Well, that was a pretty solid weekend of fishing. On a personal front, despite the threat of weather, my trip on the Pacific Islander was not cancelled. We made it out. Unfortunately, once we got to the hunting grounds, our captain’s options were severely limited as we hid in the lee of the island due to the oncoming weather from the north. We had a short window to fish seabass early morning for nothing, but managed a good day of bottom fishing.
On a professional note though, what I recommended you should do with your fishing weekend, pretty much came to pass. I mentioned the Mission Belle (Point Loma) and San Diego (Seaforth) ¾ day rides as an OPPORTUNITY that I really liked. The Belle had a respectable day of 24 yellows for 29 anglers on Saturday, but if you chose to ride the San Diego, they hit it BIG with 251 yellows on Saturday, then followed it up with 145 Sunday.
I mentioned the overnight boats to Catalina and Clemente as offering yellowtail with a shot at seabass. The Toronado‘s (Pierpont) count included 51 and 34 yellowtail on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Freedom (22nd Street) had 76 yellows Sunday.
An overnight boat that I failed to mention, the Pacific Quest (also Pierpont) scored 31 yellows and 2 white seabass on Sunday. There was a scheduling snafu at Davey’s Locker and the Tbird was on a 2 day charter over the weekend, but they came home with 42 yellows. The Eldorado (Long Beach Sportfishing), also on a 2 day charter, had 89 yellows!
The local boats fishing ¾ and ½ day at the 150 caught some fish. The counts were down over the weekend and the boats were pretty crowded, but it was what it was…for a small amount of money, you had the OPPORTUNITY to catch a major gamefish.
Offshore, I said go 1.5 or longer and some boats in that range had success. Notably, the New Lo-An (Point Loma Sportfishing) was the big winner with 50 bluefin and 4 yellowtail on their 1.5 day trip returning on Sunday. The El Capitan (also Point Loma) was on a 2.5 day trip that included 10 bluefin, 8 yellowfin, and 1 dodo.
The hot area seems to be the 43 spot which is west of “The Corner” on the US/Mexico border.
The bluefin caught over the weekend were a nice grade of fish…call it 25 to 50-pounds. but 100+ pounders were seen in the same area and maybe even hooked. I heard a few stories of what might have been.
Some overnight boats had decent scores. I still like 1.5 day or longer right now. Look for boats out of the San Diego landings. Another one to consider is the Commander departing out of Long Beach Sportfishing. They have a 1.5 day trip leaving Friday night that was just added before they head to SD for the summer. They will be fishing that 43 spot as well.
One thing I want to mention before I wrap up is that for every boat that did well, there were others that didn’t do well. Or even the same boat hit it one day, but not another. In unison, “That’s why it’s called fishing and not catching!” I realize everyone is putting out their hard earned cash after getting barraged with trophy fish pics coming across their timeline. Going out though with EXPECTATION is a sure setup for DISAPPOINTMENT. You are paying for an OPPORTUNITY.
If you want a sure thing, go to the grocery store.
Especially when talking about offshore or targeting any of our top gamefish, it’s a high risk/high reward scenario. Your only expectation is for the crew to work hard to try to find fish, keep you safe and otherwise treat you well when you get onboard. Please keep these thoughts top of mind. Listen to the crews and understand that they want you to be successful, but sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Tight lines!
Photos: The San Diego, Pacific Quest Sportfishing, John Anjard (El Capitan)