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  1. DrBob89

    Inshore Izors 3/12 and great new navigation solution

    Fished Izors and vicinity yesterday (Friday) from 8-11am. Nice day but brrrr cold. Calm and fantastic clouds. My first drop produced a big sandie, maybe 5lb. High hopes but not another fish for the day :-( . Fished hard with Kman plastics, tube baits, and small jigs in 80-105'. Damn fish...
  2. DrBob89

    Great day at the Horseshoe 2/19

    Wow, what a beautiful day on the water off Long Beach. And the bass were finally biting! I grabbed a cancellation at Freedom Boat Club and left Huntington Harbor solo at 8am. The ocean was calm, no wind and tiny swell. Not a cloud, you could see from Mt. Baldy to Catalina. Not many other...
  3. DrBob89

    Front side Cat 8/19, just bonito

    I fished solo at Catalina on Wednesday. It was a beautiful day with easy crossings. Started at Empire looking for YT or barracuda. No surface signs or marks from 8-10am. I was casting artificials only with no luck. Switched to bonito fishing. Trolled a feather, a hoochie, and a small mack...
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    Poor fishing but GREAT sightseeing at Catalina 7/16

    Two of us tried hard to catch something besides the 3Bs at Catalina today 7/16. But no love today, only calicos ;-( . The Scripps swell map showed dark blue (0-2') for almost all of SoCal. While this was true for the swell, there were short wind waves that made the ride bumpy around the...
  5. DrBob89

    Ugly day at San Pedro 5/18

    I've paid big bucks to fish in 40 degree rain in Alaska and enjoyed it. But a morning fishing the Horseshoe in 65 degree drizzle just seemed miserable. I did get to use my foulies... Left San Pedro at 6:30, back at 11. Wind was around 8 kts at 6:30 and had been blowing all night, so it was a...
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    Little WSB at Izors 5/12

    It's been a LONG time without fishing! Freedom Boat Club has finally opened again and I went out solo from Huntington for a few hours this morning. A fishing neck gaiter makes a fashionable Covid mask at the dock. Fished 9-noon at Izors. Weather was good, the forecast wind did not show and...
  7. DrBob89

    Izors 2/25 - big sandies and another mantis shrimp

    Kman & I fishing Izors and vicinity from 7a-1p. It was VERY foggy until about 11, visibility was a few hundred yards much of the time. We slowly left Freedom Boat Club Huntington and headed out to Izors. No radar, but AIS gave some confidence, at least for the ships. Water was 61-62. Little...
  8. DrBob89

    Mantis shrimp, not much else 2/17

    Kman & I fished out of FBC San Pedro on 2/17. We were on the water from 7a-2p, fishing the Horseshoe and 105 areas. It was a beautiful day of fishing but not of catching. Shorts & t-shirt weather in February! Once the fog burned off the air was 70-ish, water 60. Light wind and little current...
  9. DrBob89

    Big, angry bass at Izors 1/21

    Fished Izors solo from 8-11am today (1/21). Wind and waves were small, water temp 60. A little uphill current. Fishing was exciting. There were big, pissed-off sandies that hit hard and broke me off many times. I lost a dozen leadheads, none to the rocks. I started with 15 lb, then 20...
  10. DrBob89

    BSB at Izors 7/30/19

    Had a slow morning on the Izors - 108 - Mussel Farm - Izors loop. Trolled for a couple hours looking for something on the top but caught only macs. Then switched back to Kman plastics for a couple hours of drifting across Izors. Caught 9 mixed bass to 4 lb 9 oz. In the middle of Izors I...
  11. DrBob89

    102 at the Shoe!

    Had my first 100+ fish day with Kman! We started at 6:30 from Huntington Harbor and went south to the Pipe, where we scratched a few mixed bass and a couple of rockfish. Sonar was promising but the fish were not interested. We then went to some spots near the 108, same story. Took a few...
  12. DrBob89

    6/10 LB Loop: No YT/Cuda in am, 59 bass in pm

    Left Huntington Harbor with Kman on board at 6:30. Hit Izors first, only one sandie. Then trolled rapallas & a hoochie around the mussel farm and all the way to the 150 for nada. Didn't see any surface activity but fog prevented us from seeing too far. Along the way we cast jigs into a...
  13. DrBob89

    Rough & slow at the Horseshoe 4/3

    I fished the usual Horseshoe spots this morning between 8-11 with the usual Kman plastics. The wind blew all last night, so there were steep westerly wind waves when I arrived. I almost turned around at Queen's Gate. But the wind soon stopped and the seas calmed a bit. Not completely, I...
  14. DrBob89

    Epic Horseshoe Day 1/23/19 - Plastics Comparison

    Cory's post is not exaggerating. During our few minute conversation on the water I saw them catch a few. The bass were VERY hungry at the Horseshoe yesterday (1/23). I was fishing solo and caught 30+ just in the morning. All were within 2 miles of Queen's Gate. It was slow from sunrise to...
  15. DrBob89

