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  1. fisherman11

    VMC Inline Replacement Hooks

    What do you think of the stock split rings? I just listened to Ken from Ken's Custom in O'cide on Let's Talk Hookup, and he said he uses Mustad ringed hoodlum live bait in 4/0 or 5/0 with the stock split rings. Thanks.
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    Advice for hotel in Anchorage - Katmai Lodge trip

    Thanks for the replies. I'll only be in Anchorage overnight for about 10 hours, or I'd rent a car. I know hotel experiences are individual, but the total "terrible / poor" reviews are only around 9% for Lakeshore Inn, so I booked with them (lodge rate ~ same as Coast International Inn...
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    Advice for hotel in Anchorage - Katmai Lodge trip

    I'm going early AUG. I look forward to your review. The low reviews even there look super-sketchy, have not booked it yet. Most hotels have terrible reviews, even over $200/night. Only a few B+Bs look good in Anchorage (based on # of low reviews), but I don't think they have airport shuttles...
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    Advice for hotel in Anchorage - Katmai Lodge trip

    Their website says $222 for a Friday night...
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    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.
  6. fisherman11

    Katmai Lodge vs. Whaler's Cove; Alaska this summer

    Thanks for your reply. So fly from Katmai Lodge in the morning to Anchorage? What did you do with your fish to keep them frozen? Then fly that night on the redeye back to San Diego?
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    Katmai Lodge vs. Whaler's Cove; Alaska this summer

    Thanks for your comments. Do you have a lodge recommendation in Kodiak? It seems hard to get home to San Diego from Anchorage in one day, the flights are early morning and the lodge can't get you to the airport in time.
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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...
  9. fisherman11

    Cedros Island Tackle Recommendations August 2018?

    Just got some 50# and 60# fluoro, a Salas 6X in white for any deeper areas, and picked up these wicked looking hooks: Eagle Claw Trokar Kelp Trick 3/4.
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    Cedros Island Tackle Recommendations August 2018?

    Forgot: Is it worth bringing the Shimano Flat Falls? I'm trying to reduce weight and they are heavy, and I've not seen anyone talking about them. Thanks.
  11. fisherman11

    Cedros Island Tackle Recommendations August 2018?

    Down there, the fish are aggressive, fluoro is probably overkill, but it is good for abrasion resistance. Do you use a mono leader on 40# braid for CBs, or straight 40# (e.g. XXX) mono tied to lures?
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    Cedros Island Tackle Recommendations August 2018?

    OK, now I understand about the sabiki sinkers. I don't bring rods on the plane, so I won't have a sabiki rod (sounds like a GREAT idea though); I'll rig an 8 or 10 oz. sinker for the sabiki rig on my heavy rod. I like 40# mono for surface irons too, I typically have a 75 - 90 yard topshot of it...
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    Cedros Island Tackle Recommendations August 2018?

    Thanks for the tips. 3 oz. for sabikis? I think someone recommended 8 - 12 oz., but I don't know why I'd need so heavy. PowerPro 65# on the bass reel; PowerPro Super Slick 55# on the Torium 16 for irons; 65# mono on the trolling reel. Looks like I need to get some Blue Label 40# and maybe 50#...
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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)

    Sorry to say the boat got totally skunked. They tried.
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    Liberty (all day FRI) vs. Tribute (overnight FRI - SAT)

    Mario: Thanks for the feedback. BTW, that's one thing I love about the Liberty, for $5 extra you get a bunk, which is crucial for me, so even on a 3/4 day I can rest on the way out and back in (forgot to mention, I get seasick and take medication, but the smell of fried bacon in the galley...
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    Liberty (all day FRI) vs. Tribute (overnight FRI - SAT)

    I love the San Diego, great Skipper and crew, and I can scope out a place to sit. But it's too crowded for me, I don't like pushing my way in at the stern, they've already got 33 booked for tomorrow (b/c they catch fish...), and will fill up SAT if they catch tomorrow. I really want to fish the...
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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...
  19. fisherman11

    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...
  20. fisherman11

    Rancho Leonero Oct 3 - 6?

