My pleasure brother and I wish you good weather and fishing on your trip. As some of the other guys have said, get there early and find a good bunk. I was on the port side and hear the bow. Highly discourage where I chose. Next time I will try on the starboard side. Pretty sure the crew...
Just got back home from fishing an overnight we on The Mirage. Was hoping for WSB and maybe a halibut but that was not to be. Caught some good whitefish and some really good reds and rockfish. Nothing amazing but some good 3 to 6 pounders.
This was my first trip out with them after having...
What up guys?!!!!
Tom, thanks for the report and good on ya for hooking ur boy up. I am actually doing the same thing on The Mirage this weekend leaving Saturday and fishing Sunday, really hoping for the squid to float and the Cbass to come out and play.
I saw that you guys fished up to 300...
Good on ya buddy. I had the camper and the family set at Bolsa Chica yesterday. I have never seen sooo many damn cargo ships stacked up out there. If we get some warm weather and these ships remain it could get interesting fishing around the ships.
Just shore fishing but have access to kayak and paddle board if it’s worth it, freshwater or saltwater, wherever the bite is.
if there was a bite anywhere where a guide would be useful I could go that route as well. Just kinda seeing what my options are.
thanks for the heads up...
If ur gonna go the distance and spend the time and fuel leave the canned crap at home and for ur house cat.
Buy some salmon heads at an Asian market or some bait at the bait barge to stuff in the cages. Also get to Cat early and try to make bait there to supplement what you brought.
Hello all and wishing you a happy new year to come.
My family and extended family will be meeting in Destin, Florida the first week of June, COVID permitting. While there for approximately a full week I interested in getting into some fish whether from the shore, kayak, or charter boat either...
Pretty sure I’m not at Avalon.
And yes, there are skiff rentals here.
well.... at least they list it among their rental options at the shop when you get off the express with the kayak and snorkel rentals.
Anybody have any knowledge of fishing 2 harbors this time of year?
on a getaway with the wifey and she is happy to sleep in since the kiddos are with my outlaws and I am ready to go before the sun comes up.
The kayak/boat rental guy doesn’t start u til 0900 and he seems less than enthused to...
I had one good night this year but all else have been pretty slow. Hoping we get some good rain in the near future to stir the water up a bit.
I know a couple of guys that are hitting some deep water spots just outta LBC and doing pretty well.
BTW, your lobster gear and set up look legit.
Tried posting an on the water report but for some reason BD wouldn’t let me last night.
Had all the hoops in an hour before sundown and was home by 11. It was a washing machine when I first set up and got swamped by a few boats that throttled up well before they left the harbor but I had a...
The DFW guys said they were just gonna take pics of them with the gauge and then throw them all back in the water. Would be cool to see em all swim away.
I am bringing my fins and mask next time we go out for sure, looked like a blast to be in the water.
I went back out after I put my fishing...
The family and I went camping at Crystal Cove Moro Campground this weekend. Got there late Friday afternoon and left Sunday morning.
I have driven through there numerous times but it was my first time getting out there. The place is soo friggen beautiful and we had a great trip...
The pros about the boat are that they are the first to leave and are always baited you before customers step foot on the boat, which also saves time.
The downside is they run that boat as slow as a snail to get across no matter the conditions.
Would love to go there but would not look forward to getting mugged and shot as I walked either 2 blocks north or south of 6th street and that’s even if I make it down pacific, gadget or beacon without a crazy shitting on my car.
Some really good people in Pedro but Trader Joe has made the...
I’m honestly not sure. I have a good and stable job along with savings and have taken advantage of the low interest rates in order to refi but things are just off right now and I feel being cash heavy is the smart and safe move at the moment.
Couple that with this Covid shit and wearing a face...
What’s up guys and gals?
I’m up here in Big Bear for the weekend with my family and it’s looking like I may be able to sneak out in the early am for some fishing. Brought my pole and some GULP but really wasn’t expecting to get out, however, it looks like I may get a small window tomorrow and...
of course it works.....
Also try your varieties of essential oils that will cure anything from cancer to depression depending on the smell and don’t forget about good ole snake oil, which can cure cancer, the gout and hysteria in women folk.
if those don’t work for some crazy reason go to the...
