SAN DIEGO 一 Fishermen off Southern California saw a series of storms move across Southern California in late December, but the weather cleared up as the New Year approached, allowing anglers to get back on the water and fish over the New Years weekend.
I don’t know of any boat that has tried to catch tuna and swordfish in offshore waters. Prior to the series of recent storms there were a fair number of 20-35 pound bluefin tuna biting at Tanner Bank and there was also a chance of catching a swordfish via the deep drop method when angling. 9 Mile Bank and 178 Spot. .
The water temperature in the bluefin tuna and swordfish producing areas has been affected by the recent series of storms and the drop in temperature may well have been enough to cause the fish to bend and head for warmer waters. during the winter months. Prior to the recent series of storms, the water temperature at Tanner Bank was 61.5 degrees and dropped to 58.5 degrees.
It’s a similar story at 9 Mile Bank and 178 Spot with 61.5 degree water before the storms dipped to 59.5 degrees. Maybe someone will try Tanner Bank, 9 Mile Bank and 178 Spot to see if there’s still bluefin tuna or swordfish around. Even with 58.5 and 59.5 degree water, it wouldn’t surprise me much if there were still bluefin tuna to fish at Tanner Bank and swordfish at 9 Mile Bank and 178 Spot.
There have been no recent reports of surface fishing around Los Coronado Islands with few to no boats attempting it. Some boats fished a variety of groundfish species in the hard bottom areas to the north and northwest of the North Island and caught a good mix of redfish, salmon groupers and assorted rockfish.
New Seaforth of Seaforth Sportfishing has begun operating extended half-day trips to fish for redfish in Mexican waters during the annual two-month redfish and groundfish closure in US federal and state of California waters , which came into force on January 1. count on New Seaforth reflected a great trip with 29 anglers catching their limits of 290 rockfish. Productive areas have been found in a wide variety of depths ranging from 30 to 130 fathoms and more with Seaforth Sportfishing suggesting that anglers include deep water capable gear that is capable of fishing at depths of 800ft (133+ fathoms) in the gear they bring.
Anglers should keep in mind that the annual two-month closure for rockfish and groundfish came into effect on January 1. The closure will continue until Feb. 28, and during the two-month closure period, anglers will have to travel to Mexican waters if they want to fish for the various species of rockfish or groundfish affected by the closure. During the closure time, captains fishing in U.S. waters will focus on species not covered by the closure, such as calico bass, sand bass, sculpin, halibut, yellowtail flounder and white bar. Another reminder is to make sure you get your 2022 California fishing license before venturing out to fish in US and California waters.
Much of the fishing along the San Diego County coast during the cold water months targets calico bass, sand bass, and sculpin, which is most often done on hard bottoms and points of structure. The Imperial Beach Pipeline was a good spot over New Years weekend and produced a good mix of sand bass, calico bass, sculpin and perch. Other productive hard bottom and structure spots that produced a mixed bag of fish are the hard bottom southeast of Whistler Buoy at Point Loma, the hard bottom northwest of Buoy No. 3 at Point Loma, Lighthouse Ridge off Point Loma Lighthouse, Hard Bottom Jetty Kelp off Mission Bay, Hard Bottom Variety Kelp off Pacific Beach, Anderson and Buccaneer Pipelines, Reefs man-made outside of Oceanside Harbor and Box Canyon.
There has been recent yellowtail and white bass activity outside of Pacific Beach and La Jolla. There were occasional signs of yellowtail flounder outside the upper end of La Jolla in 18-30 fathoms and there were also a few signs of yellowtail and white bass activity in 18 at 30 fathoms in the hard bottom area off Pacific Beach which is located below the MLPA closure area.
Yellowtail flounder clues are inconsistent, but if you’re in the right place at the right time on the right day, there’s a chance you’ll see a flounder snap or measure a flounder below the surface and shoot a beautiful fish. cut. For example, yellowtail flounder spawns were rare over New Years weekend, but the fish are showing better today as this report is in the works with several nice sized yellowtails and a nice size white bass caught by private boaters who fished off the Pacific. Beach and upper end of La Jolla.
Another nice-sized white bass was recently caught by a private boater off Pacific Beach. The private boater reported that the white bass was drifting and fishing for meter marks of yellowtail when he was lucky enough to be bitten by a white bass.
Yellowtail’s best luck was being able to sink surface iron to crack the fish before it sounded. Also productive was dropping the yo-yo iron at the meter marks. Live mackerel and sardines have also produced occasional yellowtail stings when fished or fished on a dropper loop rig. A recent report from a skipper drifting and fishing for bass and sculpin on hard bottom off Pacific Beach was that they hooked a dab on live fly bait which was fished by a rod placed in the door -cane.
There is not much to report on recent halibut activity. Areas where there has been occasional halibut activity over the past few weeks that you may want to try are Imperial Beach, the sandy bottom next to the Yukon wreck structure off Mission Beach, the structure from the sunken NEL Tower off Mission Beach, South Ponto Beach, the sandy bottom next to the Buccaneer Pipeline and the sandy bottom next to the artificial reefs off Oceanside.
The 2022 fishing season is here and there is already enough fun to fish! Let’s hope the 2022 fishing season turns out to be good! I hope you can get out on the water and enjoy the fishing fun that January has to offer! Carefully monitor the marine weather and choose the days of good weather to do your fishing. Keep fishing and I hope to see you on the water soon!
Bob Vanian is the voice, writer and researcher for the San Diego-based internet fish reporting service called 976-Bite, which can be found at www.976bite.com. Vanian also offers anglers a personal fishing report service by phone at (619) 226-8218. It always welcomes your fishing reports at this same phone number or at [email protected].