It’s been another week of mixed up SoCal weather but there were still plenty of opportunities for sport boats to get off the dock and load up on quality rockfish, like these nice reds caught aboard the Pacific Dawn. Speaking of weather, the weekend forecast looks good across most of our waters and other than another chance of rain on Thursday all of next week looks good as well. If you’re planning a trip to San Nic, Rosa or Miguel this weekend, I’d take a close look at the wind forecast before you go because while it looks fishable, it’s on the outside edge of fishable and if the forecast increases you’re not going to want to go.
The good news about multiple boats getting off the dock this week is that I have quite a bit more actual data to share in this week’s Navionics Chart. Starting up north, the rockfish bite continues to be steady for boats fishing the coast, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands and they are still catching lots of reds. My friend Scott Summersgill fished shallow at Santa Cruz Island over the weekend and reported good calico bass fishing on hardbaits and swimbaits. I’m not sure if anyone made it out to Nic this week but the rockfish were biting there over the weekend and I’d be surprised if anything has changed in that regard.
There are some big reds biting at San Clemente Island, like this monster caught aboard the Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker. There are also some yellowtail at the island but they haven’t really been biting. Hopefully those fish will get a little more cooperative coming off Wednesday night’s full moon. Speaking of cooperative, Catalina Island’s yellowtail were just that this week as the 3/4-day trips out of 22nd Street Landing scored fish every day they made it out. On Monday’s trip the Pursuit managed 15 fish from 20 to 45-pounds, including this brute.
The rockfish are still biting along the beach and the bite is still so-so. The local bass bite got some coverage over the weekend as teams pre-fished for Saturday’s Saltwater Bass Series Tournament and while I’m sure that most of those sandbaggers lied to me about what they caught and where they caught it, it sounded like fishing has been pretty good. The bass are also biting for private boaters fishing the coast in San Diego and the 1/2-day trips have been doing well on rockfish. The yellowtail finally showed up at the Coronados and the 3/4-day boats had good fishing earlier this week. According to Captain Ryan Bostian of the San Diego out of Seaforth Landing, the fish have been biting best on full sized yo-yo jigs. If I were headed down there I’d be fishing a mint-and-white Tady 4/0 heavy.
One last thing, if you’re planning to head out and target rockfish on your own boat you’re going to want to read this article before you do. While the CDFW has expanded the depths we’re allowed to fish when targeting rockfish, not all water that’s of legal depth is open to fishing. So, it’s up to us to make sure that we are staying within the legal depth lines set forth by the CDFW. The article gives you a link showing where to find coordinates and also shows how to enter those coordinates into your Navionics Boating App so that you can stay on the legal side of the line while fishing.