Anybody else tired of this rain yet? I sure am. Especially after checking the long range forecast and seeing that while we’ll only have post-storm wind to contend with weekend, next weekend looks like it’s going to be a complete rain out. I know we need the rain, but it would be great if it could stick to falling midweek for the rest of the winter.
Before I get into what’s been biting, I’d like to take a look at what we’ll be facing weather-wise this weekend. The rain from Friday’s storm may trail off into Saturday, but won’t really be a factor. However, the clearing winds behind the storm will make for some ugly conditions with winds of 15-20 MPH forecast through Saturday night along our coast. The same holds true for the yellowtail, and now bluefin grounds, off Colnett. Saturday afternoon is forecast for 20 MPH with the wind dying off everywhere on Sunday. That weather won’t keep the boats from making the run south but there’s a good chance that boats coming home on Saturday night are going to have an unpleasant run. Locally the coastal zones should be fishable if choppy on both days but I’d hold off on making any island runs on Saturday as it’s going to be very rough. If you’re planning a trip either day I recommend taking a close look at the latest weather report before heading out. Check out this article for more information on understanding marine weather forecasts.
As I mentioned, the yellowtail bit last weekend at Colnett and a few bluefin were hooked with one 15-pound fish landed. Boats are reporting seeing some bigger bluefin in the mix but I wouldn’t get too excited about an emerging February tuna bite as I believe these are hold over fish as opposed to a new batch of fish coming over from Japan. I would love to be proven wrong about this and will keep my fingers crossed that I am. The yellowtail fishing wasn’t wide open at Colnett last weekend but all of the boats that made the run caught fish.
The hot ticket for the yellows continues to be large yo-yo jigs.
Both calicos and sand bass are biting for sport boats and private boats along the coast. This picture is of an 8-pound sand bass caught aboard the Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing. While most of the bass aren’t anywhere near this big, they are biting consistently up and down the coast. While most of the sport boat fish are being caught on frozen squid, they’re biting artificial lures well for private boaters. I fished on Saturday and had good bass fishing at the Long Beach breakwall. The trick was to find areas with lots of surge, which was easy due to the big west swell we had over the weekend. There’s a lot of kelp on the outside of the wall, which can make it tough to get your baits up tight, but if you look around you can find stretches with little or no kelp. The bass bite along Palos Verdes was of the low and slow presentation variety on Saturday and I’d be willing to guess that pattern will hold true everywhere along the coast.
Instead of fighting the rain next weekend, you should consider heading down to the Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival that runs Friday through Sunday at the Orange County Fair Grounds.