Rockfish Dominate Counts
Despite having our first real episode of wind in a while, the fishing remained pretty good for most of the coast this week. The forecast is for the weather to come down this weekend everywhere but the northern Channel Islands.
So, let’s take a look at our fishing options.
As I said, the wind blew most of the week in Ventura County and not too many boats made it off the dock. The ones that did were stuck fishing close to home and their results reflected it. Things are looking better for the weekend and most areas should be accessible but it might be windy at Santa Rosa and the west end of Santa Cruz.
If you’re heading out of Ventura or Oxnard, the overnight trips are fishing at Rosa (weather permitting) for shallow water rockfish and ling cod. The all day and 3/4-day trips are fishing Santa Cruz Island and are also getting some good rockfish and ling cod, but they’re fishing in deeper water than the boats fishing Rosa. Half day trips are fishing the coast and are scoring fish as well, but there not the same grade as the fish you’ll catch on a longer trip.
Boats fishing the Santa Monica Bay are also targeting rockfish. All of these fish are coming out of deep water and there’s nothing too exciting going on. You can find this same grade of fish everywhere along the coast right now from Del Rey to San Diego. So if you want to take a half day trip to catch rockfish just jump on your favorite boat or one that’s close to the house. The fishing is going to be pretty much the same regardless of where you go.
The yellowtail are still biting at San Clemente Island, despite some significant wind we had earlier this week. The Commander out of Long Beach Sportfishing and the Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker have been getting good scores lately. These continue to be a mixed grade of fish with the bulk being small and a handful of bigger models being caught each trip. There’s also good rockfishing happening at the island so most trips are going home with full bags.
San Clemente Island has also been producing good bass fishing for private boaters making the run. Captain Benny Florentino of Coastal Charters ran to the island on Sunday with his son Matt. They reported excellent surface iron fishing on fish to eight pounds.
Catalina Island is also kicking out some yellowtail for private boaters and 3/4-day trips fishing the backside of the island. My friend Gerry Maheiu fished the island on Tuesday and went 4 for 7 on the 12-15-pound yellowtail while fishing the yo-yo iron and had good bass fishing along the backside of the island. The Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing fished there on Wednesday’s 3/4-day trip and managed 43 yellowtail, limits of bonito and some good sized calico bass. Captain Aaron Graham reported that the island is fishing like its summer time.
Down south, the yellowtail continue to bite for boats fishing at and below the Coronado Islands. The San Diego out of Seaforth Landing had over 90 fish on Wednesday and the Malihini out of H&M Landing has also been getting good score every day. Boats are reporting fish being caught on yo-yo iron, surface iron and live bait.