We had a great day of fishing at the Coronado Islands yesterday, Saturday, May 11th. We left Shelter Island at 4:30 AM to try to beat the weekend traffic and after loading up on bait headed to the “middle grounds.” We were the first to get there, and anchored up in 80 feet of water, dropped the sardines and began the waiting game. My clients looked at me a little funny, probably thinking we would be drifting or slow trolling, but I assured them that staying on anchor here was the way to go. After about 45 minutes, three rods went bendo and we were on with a triple hook-up. These ended up being smaller models in the 10 pound range, but it got us going.
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I fished the Coronado Islands on Monday, looking to stay on the fish for upcoming guide trips. I got to…
We had a great group of guys on board the Seasons this past Saturday, April 20th, and pushed our way down to the Coronados for a day of fishing. Slid our way down below south Island to make some frogs, then slid back up to a stock spot at Genoa, that’s been really good to me over the years.
With just a couple of boats fishing the zone, things started coming together nicely, with some good signal of yellow. Dropped back some baits and within a few minutes we got stretched out on our first fish, stuck it with the gaff and got on the board. Then came the colony of private boaters, some setting up so close that I could pass them off a scoop of bait with a brailer. So we reset inside of everyone and get bent again on a nicer grade fish. Again, we had another handful of PB’ers come sit right on us as we’re gaffing the fish. Opted to reset inside of the mess again, came tight on another one and had it come unbuttoned. By then the bite started fizzling, most likely due to pressure.
With the coming of Spring brings the arrival of our annual Spring Coronado Islands Yellowtail bite. About two weeks ago, one of our coastline’s most popular, hard-fighting game fish started to sprinkle into San Diego’s 3/4 day fleet fish counts in the form of 1 to 4 fish a day. Then it happened…a big sport boat hit of 30+ fish officially kicked things into gear.
Immediately after that score the counts from both private and sport boats were semi-littered with California Yellowtail. Those ready and willing to jump right on the hot news were rewarded with great jig fishing on stout-grade Yellows, ranging from 20-30+ lbs. Being that these fish were concentrating on both fin bait and and an influx of live market squid in the area, meant that it was time to break out the heavy gear and yoyo jigs for an all-out artificial bait attack on the migratory members of the Jack family.
The day started with a thick fog as we headed South out of San Diego Bay to the coast of Imperial Beach. Once we got to our destination the breeze seemed to start up lightly out of the East & North as we began fishing some reefs. Once we found where the fish were we began catching about a fish per drift.
After having to cancel Andrews last fishing trip due to rain and wind, we ended up rescheduling it for Saturday February 23rd. This trip was a birthday gift from his girlfriend at the time, whom is now his wife, Angela. Despite some rain and wind during the week, Mother Nature cleaned herself up nicely for our Saturday trip giving us clear blue sky’s and a calm ocean.
We started our morning around 6:30am hoping to buddy boat with our friends, but unfortunately they ended up having engine issues. Once we towed them back in and tried to help get their boat back on the trailer, we got a bit later start than planned. But for Rock codding, this isn’t a big deal since high tide was not until 730am and the Easterly breeze was blowing fairly steady in the morning hours making it harder to drop down deep for the Rockfish.