For the last several weeks now you may have noticed a little pattern…with my articles and with the fishing conditions. I write about the big wins of the week, then tell you to temper your expectations for the weekend because the conditions don’t support a lot of optimism.
Well get ready, We finally have a break in that pattern!
805 Seabass Update
Last Sunday morning I made the drive up to Ventura to ride the Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing. Capt. Jeff Bunde was at the helm. My intel told me that there might be a small window of opportunity early before the wind crashed the party. My hopes weren’t high for the day, but I figured if I brought home some nice rockfish, it’d tide me over ’til this coming weekend. Chatting with landing owner, Greg Ewart, before our departure, he told me that the whole week would be characterized by this pattern of maybe a small morning window, then sh*tbox rest of the day. My expectations were further tempered upon learning we only had fresh dead frozen squid. The crew wasn’t able to go out the previous day to make bait.
As we headed toward the East End of Anacapa, word spread from the 4am boats that the bite was on. Capt. Jeff said to get ready, and I grabbed my high dropper setup in anticipation of our arrival on the fishing grounds. First drift I got bit, but it didn’t stick. Second drift…that time it stuck and I converted the opportunity (see top). Did it again. Another angler got bit by what we thought was a yellowtail, but didn’t convert.
That was it before the bite shut down. One gamefish for the boat. Jeff shared with me that the fish were stacked on his up/down (right). They just didn’t want to go. Same thing for the other boats Sunday and through the rest of this week. With things straightening out today and improving over the weekend, I like the prospects for that bite turning back on.
The Local Islands
Similar story. Really lousy conditions through the week. Trips getting cut short or cancelled. Despite those issues fish got caught in the small windows of opportunity.
Yesterday, Capt. TJ Schlick of Eldorado Sportfishing saw things turn around and got on 36 yellowtail (left), plus some bass and bottomfish for 17 anglers on an overnight trip to San Clemente.
Again, things will only improve on the water in this zone over the weekend, so you might want to book it now before today’s counts are tallied.
San Diego Offshore
Chopped up over the week. Hard to find kelps. Not even the paddy yellows really happened over the week, but things started to pick back up yesterday. The San Diego found a few bluefin (below) and the yellows got back on the chew.
You do not want to be on the sidelines this weekend. It’s not too late. Book your trip now and make the most of it.
Good luck WHEN you get out there!