The fishing week started out pretty slow at Santa Rosalia due to more winds and rough water, water temperature 58-60 degrees.
Thursday was the first day that we were able to go out and fish. Bait continues to be plentiful in the cliffs area north of the cove. Spanish Mackerel are readily available even though they are at approximately 300 feet so it is a lot of work to make bait in the mornings.
Yellowtail continue to be active in the bajos but the bite has been really slow in comparison to the days when the tides are good.
Several boats got skunked while the others managed to fish hard for 2-3 fish.
Saturday was a really smooth day and we saw large numbers of yellowtail all over the surface. They were not interested in live bait or trolled lures since they were feeding on small squid, but it was really exciting to watch 20 to 30 pound fish chasing the squid to the surface. I would guarantee that any fisherman would have his heart racing to see these fish exploding all around them and literally coming out of the water in pursuit of small squid. The only problem was that they were very particular about what they ate and ignored lures and jigs even though they were put right in front of their noses.
Inshore fishing continues to be very good with reported catches of larger spotted bay bass, Gold Spotted Bass, and leopard grouper (Cabrilla). John Bogert from Orofino, Idaho, finished off his season with a reported 899 total fish caught for the year. Congratulations on a great year to John. The bay bass have been running much larger than normal so a good dinner is readily available with only a fish or two.