SoCal Scene Fishing Reports
This is shaping up to be one of those good news – bad news, kind of weeks. The good news is that the offshore fishing remains good. The bad news is that its going to be windy on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday in most offshore areas. Add to that a full moon, actually a super moon, on Saturday night and the big tide swings might make for some strong currents. If those currents happen to be running into the swell, even the wind-free coastal areas might be a sloppy mess.
Rather than continue to issue dire weather warnings, I’m going to recommend that everyone take a good look at the weather forecast before they head out this weekend. If it looks good, then go. But if the weather seems worse than was forecast, be cautious about making any long runs in a direction that will be tough to get back from.
As I mentioned, the offshore fishing was good this week. I spoke with several people who had been out and they’d all caught fish. Last weekend, John Curry and his brother Travis fished out of Dana Point on Saturday and Sunday. They fished outside the 209 on both days and had easy fishing for yellowfin tuna in the 30 to 50-pound class. On Tuesday my friend Brian Greene fished south of San Clemente Island and caught 12 yellowfin tuna from 50 to 65-pounds.
There are bigger fish biting on the beach as well, but there are a lot of smaller fish in the mix. If you’re looking to fish offshore on Saturday or Sunday your best bet is probably going to be the stuff on the beach from Dana Point down to the 9 mile bank. This fish is on the same program it’s been on for weeks. Find signs of fish, shut down, chum chunks, fish live bait or chunks, and catch tuna.
There are plenty of options available for those who don’t want to head offshore this weekend as well. The yellowtail are still biting along the coast from San Diego to Ventura and they are easy enough to find. I launched out of Long Beach on Sunday morning to fish bass and as I was driving from Huntington Beach to Palos Verdes I saw a couple of terns looking hard so I stopped the boat and Matt had an easy 30-pound yellow blow up on his jig on the first cast. The fish knocked the jig out of the water without getting hooked and didn’t come back for it on the next few casts, so we continued on to PV.
It seems like the yellows are everywhere right now, so keep and eye out when you’re driving and stop on anything that looks even remotely fishy.
If you’re not into yellows, the bass fishing is pretty fantastic along the coast right now as well. I fished bass both days over the weekend and caught calicos just about everywhere I went. We even caught a few while trying to relocate that yellowtail that missed Matt’s jig. You know it’s good fishing when you’re hanging calicos on the surface iron in 90-feet of water and you’re nowhere near a rock or reef.
The weather is forecast to go back to normal after the weekend, so hopefully the fish will still be biting offshore. If nothing else, this full moon might give the yellowtail bite on the coast a shot in the arm. Regardless of where you’re fishing this weekend, make sure and watch the weather both before and during your trip.