Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ever since the Fred Hall Show it seems like surf fishing has been more than a bit slow. We've had some good reports of big slab perch being taken from Orange County up into Santa Barbara but it still has a way to go before it really gets going.

The good news is that there are a lot of perch in the palm size range and that the conditions have improved this week. A few warmer days and smaller surf has let the turbidity begin to settle out at the local beaches. Look for some improving tides throughout the week that may offer some good opportunities in the evening for a great surf bite.

So while I'm waiting for all heck to break loose at the beach I took some time off to do a bit of offshore fishing.

I was invited by friends to take a day off from surf fishing and head over to Catalina for a shot at some early Spring bass fishing.

Thanks to Mike on the Ocean Challange we had some great fishing and very comfortable accomodations. We toasted the evening with 15 year old scotch and filled our bellies with steak, chicken and fish. We woke up to calm conditions on Friday morning and headed down island from two harbors toward the squid grounds.

The wind was dead calm as was the current. Pulled into a nice area of cream aqua water and set the hook. Over the next two hours: 10:30am -12:30 the bite was outstanding on wsb, calico, sandbass, white croaker, yellowfin croaker, halibut, leopard shark, bat ray, shovelnose guitar fish, a small black seabass, blue perch, sheeps head and even a morey eel!!

We picked some lively squid up from the Carnage and fished a sliding sinker on 25lb mono.

Most fish were very shallow. With the biggest WSB hooked in about 10 feet of water.

Yesterday may the the last day of the year with only 4 or 5 boats fishing the island.

Seas were flat calm glassy on our way back past Avalon.

Today it's time for me to get on back down to the beach for some slab fishing and only dream about the next time I'm back over to the island.

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