Multi day trips are all about options. If the fish aren’t biting in one area, you have time to try out another. Or, perhaps they are biting in two different spots. In that case you can try both. I found a perfect example of this versatility on an early fall (2008) 5-day trip aboard the San Diego based long range sportfishing boat American Angler.
Living in the Phoenix, Arizona area has finally given me my first opportunity to combine both the Flying Weatherman and the Fishing Weatherman into a one-day adventure: San Diego’s Day at the Docks, 2010...
9:00 AM: With reports of fog, low ceilings and reduced visibility in the San Diego area first thing in the morning, I was a bit hesitant to make the Visual Flight Rules (VFR) trip over to the coast.
Having forecast weather in all parts of the country, I've found many areas have a unique weather feature or two worthy of its own name. In Colorado there are Chinook winds. In Seattle everyone has heard about the Puget Sound Convergence Zone. And, in Southern California we have our famous Santa Ana winds.
Like many other areas across the country, fall along the California coast is a transitional season. Instead of cooler days and shades of gold and red on the trees, offshore anglers in Southern California look forward to some of the best weather of the year.
I first heard the term El Niño in the winter of 1982-1983. No, it wasn't from a television news report. Nor was it the topic of a meteorological conference. It was in the pages of a popular Southern California sportfishing magazine.