Location: SLO County
|High tide was at 3:30 AM at 4.8ft
Low tide was at 10:00 AM at 1.7ft
I started fishing at sunrise, about half-tide. I haven’t been fishing for awhile because the water has been just too rough. Too rough means not safe! Finally, there was a day with half-decent water, 6-8ft in the morning and 5-7ft in the afternoon. I usually try to avoid surf even this big, but when you’re getting desperate, it was worth a try.
The first spot I fished, you can only catch fish at low tide. Ask the fish, not me, why they are there only at low tide. When the tide comes it, you can’t get out far enough to get to the fish. I fished there until low tide and only had one bite. But it was a nice 18” cab caught on a frozen smelt chunk.
I hooked lots of things - kelp, rocks, seaweed - but only one fish.
So off to spot #2. This is usually a high tide spot, but it was low tide, but the spot is a little more protected from the waves. This is a long rocky beach where you can cast and move, cast and move, but when it is covered with bull kelp, it is a little more difficult.
There were a couple of spots where the kelp was up to my knees. I felt like a totem pole, trying not to slip and slide on the dead kelp. But along this stretch, I was able to catch two rockfish. The first was a 13 1/2” grass rockfish caught on fresh smelt.
The final bite of the day was a handsome 15” grass rockfish.
You’re not going to catch your dinner staying home waiting for ideal conditions. Sometimes you have to get out there and rough it. And Mrs. Kittyfish can manage a day without me.
The cab became Mexican fish and (no) chips. Fisherman comfort food. I would like to say that this was my cooking, but the professional prepared it at our local Mexican restaurant.
Roughin’ it on the Central Coast in January.
"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"