Is La Jolla really that much better?

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  1. Velo

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    Just started kayak fishing and have gone out at Terra mar a couple of times now. I haven't caught a ton of fish numbers-wise however I did land my biggest calico out there weighing in at just over 4lbs. I would rather catch more fish in a session though and am wondering if it is worth it making my way down south or not. Also, I'm trying to get my first yellowtail and don't know if I will have a better chance of that down in La Jolla.
     
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    You will have legit opportunities for YT and WSB in La Jolla
    BSB also, but you know...
     
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    No you won't. Its really bad - all the kelp is gone - and so are all the fish. Its just sand and rocks now. All the leopards have left as well.
     
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    Yes, there are more YT in LJ, it's true.. I would personally find it more rewarding to learn the N county beaches, you have a nice reef at teramar to focus those fish...
     
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    La Jolla is great until it isn't. Study the right conditions and go from there. There's a reason I fish there 9/10 times.
     
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    Sounds like it will be worth it to go down there then. What depth should I be trolling at? Was thinking like 20 fathoms.
     
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    I definitely still want to master the Terramar reef but seems like it will be worth it to move south for some bigger models.
     
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    Think you have bigger fish in your yard than you think. The more difficult thing up that way would probably be making bait. Master that, and you could be a God among men
     
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    I like the sounds of that! You are right tho I rarely see maks outside. Lots of bigger sardines and anchovies but they never want to bite on a sabiki.
     
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    In some ways (the hydrology of LJ too, don't get me wrong), that is part of what sets LJ apart .. the ease of making live bait. Figure out how it is done up there, and I am pretty sure you will do well
     
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    From what I have heard from locals the fishing up north is generally slower fishing than La Jolla, but with less fishing pressure the fish are generally bigger.
     
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    That's a start. Outside edge of kelp keeps you from getting snagged. Read the water, birds, and your sonar. Becareful not to get too spoiled.
     
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    I know this thread is a bit old but a small, small sabiki will do wonders for you in terms of making bait. I fish north county 90% of the time, and I always get a size 8 or below (usually smaller) when I want to fish live baits
     
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    I've started using a size 12 sabiki and noticed I get a lot more bites with the smaller smelt. Definitely would recommend to anyone to go as small as possible because bigger fish can still eat small hooks and smaller fish can eat them too.
     
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