I recently got off an 8 hour OT shift that I had to (and got to) work today. Finally sitting in my back yard with my dogs, wife and kiddos and just heard Israel’s version of Somewhere over the rainbow followed by Louis Armstrong singing “What a wonderful world” while enjoying this beautiful...
Like many of you I have had some free time to think, read and jack around a bit lately and have been trying to think days, weeks and months ahead to best position myself and my family for the long haul.
While working, thinking, day dreaming and waiting for the next BD post I can read to take my...
I understand your frustration but the supermarkets are still full and I would be willing to bet most will spend more on gas, bait, tackle and supplies than they would spend at the store to get the same amount of food.
it’s been a couple weeks dude. Maybe if the supply chains shut down and this...
Worked on a 1/2 day and 3/4 day boat for a while and filleted thousands and was hit multiple times and had no reaction at all other than the initial poke. Years later I got hit by one on my ring finger and luckily got my ring off in time before my whole hand blew up.
Lip em, cut the spines...
I am thankful for my wife and 3 littles and a crazy puppy dog(miss my recently lost one), friends and the job that I have.
I am thankful for the water, the rain and the sun that we are accustom to.
I am thankful to be in this country where we can voice our opinions, even if I don’t agree on...
What an awesome offer. Unbelievably kind of you sir. I am currently in the car with the fam, heading down to spend the day with my outlaws down in Canyon Lake.
Very cool of you brother, thank you again for reaching out.
Sorry guys, phone died while listening to Eric Church on Pandora last night. Very slow night for me and one other boat out there. Hooped the oil islands shallow and as deep as we could around there. Salmon heads, bones and Mack for bait. Looks like I will be settling for turkey today.
I’m gonna take Captain Dave’s advice and get out hooping the oil islands Wednesday and/or Thursday on my kayak when the rain is predicted to come. Try to get some bugs for turkey day. Any advice from the captain would be more than appreciated.
Anyone wanna join me or have room on their sled...
I stopped going this season.
I love fishing and we have a dual income house but I seriously can’t afford this shit anymore. More to my 401k and kids college funds.
I lived in the industry for a number of years but it just doesn’t make sense anymore.
When fishing turns and things get tough...
There are plenty of resident SD boats there that are not getting out and doing that run. I find it hard to believe they are doing the distance with whole new contracts for this run.
There are much easier and cost efficient runs hitting g the islands up north for wsb than doing...
I grew up in Kentucky and understand every single bit of it brother.
You are my new best friend bud.
A day on the water, catching fish on your own sled and with your puppers then sharing it with your loved ones. Sounds perfect.
Be safe out there and have a great season. I have a feeling you...
G-Dub, no offense bud but you need to settle down. The reason people are giving you a hard time is because saying Chaffee is a secret spot is like saying Catalina island is a secret spot, with the exception that you need a boat to hit up Catalina.
You are giving some...
There is a PM section where you guys can get in contact with each other.
Life is hard enough as it is. Take a deep breath and a drink of whatever is in hand and let this thread die for a couple years until someone for whatever reason brings it up 3 years later to add a dumb ass comment.
That is a crazy frustrating situation where the bluefin stay just out of reach for 1/2 an hour or more. Been there done that.
Just when you think you are gaining on them they do that strong, slow pull back to their comfort zone.
Thanks to each and every one of you for the kind words.
Hoping to get out again this season, as I believe in Hardcor’s Tuna Science and would love to get into some good offshore action this year.
Stay safe and good luck to all.
Sounds about right, I would do the same.
Even tough we all know only one or two are really gonna get used.
The real question is.....
Do you bring the whole 40 pound tackle box or only a couple bags of hooks, a couple weights and the only 2 jigs You know You will actually Fish with?
Thank you all very much.
Just glad I could share.
I log on a good amount when I can’t get out and it makes e feel connected, if only for a little while.
Please keep the reports coming. Even if it wasn’t the best of trips. Every one brings this community together.
sorry for the late post but I finally found a little time.
