I didn’t really like a lot of the options out there for last weekend. I told you that the local action was good along much of our coast. The water is warming up which always activates the bass bite…one of my favorite fishy things to do.
I took my own advice and got out on the City of Long Beach. It didn’t disappoint. Easy limit of bass, including the last 3 coming on the iron!
This weekend, there are some better options
Not that I still don’t like the local action, I do! If you want to go longer though, there are some great options for this weekend.
The best are giving me Island Fever…
Let’s start up north in the 805. Today is the new moon and the lead up this week has been good for hunting seabass. Some fish have been caught locally, but the big action has been overnight or longer on the outer island boats.
Things kicked off on Monday when the Mirage and Pacific Islander out of Channel Islands Sportfishing; and the Amigo and Pacific Dawn out of Ventura Sportfishing scored a handful of fish on their respective trips.
Things really got going though as the week progressed. The trip of the week was a 3-day aboard the Ranger 85. They kicked it off BIG with limits of seabass on Day 1 of their trip (top)! Keep in mind the limit went up to 3 fish on the 16th, so there were some VERY happy anglers coming home on that one.
It’s a squid-based bite so be sure to gear up appropriately. I’d bring the 2 rigs I described in my Fishing Squid For Yellowtail article. In addition, bring your rockfishing gear. You won’t fish all day for ghosts, so you’ll want to be ready to rockfish on these trips as well.
Elsewhere, I really like what I’m seeing from the overnight boats fishing San Clemente. It’s been solid and improving this week on the yellowtail, and the kicker is they’re getting in some good bass fishing too. The yellows are a nice grade of fish. The bulk of them are in that 12-17-pound range, with bigger fish to 30+ in the mix.
Down south, the SD 3/4-day boats are back at the Coronados. To be honest, the yellowtail counts have been a little light, but so are the number of passengers right now.
And…they’re eating the surface iron!
That part alone would make it worth a ride in my book. Nice grade of fish too. Lots of bonito, with some bass and barracuda in the mix. It’s classic summer fishing. The 3 B’s and yellowtail (bass, barracuda and bonito), so get out and enjoy it. Maybe you’ll get a slam. Make sure you bring your passport!
Good luck if you get out there!