So where’d we leave this? On Friday, one of my suggestions, under the heading of Budget Big Game, in my Thinking Outside the Box post was to troll for wahoo or marlin on a ¾-day boat out of the Long Beach / San Pedro area. I had heard reports from some of the crews and I knew it was inevitable it was going to pop soon.
It didn’t take long. Freedom Sportfishing out of 22nd Street Landing was returning home from an overnight trip Friday night. They had already called in their count. The trip was over. Only it wasn’t. Just 7.5 miles away from the lighthouse at Cabrillo, while trolling…wahoooo!
Crewmember Shon Roberts hoists the prized catch (above). I love the reaction of the passenger behind him!
The next morning, the Pursuit, ¾-day boat (also out of 22nd Street) was on their way over to Catalina looking for yellows. They dragged a trolling lure and lightning struck again.
I will definitely bring a trolling setup with a marauder type lure on any trip that doesn’t normally troll and deploy it on every move. If you don’t bring one, be ready with a casting jig…a wahoo bomb, Raider jig, Salas 6x or 6x Jr. and have it rigged and ready to throw. If the trolling setup goes off, drop in on the slide, let it go 80-100-feet, then wind back as fast as you can. Or if you are in on a ripper yellowfin bite and it abruptly stops, guess HOO might be around? Throw your jig! You might be next to get your wahoo ticket punched.
San Diego Offshore
The boats going offshore mostly had a rough go of it over the weekend. I was out there. The front that rolled in made it hard to find biting fish. Conditions looked good though. Water temperatures were in the 74-75 degree range. The water was clean and blue. If anything, it was too generically good. There is too much water to cover. The good news is that the temporary bite shut off appears to be only a blip in this wild, wonderful season. Several boats fishing Monday had limits of yellowfin and there is a better, bigger grade of fish on this round.
They’re all over. From the 805, into Santa Monica Bay, at the islands, and on down to San Diego. Right now, yellows, bass and bonito are going to be the staple diet of the local runs. It’s summer in October. I’ve even seen rats getting caught from some of the local piers.
The only thing that is going to slow things down will be the weather, wallets and vacation days. Find a way to get out there. You won’t regret it.