I personally love rockfishing, but as Capt. John Corzel told me when I rode the Spitfire on Saturday, “If there aren’t yellows, no one wants to come out.” The previous Sunday they managed to mix in a white seabass and halibut with the rockfish which got me excited to check it out. The highlight of our trip was a few legal calicos and a handful of lings and sheephead fishing off Malibu. It was a nice day spent with friends and enjoyable nonetheless.
Outside of rockfishing, the ‘big’ action for the weekend was still yellowfin close to San Diego. All during the week, ¾ day boats like the San Diego and the Dolphin were finding fish at that range. The weekend though was another story. There were still a lot of fish to be found, but it happened at longer range. The Condor, was fishing an overnight trip Saturday night fishing Sunday. Capt. Scott Meisel had a breathless, excited call in to report they had limits of yellowfin onboard (see above), with a single dodo as the cherry on top.
These fish are getting caught on light line and small hooks with anchovies. I’m hearing as light as 12-pound fluoro and size 4 hooks.
Geared down like that, the grade of tuna being caught can be a lot of fun.
It will be interesting to see what happens for this coming weekend. Small craft advisories are expected through Wednesday. Will these fish still be around when the wind is done? TBD. I’ve also got my eye on the outer banks. The Outer Limits and Commander are a couple boats I know of headed that way this coming weekend. I’ve heard reports of fish being out there, but especially this time of year, luck with the weather is the key.
Keep your fingers crossed.