By: Terrence Berg, 976-TUNA.com
The barracuda have pretty much been no shows this past week with only small spots of fish coming up at scattered locations along the coast, but the calico and sand bass are starting to kick into gear as the surface water temps continue to climb. For example, New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing in San Diego was out on a half-day May 23 with 13 anglers, and they landed 46 calicos, 30 rockfish, 2 sculpin, and 1 barracuda. Farther up the coast in Orange and Los Angeles county waters, the calicos and sand bass are biting best in the afternoon — with the waters off Palos Verdes and Point Vincente the top bets (and even a few white seabass are showing). Winds really started to kick up May 23. Those winds are forecast to blow May 25 and through the holiday weekend, which could really hinder all the budding bites along the coast. Local skippers all look for the barracuda bite to break open again as the dark of the moon passes and we move into the full moon June 4.