Seabass Yellows – Yellow Bass Fishing Tips
“Right place at the right time today” was what the Aloha Spirit reported on Wednesday after landing seven quality seabass and a yellowtail for the day. This sentiment has been echoed by anglers up and down our coast this week as there are plenty of fish around but getting them to bite takes a little luck and a lot of good timing. These seabass and most of the yellows being caught in the Channel Islands are coming from the parking lot that is the east end of Anacapa Island.
This area is about as far as you can get from being a sure thing and still have biting fish. On most days a couple of boats will catch a few fish and the rest of the fleet will be relegated to watching. The good news is that the rockfish are also biting nearby so there are options available for the boats that miss on the exotics early. Got some wind forecast up there for Sunday, so if you’re planning to join the gang bang you might want to go on Saturday. Better yet, skip it entirely and go catch some of the rockfish that are biting up there.
Speaking of rockfish, the Stardust has been getting some giants on their 3/4-day trips out of Santa Barbara. This big red was one of several jumbos they caught earlier this week. The rockfish are biting at both the islands and along the coast, but I’d recommend getting on at least a 3/4-day trip as you’ll want to maximize your fishing time.
These yellows were caught aboard the Cobra on their full day trip out of Ventura earlier this week. While the yellowtail bite has been hit and miss at the Channel Islands, it’s been more consistent at Catalina and San Clemente Islands. While boats are getting good scores in both locations, the fish have mostly been under 8-pounds, so you may want to keep that in mind when booking a trip. One place the yellows did not bite this week was at Santa Barbara Island. I fished there on Monday and you can read the entire report of my unsuccessful trip by clicking here.
The bluefin tuna are still biting for the 3/4-day and overnight boats out of San Diego.
While the bigger fish have gone missing in action in recent days, there’s been a fairly consistent bite on the 20 to 30-pound class fish with some boats getting limits. From what I’ve been hearing, the key to success is being in the right place at the right time (sound familiar?). One day boats are getting limits and passing schools off to their friends, other days captains are driving around scratching their heads as to why the fish they’re marking won’t bite or trying to figure out where the fish they caught yesterday got off to. While the 3/4-day boats have been consistently catching fish, be advised that the bulk of these tuna are at the extreme edge of their range. If it were me, I’d jump on an overnight boat so that I could sleep during the 40 to 50-mile run and be on the grounds at first light. But hey, things are changing every day so by the time you read this the fish might be 10 miles off the point.
Finally, I’ll be hosting my second Navionics Webinar on April 26th at 6:00 pm PST. The topic will be Targeting Island Calico Bass. You can find out more and register to attend this free event by clicking here.