So me and my bro were on our regular 2 day trip for jun-aug. We saw most of the regulars at the landing and it was time to head off to go fish. It was a rough on the way out and we ended up at Santa Cruz island.
We were I believe the only boat there until the full day boats arrived. We would finish most of the white sea bass & halibut slayage before any other boat anchored. The bite was the same way for both days, all nice and early before the rest of the fleet arrived.
My bro got 3 white sea bass and 2 Halibuts. I got 2 white sea bass and 1 halibut. Less than average in general. The luckiest guy (Jose) got 7 halibut and i think 5 white sea bass. He landed 5 halibut the first day alone..pretty awesome.
I'll let the pictures do rest of the talking.
Early Tues halibut from the ups worker.
Vdiggy landing his best white sea bass of the trip @ 25lbs
Caught 2 spider crabs and a couple other crab...Strange..This one was a fatso
Our Chefs for the trip Andrew and Cynthia
Decent size halibut coming over the rail @ about 30lbs
Last years august JP winner also winning JP on day one with this nice 40+ halibut.
Jose with his palm out and five fingers..why did you do that jose? Oh because I got 5 Halibut! DANG!!
Jose's cool tacklebox. Maybe this is why he got bit so well.
Another regular with a nice flattie near 30lbs. I believe he caught 4 halibut 4 white sea bass.
Crew posing for an epic 1st day.
Jackpot winner - 2 halibut for the day.
Dinner - Ribeye and Mash
Next day we started out fishing for more halibut. Was too busy fishing to take pictures while the fish were being landed. So I'll start with pics of when we spend majority of the day Calico fishing.
Cute halibut that a bait squid grabbed and brought up
Quality calico. We would catch nearly 100 of these.
Biggest female sheephead i've ever seen coming in @ 17lbs. Strangest color too...almost all dull black.
Fishing nice and close to the island
end of day 2 picture taking time
Jose with a Jackpot contender 40lb halibut
Gary getting in the mix
My Jackpot contender @ around 40lb
Almost like last years photo shot. Twin Halibut for the Twins.
Jose trying to tell me his halibut is bigger than mine
Not as good as day 1, but we'll take it. I think it was 15 halibut for day 2 with only a couple of white sea bass. Jose had 7 Halibut for the trip.
2nd Capt Jason with his pb halibut ever @ 35+ lbs.
Jackpot goes to lucky number 13
# 13 would be me coming in @ 42lbs. MY Personal BEST EVER!!
Pac dawn hat on the Mirage , representin!
What an unbelievable trip. The kind you hope for every time you go fishing. Except this time it happened. Would i have loved to catch more fish? Sure. But anytime I catch white sea bass & halibut in one trip, its a major success in my book.
As usual the crew and operation are top notch and both jackpot day wins went to the crew. We're on most of the other 2 dayers this year. Its looking like its gonna be an epic year of fishing.
VIDEO - Halibut Slayage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsQggmu_3Rw