I’m going to keep this week’s report short, because by the time you read it conditions will have definitely changed. As of Thursday morning, there is a major wind event forecast to roll through on Friday and after a day to recuperate on Saturday, we’re going to get hit even harder on Sunday night and into Monday. So, if you’re planning on fishing this weekend, I ask that you pay very close attention to the weather forecast before leaving the dock.
The yellowfin tuna bit this week for boaters fishing out of San Diego. Several sportboats had good scores of better grade fish over the weekend and private boaters got into the action as well. These fish were not a sure thing before the wind and that probably won’t improve in coming days. Unless the forecast changes dramatically I think it’s going to be the middle to end of next week before most of the offshore stuff is fishable again.
Closer to the beach, the big news has been the halibut bite in Orange County and San Diego waters.
My friends Brandon Vulgamott and John Curry fished out of Dana Point on Sunday and had three fish up to 36-pounds while bounce balling. There were also some big halibut taken in San Diego by anglers fishing dropper loops with mackerel.
There were still some yellowtail biting in the Santa Monica Bay earlier this week and the Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfishing had 22 fish on Wednesday’s trip. Other than that, rockfish has been the name of the game for sport boats in LA and Ventura Counties. Looking at the weather forecast, I’m going to guess that the Ventura based boats will not be running any time soon.
Finally, if you’re looking for something fun to do on a windy weekend, the SWBA and SBS tournament series are hosting a fun event on Saturday night that’s open to anyone with a boat. The event is based at South Shores launch ramp in Long Beach and runs from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. This is slated as a breakwall tournament but teams are allowed to fish anywhere inside of Long Beach harbor, which means there will be plenty of places to fish that are out of the weather. The cost of the event is $20 per angler and you can have as many as three people on your boat. There will be a three fish weigh-in. The event includes free tacos before the tournament and dessert and coffee after the event.
If you’ve been looking to get your feet wet in saltwater bass tournament fishing, this would be a great opportunity to do it without the pressure of signing up for a regular season event. For more information, you can visit the SBS website.