by Cory Visser
Thursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
For local fishing in the Santa Monica, Long Beach, Catalina and San Clemente Islands. Through: 12-22-11
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! OK, all you anglers hoping for Rockfish in your stockings, you have one more day before Christmas to fulfill this wish, albeit the wife and family might take issue, if you spend Christmas Eve on the water, better be home early?
If you can't get out tomorrow, and still need to scratch that Rockfish itch after Christmas, hurray down to the dock, as this leaves less than a week through Saturday to catch a few before the season closes. Come January 1st, it will be a two month wait, when fishing in Southern California before Rockfish again becomes legal to take, including Whitefish and Sheephead, and then the season reopens on March, 1st, 2012.
Consequently any angler wishing to wet his line, will have to hone their skills to targeting local Sand and Calico Bass, Sculpin, Perch, Halibut, and perhaps an early bird White Seabass at the Islands or along the coast?
Good news, we made it through the shortest day of the year, and now Father Sun starts to spend a few more minutes longer each day with us, whew, I hate getting home from work in the dark, Spring can't come soon enough? The up and down weather kept many a private boater off the water this week, so the available reports were way down this week?
So back to this week's fishing adventures, at least a few anglers got into the fishing spirit, in between quick sprints to the mall to finish up their Christmas shopping. I still have the wife to take care of; however, my favorite Jeweler has the order ready to pick up on Christmas Eve.
I wanted to fish so bad last weekend, unfortunately the wife of 42 years, informed me a month ago that last weekend was off limits, as we had Christmas parties scheduled for both Friday and Saturday nights, plus a Breakfast Pajama party Saturday morning. Now that shuts it down as tight as it gets? Since I have permission to fish most every Saturday not forewarned that it is off limits, I surrendered. Besides the weekend black out, the weather kept me off the water last Wednesday, my day off, and again this Wednesday, what a downer. Oh well here are a couple of successful trips that I only wish I could have been a part of:
The most exciting report of the month; has the winter run of Yellowtail south of the border begun, I hope so? The Pacific Voyager
ran a 2.5-day trip to Colonet over the weekend and they caught 11 Yellowtail to 28 pounds, mostly on Yo Yo Iron, to go with limits of Rockfish and a bunch of nice Lingcod. Wish they had provided some pictures?
Tuna Head Ron took advantage of an open party 2-day trip on the Indian
with Captain Randal over the weekend. He and 18 other lucky anglers absolutely slammed the Rockfish, Lingcod, Big Reds, and Whitefish at Colonet on the first day and on the Finger Bank the second day. The food was great, the fishing even better, and a lot of fun on the big pond. Here are some pictures:
On the local scene the Halibut continue to put on a good show. Private boater Brett fished Saturday, 12-17-11 out of Dana Point with friend Chris and found the Halibut on the chew, catching two big Halibut, his 39th and 40th of the year on his boat! # 40 was released, Kudos Brett. Some pictures:Twilight fishing:
out of Redondo Sportfishing is still running combo trips, hooping and fishing with 4 anglers catching Sand Bass, Rockfish, Sculpin, Lobster and Rock Crab. The cold nights are keeping most folks at home.In Santa Monica Bay
Most of the boats are targeting Sculpin and Rockfish, with a smattering of Lingcod adding to the fun. Limits of both Sculpin and Rockfish remain the prime task at hand.Newport Beach and Dana Point.
Occasional good counts reported on mixed Bass, when live squid is available, still plentiful, otherwise mostly Sculpin and Rockfish are being caught. Private boaters targeting Halibut have enjoyed success in this area. Long Beach and San Pedro
Private boater Gary and friends remain hot, and had another solid day catching three more Halibut to 15 pounds, on Saturday, 12-17-11 out of Long Beach. Gary scores twice and friend Tuna Bob once:
Japan Ron sent me some photos from his 3/4 day trip on the Victory, Wednesday, 12-21-11:
The Jackpot weigh in:
A pile of Rockfish for their Stockings: The IslandsCatalina/Santa Barbara Island!
Very quiet this week. Rumors of White Seabass off the west end, unconfirmed? Good Rockfishing when the weather co-operates.
The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing is still running successful trips to the Catalina, with great Rockfishing and assorted other species being caught.San Clemente Island!
Both the Toronado and Freedom have been running trips to San Clemente in between San Nicolas trips and most trips have been excellent for Limits of Rockfish, some Lingcod, Whitefish, and Sheephead.Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
The Indian is running full day Rockcod trips to the Finger Bank and Points south of the border. They had limits around on, Wednesday, 12-21-11, with a few big and smaller Reds, some Lingcod, Bocaccio and other assorted Rockfish. Some pictures:
Private boater Mark with his personal best Halibut, going 19 pounds out of San Diego:Weather
The weather forecast for the weekend looks to be breezy for both Saturday and Sunday, however, Monday looks decent, and most folks are off work. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock. Inner Peace
-A friend sent me this final thought to help me successfully complete my Holiday weekend, you might enjoy her advice:
I'm passing this on because it worked for me today. A Dr. on TV said to have inner peace we should always finish things we start & we all could use more calm in our lives. I looked around my house to find things I'd started & hadn't finished, so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiuminun scriptins, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. An telum u luvumMary Quismus