet. Try hailing several vessels on Ch. 11 to see if their tanks are stocked. Squid have been showing at Catalina this week, and it MIGHT be a fun chore to bring your lights over to the regular spots at Cat and make your own!

    For those of us that want to hunt further south, there are opportunities to be rewarded, with Yellowtail holding to floaters AND bluefin (up to 200+ lbs) being seen and hooked within skiff/3/4-day range. Look near the 43 and 182, but be careful to stay ABOVE the int’l line. If you are lucky to hook one and get to bring it on-deck, here’s some solid advice for how to treat your kill immediately, as to preserve the freshness and quality of your catch:

    Gaff as near to the head as you can to prevent piercing the fillets and introducing foul blood into your fillet areas

    Properly-placed spikes or bat beat-downs will save your ankles, shins, and bait tanks, and are necessarily right away

    It is very important to de-gill/gut the fish immediately to stay away from and try and prevent bacteria growth

    Get the fish on fresh ice right away to keep your meat out of the temperature danger zone. This means cold, deep ice with the fish completely submerged. Just like food service, it’s necessary to keep your fish as close to 30-40 degrees as possible to get the MOST quality out of your fish

    When it’s time to fillet your kill, remove all blood spots and bones when cutting. Use a consistent stream of fresh water to keep your fillets free from these contaminants

    Unless you are consuming right away, vacuum seal and freeze fillets right away. Storing the fish at a freezing level will prevent bacteria from harvesting and will allow a GREAT tasting fish months down the road

    Lastly, pay attention to your senses! The smell and look/touch of your fish will tell you numbers! If it has a hint of rotten smell or is soft, too deep of a red, etc. ditch it. Why risk explosive Monteczuma’s Revenge?

    The season has started!

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    Slay on!

    Ryan

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  2. Deepsea Warrant

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    Good tips there.
     
  3. SLAYDAYSoCal

    SLAYDAYSoCal Catalina-worthy Center Console Rentals Advertiser

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    ...Yellows still biting (as of 5/3/2019 @ 9:00 am) !!!!!!!
     
  4. Megamonster

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    Ignore the seagulls and pelicans and look for whales. ?
     
  5. Tail Chaser

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    Yeah didnt you watch finding nemo... dolphin are whales, but dead whales are great to fish... try fishing on the Lee side... you'll not repeat that mistake.
     
  6. SLAYDAYSoCal

    SLAYDAYSoCal Catalina-worthy Center Console Rentals Advertiser

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    We say this because the yellows that have been caught by people we know, have been very close to bait that has been tossed around by dolphin and shallow whales. Typically, seagulls and pelicans that are feeding on top water bait, are not indicitive of pelagics feeding also. It’s much more beneficial to look for terns and corms
     
  7. watersdeep

    watersdeep I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Typically!
     
  8. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Sounds like good advice, fine job.
     

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