Location: SLO County
|Out there, playing on the rocks and reefs again. I am such a lucky person.
High tide was at 9AM at 4.1ft.
Low tide was at 2:30PM at 0.7ft.
Good tides. Most agree that the best time to fish is two hours before and two hours after high tide. Though, sometimes low tide has some advantages - depending on where youíre fishing. I would be able to fish the high tide cycle, but also I would stay out to fish the lower water.
I got there at daybreak as usual. On the Central Coast, the wind will be usually blowing by 11:00. So, itís important to get out there early if you can. Downside is, itís early and rocks havenít had time to dry off yet. So, slow and steady while climbing out on those wet, kelp covered rocks. You can plan all you want, but you canít make the fish bite. No action at all until 9:00, which was high tide. Right at high tide, the black and yellows started biting. In the next hour, I caught three and missed another one. All fish were caught casting out as far as I could in the same area and using fresh smelt. Casting to the left, casting to the right, no bites. But right in that one spot was were the fish were holding - at least for an hour, anyway, until they moved on.
No more bites until 12:45 at almost low tide. Then, I caught a 15Ē grassie. A lot more difficult to bring in this bigger fish at close to low tide. A lot of the rocks were exposed and no wave help to get him in. But patience won out. Itís hard not to yank - have to wait for the fish and water to help you.
That was it. Had enough fish. The day had been foggy and overcast, but finally turned into a beautiful Spring day.
Black and yellow rockfish arenít big, but they are good. They make perfect fish tacos.
Fish tacos are like meatloaf, everybody makes them different, but they are all good. And last, as always, our favorite - lemon butter caper sauce cooked at the Dutchmans in Morro Bay.
We go there often because I can bait fish before and after lunch and start the cycle all over again.
Iím sure youíve seen this picture before, but coming up from the coast on Highway 46, you get a nice view of Morro Bay, the Rock and the green hills. Couldnít pass it up now before all the hills turn brown - or, as we say, the ďgolden hillsĒ.
"Mrs. Kittyfish, we'll just drive up to one more point, it's just a couple miles further, and look at the rocks. No more, I promise"