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  1. fisherman11

    Advice for hotel in Anchorage - Katmai Lodge trip

    I know it's not a report.... yet. Going to Katmai Lodge in August, and I have to spend the 1st night in Anchorage. Any recommendations for where to stay? Thank you.
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    Katmai Lodge vs. Whaler's Cove; Alaska this summer

    I'm looking for someone who's been to both to contrast / compare these two. I've been to Whaler's Cove, it was great (fishing on smooth water close to the lodge, which I need). Would be nice to see bear (which I think are abundant at Katmai, not so much at Whaler's) but I think fishing there is...
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    Cedros Island Tackle Recommendations August 2018?

    Going again this weekend. But I know conditions there change each year, and even each month. Please comment below in reply: Rapala XRAP MAG 30, in Bonito; and Mackerel; and red head. Are they worth bringing for trolling, or do the pangeros use live mackerel when trolling? Daiwa SP Minnow in...
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    Liberty (all day FRI) vs. Tribute (overnight FRI - SAT)

    Looking for recommendations between: fishing tomorrow, Friday, all day on the Liberty, or going Friday night on the overnight Tribute and fishing all day Saturday I know you get the graylight bite on the Tribute, and I like the parking at Seaforth better. I don't remember the Skipper. At my...
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    Condor overnight: SAT 16 - SUN 17 DEC 2017 (limits of BFTs)

    5 star reviews for everything. The 90' boat is roomier than most (steel hull, not sure what that means as far as the ride - the swells were large); Skipper and crew were all great. Loved watching the Skipper fish, picking up some tips. One crew member requested anonymity, but w/o him by my side...
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    Rancho Leonero Oct 3 - 6?

    Anyone going down to East Cape on Oct. 3? Looking to share a taxi.
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    YT grade from Liberty Friday, May 26?

    Almost went; wondering about the grade of YTs for the 29 fishermen who landed 89. Thanks.
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    Size of recent YTs in the Coronado's?

    Thinking of going tomorrow on a 3/4 day boat out of San Diego, but I would like to know what size the YTs have been, and it's now too late to get an answer from the landings. Someone's who's gone recently, please post. I hear they've been small fish, but what are they being caught on?: # test...
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    Californian Inshore Series CTX80ML

    Just picked up a rod at Fred Hall Del Mar. They said it's essentially a Phenix rod: CTX80ML. But I can't find one with this model # listed anywhere online. Is this a discontinued model #? Hoping I didn't get a bad deal... Thanks.
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    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    I bring my reels to Cedros Island, and go on 3/4 day or overnight boats to the Coronados and beyond. I'm currently using a relatively new Torium 16 lever drag w/Okuma Makaira MK-C-901 MH, 9' (15 - 30 lb. / 1 - 4 oz.). 50# PP main, 100 yd. mono topshot, usually 30#. I can't seem to toss surface...
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    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico

    I bring my reels to Cedros Island, and go on 3/4 day or overnight boats to the Coronados and beyond. I'm currently using a relatively new Torium 16 lever drag w/Okuma Makaira MK-C-901 MH, 9' (15 - 30 lb. / 1 - 4 oz.). 50# PP main, 100 yd. mono topshot, usually 30#. I can't seem to toss surface...
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    Any reports from the Relentless (3/4 day to the Coronado's) out of H&M Landing?

    I'm thinking of checking them out. Have never heard anything about this boat. Thanks.
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    CISCO dayboat recommendation

    Heading up from SD to take my teenage nephew fishing out of Oxnard / Ventura area. We both could get seasick so we want the biggest, most stable boat. But I'd also like to have a chance to put him on a YT of WSB if possible. The receptionist said the Aloha Spirit will go for those in the...
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    Got a Daiwa Lexa HD 300; Shimano vs. Okuma rod?

    Picked up a new Daiwa Lexa HD 300, looking for a versatile rod for everything between Mission Bay (San Diego) to giant calicos on Cedros Island. I borrowed a rod to try: Shimano Teramar TMC-X80MH, 12 - 25#; 3/4 - 2 oz.; Medium Heavy, Extra Fast action (which go for ~$150 (?) if they still sell...
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    Shimano Teramar Tuesday?

    Has anyone gone on one of these trips? I love the San Diego 3/4 day boat and was wondering if it's a positive or negative to go on one of these trips. (Sort of related: I was going to go on a trip affiliated with a tv show but a guide told me it's really a distraction to your fishing, they want...
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    Daiwa Lexa HD300 - buy and extra spool?

    I was advised that this would make the reel quite versatile. Buy two spools: load one with 8 - 15# mono to fish SD Bay for spotted bay bass load another with 65# braid (e.g. PowerPro standard), and a short topshot of fluorocarbon for abrasion resistance, to throw swimbaits to the big calico...
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    Daiwa Seagate SGT70HF 20 - 40# rod - best use

    What would be the best "use" for this brand new rod? I have an older Shimano Triton TLD 20 (currently spooled with 40# mono), and I'm wondering if that would be a good match. Is this considered a "40# setup"? And since I'm not good at casting, what is this setup good for, say on a 3/4 day or...
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    Bluefish tackle question

    (hope this is the right forum...) With the bluefin running for 3/4 day or overnight boats in San Diego, I want to get set up right. Are they biting yoyo jigs, surface irons, dropper loops, or flylined anchovies / sardines? If live bait, what size / type hooks? Seeking advice as to how to...
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    Belize trip December 13 - 20

