Fishing at Two Harbors is certainly "interesting". I've fished there a couple times at different times of year, spring, early summer, and late summer/fall.
The frontside of the island has hit or miss fishing for whitefish and sheephead off the rocks close to the campsite and the northwestern shore of Isthmus cove. I usually like to fish cut squid or shrimp on a single dropper loop (to avoid snags). You will often find opaleye anglers fishing the rocks near the campsite; they usually have decent luck, but they are using specialized tackle and baits. I've had the most luck fishing here during the spring, while during the early summer it's usually just slow overall, with more bat rays and the occasional soupfin showing up on the sandy bottom closer to the campsite. During the late summer/fall, bottom fishing is at its worst, but pelagics begin showing up, mostly barracuda and bonito, but I've seen a couple yellows. Live bait is hard to come by and keep alive on the rocks, so I usually just fish a jig then.
Cat harbor has a very different environment than the rest of Catalina, and is more reminiscent of mainland harbors, with the same fish, including halibut, all three species of bass (I don't know how the spotties got there but they're there), and croaker, with the occasional barracuda thrown in. On the northwestern shoreline, I like to fish past the floating docks, while on the southeastern shoreline, past the Del Rey Yacht club. There is also very good leopard shark and shovelnose fishing on the southeastern shore before the Del Rey Yacht club, if you're into that. There usually aren't any baitfish, and when they are present, its micro bait, usually tiny anchovies.
To get to any of the spots mentioned there is a lot of walking, to get to the campsite from the ferry landing is a half mile uphill hike, and to get to Cat Harbor its a similar distance. The spots, especially on the frontside, aren't particularly accessible, requiring more hiking through cactus and brush-choked trails with risk of falls. Additionally, the ferry schedule to Two Harbors is significantly limited, the earliest boat leaves 9 am, and the latest leaves at 4 pm, requiring an overnight stay at the campsite, which is the only reasonably priced lodging in the area. Especially during the spring, there are a lot of bugs, both mosquitoes/whatever other small biting flies are around and hordes of angry yellowjackets. Additionally at nighttime, there are these nasty scavenging isopods on the beaches that will literally eat you alive. All in all it's not exactly as hospitable or convenient as Avalon, but it's certainly worth visiting at least once.
At that time I made reservation for rooms that are only available when the staff leaves for the winter break. This time instead of Burger’s dad, it was Mike and Ken.
Ken had never been there before, and has been talking about going there for few years.
I finally decided it was time to do something about it. Thus I reserved three rooms just in case.[/color]
Two Harbors, Santa Catalina trip.
The name Two Harbors refers to the two back to back harbors on the north side of the island.
Isthmus Cove and the Cat. Harbor. The combination of the two is summed up as Two Harbors.
Friday November 2nd, AM.
When I arrived at the San Pedro terminal after picking up some ghost shrimp for myself and the crew, it was 7:00 AM. The boat would leave after 9:00 AM.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful terminal for the Catalina Express.
1-There is a newly built terminal for the Catalina Express at the San Pedro Harbor location.
Lots of lighted trees at night to provide magical scenery.
2-It has been opened for only a month.
3-Inside of the terminal resembles a high class hotel lobby.
5-A first class reception counter.
6-Eventually this will be a well-stocked food stand.
7-There is an inviting watering hole too.
8-They had a full size, operational plane of this model at the airshow, at the Avalon recently.
9-The 1500’ Vincent Thomas Bridge is being repaired.
10-Our version of the Golden Gate Bridge.
12-The Battleship Iowa.
13-Leaving the San Pedro Harbor.
14-A nice contingency of firefighting boats.
15-The crew on the boat.
Our first stop was Avalon, then off to the Two harbors. We purposely chose the longer route so we could see the side of the island.
16-We never see these views of the island when we go to the Mole in Avalon.
18-There was a huge pod of dolphins swimming parallel to the Island.
19-It was very hard to capture them in midair.
20-There was maybe a dozen or so going to the Two Harbors from Avalon.
21-In the bow of the boat there were some bar stool style seats. It provided for a scenic view point of the island.
22-This small island is called the “Bird rock”.
It is in the MLPA zone. Apparently some divers were ticked for taking game there. From an underwater F&G agent!!
23-We are almost there.
This was the second time that I would be fishing this location. Last time the ¼ mile uphill hike to tents was not easy. This time we were in the Plaza (see the past report for more information) and in small rooms next to facilities and showers.
24-The campground where we stayed last time is on the hills.
25-A closer look at the campground. The green tent cabins have six (6) bunk beds in each.
26-This is the area that we did not get a chance to fish last time we were there. It is called a Little Fisherman’s Cove
27-We are approaching the floating dock to moor and get off the boat.
After check-in and a relaxing meal at the only place in town, I headed to a place that was below our camp the last time I was there, but could not fish it.
28-On the way to the Little Fisherman’s Cove, I saw what looked like a flock of quails.
I set up on a rock and used one rod with ghost shrimp on a baitrunner setup. With the second rod I tried various lures, but no one was responding.
29-Looking at the south end of Little Fisherman’s Cove.