The water temperatures warm and new fish appear. Northern Baja and Southern California anglers are already getting a good taste of that as spring is upon us.
Mike Slater from the Gamefisher Ensenada took a busman’s holiday today and headed out towards Todos Santos Island on a friends boat where they encountered schools of voracious, marauding, yellowtail to 30-pounds. “These fish were feeding on the surface,” said Slater. “Blue and white jigs and at least 30-pound test is what you need to stop them.
Around this same area, Sergio Susarey from Sergio’s Sportfishing Center in Ensenada has been reporting good barracuda fishing on 6-8 p0ound gar. “There has been several boats with good catches this past week,” said Susarey. “It’s looking a lot like spring around here.
It has been a great couple of months fishing for yellowtail out of San Diego but today, the ¾ day San Diego had her best day of 2013. Twenty-one anglers had 72 of the hard fighting jacks in furious action. Lots of fish were taken on small heavy jigs called yo-yo iron. Anglers sink the jigs down to the bottom and then retrieve them fast.
San Diego skipper Ryan Bostian recommends nothing less that 40-pound test with 50-pound test best. Bostian also prefers monofilament fishing line to spectra because it gives anglers some cushion when it stretches.
At San Clemente Island, the Freedom had 10 yellowtail to 30-pounds on Sunday followed up with another 8 forks on Wednesday.
In addition, the Freedom located some market squid for bait which bodes well for the future.
Private boaters will be happy to know that a light boat is at the Isthmus at Catalina Island selling live squid tonight. He can be reached on channel 16. “
This is what we have been waiting for,” said El Dorado Captain Tommy Holland who predicted a yellowtail bite on the Phil Friedman Outdoors Radio Show. “Let’s get this party started.
The weather looks great for the weekend and the stars all seem to be colliding. Hope you get out and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend.
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