    Looking to head down to Belize sometime during the next week (I've been before, but not to fish). I don't want to lug fishing gear (at least not a rod) and I want to fish light spinning tackle. Someone in the know is helping me plan a trip, but I was wondering if any BDOer's could review their...
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    East Cape; Rancho Leonero; Los Barriles

    Rancho Leonero (East Cape) Inshore Report, Fall 2015: Wednesday, September 23 was fairly windy /rough, and a group of us decided not to go out on the boats and instead went ATV'ing for about 4 hours starting in the morning heading south to surf fish. Very fun, recommended; they have rod...
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    Los Barriles area fishing, staying, transport TUE 22 - FRI 25 SEP

    Arranged a last minute trip: fly tomorrow TUES from SD - SJD, return FRI. Transport to Los Barriles - would be open to sharing my rental car with a traveler. PM me tonight. Staying at either / or both: Rancho Leonero and Verdugo's. Feedback? I have a few options for panga's but WED looks windy...
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    Lexa 400 vs. Curado 300? or Spinning Rod/Reel?

    Going to Cedros Island next week. I just had a friend come back and he said there is no kelp, the calicos are in the rocks, and he threw surface irons for them, not swimbaits (not sure why). Trying to figure out what to bring. I can bring: one rod before the airline starts charging extra, and...
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    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    Going down to Cedros Island soon, are these the best lead heads? If so, I'm assuming weedless, but does anyone have any recommendations for color combos with plastic? Thanks!
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    Recommendations for a few days fishing, anywhere!

    I have the ability to go anywhere for a few days+ of fishing this month. I'm a retired Firefighter and I thought I'd start here. Been too busy to research and now it's coming down to the wire. I can be gone anytime from Monday 4 May - Thursday 14 May. I usually go to the Coronados on 3/4 day or...
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    Bacteria in fish

    Looks like a reliable source for good info regarding parasites and bacteria in fish you're about to eat: http://seafoodhealthfacts.org/seafood_safety/patients/parasites.php
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    Report: 3/4 day on the San Diego FRI 27 FEB

    Tried posting this earlier but I don't think it worked. Weather was forecast windy but I don't have a lot of options, so I went on the 3/4 day on the San Diego last Friday. Cold, windy and rough in the AM, but I was lucky and one of the first to hook up on a nice yellowtail, yo yo blue white 6X...
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    Report: 3/4 day on the San Diego FRI 27 FEB

    Weather was coming in but with limited time to fish I go when I can. Down to the Coronados, first tried for the smaller fish on the north side, later south side for bigger yellowtail. Weather cold, windy and fairly rough seas. I was set to go on 1.5 day trips to chase bluefin the last couple of...
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    Sea Lion bitten fish

    Someone back east asked me if we can still eat a yellowtail which has been chewed on by a sea lion, b/c they can't eat a fish which has been bitten by an eel. Just wondering, b/c I just pulled in most, but not all, of a yellowtail which a sea lion had taken a liking too after I fought it for 15...
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    Eclipse 1.5 day out of SD Sunday night

    Has anyone been on the Eclipse for the 1.5 day trip scheduled to go to the Tanner / Cortez Bank? Boat load is only 28. Thanks.
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    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    My first trip longer than overnight. The boat plans to go to the Tanner / Cortez Bank. What are some options for websites for weather predictions, etc.; before I lay down the cash? I think if I cancel I do get a credit. I know it's a risk this time of year in general because of weather. I'm...
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    Overnight on the Cortez, Labor Day

    Nice to just have 22 on a boat, but it is a bit smaller and has more of a side-to-side roll as compared to some of the others (3) I've been out on lately for 3/4 day trips. The bunk was fine, but be forewarned the A/C works well, so it is cold down there at night (I was in front and against the...
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    Tribute overnight trip?

    Just posted similar thread, but for Aztec... Thinking of grabbing one of the last spots on the Tribute overnight trip. Have only done 3/4 day trips. I have a Shimano Torium 16 w/50 lb. braid, 100 yd. topshot of mono 30#, leader of fluoro 30#, ring hooks 2/0 mounted on 9' Okuma Maikara. Backup...
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    Info on Aztec overnight?

    Thinking of grabbing one of the last spots on the Aztec overnight trip. Have only done 3/4 day trips. I have a Shimano Torium 16 w/50 lb. braid, 100 yd. topshot of mono 30#, leader of fluoro 30#, ring hooks 2/0 mounted on 9' Okuma Maikara. Backup short rod with Shimano TLD 20 w/30# mono. Should...
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    Topshot extension knot

    I was on a 3/4 day cattle boat out of San Diego running 50 lb. braid, w/100 yard topshot of 30 lb. mono. Someone running straight braid cut me off, so I'm left with 50 yards of topshot. Can I use the John Collins / RP / modified albright to reconnect another 50 yards of 30 lb. mono to extend my...
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    Surf Fishing at LJ Shores

    I am a total newbie here, just joined, grew up fishing in FL, recently retired FF, so I want to start fishing again. Please reply to let me know if this is all correct: 1. surf fishing is legal just north of Scripps Pier 2. however, you cannot catch and use sand crabs (what is the best bait? I...