I posted this video the other morning from the trip last weekend.
The video itself doesn’t even have any fish in it, just a few guys totally bent on the bow of the boat during that big hit we had in the morning.
What’s interesting though is you can hear Capt. Gavin Harbour talking on the intercom…
“Drop your jig 250-300-feet, wind up about halfway and drop it back down.”
We had drifted away from the structure, but the school stayed with us. It sounds easy enough to drop your jig down X number of feet, but unless you are fishing that multi-colored braided line or a line counter reel (lol) you don’t really know. You’re just guessing.
Here’s what you can do. When you first drop in and the captain says it’s 200-feet or whatever it is, take a look at your spool when you hit bottom. Note where the line is on your spool at that particular depth.
If it gets good and the school sticks with the boat after you drift away from the reef, you’ll have a better idea of how much line is off the spool. Then as you’re dropping in, when you think you’re ready to stop, give it an extra 3 count before you put it in gear. Better to drop past and wind through the fish than never be in their face.
I was pretty happy with what I brought for the trip. If you missed my article a couple weeks ago on What To Bring To Colonet, it’s worth a read if you’re getting ready to go.
I had a couple observations from the trip that I thought are worth mentioning though. One of my buddies, Nollie Odin Castaneda (right), started his day fishing a Lexa 400 on his yo-yo setup. It was the fast one (8:1 ratio), with a power handle. He figured he’d really be able to burn it and get his jig moving for the yellows. He burned it alright, got bit…
and that yellow kicked his butt!
Not enough power, especially in deep water to efficiently get the fish up and into the boat. Luckily in the morning we didn’t have any sea lions on us. In the afternoon though, they were all over us and stealing fish. You want to limit the time from hook to gaff. He was better when he switched up.
Another buddy was using his Talica 10 2-speed reel. He was on a fish and dropped into low gear (because they were brutes – avg 18-22 pounds with fish to just over 30!). He got his fish, but when he got back in the water he wasn’t getting bit.
He had forgotten to put it back in high gear. I don’t think you really need a two-speed reel for this application. Just put your rod on the rail if you’re having a tough go. But if that’s the reel you have, remember to put it back into high gear after you land your fish.
Jig For Better Rockfishing
On the rock-fishing front, I started out with a standard double dropper using a 16 oz. sinker. It was ok. Then I heard Gavin say something about fishing 3 hooks. I had forgotten you can go an extra hook in Mexico. Rather than re-tie my setup, I just cut off the sinker and fished a heavy jig on the bottom. I used a 12 oz. squid jig from Lingcodjigs.com. I got bit a lot better from that point on, both on the jig and the baited hooks on the dropper loops. Something about that jig and fly presentation seems to trigger a bite.
I checked the Fishermans Landing website and found that the Pacific Queen only had 1 spot each left for the next two trips! If you want to go to Colonet on the hot boat with the hot captain, book ahead now.
All for now. Good luck if you get out there!