The San Diego offshore scene remains very hit-and-miss with some rays of sunshine. Boat passengers worked pods of dolphin for limits of yellowfin tuna this week in the 15-35 lb. class. There has also been more kelp paddie yellowtail as well as some dorado.
Surf fishing remains excellent for barred perch, corbina, some halibut, and more. The key bait has been sand crabs for most species. You’ll see a device in this week's Patch Video Fishing Update that makes catching sand crabs easy. There has also been great fishing from San Clemente to Redondo Beach.
Calico bass fishing remains excellent with the kelp lines off San Clemente, Laguna, Newport, Corona del Mar and Palos Verdes kicking out limits (10 per angler) on most days. There continues to be great fishing for thresher sharks just offshore too.
The sighting of a great white shark on the Dana Pride earlier this week has been followed by more sightings. Passengers on board the Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Whale Watch got quite a surprise on Tuesday when whale watchers not only saw a blue whale mother and calf, but also saw a great white shark. Then on Thursday, a 12-16 foot white shark was seen by the Dana Wharf boat off San Onofre.
Finally, the workers on the offshore oil rigs report that two weeks ago, a 15-18 foot white shark circled the platform for two days off and on looking for sea lions. The rig workers say they know when a shark is around because the sea lions refuse to leave the rig.
The Long Beach breakwall has been providing bass fishermen with copious amounts of calico and sand bass. Twilight trips remain good for sand bass, barracuda and an occasional big halibut up and down the coast.
Palos Verdes and Redondo have been red hot. There has been excellent calico bass fishing along the PV kelp forests, a new area of spawning market squid off Redondo and more barracuda off Marina de Rey.
Lake Laguna Niguel continues to provide good catfish action with fair bass fishing and lots of pan fish from the shoreline for the kids.