El Nino Blesses Sport’s Modern Malibu Birthplace

A push of El Nino warm water and plenty of bait added yellowtail to Malibu's normal halibut and white seabass menu. Here's proof.  YouTube frame capture, Chase Saldana.

A push of El Nino warm water and plenty of bait added yellowtail to Malibu’s normal halibut and white seabass menu. Here’s proof. YouTube frame capture, Chase Saldana.

By Mike Stevens

Unless you live under a rock, you should have heard about the El Niño situation that has resulted in some of the best fishing in decades off the west coast. The phenomenon brings warmer-than-typical water way north, and with it come pelagic species that have no business swimming where they are caught, an offshore season that may last into winter, and all kinds of oceanic and weather-related wackiness.

The tepid water blessed Malibu, kayak fishing’s modern birthplace, with a rare ripper yellowtail bite in late summer and early fall.

The description for this video on Chase Saldana’s YouTube channel pays homage to El Niño. He had a solid day that included a 35-pound halibut and a 22-pound yellowtail. He was fishing off of Malibu, which is on the north end of coastal Los Angeles County, and that area holds a solid halibut population year-round. It isn’t every year that local anglers can double up with a hard-pulling forkie.

This guy is stoked. And as you may have noticed, we like to look for interesting fringe elements in fishing videos, and in this case, we are definitely digging the packed party boat in the background.

Can you hear them grumbling?