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  1. Bigsurfer

    Do You Keep Sanddabs? How Do You Cook Them If You Do?

    Hit up a 3/4 day Rockfishing trip recently but unfortunately they weren't biting. Caught/released about 8 Sanddabs and a few undersized Calico Bass. The majority of people were not keeping Sanddabs but some did. I've had them in a restaurant before (Sanddabs Almondine) and they were very good...
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    Dana Point

    Wondering if anybody going out of Dana? Fish counts looked good out of Dana Wharf today (9/20) with over 100 yft (smallish grade apparently) for 60 anglers on 3/4 boat. Sold out for tomorrow unfortunately. Want to get out there soon if it stays good!
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    Skipjack Tuna Good Eating?

    Want to go out of Dana Wharf for Yellowfin Tuna but the counts lately have been more on Skippies. Seems to be good one day then a bit off the next...kind of up and down now. Never got one before. I know they fight well and are the fish in processed canned tuna (chunk light type) but are they...
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    Ever Catch Corbina On Squid Before?

    Surffished South OC today using cut squid for bait (since sandcrabs are scarce). Caught/released a small Leopard Shark, 2 Barred Perch, and a suprise 17 inch Corbina. Have been surffishing for many years and have only gotten the Corbina on squid only 3 or 4 times.
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    Post Your Best Surfing Pictures and Stories!...

    Black and white one was during the biggest winter swell in many years back in 2008 at a spot in OC that hardly ever breaks. Had to sit deeper than everyone right on top of the boil/bug traps and luckily a great one came...Surfline photographer got the shot. Second (from shore) and third pics...
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    Are 2 Speed Reels For Yellowtail Really Necessary?

    Was stoked to finally get a few big Yellowtail out there on the 3/4 day boat...only have a few basic old school setups (Penn Jigmaster 500L Reels with 20 to 40lb rated conventional rods) since I've just recently gotten back into boat fishing. They worked fine on the fish. Spoke to a guy out...
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    Finally Got My First (2) Legit Yellowtail!!

    Mostly surf and surf fish, but got into half and 3/4 day boat fishing during the last El-nino back in 1996/7 and had a blast on rat Yellowtail about 4 pounds or so along with the other inshore species. Fast forward to 2014...the biggest El-nino in 18 years...and I never even caught a tuna...
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    Strongest Loop Knot For Mossback Yellows On Bottom?...

    Still looking for my first Mossback down deep off Box Canyon and want the strongest loop knot to land one (always tie Palomar Knot directly to hook). Choices are...1.) Surgeons Knot, 2.) Dropper Loop Knot, and 3.) Spider Hitch Knot. What do you think is strongest/best for Yellowtail 200 to 250...
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    Braid Line For Mossback Yellowtail Down Deep?

    Stoked to get my first ever tuna on my first 5 to 5 tuna trip this summer after being out of the loop for a long time (pictured below) and am now addicted to fishing again. Caught peanut sized Yellowtail (4 pounds or so) during the last el-nino fly lining for them, but never a big one on the...
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    How To Deal With Sea Lions Stealing Your Catch?

    Fished a 3/4 day out of Dana Point a while back hoping for Yellowtail. Unfortunately I got busted off on one (along with about 10 others) with only one landed for about 45 people. Sea Lions were relentless out there, snagging the few yellowtail that actually made it to gaff along with the...
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    Box Canyon Yellowtail...

    ...is the season done with this first weekend winter like storm? Hopefully not as I'm still looking for my first ever legit yellow on the dropper loop (got busted off once (failed dropper loop) on three trips out of dana wharf sportfishing along with many others)! Will check out fish counts and...
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    Dana Wharf Sportfishing Question For Wed 10/22...

    Still looking for my first yellowtail (will gladly boat ho with anyone to get at least one during this el-nino...will contribute financially and clean up, etc.). My luck has been bad the last 3 3/4 day boats out of Dana on Tuesdays...got busted off once with failed dropper loop(along with many...
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    Anybody Want To Help Me Get First Legit Yellowtail?

    Tried Dana Wharf the last 3 Tuesdays (live 10 minutes from there) after being out of the loop for a long time...actually since the 1997 El Nino when I had fun with the Peanut sized Yellowtail (only 5 to 7 pounds) on the party boats. One guy landed Yellowtail out of 45 people each time...I got...
  14. Bigsurfer

    Mossback Yellowtail and Rockfishing Tips...

    ...Fished a 3/4 out of Dana trying for Yellowtail and Rockfish. Never used heavy gear but scaled up to 40# mono and an 8oz. torpedo weight on a Penn Jigmaster 500L reel and heavier Abu Garcia Conolon Rod. Unfortunately, I still got schooled by a mossback Yellowtail at the beginning of the first...
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    Best Setup For Mossback Yellowtail Holding Deep...

    ...Only caught peanut sized Yellowtail before during the last El-Nino in 1996/1997. Looking to get one of the big mossbacks (20 to 30 pounders) that are holding in deep water around 150 to 200 feet. I have a few conventional setups with 25# test. I was thinking use a heavy 8 oz. sinker with a...
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    Penn Jigmaster 500L Reel Questions and Update...

    Stoked to get this on my first ever tuna trip on the Penn Jigmaster 500L! However I'm new to conventional reels (used only spinning in the past) and had some issues with it on the trip. (Actually practiced casting off the pier for a while while thumbing reel to get used to it before tuna trip)...
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    Best Weekday To Catch Tuna On Party Boat?

    Stoked to get my first ever Yellowfin tuna on a full day boat (first time out) last Monday. Fish were biting well. Numbers were better a few days and worse a few as well. Maybe no rhyme or reason as what day is best since tuna schools move so fast. I figured Mondays would have the least crowds...
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    Penn Jigmaster 500L Reel...User Tips and Advice?

    Got my first ever conventional reel...the Penn Jigmaster 500L. Plan on using it for local tuna. Have used mainly spinning reels in the past. Wondering how to cast the darn thing with backlashing? Also, what is the best way to prevent it from birdsnesting on freespool (thumbed one before and it...
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    Garcia Conolon Rod and Garcia Mitchell 600A Reel...

    Got this from an old roommate years ago...looks vintage...circa 60's or so. Any value to it? The reel says made in France and the rod model is 2897-A...6 and a half foot medium action. In good shape...just spooled it up with 25 pound test and was planning to search for tuna after many years out...
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    First Post...Dana Point Advice for Yellowtail or First Ever Yellowfin Tuna?

    Had a blast on the Yellowtail out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing during the last El Nino and am looking to get my first ever YFT now although I'm completely stoked to get any fish! Have been into surffishing for a long time...looking to get some pelagics now. Am 10 minutes from Dana Point Landing...