    Great day at the Horseshoe 1/2

    I took my 20-something nephew out for an afternoon of bass fishing. He's an avid freshwater bass fisherman but has never fished for ocean bass. We left Angel's Gate around noon and fished around lobster buoys in the close-in water for 3 hours. Our first stop at a group of buoys was amazing...
  16. DrBob89

    San Pedro Washing Machine 12/12/18

    Went out yesterday (Dec. 12) from 10-3. The NWS marine forecast was for calm conditions, but there was wind and short wind waves from the south and 3-4' west swells. Very uncomfortable. I headed toward PV from Angel's Gate, got wet, got a few boat bruises, then turned around and ducked inside...
  17. DrBob89

    On the Chew at the Shoe 12/3/18

    What a beautiful day on the water today! Flat seas, light wind, sunny & warm (for December) and the bass were hungry. Left San Pedro at 7:30 heading for PV. About a mile out of Angel's Gate I stopped at a clump of lobster pots and threw a Kman plastic. First and second casts were calicos. I...
  18. DrBob89

    Horseshoe bonito on the troll 10/22

    It was a beautiful, calm day off Long Beach today. Fishing solo, I pointed the boat toward Catalina's east end but never made it past the last green buoy. I set out two trolling rods with hoochie rigs at the last red buoy and quickly started catching decent size bonito. Water was calm and 67...
  19. DrBob89

    Big Bass at The Pipe 7/30

    Haven't posted for a while because there's been nothing but bass to report on. Yesterday (7/30) I was going to head to Catalina but turned left out of Huntington Harbor instead and tried the Newport Pipe. It was a good move. Fishing was great, weather was perfect, and I was alone all morning...
  20. DrBob89

    Surface fishing recon 5/3

    Thanks to all who answered my question about fishing near the oil rigs. Yesterday I pretended it was summer and trolled for about 4 hours, from 7-11am. I went from the last green buoy, around the outer oil rigs (Edith, Elly & Ellen), and around & through the mussel/oyster farm. I trolled a...
  21. DrBob89

    Question - how close can you fish to the San Pedro shelf oil rigs?

    I'm heading out tomorrow from San Pedro and want to hit the 150 spot and nearby oil rigs looking for early pelagics. I'm tired of bottom fishing, I'd rather troll all morning. I've not seen a definitive answer to this question on the various BloodyDecks threads or a Google search. So I ask...
  22. DrBob89

    Horseshoe 4/27 - no blow but slooowww

    It's been a tough few weeks waiting for the wind to stop and the temps to increase. I had to try today, even though there were small craft warnings for the afternoon. I left San Pedro at 7:15 and fished the close-in Horseshoe spots in anticipation of a blow that never came. It turned out to be...
  23. DrBob89

    A good Spring morning at the Horseshoe 4/4

    Check out the attached sonar screen photo. This was near the last green buoy in the Horseshoe this morning at about 9am. There must have been a square mile of boils and birds, with life throughout the water column. I tried trolling shallow & deep through the area, casting plastics, and...
  24. DrBob89

    Izors 3/19 - whitefish central

    I spent Monday morning at Izor's before the bad weather. It was a beautiful morning, calm until the west wind kicked in around 1pm. There was lots of promising stuff on the sonar and some surface bird/porpoise action. Plastics produced only one sand bass. Surface jigging (blue 80 g MM) into...
  25. DrBob89

    3/8 - Horseshoe starting to stir

    What a change since Tuesday! After a couple warm, calm days the Horseshoe is starting to come to life again. When I arrived at 8am I saw this summer-like surface feeding frenzy in close to San Pedro near Two Doors, with porpoises, sea lions, pelicans, and gulls: 3 hours at the usual...
  26. DrBob89

    3/6 - Slow morning at Newport Pipe and Izors

    I went south from Huntington Harbor at 7am today (3/6), hitting Huntington Reef, Newport Pipe (80-120' depth), and Izors. There was lots of thick bottom fuzz (squid) on the sonar at many stops but only whitefish were hungry. I tried the usual Kman plastics plus bucktails with frozen squid...
  27. DrBob89

    2/28 - Washing machine with no fish

    It was an ugly morning off of San Pedro. A west swell, southeast wind and uphill current made for difficult fishing. I tried some of the usual Horseshoe spots and there was nobody home. Water was 55-56. Nothing on the sonar, no active birds, only one small pod of porpoises. With a 1-2...
  28. DrBob89

    2/15 - Lots of Bass at the Horseshoe

    Thanks to many of you I'm getting the bass thing dialed in. Today I left San Pedro at 7am and fished until 1pm. The last green buoy was first stop, but there was nothing there. Moved a couple miles north near Two Doors and found the fish. It was very fishy and squidy on the northeast part of...
  29. DrBob89

    Another good bassin' day 1/24 (and t-shirt weather!)

