Fishing Forecast – Good Fishing Weather Socal
Well, it’s another week of me not having much to report other than bad weather. Speaking of which, be glad if you skipped fishing over the weekend. I fished a spotted bay bass tournament in Mission Bay on Saturday, which was the nicer weather day of the weekend, and had to battle 20-plus MPH winds all day and a 6-foot tidal swing that resulted current and run off driven water quality more appropriate for the Mississippi River than the ocean. The good news is that I have some good news to share for a change as it looks like we’re getting a long overdue weekend of good fishing weather.
Before you get too excited, last weekend’s storm rolled a lot of the water along the coast and at the islands and I’d wager that the frigid air temperatures and blustery winds we’ve had this week didn’t do much to remedy things. If I were heading out this weekend, which I likely will be, I’d focus my fishing efforts on deeper fish that are less likely to be affected by the conditions.
As you can see by Saturday morning’s weather shot on Win1dy, there should be calm winds across the SoCal Bight and all the way down to Punta Colonet where the 1 1/2-day boats will be headed this weekend. As usual, I do have some bad news to share and that is that the Windy forecast for next Saturday is calling for another round of rain. That forecast is far enough out to be left open to interpretation, but if you’ve been wanting to go catch some yellows and rockfish, I’d jump on a 1 1/2-day trip this weekend and not risk waiting to see how this week’s trips do because even if they catch them, there might not be trips running next week.
Other than the yellows down south, this week’s Navionics Chart isn’t looking all that exciting as sand bass and sculpin has been the primary name of the game along most of the coast. With decent weather in the forecast, I’d imagine that you could run to Catalina and catch some bass if you can find clean water. I’m sure the bass are also biting at San Clemente Island but there’s been zero coverage over there in weeks, so you’ll be going in blind.
There are also some big halibut biting along the coast, like this one caught aboard the New Del Mar out of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing. The sport boats are mostly getting them as by-catch while fishing sand bass but private boaters have been catching fish bounce balling and drifting with live bait. I have no idea if any of the receivers are going to have lives squid this weekend but if they do, I recommend getting a scoop as it will greatly improve your odds of catching fish. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the weather straightens out before next weekend so that we can all get out there and take advantage of the rockfish opener.