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May-14-2012, 10:14 AM #1Captain
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No WSB or Yellows but a 22 lb Sheephead bit
Went out Friday with Jeff from "Ready to Assemble" and Wayne and fished Santa Barbara Island in hopes of grabbing some WSB or Yellows and avoiding the Catalina Crowds. Water was 59 degrees and it was relatively smooth over there. Not much was happening at the break of dawn but Jeff hooked up on a 200 + shark. Can someone ID? None of us had any idea what it was.
The bite was wide open for Sheephead after sun up and I managed to catch a 22 lb sheephead (28 inches). We managed to come out with limits. Shallow water rockfishing was also good. We headed to the west end of Cat around 1pm but it was wide open Macks (Pacific and Spanish).
May-14-2012, 10:21 AM #2
Very nice Jeff and crew. I love catching big goats.
It's hard to id that shark from the pick, but I would guess maybe a 7 gill. I have a friend that caught a 200+ pounder from the surf in Santa Monica a couple years back. Very fat shark.
May-14-2012, 10:23 AM #3
I thought it was a Thresher at first..
May-14-2012, 10:25 AM #4
Looks like one of those multi gill sharks. Nice goats
This thread should get interesting..........
May-14-2012, 10:37 AM #5
22 lbs???? that thing must have been fat. congrats
May-14-2012, 10:39 AM #6
Great report but 22lbs is crazy, that fish is more like 7lbs at the most.
May-14-2012, 10:42 AM #7
May-14-2012, 10:49 AM #8
Leo, those Sheepshead were some of the biggest I've seen outside of an aquarium. Usually someone would manage one supersized and a bunch of smaller ones but these were all larger than the average bear and aggressive on the drop, almost no waiting for a hook up.
I told Jeff 3 times that the shark was a Seven Gill, but Jeff disagreed. I think he was too tired from fighting the thing for a hour to make the right call. I'm going to see him in a few to retrieve my forgotten cooler, I'll tell him the consensus makes it a Seven Gill.
Good fishing with you Leo.
May-14-2012, 10:55 AM #9
Some nice Ceviche there! But 22lbs? 18lbs max!!!
May-14-2012, 10:55 AM #10
Your scale is broken, decent Sheephead regardless. Congrats on your trip.
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