Havent been out for over a year and I think the last time it had been over a year as well. Work and home with the kids (4,2 and 10 months) have kept me busy and I always feel guilty leaving them when I have the time to spend with them...
Captain Donnie Brockman
Has his hands in almost every aspect of the fishing business and has helped revolutionized the fishing industry in Southern California.
I know there are those that aren’t big fans but looking back on my time working for him and those that have workied for him. They are...
hello anglers and anglerettes!!!!
I am asking for some advice if ya can help me.
I have an amazing 3 year old little girl that is CRAZY excited to go fishing. We bought a set up at BPS that has a zebco type reel and light up princess rod with some cut out fish molds and fish all over the...
I was always taught wen I use to fish for tarpon in southern Florida that you fisht it normally while in the water and when it starts to come to the surface for a jump get prepared and point ur rod down towards the water when it jumps. It helps keep pressure and angle on the fish.
what would you do at a restaurant?....
Would you tip the guy that grew the lettuce?
Would you tip the guy that cut the fish?
Would you tip the guy that cooked the fish?
Wait until the end of the trip and you have one tab and tip accordingly. 10/15/20 percent is up to you
I feel everyone's pain on this issue and have had a day ruined by these guys, but...
There are soooo many types of seafood that I LOVE and do not have access to here. If it weren't for the commercial guys we would miss out on a world of food.
You get what you pay for
Freelance was a good operation many years ago.
It you are looking for a better operation and want to stay in Newport then walk down to Newport Landing and go on the Patriot or as the guy above post the Thunderbird ivernighter is great when Jeff is captaining the sled...
How is there even an argument on this thread?!!!
OP got screwed out of money, out of time and out of being on the water with friends.
Good luck to the OP, thanks for the heads up to myself and others and you deserve a LOT more than your deposit back.
Great question with a whole lot of what ifs.
1)What should be size limit of the fish be to determine if the meat should be split?
2) what if there are 10 people on the boat or if there are 50 people on the boat?
3) what percentage of meat comes off a certain size fish?
4) what if someone...
Shit happens, been there with other boats.
They won't do cash back in order to lock in recurring business. Makes sense.
Don't psych yourself out about a trip before it happens. Go again and have a blast.
Dude was just posting about his personal experience. It sounds like a shitty one. The thing about being in a customer service business is you need to be first class to everyone even when you don't feel like it.
I don't see a problem with a guy posting his experience here and telling someone...
I feel ya on not hitting their overcrowded boats. I believe there were 28 anglers which meant you had to work/turn your fish but it wasn't too bad.
I really like the boat. It's no frills and has a tiny galley and standard bunk room but sits low to the water and they got the fish outta the...
Sorry for the late report guys. I always appreciate you guys that do on the water reports and the ones loaded with Intel. I always began the day saying I'm gonna do one of those amazing posts like Corey and a few other people on here, but I end up getting a mile or two off the coast and all...
Have availability many Friday, Saturday and sundays as well as around one Monday a month.
Outta Long Beach.
36 years old, hard working and easy going.
Enjoy a beer or 2 and don't smoke but don't mind it.
Who does more "damage" to the fishery?
The guy that goes on 2 trips a year and catches his limit of 5 rat yellows each trip
The guy that goes every week and kills 30+ breeders a year?
Not sticking up for anybody, honestly, just asking the question.
He kept what is legal
If you don't like it, change the law.
Would I keep them, probably not.
But why get mad at a guy for keeping what is legal when he is feeding himself, friends and family?
There are plenty of guys on this site that keep waaaaayyyyy more than a family could possibly eat in...
Please keep it between you and me, I heard of a fairly good one called Local Knowledge.
I hear ya bud, I miss watching good fishing shows. Not many people like Jose Wejebe (sp) around anymore. Only infomercials.
Cost of living is low sir
Both cars paid off. A 2007 Pontiac paid in cash at the dealership in for me in 2006 and a 10 year old Yukon for the wife paid in cash for her to carry the kids around. My car gets less than 5k miles a year due to me having a work car.
3 bedroom/2 bath in Long Beach...
I don't contribute as much to this site as I would like because I really don't get out very much anymore. I work a good amount and have a couple rug rats running around keeping me busy when I'm not on the job.
