SANTA BARBARA — Santa Barbara’s SEA Landing is the closest landing to San Miguel Island, and it also has the easiest course line to what is usually the toughest Channel Island to get to when there’s weather.
The Apollo is back up at its home away from home until the end of May, and the fishing at Miguel was incredible for skipper JJ Gerritsen and the crew from Berkley on Friday.
“The fishing at Miguel is just incredible,” reported Bob Hoose who had the Berkley chartermaster cap on for the trip. “There’s no bait up there right now, so we used the Gulp! swimming mullets and the big grubs on the reds and lings… we had close to limits on the big reds by 8 a.m., so JJ took us in shallow for the rest of the trip and we fish in 20 to 30 feet for lings and catch-and-release rockfish.”
The Apollo is doing mostly charters Friday to Sunday, but if the seabass get with the program the boat is know to get out 7 days a week with open party trips thrown in the mix.
Jason Diamond’s Stardust has been getting limits every trip on its Friday to Sunday ¾-day trips. Diamond said that a Sunday charter took advantage of the killer weather and Captain Luke Stamatis took the group out for the incredible rockfish action. The 41 anglers ended up with 300 reds, 110 rockfish and 15 lings.
A trip earlier in the week turned up a surprise in the form of a 15.6-pound king salmon for Ric Reed. The salmon was caught on squid at Santa Rosa Island.
On the local front, Diamond said its been half to full limits on the rockfish for the half-day trips that run Monday to Thursday.
SALMON SURPRISE — Ric Reed dropped down a frozen squid at Santa Rosa Island and he ended up getting the surprise of his spring in the form of this 15.6-pound salmon. He was fishing on the Stardust out of SEA Landing when he made the catch.
SEEING REDS — Anglers on the Stardust — like anglers fishing on all the boats from Ventura to Santa Barbara — have been nailing the quality reds this spring. Stardust skipper Jason Diamond says that the small irons have been working great on the rockfish.