    Anyone going down to East Cape on Oct. 3? Looking to share a taxi.
  21. fisherman11

    Coronados 7/15

    Thanks for posting tackle info, I always like to read what people are using.
  22. fisherman11

    YT grade from Liberty Friday, May 26?

    Almost went; wondering about the grade of YTs for the 29 fishermen who landed 89. Thanks.
  23. fisherman11

    1 guy to split fuel and bait (Saturday)

    Definitely keep posting these invitations, I'd love to go.
  24. fisherman11

    Size of recent YTs in the Coronado's?

    Wish the weather would cooperate, looks like a week of some wind.
  25. fisherman11

    Size of recent YTs in the Coronado's?

    My personal rule is that "if I can pull them over the deck, safely, they go right back into the water", so someone can catch them when they grow up, and need a gaff. Just my personal opinion.
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    Size of recent YTs in the Coronado's?

    Lifesaver... thanks for the report. When I was a teenager in FL I used to call in to listen to the marine forecast recording every day. Is there something like that here? I have not found a reliable and easy to use website to get conditions for ... tomorrow. I was about to cancel about 3 things...
  27. fisherman11

    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...
  28. fisherman11

    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.
  29. fisherman11

    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    I appreciate the feedback. I have a Daiwa HG Lexa 300 which I use for bass (mostly at Cedros), and I use my Torium 16 mostly for either school size YTs at the Coronados or the bigger ones at Cedros (I borrow Seeker rods when I fly to Cedros so I don't have to transport any rods on the small...
  30. fisherman11

    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    Awesome answer, I appreciate. And I watched that whole video and now I want to go fish really badly. I want to throw more surface irons, and it sounds like I need to sell my Okuma Makaira MK-C-901 MH, 9' (15 - 30 lb. / 1 - 4 oz.). I'm just trying to understand what exactly the problem is with...
  31. fisherman11

    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    What exactly is a "jigstick"? As in, what is it designed for? Surface irons; yoyoing, flylining live bait? I do all of the above usually fishing for YTs or YFTs. Thank you.
  32. fisherman11

    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    I've heard of the UCs. Is the Del Mar the BT 540 you refer to, and the Mega the 90J? Thanks.
  33. fisherman11

    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    Do you have a favorite model? Maybe I can score one at Fred Hall.
  34. fisherman11

    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    My bad, the Torium is a star drag. I don't have one of the new HGAs, though, I got mine 2 years ago. I think the new HGAs are narrower, not sure if they actually cast better. Would love to keep my Torium and be able to use it for casting surface irons (e.g. 30# YTs); as well as toss live bait at...
  35. fisherman11

    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico?

    Awesome advice, I appreciate it. I was thinking that maybe I needed a reel with a star drag, or perhaps the Torium was just better for yo-yoing, with it's high gear ratio. LMK if you have some specific suggestions for rods, and I'll look them up and see if there are any of them featured at Fred...
  36. fisherman11

    Best Surface Iron Setup for YTs in Mexico

    Moved this to another section, cannot figure out how to delete the post.
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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...
  38. fisherman11

    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...
  39. fisherman11

    Headed to LJ in the am

    Next time I might be up for meeting you to go out. Thanks.
  40. fisherman11

    SD Hooping 11/19

    Can I ask, were you in Mission Bay, or San Diego Bay?
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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.
  42. fisherman11

    Pt Loma 10/25: Rockfish Limits for 3 in Two Hours

    Great posts. There are probably many other readers like me who don't have a boat and won't be taking advantage of the info, but it is great to read and dream anyway.
  43. fisherman11

    10/24 lightning thunder rain and wfo bugs

    Damn, where were you? Generally speaking....
  44. fisherman11

    Hooped San Diego Bay last night.

