I’ve held off as long as possible to get this week’s report written in the hopes that any fishing reports might trickle in this Thursday morning as boats venture out for the first time this week. Sadly, the only thing I’ve seen so far was a screenshot of a water temp gauge reading 55.7 degrees, posted by Captain Danny Ericson on the New Del Mar out of Marina Del Rey Sportfishing. I know that there are other boats fishing out of Long Beach and San Pedro but I’m sure that whatever rockfish counts they post later aren’t going to answer any of the questions we have about how the yellowtail and bluefin bites fared the storm.
With no current info to report, this week’s Navionics Chart is mostly question marks but I do have a few guesses that I can make. First off, any non-rockfish species that were biting along the coast or at the Channel Islands probably aren’t going to be for at least a few days because the conditions will likely take some time to recover. Nothing worthwhile was happening at Catalina before the storm and I doubt that the fishing has changed for the better after the wind. When it comes to the yellows at San Clemente Island, I’d wager the fish along the front side of the island will be more likely to bite than those along the back this weekend but your guess is as good as mine whether any of the island’s yellows will cooperate.
What to Expect
The San Diego out of Seaforth Landing was trying to rally folks Wednesday night to get the boat off the dock this morning and I have no idea if they were successful in doing so, but a lack of an early morning check-in suggests that if they did get out they didn’t immediately run into schools of cooperative yellowtail. Judging by the wind we had yesterday, I’d guess the water at the islands took a beating so they may be looking for open water schools below the islands or at the rockpile. As I said, it’s just a guess and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they find something.
Finally, there are plenty of boats online tonight and through the weekend that is going to be looking for bluefin. My guess is that they’ll find them and likely catch them but the fishing probably won’t be great due to where we’re at in the lunar cycle. The good news is that we’ve got fishable weather up and down the coast on Saturday and in most places Sunday. Even better, the weather looks good all the way through next weekend so I’d expect it won’t take long to get the fishing back on track.