I just left the show with my oldest daughter and looked at all of the latest and...
I'll admit it. I was wrong. I worked with them for a little while and put my trust in them.
Glad no one was hurt.
3 successful boats (2 fishing and 1 whale watching). Would love to hear the story of why.
I hear ya bud
If u guys get a chance, jump on with duck butter. Great, well maintained boat and a cool dude.
I've been a boat hoe on a few boats the past few years and this was by far the best one and he is a cool, chill dude.
I think Azkaron makes a pretty damn good point. I could care less about the crab as far as taking them home but really haven't had to worry about them the past few years.
There has been a huge drop in crab by catch in my hoops and areas that had previously been high yield areas.
I'm not sure about his capacity however....
I worked for a fishing boat a number of years ago that also would do whale watching. We were allowed to carry 15 more people whale watching than we were fishing.
Not sure why but those were the rules.
While I will never ride the Aggressor or the Grouponlance outta Newport/Daveys ever again. They do have some really good boats/captains/deckhands down there that really love the water and what they are doing.
Try Mikey and crew on the western pride, John and crew on the Patriot as well as the...
From all that's been said it sounds like this boat is just not a tuna boat. I've heard they are amazing at the islands but just shite offshore.
Everyone has their specialty, offshore is just not theirs.
Things to consider before going out.
I have wanted to fish The San Diego for a while now. Have always heard Amazing things about them and don't think I've ever seen a bad post on them.
It also seems to have better counts than most of the overnight boats or even 2 day boats lately.
I say do it and go grab some kick ass food and...
Never go during the opener. It will make you never wanna go again. Bunch of assclowns out.
If you do for some reason go. Make sure you are out there really early and make sure your gear is lit up like Christmas.
The guys that had the best seasons last year did so by deeeep drops. But...
Thanks for the report. I was seriously thinking about jumping on the boat tonight as I haven't been out much this season and have the itch to go. I think I'll stay home and save the $$$ and more importantly the time.
Those who say a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work must...
i worked in the business as well for a number of years. With all of the regulations set forth by the government on pay and hours worked, how is the fishing industry not more regulated. How do boat owners legally get away with it?
That boat use to be a lot of fun a number of years ago.
Can't really blame them, they go out full year round and managed to thrive
4 - 6 years ago when lots of boats were going under and landings were struggling.
Those who know, know it's not a fisherman a boat. With groupon, you get what...
Don't worry bout the dicks on here bud.
Asking questions to a large group of people who share the same passion for the sport is one of the reasons people gravitate towards this site.
I agree with the previous posters about making sure the line is wet before sinching down the not.
The Eclipse is a great boat run by real pros. Can't say anything bad about the operation. I worked with Mark, Chris and the boys while they spent a short stint at Daveys Locker a number of years ago.
Great report and good on ya for the JP
Another fucking post about rat yellowtail!!!!!
Jesus guys, if you want a change then be the change you wanna see. Stop being a message board prophet.
If you have a big enough problem with it do something serious about it.
I have fished the boat 5 times in the past year and have never once stayed at my number, even though I am one of the first people to buy a ticket. Also, the earliest I have gotten in line is 1 1/2 hours early.
I'll buy ur rain check off you bud if ur not gonna use it.
Single seat BOB running stroller.
Stroller is in great condition.
Bought new for $350 and selling after one child's use. We have the double BOB now.
Great Deal for this amazing stroller.
Text me for pics
Also have other baby items if interested.
"Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the worlds great flood and runs over the rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs." - Maclean
I was pretty disappointed when I got there and all the Pheonix rods were gone as well. The seller said some douche came in first thing, grabbed all of them and bought the whole lot.
I ended up getting an avet mxj for a decent price.
Can't really blame a guy for selling the gear he was selling...
It gets on my nerves as well, however, I have been a culprit of doing it in the past.
If you care about it enough then do something about it and contact your local rep and try to make a change. Making a post in here ain't gonna do shit but get yourself a lot of hate coming your way. It's sad...
Just finished watching "Local Knowledge" building life. Really like the show and I am going to add some of the life building to my arsenal this year and see how it works.
