I love this time of year. As the kids go back to school, now is a good time for the salty of us to take some adult vacation time on the water.
Even better, the offshore scene (offshore business) now is no longer just a one trick pony. It’s diversified and far more engaging. It’s no longer the spectator sport of seeing big bluefin tuna splashing around, but not biting. Nor is it watching “that one guy” fight the fish of a lifetime because it happened to be their turn when a monster bit the yummy.
It’s a little bit of everything right now!
Not to say there aren’t still trophy fish around. There are. That’s our buddy Elsa Flores with a 210-pound fish aboard the Ranger 85 mid-week this week (above). They’re running out of H&M Landing right now.
The good news though is they’re biting other things besides the yummy. Flatfalls, popper, surface iron, bait…are all catching fish. It’s also a range of fish too, from little schoolies, a lot of 40-60-pound grade of fish, and the monsters.
We’re also seeing more yellowfin in the counts. They’re being caught near paddies and off dolphin schools.
Kelp fishing is very productive. A better grade of yellowtail and dorado are out there. This week, the Southern Cal, a halfday boat out of Long Beach Sportfishing, caught a dodo off a kelp in the channel between LB and Catalina. That’s one of my twilight fishing buddies, Drew Sung (left), who was the lucky angler.
Bottomline, it’s a good time to go fishing. The only problem is at this point, if you’re trying to find a ride for the weekend, you may be out of luck. Lots of boats are full or being chartered. Keep your eye out for boats filling in on runs. Too late today, they’re out right now, but the Sea Watch with Capt. Kris Karpow (below this week with a diversion kelp party on a whale watching trip) out of Seaforth Landing is filling in 3/4 on days the San Diego is chartered.
If you’ve been wanting to take the kiddos out before summer ends, you’re running out of time. Take a mid-week day off and get it done. It’s good and the time for making salty summer memories is running out. Don’t be the “next year” guy.
Good luck if you get out there!