Hey Salties, the windy weekend theme of Spring continues. I’m supposed to go Sunday on the Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing. Hopefully I can get in on the white seabass and yellowtail that’s been hot up there. Based on this weekend’s May gray marine forecast though, I’m not holding my breath that I’ll actually get to go.
It was bumpy a lot of this week and the counts reflected it. There were some hopeful signs though. My fortunate colleague, Erik Landesfeind, is in Florida on some fishing press junket so I’ll give you a quick rundown of the week’s highlights.
Up in the 805, it slowed down a bit on the yellows and seabass, though captains are still reporting good signal. I’m sure if the weather can stabilize for a few days, we can get back into full speed action. The full moon was Wednesday this week, and some boats hit it pretty well. The Aloha Spirit (right) had 11 yellows and 3 white seabass on Wednesday.
I’m also hearing about some calico and cuda action inshore at Santa Cruz, so if you go up, rockfish aren’t necessarily the automatic fallback option if the yellows and seabass aren’t in play.
Down the coast, the local island action remained strong. Good doses of yellowtail with the tiniest sprinkle of seabass. My buddy Nick Lam (left) came down from the Bay Area to ride 1.5 on the Ultra Sunday night. Nick proved to Capt. Jacob Moreno that even a No Cal can be a true pangero. He took jackpot with one of only 2 seabass caught for the trip.
For the San Diego boats, the action was slower on the bluefin this week, but limits of paddy yellows were there for the taking. The big news for the week was the “almost cow” caught aboard the Excel this week. They were on a 2 day. The lucky angler pictured (top) managed to score this beast on 60 lb! It taped out to 195.8 lbs. (missed it by that much)! The fish was caught just 46 miles from Point Loma, so it may signal a new batch of fish. Fingers crossed. Lots of anglers that way told me this week that they’re seeing a ton of wind sailors in the water…perhaps a sign of a comeback El Nino later this year?
Maybe more exciting (to me at least) was starting to see some calicos in the half day counts! Water temp is over 60, so definitely keep an eye on how this bite develops. My buddy Capt. Kody Kessell has been running the Dolphin lately and found some biters this week (below). If you haven’t experienced the Point Loma kelp, it can be alternately the most frustrating or most exhilarating local fishing that you can do. If things don’t pan out weather-wise to go offshore this weekend, don’t just give up and go home. Give the halfie a roll.
Wish me luck getting off the dock this weekend. Happy Mom’s day to you mommy salties. Good luck if you get out there!