This is one of those weeks where I have very little to actually report because the storm that rolled through this week kept most of the boats off the water. The good news is that the storm was short lived and the sun is shining outside my office window as I write this on Thursday morning. Even better news is that the forecast is calling for good fishing weather with Santa Ana winds and calm seas this weekend, so there really isn’t any reason the fish shouldn’t still be biting.
This Navionics chart shows what was happening before the weather. With the rockfish closure in effect not a lot of sport boats are getting off the dock in LA or Orange County landings. Those that have been running are mostly half day trips targeting sand bass and sculpin. The fishing has been fair to good depending on whether or not boats are fishing with frozen or live squid. If I were planning a trip, I’d try to find a boat that had live squid because it really does make a difference.
Speaking of live squid, there were some small yellowtail biting on it in both the Santa Monica Bay and at Catalina last week. Those fish are probably still there and will likely be willing to bite again once conditions straighten back out, if they haven’t straightened out already. Private boats fishing Catalina and San Clemente Islands have been doing well on calico bass. The fishing hasn’t been wide open but it’s been steady and some days have been really good.
The smaller yellowtail were biting really well off San Diego before the storm and half day boats were getting big scores. Monday was the last day the Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing got off the dock and they ended up with 246 yellows for their morning run and 67 in the afternoon. Definitely not bad half day fishing for January! The bluefin also bit for boats making long 1 1/2 day runs to the waters outside Punta Colnet. On Monday the New Lo-An reported limits of 40 to 60-pound tuna for 22 anglers. No one has been down there since but there are several boats online for the weekend to take advantage of the good fishing weather so there should be enough coverage to relocate the schools if they moved. If you’re heading out on a 1 1/2 day trip make sure and bring at least one heavy set up because there are some hundred pound plus fish in the mix down there.