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June 30

Ah, yes … the 4th of July weekend. A time of dreams … of memories … of time off!

I always have looked forward to this particular holiday weekend. As a child, the 4th meant a weekend spent on the family’s runabout in Isthmus Cove at Catalina and cherry bombs exploding in the water under the boat. As I grew older, I began to appreciate the fact that the 4th was always a holiday, no matter what day of the week it fell on. With my birthday being the 3rd, it meant no matter how much I celebrated, I never had to go to work the next day ..

Now, of course, the 4th means the season is here – or damned near so. I tend to get pretty squirrly if the marlin aren’t here by Independance day (although not nearly as nutty as the guy at left!). But even though they’re not here yet, they’re close … very close …

It’s a long weekend (really long, for some of us …), so there’ll be plenty of fishing opportunities. But the weather continues to be … strange … and the wise mariner might take a look at the weather reports before they shove off:

…SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON….TODAY…N TO NW WIND 15 TO 25 KT…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER GUSTS THIS AFTERNOON. COMBINED SEAS 5 TO 7 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG EARLY IN THE MORNING..TONIGHT…NW WIND 20 TO 30 KT…WITH GUSTS TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 9 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 8 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT..SAT…NW WIND 20 TO 30 KT…WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 40 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 9 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 9 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG IN THE MORNING. .SAT NIGHT…NW WIND 20 TO 30 KT…WITH GUSTS TO 40 KT IN THE EVENING. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 9 FT. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. .SUN…NW WIND 15 TO 25 KT…WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS 8 TO 10 FT. AREAS OF FOG IN THE MORNING. .SUN NIGHT…NW WIND 15 TO 25 KT…WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 9 FT. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT..MON…NW WIND 10 TO 20 KT…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER GUSTS. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. NW SWELL 6 TO 8 FT. AREAS OF NIGHT AND MORNING FOG. TUE…NW WIND 15 TO 25 KT. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 9 FT. AREAS OF NIGHT AND MORNING FOG.

So it sounds like the smart move is to BBQ Saturday, Honey-Do Sunday, fish Monday, recover Tuesday! Oh, and file your Trip Report Wednesday … :-)

The aforementioned weather is really messing with my ability to get fish reports. After all, folks need to be on the water in order to have something to report! But this week, like the one before it, the hot and muggy weather we had on the beach meant unstable and stormy weather offshore. We even had one report of boats being chased off the 1010 Trench by thunder and lightning. Not surprising, when you look how it was here at the Home Office. On Tuesday, there was a thunderstorm that soaked Marina del Rey. I could look a couple of miles to the north and see it, but the sun was shining here in Redondo. Go figure!

There are some other things that the 4th means to me. If you are a long-time reader, you know that the Tour de France starts this weekend and that I traditionally cover it here. With the new MarlinBlog, that coverage will move over there where it can be addresses more than twice a week. I’m still working out the kinks of what should go here and what should go there, so if you have an opinion – and I know you do – let me know!

On Tuesday, the PCS Swordfishing Seminar was held. I was unable to attend, but I’ve talked with several people who did who thought there was some pretty good information regarding East Coast methods and West Coast migration patterns. I don’t want to sound like a foghorn, but I’ll repeat what I always say – lots of folks talk about methods that have worked elsewhere that should work here (remember Joe Singer?). But no one ever talks about how to get the swordfish to find the bait before the sharks. I’ve seen some data that talks about the different parts of the water column where swordfish feed versus marlin, but never anything about where they feed versus sharks. Until someone figures out the shark problem, there will never be a rod and reel fishery here like the one in Florida

Between fishing trips and Home Depot runs and barbecues and baseball games, it’s easy to get caught up in all the activities of the weekend. At some point, though, take a moment and remember why it is we get the time off. Two hundred and thirty years ago, a group of men made a decision regarding their future – and that decision reverberates through our lives to this day. There’s no way the Washingtons, Jeffersons and Adamses could imagine the impact their decision, and the actions that followed to make that decision a reality, could have on the world. Yet the dream their decision represents remains a beacon of hope in the world at a time when it really needs one. Be sure to stop and think about what you are doing to help keep that dream alive …

A couple of admin items to close out this report. Since most folks get Monday off and will likely be offshore anyway, our next report will be next Thursday. It should be a doozy, though, as we cover the long weekend’s results and get you ready for the next one. Also, based on the overwhelming preference of the members – or as overwhelming as our small data dample could be – we’ll be restarting the SCMO SST charts. At least in the beginning, they’ll probably run once a week just before the weekend (since that’s when you really need them). If I can automate the process, you’ll see more!

It’s beautiful outside and I have the day off from work, so I’m off to ride the Strand. My advice is that you spend as much of the next four days as you can outside – preferably, on the water!

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