SoCal Fishing Ready To Rockfish – Southern California Fishing Forum
Hello Salties. I’m up here in Seattle helping my parents through some stuff. I should be back home by this weekend and I can finally get in my season opener. I did a little fishing up here yesterday (Sunday) off the public pier at Dash Point (above). I brought a very limited amount of tackle with me, so I just casted and dragged a shrimp tail on a short dropper.
When I got there around 2pm, it was a slack tide condition, and nothing was happening. I talked to a couple guys fishing and they said they had caught rockfish and flounder there recently. There was some kind of eel grass in the shallows and blooming sea anemones (right) on the pier pilings, so I was encouraged by the life in the water.
As soon as the water started moving, there was a little bit of action. I found a little reef just off the southwest end of the pier and when I got my bait in front of it, I got tapped and had my bait stolen. I re-baited and dragged it to the front of the reef again. Got tapped again and this time it stuck. Got it to the surface and it was a nice sized flounder. I should’ve just dragged it to the beach, but I wasn’t thinking and tried to reel it straight up. It got about a 1/3 of the way up before it shook itself off. Oh well. No skunk. Right now it’s cold (30’s) and clear up here, so if the weather holds, I might give it another go.
Meanwhile Back In SoCal…
There was a little bit of yellowtail being caught just before and around the time of the opener. Since then, it’s been pretty dry in terms of gamefish. Interestingly, several boats caught a legal halibut this weekend. Only one, the Native Sun, reported actually targeting them. Just goes to show that if you are on a hard bottom area, it never hurts to cast around a sardine (or live squid if available) on a dropper loop. If you don’t catch a lingcod, you might just catch a halibut.
That’s fine though. I think we’ve collectively gotten spoiled the last few years. It’s good to get a reset and enjoy catching bottomfish. When the gamefishing starts to heat up, we’ll be more appreciative of it.
In the meantime, be happy to be getting back out on the water. Limits of rockfish seem to be available whether on local or longer trips. Most of the overnight boats are reporting limits on lingcod (one per this year) to go with the rockfish. Whitefish, and sheephead add to the mix to fill a lot of sacks.
Capt. Ryan Parker on the City of Long Beach reported seeing some yellows yesterday after they were done on the bottom. The fish didn’t want to play, but it’s an encouraging sign. That will all be happening again soon enough.
If you’ve been meaning to take out that guy from work, some kids, whatever novice person you talk to, but don’t want to take on a big game trip with your die hard fishing buddies…NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO GO! They’ll catch fish and you won’t have to mind them too much.
Enjoy the rockfishing and load up your freezer.
Good luck if you get out there.