The Yellowtail fishing has been great since my last report. San Bruno has been the hot spot for the last several days and its been consistent lately for good sized fish. If you don’t break off, tangle your line up, hook on to someone else’s line, get robbed by a sea lion, anchored in the rocks, broken off or all your bait dies, then the legal limit of of five per person is a sure thing. Boats loaded up today, click on any image to see them all-
There are Cabrilla and Pargo where the Yellowtail are, down deep. They’re also just off the shorelines, in shallow water with large boulders. Click on any of the photos below to view all the photos in this post-
Here is the tactic for getting large Pargo and Cabrilla from the shorelines in shallow water:
slow troll a live bait (mackerel) with two hooks rigged in tandem on 2 meters of leader testing 50 pounds minimum, swivel then and a 2 ounce sliding weight on the main line; set the drag really hard so you can’t pull it out; set the clicker (if you’re a rookie); and don’t put the rod down at all….don’t go for a beer, don’t take photos and don’t talk to your kid if he asks you something and be ready when you get the strike..
You are slow trolling over the rocks in only 50 feet of water or less. The big pargo and cabrilla are swimming at the bottom all around those rocks and when he sees your bait go by, swims up quickly to grab it then heads down into his rock cave with it. This all happens in about a nanosecond and if you snooze you lose. So what you MUST do is set the hook as hard as hell and have the captain haul ass away from the shoreline and into deeper water. It is there. by not giving the fish any slack, where you will land your dinner (fish). Remember captain can only fish and be ready to move the boat. Both the pargo and the cabrilla are of similar size from smallish 8 pounds to upwards of 30 pounds.
Roosterfish are off the marina and can be caught from either a boat, kayak or standing on the breakwall. Roosterfish from 5 – 20 pounds have been caught right there. The bite generally starts after 9:00 a.m. and goes on for over an hour but it will turn on again in the afternoons too.
I don’t have any reports for Sierra this time.
Last week (May 13th) while fishing for Yellowtail at San Bruno we saw a sailfish jumping all around us. The water was clearer than it was today. The yellowtail were not biting last week and they are WFO there now. There are boats looking for Marlin now, and Dorado but we’re still focusing on the Yellowtail now. The glassy seas filled with sargasso indicates that they’ll be in pretty soon.