4/13/2019 Tight Lines
Ted here with Out to Sea,
Been awhile, but the fishing season is open, and the fish are biting, and life is good. Opening of salmon season was reported to be slow, but limits were managed for people that got out there early. Fish were deep for the most part, with the average size in the 25-27” range. With these gusty winds we had this past week, it seems to have gotten the bite heating up. Upwelling has brought a lot of bigger fish to the surface, and fish up to 20lbs are being caught. One of our regulars managed limits topped with a 19.2lb slab early today. Chasebaits and the regular anchovy rigs dragged behind flashers has been the most consistent. Mooching has produced some solid fish, with another one of our regulars pulling in a solid double digit fish as well today.
Halibut have been showing up in the bags lately as well. Local guys out of Monterey are getting them out on their usual haunts during the favorable tides. Drifted squid has been the ticket mostly. Timing is crucial and seems to be the biggest determinate of catch success.
Rockfish and lingcod did get a bit of lockjaw over the week because of the big swell and winds, but this mornings’ weather window did produce for the anglers not afraid to get a little choppy out there. Big vermilion and decent sized lingcod were the highlights, with the usual big blue and olive rockfish mixed in.
Diving has been below average to average, with lower than average visibility being reported at San Carlos beach. Big upwelling events following these gusty winds have produced cold water and will most likely lead to decreased visibility into this next week.
Be sure to stop on by the shop as our hours are back to the fishing season hours. We are open 6:30AM-6:00PM everyday during the week, and 5:30AM-6:30PM on the weekends. We have new stocks of Chasebaits, Coolbaits, Lingcod Jigs, and Madame baits all rigged and ready to be fished this season.
Stay safe out there and tight lines!