In watching the episode and having lived in south Florida for a short time in my late teens I used the cast net all the...
Good fishing sir.
The Pursuit is one of the most underrated boats in my opinion. Great fishing platform, plenty of room around the rails, large galley, bunks available for use on all day trips accompanied with a top notch crew and the owners of the boat work as captain and deck boss damn near...
I live in Southern California but always check the Florida forum just to read your posts. Looks like a lot of fun and a quality operation run by folks with good character.
Keep up the good work and maybe I will be able to come join you guys some day.
Good luck this year and stay safe.
As is evident by this never ending discussion on jackpot, people get WAY to into winning some money. Yes, sometimes it is a good amount of money but rarely is it more $$$ than what the total cost of the trip was when u figure in transportation, gear, boarding pass, licensing etc. I use to deck...
That's the last I'm gonna say about this shizz.
I hope everyone gets their gear back and I hope SHE recovers from her injuries and lives a full prosperous and wonderful life.
Bless you all and have a wonderful fishing season.
Brother, I understand where u are coming from. If he had my gear I would be going ballistic. Hell, my *ss would be booked right next to him for breaking into his shop and getting my sticks back. But plain and simple he broke the cardinal rule in my book and if u go as far as saying shooting a...
I know I'm gonna get hate for this but I really don't care. Yes, this article is vague and I think the media is 50% of what is wrong with this country. I also know how difficult marriage/relationships can be but a woman was shot and is in serious condition.
As a man and...
Just talked with a buddy that was on the trip. Said it was a lot of fun and great crew but a long 1.5 day when they limited by 9am on 2 fish each. He said there were BFT for days. They went looking for something else but it was a wasteland out there.
Jaw1970, I'm in the same boat with ya. Been a very unproductive year for me and my buddies as well. All the Intel I have gotten has told me to go deep but having only a kayak and not one of the $5,000 ones makes it nearly impossible. Good luck the rest of the year.
Very cool brudda and great trip!!!!
Sorry about ur luck with the mail thieves and ID theft bastards. There is a special spot in hell for thieves of all kinds, especially spineless ID/mail thieves.
Just a heads up to everyone out there. Never put any sensitive mail in ur home mailbox or those...
You said you haven't been for a few years. It will be exactly the same as the last time you went more or less. Everyone talking about how good last year was and how this year is setting up to be good as well.
Buy your spots now because you won't be able to get them later. Same big dead...
Went out bugging last night with 2 buddies in one of their 20 foot center consuls in Long Beach.
Got on the water by 3:30 and at our first spots by the Harbor police station near the lanes by 4:30 and began setting. First hoop that hit the water sank down about 10 feet before it was ripped...
To answer your question, yes.
While I agree with the comments here, they will absolutely revolutionize fishing.
While the technology isn't here on the amateur level yet it will be and probably sooner than you think.
Air and water drones will change how people fish and how people search for...
Stay in school!!!!i worked on and around boats for years.
Please don't idolize the deckhands and start smoking, drinking and doing other shit deckhands and captains do.
get out and fish when u can, keep loving the sport but don't do the pinhead thing. Very rarely turns out well.
Only had a little bit of time last night. Not enough to get the kayak and gear ready and hit the water. Thought about walking to the end of the Los Alamitos jetty and throwing a couple hoops in to see what I could catch. Has anyone done this, if so any luck?
I would think pulling at an angle...
I will only fish that boat with Jeff. Sorry if u got lied to about that.
Other than that, shit happens. Can't control bait and I can't blame a captain for not wanting to fish with the herd. If captain bob went all the way to Santa Barbara island I take that as he wanted to find u the right...
I use to deck and work at restaurants and I still don't understand the point of tipping and complaining about tipping. This shit is getting ridiculous. If u want to make more money confront your boss or get a different job.
I appreciate how hard these guys and gals work. They can make or...
These guys are pros and out on the water damn near every day. I love to fish and consider myself a decent angler but if I can get a pro to help figure out the pattern and style the fish are biting I will gladly take The help. Sometimes it can be a slightly modified presentation that can...
