Weekend Fishing Reports
In December, I celebrated 5 years of writing my So Cal Salty blog. It’s hard to believe that writing SCS has gotten me to the point where I get to write for you here on BD Outdoors today. Someone who’s been a huge influence, both in terms of fishing and writing, is Brandon Hayward. Brandon challenged me to monetize what I’ve built. I won’t be starting a charter business like him anytime soon, but some of my buddies have half jokingly said I should start a tip line. Tip line you ask?
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As proof of my tipster prowess, let’s review Friday’s tips vs. the weekend results.
That one worked out…in spades I was encouraged that Capt. Greg Obymako of the Pacific Quest made squid and caught limits mid-week. Friday morning, the Long Beach bait barge had squid available. If you got on this weekend, despite the crowd of boats that descended on Catalina, you had a good opportunity to score. Oby hit it big out of the gate on Saturday morning with angler and crew limits (see above). You had to have your ticket before the weekend to get on that boat, but several other overnight boats scored over the weekend as well. My buddy Dave Bentley (right) was one of the lucky ones. The wsb was my call of the weekend for sure.
That one didn’t pan out as well. I said I was encouraged by Capt. Andy Siratt‘s (Enterprise Sportfishing) report that he found some schools (that didn’t bite for him) in close during the week. They didn’t go off over the weekend. Capt. Aaron Graham of the Native Sun had 2 in his count on Sunday. I guess that’s progress.
I like the outlook this coming weekend with the full moon though. Keep an eye on this one. Call it a push.
The bluefin were mostly a bust this weekend. Still a lot of fish around, but they didn’t want to bite. As the saying goes, lots of show and no go.
It definitely feels like the smaller boats have an advantage if they can get to where the fish are. One of the Salties, Billy Leever, sent in this pic (left) Sunday night. He scored at the 425 on his private boat, southwest of South Island (Coronados). Pretty much the same area that the day and half sportboats have been finding them.
This bite has never reached wide open status and I don’t suspect it ever will. Bluefin are tough. A legit shot is all we can really ask for, and there is a legit opportunity happening now. You just got to go and hope you’re one of the lucky ones. If you don’t like those odds, there are plenty of sushi restaurants who would love your patronage.
So another push? Maybe so. I’ll keep looking for “monetization ideas” 😉 Good luck if you get out there.