Tired of all of this wind and rain yet? I sure am. Not that I’m keeping track but this is my sixth column in a row that has been affected by the rain. To make matters worse, there were no real fishable days between the writing of last week’s column and this one so I have absolutely nothing to report. Wait, I take that back. I heard the half day boat out of Marina Del Rey caught 8 sand bass and 3 sculpin on Wednesday. Better get in line early tomorrow because I’m sure they’ll sell out. Pardon my sarcasm, but what seems like the last 72 straight weeks of crappy weather has me in a funk.
On a brighter note, it’s only supposed to rain part of the day on Saturday and it’s not forecast to blow 25 knots along the coast again until Sunday night, so as meager as it might be, there is a potentially fishable weather window in there. The big question is what conditions will look like on the water. I talked to a buddy who runs a research boat and he reported water temps of 58 in Long Beach harbor after the storm, which isn’t bad, but I’d bet the temps outside the harbor got hit harder due to wind driven up-welling.
I’m still holding out hope to do a morning session in Long Beach harbor on Saturday morning if the rain holds off until later in the day, but I’ll most likely end up staying home and organizing the garage. If you’re looking for an off the water fishing related project for the weekend, I’ve got several suggestions. The first is to build a tackle wall in your garage. Peg board is cheap and comes in 4 x 8 sheets that you can cut to fit the space you have, or use two if you have way too much tackle like I do. I screwed some 1 x 2 studs to the wall and then mounted the peg board on those to give enough space behind it to insert the pegs.
Another easy project is building a PVC rod rack. Click on this link to find out what you’ll need and how to do it.
Weather weekends are also a great time to catch up on some boat maintenance. Performing a 100 hour service and servicing your lower unit are both easy projects that you can save money by doing yourself and they won’t void your warranty, so click on the links to learn how.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for better weather next week. Regardless of how that turns out, make sure and mark your calendar for the Pacific Coast Sportfishing show next Friday through Sunday. As always there will be lots of informative seminars on everything from local fishing to catching big bluefin tuna. I’ll be there on Friday and Sunday giving a seminar on run and gun yellowtail fishing, so stop by and say hello afterwards. You can get all the details and seminar schedules here.