Contact the owners, Chris or Mark. They are really good guys and discuss the situation with them. They are a top notch operation. I think they are sponsors on here, I could be wrong. Try to PM or contact them. I wouldn't be surprised if they hit u up on this post.
Sorry for the late report, been a busy week. Went out on the patriot on the 2nd.
We, like everyone and their mother hit the 150 for the local school of yellows. About 25 boats out there and this was according to the regulars a very light day. Fished the area for a little while but...
It looks like u live in HB. I would try Daveys Locker. That place is always crazy busy and gets out on the water all the time.
You won't get bored down there. Try starting work in one of their offices and then trying to get on one of the boats
I've been on trips that have turned around, it sucks!!!
But better to be stuck on land than getting my ass kicked on the water or worse floating in it.
That's the business bro.
Can't make the run every day
Try deleting this post and putting it on the ride sharing forum.
U will get a lot of bs here as u have seen so far.
Don't do newport unless u use groupon and want to fish with 90 other people.
Try fishing out of long beach and beginning or midweek for lighter loads.
There r a number...
Hello fellow BDers,
I have a family reunion/vacation coming up at the end of July, beginning of August in Destin. We are coming from Southern Cal, Texas and Kentucky. I was hoping I could talk with someone about fishing options when we are down there (Surf, Reefs, and Offshore).
Awesome trip, thanks for the post.
How long was the trip 1 day or 1.5?
So how much did you pay, cost of the trip?
That older guy that caught all the fish is a pro, he is always on Daveys boats. Wish I had a life like that.
Not sure why people dog this Dave. He has always been a true gentleman anytime I have ever encountered him and he has always given me advice when I have asked. Even more amazing is that I have never been a customer of his and he treats me like a high roller.
The guy gets on here and offers...
I'm not too surprised, worked on sporties for a while and have seen the onslaught on sculpin the past number of years when fishing sucked for everything else.
At least they aren't closing it down while rockfish are closed.
Went out in Long Beach last night.
Fished 10 hoops from 5 - 1am pulled every 45 - 1 hour.
Caught 2 keepers, 2 shorts and about 20 spider crab. We had 6 spider crab in one hoop once. I haven't caught one of those in 2 years but they were all over last night.
Talked with a few...
I always get in the jp to pay for cleaning and galley if I win and the rest goes to the crew. But it drives me crazy how serious people get into it. People let it ruin their trip even if it was an epic limit style, leave em biting trip. I'm not just talking customers here, I've seen crews get...
Good luck guys and girls
I am very jealous of u to go out with Mark and Chris
I've worked with them in years past
Great guys and a very fishy boat
Would have loved to come out but schedule doesn't come out for another 2 weeks
Go get em!!!
What's the matter with brining ur own food on the boat?
I don't wanna be another fat f*ck at the rail. Not usually many decent options on a 1 - 2 day trip.
As for the question.
The galley, fish cleaning, and tips can be done a number of different ways on every single boat and should not have...
Love the boat and crew,
Mike and Kris work very hard to please their passengers
I have fished on this boat numerous times - open party and charter
The rails are tight but is a great fishing platform
A lot of posts mention they don't go the distance and I was a lil pissed about this on my last...
Don't do it!!!!!!
Listen to everyone's advice
I did one of those trips a few years back with 90 peeps
I fished for 5 minutes and then slept the rest of the day
Not worth it, kept hearing "you're in my spot"
If u go, get there at least an hour and a half early
Line up and stay in line
You didn't have ur license and had to buy another one, yeah that's the way it goes. Then u fished all day on the license and then wanted the money back because ur unorganized. The licenses are issued by the state and the landing collects the $$$ and must pay the state. Ur fault, don't blame...
I probably shoulda been more descriptive in my post.
I'm a kayak fisherman an don't know the shipping lanes, etc
I will be fishing from a boat this weekend for a change.
Don't know the spots that can/should be fished by a boat.
Just looking for a lil help.
Have a good season guys
I always enjoy reading ur posts and fishing tips.
I have been lobster fishing in long beach for the past couple of years and have had a real slow year this year
I hear about a lot of guys fishing the shipping lanes and near them.
Do u recommend doing this and if so where should I go...