No wide-open bite yet, but on Thursday, April 17, at least two San Diego boats found some biting yellowtail at the Coronados Islands. Malihini of H&N reported a catch of 22 yellows, and Seaforth’s San Diego took 13, along with a lingcod.
Rockfish were also caught by Malihini. Rick Marin at H&M said,
“The bite’s pretty consistent, with 20 to 40 fish a day. The little ones are around 12 and the best fish around 40 pounds. It’s mostly been a jig bite on yoyo iron. A good color has been mint and white but no particular color is that much better than the others. Larger jigs are getting the most bites, like the full-size Salas 6X and the Tady 4/0.
The water’s still off-color, about 62 degrees, with lots of krill.” Seaforth spokesman Mike Gauger said, “San Diego was mostly fishing on the anchor, with flylined mackerel and surface iron in sardine color. Bob Fletcher got 5, and three were with treble-hooked mackerel.
They’re fishing in more places now, in improving conditions, around South Island and The Middle Grounds.”