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Seabass Bite Before Windy SoCal Week

Editor’s Note: Is the seabass bite going to be back in the fish reports after the wind? Erik Landesfeind lays out the facts for this and more in his latest SoCal Scene.

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It’s been another windy week in Southern California and as was the case last week, the week before and I’m pretty sure the week before that too, not too many boats made it off the dock after the weekend. This has certainly been the windiest April I can remember, but then again, it’s been so long since we’ve had normal weather that I might have just forgotten what actual spring weather looks like. Whatever the case, the wind is forecast to stop blowing on Friday and forecasts across the Bight are for less than 10 knots through Sunday night. What will be biting? I’m not sure, but here’s what bit before the wind blew.

The big news this week is that the seabass bite was great for boats fishing the Channel Islands. The photo at the top of the page shows fish caught aboard the Outrider out of Hooks Landing. The boat was able to make it to the islands on Monday and Wednesday and managed limits both days. There’s no guarantee that the seabass bite will continue after this last dose of weather but I’m sure there will be boats taking a look this weekend.

fishing reportsThe yellows bit at several of the islands last week. A few fish were caught by a boat targeting rockfish at San Nicholas Island over the weekend. On Saturday, I ran into Captain Vaughn Podmore, who reported finding schools of biting fish at Catalina for his fly-fishermen clients. Chris Smith reported fishing “San Bernardino Island” for limits of yellows and rockfish. My recent boycott of a particular island prevents me from confirming or denying the veracity of his stated location, but the above photos proves that fish were caught. There have also been a caught at Catalina lately so there’s a chance at those this weekend if the wind didn’t hammer conditions too badly.

tuna biteNo one has been to Clemente lately, but I’d imagine the cod will still be biting and there might be a few yellows to be found there as well. Rockfish continue to be the main draw along the coast but the bass biting is starting to pick up for boats fishing the artificial reefs off Huntington Beach. Twilight trips have been scoring fish and most boats fishing last weekends Saltwater Bass Series nighttime bass tournament reported good sand bass fishing.

The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands dried up this week due to an influx of cold water leaving boats to rely on rockfish when they made it off the dock. Cold water upwellings are par for the course down there at this time of year and once the temps bounce back I’m sure the bite will too. Finally, the bluefin are still biting in 1 1/2-day range. The Tomahawk out of Seaforth Landing managed limits for 21 anglers over the weekend and has another trip online Friday night. Next week’s weather forecast is looking a lot better than this week’s so hopefully I’ll have some good fishing to report.

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Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal Scene, Erik keeps all of the BD readers up to date on what's biting in Southern California. Erik divides his fishing time on local boats, long-range trips and Mexico excursions. For the past eight years, Erik has been competing in the SWBA (Saltwater Bass Anglers) tournament series and has multiple tournament victories to his credit. His sponsors include Batson Enterprises / Rainshadow Rods, Robalo Boats, Tilly's Marine, Abu/Garcia, Penn Reels, Navionics, Raymarine, MC Swimbaits, Uni-Butter Fishing Scent and Bladerunner Tackle.