    T-shirt weather in January and a great morning of local bass fishing today (1/24). I didn't have to go far, found lots of fish 2-3 miles out from Queen's Gate. There were lots of birds, porpoises, and even some boils. The attached sonar image gives the details of the best spot. 90-100'...
  30. DrBob89

    Horseshoe 1/12 in the fog - better technique

    Thanks much to Kman, tuner, and crabdancer for their tips on calico fishing. I used them all to have a much more productive day yesterday 1/12. I was probably ripping the hook or bait out jerking like a TV bass fisherman. The fog was thick in San Pedro at 7am, so I waited until 8:30 to leave...
  31. DrBob89

    Mr. Calico doesn't mind the rain

    Went out from San Pedro this morning in the rain. Left at 7:30, back at noon. It was a chance to air out my Sitka rain gear... Wind was light and from the east, swell was tiny. Rain was on & off, not too bad. I looked for bass around the Horseshoe and finally found very good fishing near Two...
  32. DrBob89

    Horseshoe 12/13

    I fished the Horseshoe and the Wall yesterday from 8-2. At the 'Shoe I caught nothing on the surface, trolling or casting. Not even a mackerel! I started at the last green buoy and headed into the Rockpile area closer to Queens Gate. Water was 60-62 degrees. Action was decent on the bottom...
  33. DrBob89

    Huntington Beach to Newport Pipe, 12/8/17

    It was a beautiful, calm morning after being blown out for a week. I turned left out of Huntington Harbor and headed to the Newport Pipe (my first time fishing there). It was very fishy on the surface all morning. Check out a video at: Fished a half-mile of the pipe from 50-70' top depth...
  34. DrBob89

    Beats Workin' - Another Good Day at the Horseshoe

    There was again a lot of life at the Horseshoe this morning. Lots of birds & boils. And lots of fun catching big mackerel and small bonito on artificials. I fished the area around the last green buoy from about 8-11 am. Trolled hootchies and then cast blue/chrome coltsniper after a troll...
  35. DrBob89

    Catalina & Horseshoe 11/22

    I've never seen the channel so calm. No wind, tiny swell. I started out from San Pedro for PV but kept going to Catalina's west end. 25-30mph both ways, t-shirt and dry. Water 65, but air was 85 next to Catalina. My path is attached. Fished from Arrow Point to Eagle Rock. Fast trolled...
  36. DrBob89

    Where to bounce for Halibut?

    Hey All- I just went to Johnny's in Pasadena for some recreational shopping ;-) . What a great shop, and the family that runs it is always super helpful. They suggested that I try bounce-balling for halibut when the surface action slows. They set me up with a rig - flasher, hoochie, trap...
  37. DrBob89

    Horseshoe hot again 11/6 early

    I returned to the Horseshoe this morning and had another great couple hours of catching. The same place was fishy, just SW of the last green buoy. I got there at 7:30 and was chasing birds and boils until about 9:30 when they shut down. There were many bull kelp pieces that concentrated the...
  38. DrBob89

    Yellowtail (well, one) at Horseshoe 11/2

    The Horseshoe was hot today, bonito, barracuda, and a yellowtail! I left San Pedro at 7:40 for a quick morning session. My track is on the first photo. It was lightly raining in San Pedro when I started but cleared into a nice morning. Off the water at 11am in time for an afternoon meeting...
  39. DrBob89

    Light tackle fun at the Wall 10/28

    Left Huntington Harbor at 8:30. It was still a little foggy so I decided to stay local. I trolled around Esther once for only a few mackerel, then circled the east segment of the breakwall. Trolled and threw plastics and a Coltsniper 80 on light tackle for many mackerel and a couple calicos...
  40. DrBob89

    PV trolling 10/11 - pretending the YT are still around

    Left San Pedro 8am, headed to Rocky Point. Found the same wind & waves that Cory reported. It was a sloppy slog uphill. Trolled in 80-100' through the legal areas, with a deep dive mac pattern and a shallow Lucky Craft. Caught a bunch of mackerel and a lot of kelp. Water around 67 degrees...
  41. DrBob89

    Catalina front side 8/29 - only bones

    I took one of the FBC Parkers to Avalon today for breakfast and fishing. Left Huntington Harbor at 7am, returned at 3pm. Both directions were pretty smooth: dry deck and average speed over 20 knots. We grabbed a mooring from the harbor patrol (cost = $20 for day use), went ashore for a fried...
  42. DrBob89

    Horseshoe 8/9 for nothing

    Went out from San Pedro this morning for a few hours, 8-noon. Headed to the Horseshoe/Middle Ground in a Key West 24. It was pretty lumpy, the short west swell was not comfortable. There were 3 other private boats in the area, no cattle boats. No birds or surface action or sounds of success...
  43. DrBob89

    Palos Verdes monster (not really)

    Hi all - I'm new to BD, my first post. A buddy & I spent the morning exploring PV today (8/5). This was my first time fishing PV in a small boat. And the first time using Freedom Boat Club's new San Pedro branch instead of Huntington Harbor. It was a beautiful & fast trip to PV point, got...