Island bites for yellows and seabass. Check. Seabass fever along the coast. Check. First tuna of the year. Check. Things get more exotic as saltwater season gains steam
SAN CLEMENTE — Seabass fever for skiff anglers, the first bluefin of the season and the best Coronado Islands’ yellowtail bites of the spring to go with barracuda and bass along the coast created a checklist of hope and stoke to end May and bring in what could looks to be a classic June.
Spring winds did their best to put bites on hold, and they did to the Coronado Island’s yellowtail bite that had limits and over 100 yellows for the San Diego on a ¾-day trip out of Seaforth and the white seabass bite that gave up the first big sportboat limits of the year for the Pursuit and Freedom.
But after the wind blew the seabass bite of the young season for skiffs off Camp Pendleton went off as the light boat Miss Astrid posted up to slang squid and put it out there over the radio that there was squid for sale and biting seabass. Hundreds of boats got in on the bite over the Memorial weekend that had the first score go down on Tim Husband’s skiff Two Timer.
In between there was the first barracuda of the year off Ventura and Malibu to go with over 100 calico bass on a trip on the Sum Fun out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing.
Then there was the first bluefin of the year being caught on the troll by Danny Lynch on the Sea Adventure 80. The estimated 20 pounder the only bluefin caught of the single jig strike at 95 miles.
The season is here and looking saltier than it has the last few Junes. It should be an interesting month.
FIRST HIT — The combination of warm water and plenty of squid for sale by the light boat Miss Astrid made for a deadly combination for a school of seabass that found the bait off Camp Pendleton before the Miss Astrid did. The first guys to get on it were Matt Kimball, Tim Husband and his brother Dwayne. And then came to he masses to calls from the Miss Atrid that there was squid for sale and biting seabass. It was a memorial weekend for skiffs, as many a angler scored personal best on the school that had plenty of 50 to 60-plus-pound seabass in it.
SECOND HIT — After getting the call from Tim Husband that “the one we’ve been waiting the last three seasons is here” WON Saltwater Editor Brandon Hayward, right, ran down to the Camp Pendleton squid zone, scoring a seabass in the high 50s before running back the next day with Options skipper Wes Flesch. Here they show off the two seabass and one of the tackle busting yellows that also found all the bait. The only seabass weighed was Flesch’s, which went 60.3 pounds. PHOTO BY BARRY BRIGHTENBURG, ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE CHARTERS