Bluefin continue to bite for those that travel the distance……rockfishing remains full speed…lobster excellent
Bluefin Continue to bite for those will to make the trip. Sportboats continue to comeback with big numbers, size is not as large but they are there.
Rockfishing continues good and will be closing the end of the month so get you time in and get it done…..
Lobster hooping has been great with the recent weather and rain….Promar nets continue to be the go to ….keep at it!
On a side note with regulations changing the guys fishing Dungeness Crab are adopting the Promar hoop nets and having amazing success!!!
And the Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat, Travel and Outdoors Show continues to grow into So Cals largest outdoors show!!!!!
Bluefin Slow Slightly and Seabass continue to crank……
This past week saw some wind and tough weather. As we pass the full moon the bluefin have slowed down on the backside here after a full speed bite had been the staple.
Good news is that more fish were being caught daytime and many on the troll with the MadMac high speed trolling as well as spreader bars making it easier for the guys without kite experience to still be in the game.
Local sandbass continue to bite pretty good as well. The local calico bass fishing has been nothing short of great along the coast.
Catalina continues to have some decent spots of yellowtail and bonito along with a hit of white seabass mixed in.
Bluefin continue to bite, White seabass make another good showing and the Sand Bass may be returning
The Tuna continue to be the stars of the show. With new techniques like high speed trolling of Nomad Mad Macs taking many of the largest. The school has been moving up and down the line with a large volume moving across into US Waters…..
The seabass continue to bite on the good moon phases and are at almost every island, its just a timing deal with Clemente kicking out some very recently along with Santa Rosa.
The half day boats are starting to see some sand bass bites reminiscent of the good old days. My fingers are crossed to see if this continues to develop.
Also the return of consistent bonito action at Catalina and Clemente is another great sign for the future!
Fishing is firing full speed…..as long as the wind doesn’t blow
Bluefin off Ensenada on up to the US Waters…….mostly a night bite on the jigs but there have been some great daytime shots on the kite and spreader bar. The size mix has been amazing with fish as small as 20lbs and up over 200lbs.
Seabass bite has been hit and miss up in the Channel Islands. If you find the squid you may just find the ghosts you are looking for.
Halibut has been as good as it ever has been this last week. Giving most of the guys a back up plan when things are slower on the grounds.
The 2022 Season Starting Off with a Bang…
So, the fish are showing in good numbers already. The sport boat fleet out of San Diego continues to have great scoreson bluefin from 25-200 pounds. The islands are coming alive with yellowtail, great bass bites, and the white seabass are chewing. We’re hopeful that bonito that showed consistently last year will do it this year as well. The squid havebeen around a bit more than the last couple of years, and that should help the cause.
It’s a great sign to see more of that smaller bluefin mixed in, suggesting a good future for this fishery. Of course, the jumbos are spectacular, but we hope for a long, long life with this new tuna era. As our water cools, we expect more squid and an- chovy to return; that the old So Cal bight will return to what it used to be. To some that sounds terrible, to most of us that grew up on bonito, albacore and barracuda it sounds like paradise.
As we move through spring and into early summer tackle preparation becomes critical. Get out the tackle now before things go crazy and it’s tough to get product. Hit your local tackle store and get hooks, weights, lures, new rod and reel, the things that will be on your list soon but may not be attainable. Make sure any reels that need to be serviced get into the shops quickly. Check your rods for eye damage, or reel seat issues. You do not want to find out there is a drag issue or a cracked eye while fighting the fish of a lifetime this season.
Preventative maintenance with your own vessel is also of utmost importance. If you “wait” for things on your boat or trailer to break, it almost certainly will be at the worst possible time, as in when you’re offshore just short of the area or in the middle of a great bite.
On the other hand, the unforeseen is a reality in a salty world. Boom! The boat won’t start as you try and catch back up to the school. Suddenly, you have to change directions. You’re going to need to be towed in. Did you renew your TowBoat US membership? That’s another consideration here in the early season.
For those of us running boats, now is the time to re- place batteries, check wiring, make some closer (short- er) shakedown trips before you start running full speed offshore. Check, and if needed, replace all your pumps. I normally replace my bait pump every season before we start to get into aserious regimen. If I don’t replace, they tend to break mid-season—virtually every year. As they say, no time better than the present.
Things we don’t use regularly are just the things that should get our close attention now. We should be go- ing through our safety equipment, making sure the flares are up to date, life jackets are in good shape and your EPIRB’s are within date as well. If you have life rafts, check those dates as well. Most of us have ditch bags with hand-held VHF’s, so try them out, get a radio check on all your radios.
If you trailer, do your yearly maintenance today. Check the tires, brakes (and fluids), make sure the bunks are in good shape. Get under there and make sure the bolts are all tight. You don’t want to discover a trailer problem while you’re backing down the ramp, and the radio chatter is on fire.
Get ready because 2022 is going to be another great one!
Bluefin, Seabass, and Yellowtail
The bluefin have been biting really well down outside of Ensenada. These seem to be a different school of larger fish than the first school that was up near San Clemente island.
Channel islands have been kicking out some really good seabass action as well as San Clemente island has had some decent yellowtail fishing on the frontside and around the cove.
221lb Local Cow Caught
On Tuesday (10-22-19) an angler was called in from a buddy on a hot bite.. he set up a drift and hooked up on a nice cow with a 40 minute fight.. after the battle, they brought it into the IGFA scale in Avalon for an official weight of 221#. Impressive.. I’m sure there’s more than just one cow in these local waters!
Good luck and keep sending us those reports!