SAN DIEGO — This time of the year everyone starts thinking offshore, but lets not forget that the best sand bass fishing around is going on just past the border for ¾-day boats out of San Diego. And then on Sunday the San Diego posted the first yellowtail score in a while.
It’s turning into that classic ¾-day scenario where it’s limits of sand bass in the morning, then over to the Coronado’s for shots at yellowtail. That’s what the San Diego did on Sunday when 9 yellowtail hit the deck to go with the 5-fish limits on the sand bass for 18 anglers. Yes, just 18 anglers on the first Sunday of summer. To go with the sandies and yellowtail were 11 calico bass and 3 barracuda.
It’s been limits, limits, limits on the sand bass for the ¾-day trips, and having a great supply of anchovies has helped not just the sand bass bite, but also the counts on the calico bass in the weeds at both Point Loma and La Jolla. Like on Tuesday on the Fisherman III out of H&M Landing in San Diego. The local run to Point Loma found 131 calico bass, 8 sand bass, 4 barracuda and 16 rockfish. Fisherman’s Landing’s Dolphin has had some nice days on the bass with the anchovies as well, like on Thursday when 102 calico bass, 37 rockfish and 1 barracuda hit the deck.
The twilight runs on the Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfishing have been doing a number on the bass. On Wednesday it was full 10-fish limits on the calicos when 15 anglers scored 150 calico bass to go with 2 barracuda and 11 rockfish. On Friday it was 93 calico bass and 12 rockfish for 23 anglers.
The New Seaforth has been the half-day boat to be on for a shot at a yellowtail, as a few yellows have been getting picked off every week. On Sunday there was a yellow in the count for the afternoon run to go with the standard sample on the bass. On Wednesday afternoon 47 anglers put 79 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 1 barracuda, 2 sheephead and 22 rockfish in the bags.
There’s been off and on signs of yellowtail at La Jolla.