Yellowtail Bite Disappear Again
For the second full moon in a row, the yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands has gone wide open for a couple days and then shut off completely. This time the fish bit best on Sunday and Monday, petered out on Tuesday and all but disappeared on Wednesday. There haven’t been any updates at the time of this writing on Thursday, but if the fish don’t bite again in the next couple days you may want to schedule your next trip to coincide with the April full moon on tax day.
Prior to the bite shutting down, the 3/4 day boats out of San Diego landings were getting most of their fish on the yo-yo jig, with a few coming on live bait and surface iron. There really isn’t anyway to guess what’s going to happen next at the islands but if you hear about any fish being caught, I’d plan to get down there the next day. If the bite goes wide open the day before your trip, you’re probably not going to catch anything except a crowded boat. It sucks, but hopefully things will straighten out in the next month or two.
In other news, unseasonably warm water temperatures have kick started the bass bite along the coast and at the islands.
The sand bass and calicos are biting from the Santa Monica Bay down to the Mexican border, so pick an area you like and go catch some fish. The best bass fishing is still happening in the dark as John Curry and Sivory Castellanos proved over the weekend. Curry fished sand bass on the local reefs and ended up with catching a bunch of big sand bass. While Sivory fished the breakwall on Saturday night for a slow pick on big fish; including his personal best, an eight pounder.
The rockfish are biting well along the coast and at the islands. Up north, the boats in the Ventura area have been getting a good mix of reds, chuckleheads and a handful of nice lingcod every trip. In the Los Angeles area the best bet for rockfishing is to jump aboard the El Dorado. They are running overnight trips to San Nicholas Island and have been catching limits of big rockfish and lingcod in shallow water.
Private boaters don’t need to make long runs to get it done as Julio Sandoval proved when he caught limits of big reds on his boat out of Long Beach over the weekend. I even made it out before Fred Hall on Sunday morning with Scott Goodwin and Mikey Torbisco, who were out from Florida for the show.
We fished shallow water rockfish in the Long Beach area and got a mix of sheephead, rockfish and big sand bass. During our trip we had several shots at jumbo sheephead (our target species) but sadly none of them made it into the boat.
With more good weather forecast for this weekend, it would be a great time to jump on an overnight trip to one of the Channel Islands to fish rockfish. You can also take a gamble and get on a 3/4-day boat fishing the Coronados, even if the yellows don’t bite you should be able to load up on rockfish.
If you’re a private boater that’s looking for something other than bass and rockfish, it might be worth the trip to San Clemente Island to see if those yellows that bit before the storm are still there.
I’m not sure what I’ll be doing this weekend but I’ll be heading out for an afternoon of local cod fishing tomorrow to get the weekend started. If you’re planning on fishing cod, remember to bring some frozen squid because none of the receivers have any and the Long Beach and San Pedro ones have no bait at all.