Socal Surf Fishing Reports
Just as I was mentally preparing myself to write what I thought would be a post wind, gloom and doom forecast, I happened to check Facebook and saw a post from the San Diego, out of Seaforth Landing, sayin, “Captain Matt and the boys have come out of the gates firing. 70 plus yellowtail out of their first stop. Stay tuned.” Definitely good news to receive on any Thursday morning, but all the better coming the day after some of the strongest wind we’ve had this year. While one spot of cooperative yellows isn’t enough to convince me that conditions didn’t get hammered along other parts of the coast, it’s enough to give me hope that they didn’t. The best news of all is that we’ve got calm winds forecast for the coast and islands this weekend, so there will be plenty of fishing opportunities available.
This week’s Navionics Chart may look a little boring but the lack of coverage due to wind has left me without much current intel and the amount of wind that we had has made me suspect that any yellows or seabass that had been biting north of San Diego probably aren’t anymore due to water temperature drops. So, starting up north and working south, I’d imagine that boats fishing the Channel Islands will be focusing their attention on rockfish this weekend. The same holds true for the boats fishing San Nic, but I would still bring a yellowtail appropriate set up just in case we get lucky and it turns out that the water didn’t roll over too badly. The good news is that the rockfishing at the Channel Islands and San Nic has been great and I couldn’t imagine why it wouldn’t continue to be that way.
San Clemente Island hasn’t been getting much coverage, other than by the Thunderbird out of Newport Landing, but it has been producing good fishing on quality reds. I’m sure the calicos are biting as well, but I don’t think any private boaters have made the run to fish them in the last couple weeks and it seems like a long shot in potentially iffy weather this weekend, so I doubt anyone is going to make the run. There were some yellows and seabass biting at Catalina but I’d bet the rockfishing is going to be much more consistent than the bite on the exotics this weekend.
The calico bass fishing along Palos Verdes was surprisingly good over the weekend. I fished there on Sunday with Jimmy Decker and we managed approximately 30 to 40 fish for the morning. Conditions were surprisingly good for early April and the fish were happy to come up and bite the weedless swimbaits in 60-degree water. I’m sure that their mood has probably changed a bit after this week’s blow but I don’t think it should take too long for conditions to recover, which will be good news for the anglers fishing next weeekend’s SBS tournament.
Finally, as I previously mentioned, the yellowtail are still biting at the Coronado Islands and I’m sure the area will get plenty of coverage over the weekend. While fish are being caught on surface iron and flylined baits, the yo-yo iron is still the best producer so make sure and bring your big jigs like the mint-and-white Tady 4/0 Heavy. There hasn’t been any word from the bluefin zone since the wind started blowing, but if the yellowtail bite is any indicator, they’re likely still biting. Prior to the wind there were fish stretched down the baja coast from skiff range down to 2-day range, but boats are probably going to need to relocate them when they get back out there, so I’d recommend a 1 1/2-day trip or longer if you’re interested in getting out there. If the boats find fish down there this weekend, I’m sure they’ll be putting midweek trips online, so it might pay to wait and see what happens this weekend before booking your trip.
That’s about it for this week. Get out there and catch some fish!