Things have been undeniably slow these last few weeks. I was supposed to go out weekend before last to the outer Channel Islands, but my trip got cancelled due to weather. It’s already a light schedule for the boats right now with a lot of crews taking their holiday breaks or putting time in the yard for annual maintenance. Most of the salty kind of action has been on the long range boats.
My buddy Ray Souza is currently on a fiver aboard the Shogun with Capt. Aaron Barnhill. He scored his personal best yellowfin so far (taped out at 105-pounds) in a 45 minute fight at Tuna Alley. Ray scored on a Calstar 875 custom wrapped by Moon Custom Rods, and a Shimano Talica 16II with 100-pound braid to a short 80-pound fluoro topshot, terminated with an Owner 5/0 ringed Mutu hook to a live mackerel.
The boat was at Guadalupe Island yesterday. The weather was a bit up, but they’re still fishing. Good luck the rest of the way boys.
On the local front, there was a little pop of yellowtail off Long Beach and inside Santa Monica Bay last week that lasted a few days in the lead up to the full moon.
The big news “locally” was the spike Sunday on the San Diego. My buddy Cassidy Bivens was aboard contributing to their big score of 129 forkies for the ride. Most of the fish were in the 20-pound class with the bigs reaching into the low 30’s.
Even better was the fact that they wanted to bite the heavy iron!
The crew is recommending a minimum of 40-pound and don’t be afraid to fish 50. It slowed down Monday and Tuesday (still got 37 and 32 respectively), but I wouldn’t let that stop me from going. This trip is probably going to be the best “local” ride around for the next couple months. Again, better get your passport situation taken care of if you want in on this fun.
Last Shot On U.S. Rockfishing
Longer (and more expensive) trips will be available heading down to Punta Colonet during January and February, but if you want to load up locally, now is your last shot. The best action has been at the outer Channel Islands. As I mentioned at the top, weather is always going to be a factor, but it was nice over the weekend and should be fine for the closer. A lot of the best trips are sold out at this point, but there are some good ones still available. The Pacific Islander and Pacific Dawn both have an overnight trips leaving tonight fishing on the 31st. Another good option for good rockfishing are the boats out of Sea Landing in Santa Barbara. Both the Stardust and Coral Sea are running ¾-day trips to end the season. Maybe you can be like this lucky young angler and score a 25-pound lingcod like he did Monday (pictured with Capt. Bill Cavanaugh) aboard the Amigo.
Definitely some good fishing options available as we close out 2015. Enjoy and Happy New Year salties!