May 3-May 8 Inshore/Catalina Info/Report

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by SLAYDAYSoCal, May 9, 2019.

  1. SLAYDAYSoCal

    SLAYDAYSoCal Catalina-worthy Center Console Rentals Advertiser

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    Ryan
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    I know, it’s VERY cliché, but it’s safe to say that the “season is heating up.” The confidence in making this statement is high, as we not only have seen Yellowtail showing up at Catalina (finally) in decent numbers, but have also had our ratty little pelagic friends pop up spread across the Long Beach Shelf/Catalina Channel consistently over the last calendar week. Keep in mind, the info in these reports is not fluff or BS to stimulate business or anything, this is real hands-on verified data. No haters please

    For those that want to try the 150 structure or Mussel Farm for the fish that are still there, the following has been suggested: a yo-yo set-up for the deeper fish that show up on sonar (minimum 40 lb test), surface iron set-up, and slow-trolling/bump-trolling mackerel and sardines (with or without sliding sinkers or drift-drop set-ups) It also hasn’t been hurting anybody to troll a deep diving larger crank (such as the Rapala Mag Series 20’+) around the rigs and through bait balls that are showing up on sonar. Don’t be discouraged if you show up to the spots over the next few days and see dozens-and-dozens of other private and sportboat vessels. Find your own fish. Pay close attention to diving terns and cormorant-type birds, and try getting away from the pack. If you’ve ever been freediving or open water scuba, you can really get a sense of what a LARGE group of idling/running boats can do for the sound underwater. The gathering of boats in these areas have been pushing the fish down and weakening the bite, but those that stick it out and try multiple days are being rewarded when the boats start to thin-out. Try being the first boat or two out there and consider looking for a bite (if weather permits) as the sun goes down.

    Rain is in the forecast off-and-on up until May 12-13, so this might keep people off the water. Fishing in the rain can be a blast, BUT be wary of the forecasted thunderstorms. Don’t risk it when it comes to lightening.

    At Cat, The East End transition area, from below Avalon, around the corner has also seen some smaller grade Bonito run through there within the last few days, and that bite will probably be consistent. Pay attention to your sonar and look for the schools. The ones that have been caught on our boats have NOT been surface bones. Front side Yellows have showed up to bite and it would be safe to say hunting front side around to the first 1/3 of the west end backside would be worthy.

    Rockfishing continues to be EXCELLENT from the reefs up north near MDR, all the way south to the South/SE LB shelf spots. As always, squid will be your ticket, as well as heavier jigs (8 oz + and 12 oz+ on fast current days).

    For those that like to run south, the entire Box Canyon area has been producing both assorted rockfish and sculpin for those willing to search for the deep meter marks and stones/structure changes. A SMALL bit of advice … if you’re finding that you’re hooking nothing but sand dabs, try heading-in to shallower waters to look nearby to where you find the dab bite. You may be too deep. You will more than likely find some hard structure/rockpiles/beds, etc. that the dabs are on the OUTSIDE of … with the rockfish holding CLOSER to the actual rockpiles. Again, try the double dropper loop with circle hooks and a heavy torpedo to keep your rig vertical as possible. See the image below for what you’re looking for when it’s time to drop down your bait/jigs. There is also a decent halibut bite south of Dana Point right now. It’s absolutely worth looking 40-80 feet. Pay close attention to bait ball marks on the lower half of your downimaging. The halibut are more likely to strike your sardine/mack if you’re teaming up with pre-existing bait balls.

    Not going to touch on the south Bluefin bite much, as it has toned down drastically for single day private boaters, but for those that still want the hunt, you’ll need patience, quality electronics, amongst experience. The bite will come back stronger. If you REALLY want to tug on something big, hop on a 1.5-3 day sportboat running Mexican waters or OFFshore. See last week’s SlayDay SoCal report for more specifics on how to treat your tuna kill once you see color and are ready to bring on deck.

    If you're interested in taking out your OWN island-worthy center console for a 3/4 or full day, give our fleet a try at www.slaydaysocal.com or call/text 714.914.4979 and enjoy our new touchscreen Garmin ECHOPlus Navionics units with over 300 pre-loaded fishing spots.

    Slay on!

    Ryan

    -SlayDay SoCal, LLC

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  2. octans

    octans Member

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    Manuel
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    excellent report
    thanks!
     
  3. JayHay

    JayHay Newbie

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    Fishin' Dad
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    Awesome info, thanks!
     
  4. karlow

    karlow Twins 2017

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    karl
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    Very nice intel! thanks a bunch my friend.
    See ya on the water!
     
  5. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER https://multimediabylj.com

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    L J
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    Although you don't have a lot of messages it appears you know what to expect on BD.

    Thanks for the fodder. Good read.
     
  6. aztec23

    aztec23 Newbie

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    Nick
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    Outstanding report, keep up the good work!!
     
  7. ctmfish

    ctmfish Member

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    Among the best reports I have ever read on BD. thanks!!!
     
  8. Fisha

    Fisha skipper

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    Dave
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    Nice.....thanks man.
     

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