Looks like our long stand of nice flat ocean conditions might be coming to a close for a few days..Wind and swell is expected starting Monday. I did get out this morning for a few hours around Seaside,Ca. Seaside is just south of Monterey. My intention was to fly fish and look for White Sea Bass but again, I blanked on the ghosts and the wind just wasn't going to let me fish flies around the kelp so I went off shore a ways and fish the 60-80' mark.
Swell and wind sure made me feel alive in a 14 foot skiff! I also had an encounter with a Grey whale calf that hung out below the boat for about 10 min. You can sort of see the whitish glare in the center of the water photo. He/she was about 18 foot long and was really curious. I actually had eye contact with that creature when it surfaced to blow which is a pretty cool deal. Mom kept her distance and waited. I tried but couldn't get a good shot of either one with the wind and swell. It's not a good idea to take your eyes off of incoming swell for any length of time in a small boat but I stopped fishing and watched the youngster for as long as I could.
Fishing was so so. There are literally millions of jelly fish invading Monterey Bay in the upper water column right now. Although I have never heard of it actually happening to someone, I always worry about them clogging my outboard so I kept moving trying to find jelly free water. First two reefs I fished seemed bare of fish but I ended up finding a little deeper area with hard bottom and there were some beautiful FAT reds and few keeper Lingcod there. I had good fishing in this one area for about an hour and then ran back to the barn. I didn't keep any but those Vermillions are one of my favorite for the table!