This weekend I had the great fortune to go on a 2.5 day trip to fish San Martin Island aboard Eclipse Sportfishing. The trip centered on yo-yo and dropper loop yellows and a smattering of bottom grabbers. Really fun fishing, but not like any of the fishing we’ve been doing lately.
Now I’m no Salty-damus. I’ve just been at this long enough to see a familiar pattern developing which brings me to prediction #1…
The Coronados Will Rise Again
This isn’t even a prediction anymore because a quick check of the weekend’s fish counts while I was down at San Martin indicated the beginning of a switch from offshore fishing to their more typical regimen of fishing the islands for the ¾ day San Diego fleet. The SD overnight boats are still looking offshore, but I bet it won’t be long before they start switching over to destinations like Colonet. I’ve got a trip lined up in January to Colonet and I know of several boats with plans to make that run as well.
What Does it Mean For You?
You might want to start picking up some backups of your favorite yoyo yellowtail irons. My go to is a mint/white Salas 6x heavy. You’ll want to have full and junior sizes to be ready. I also like the 7x heavy (and junior) and the under appreciated CP105. Classic patterns are blue/white, scrambled egg, birdsh*t and babysh*t. Dropper loop fishing will also come back into play so make sure you have extra lead.
Also, if you haven’t already PLEASE take care of getting your passport NOW. The San Diego even re-posted a link to their Facebook page recently on how to go about getting it done. There is no excuse not to have one. You’re an adult, living next to another country, that has places you’ll want to fish at this winter. Quit procrastinating!
Weather Is Going To Be A Major Issue
Offshore conditions on our way back from San Martin were lousy…lots of wind, dark cloudy skies, a little rain. This weekend was just a preview of things to come. The El Nino storms are supposed to be a real attention grabber this year. If you don’t already own foul weather gear, get some or start looking and dropping hints for Christmas.
And on a happier note, before winter sets in, someone is going to catch a wahoo on a popper. I’m rooting for a couple people I know with this stated goal. A buddy of mine, Jaysen Park, was riding the Truline over the weekend. They were headed to Catalina to do some lobster hooping. As stated a number of times already, anytime you’re moving around these days, troll a wahoo lure in between. Sure enough, they did and got 2 wahoo. Jaysen was one of the lucky anglers to reel one in.
What was even more interesting to me was that Jaysen told me both fish were jugged full of flying fish (see picture above). Most people think heavy in terms of wahoo jigs to throw, but as has been demonstrated already, they will come up on surface iron.
Now look at the image below. Look up top again. Look down below. See where I’m going with this? It’s going to happen and it will be epic. I just hope whoever does it has their GoPro running.