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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.