I posted the following question on the Facebook page this week…
4 Calico Bass 10 Sand Bass 6 Mackerel 2 Bonito 161 Sculpin 1 Perch – any guesses what this count represents?
There were several responses, none of them correct. The answer? That count represented the entire sportboat count for this last Tuesday, January 5th for four boats. To be fair, we got pounded by the predicted El Nino winter storms this week. Sometimes though, I think casual anglers believe that the count above represents what “closure fishing” always looks like.
You need to adjust your expectations. You may need to think outside the box, but there are opportunities for gamefish on local boats. In the first days of the New Year, there were several local bites of interest. The trick moving forward will be to find windows of opportunity where the weather and conditions align…and a little luck always helps.
I wrote about heading out to Colonet in Tuesday’s article. In my mind, those trips are going to be your best value in terms of good fishing opportunities, time and cost. If however you ignored my urgings to get your passport taken care of, you are excluded from taking part on those trips.
Local San Diego
The Pacific Voyager is covering off the ¾-day run to the Coronados right now at Seaforth, but again, no passport, no ride. The good news is the New Seaforth got into a little bit of local yellowtail action New Year’s weekend. Not a big hit, but a consistent 2-4 fish per ride.
Long Beach / San Pedro
Similar scenario up the coast for the local LB and Pedro boats. Not a big, wide open bite, but the fish are around and the opportunity is there.
Over the weekend, the biggest hit was the Enterprise with 7 yellows on Saturday, January 2nd. Capt. Andy Siratt reported that the fish were definitely around and they managed to get a decent whack on them until the sea lions broke up the party. Personally, I’m going to try my luck on the Big E tomorrow.
Santa Monica Bay
The hot boat over the weekend was the Redondo Special with a remarkable hit of 20 yellows and a seabass on their morning ride, Saturday, January 2nd. You may recall, I reported running into squid on a recent ride aboard the New Del Mar and a pop of squid in SMB is definitely ringing the dinner bell resulting in some good sportfishing action.
I’ve also seen some halibut getting caught on the sand and from the docks and jetties. There’s fish to be caught if you know where to look and have some luck on your side. It looks like we have a little window of opportunity this weekend, so try to get out there and enjoy it.