    Did you mean you just zip tied the carcass to the net bottom? I think the sea lions would take care of that bait setup today if it wasn't in a plastic tube.
  45. fisherman11

    Lobster and lost gear

    Damn. I was going to go tonight. Now I've lost my appetite for lobster. But I've also heard that they crawl in from the ocean to the bay and back out again. Any comments on that? I'll post separately for another lobster question.
  46. fisherman11

    Lobster and lost gear

    Can I ask why you don't hoop in the bay? Do you mean Mission Bay? Thanks.
  47. fisherman11

    need lobster info

    You can get your lobster card now, just got mine. If you turned your card in last year by the deadline, there is no extra charge; otherwise $20 extra (I think).
  48. fisherman11

    Learn How To Catch More Fish!

    I have an Okuma Makaira 9', good for throwing iron, but also use it for flylining, and make it easy running the rail on the boats when you can say, "coming over you" all the time.
  49. fisherman11

    lil halibuts for lil fisherman

    And teaches the kids that CPR is cool, that's what dad always did.
  50. fisherman11

    La Jolla YT 13JUL16

    I personally throw them back if I don't need a gaff to boat them. That's just my own rule, to each their own. I respect those who throw back the little ones.
  51. fisherman11

    CISCO dayboat recommendation

    The TLD 20 has 65# Yozuri hybrid (it's like mono). The Torium 16 mainline is 50# PP Superslick. I'll probably topshot it with some 30# or 40# mono. Thank you.
  52. fisherman11

    CISCO dayboat recommendation

    That is great, thank you. Bringing a TLD 20 and Torium 16, and a light spinning outfit with 30# braid to cast if any school sized YTs come near us. Will these be good or should we rent a rod for him?
  53. fisherman11

    CISCO dayboat recommendation

    Got the last 2 spots on the Aloha Spirit. Thank you.
  54. fisherman11

    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...
  55. fisherman11

    yes, 1st trip. Heard their commercial. I want to fight salmon, maybe some halibut. Not a...

    yes, 1st trip. Heard their commercial. I want to fight salmon, maybe some halibut. Not a rockfish fan. Thanks for info.
  56. fisherman11

    Dana Point 5-27 Report

    Thanks for the report... and the release.
  57. fisherman11

    Trip to Sitka Alaska Availble

    Still available? Does anyone know how this place compares to Kingfisher Charters? Thank you.
  58. fisherman11

    Hi Bob, I'm trying to PM you. I read the directions and I hope this is it. I'm wanting to go to...

    Hi Bob, I'm trying to PM you. I read the directions and I hope this is it. I'm wanting to go to Sitka in July. Looking at Kingfisher Charters, and Sitka Point Lodge and Fishing Charters. Any knowledge of these two? Other recommendations? I just want to fish a few days. Thanks.
  59. fisherman11

    Got a Daiwa Lexa HD 300; Shimano vs. Okuma rod?

    Phenix lists 3 possible rods which are 7' 11" here: http://www.phenixrods.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=78
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    Got a Daiwa Lexa HD 300; Shimano vs. Okuma rod?

    I can't find a Phenix M1 ML 711 online anywhere. I'd like to read about it. Are you certain that's the model #? Thanks.
  61. fisherman11

    Got a Daiwa Lexa HD 300; Shimano vs. Okuma rod?

    Could it be DXS 801 XHFB? Thank you!
  62. fisherman11

    Got a Daiwa Lexa HD 300; Shimano vs. Okuma rod?

    That is interesting. Reminds me of the fact that steelhead rods make great surf rods. Can you send me the actual model # of the Daiwa XH salmon rod? Thank you.
  63. fisherman11

    Got a Daiwa Lexa HD 300; Shimano vs. Okuma rod?

    What is the model of the Daiwa swimbait rod? Thank you.
  64. fisherman11

    Got a Daiwa Lexa HD 300; Shimano vs. Okuma rod?

    Do you think a used Shimano would be significantly better than the Okuma Catalina CIS-C-801MH? Thank you.
  65. fisherman11

    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...
  66. fisherman11

    Shimano Teramar Tuesday?

    When is that Liberty going to go online for bookings?
  67. fisherman11

    Rpt.-Thur. 05-05-16 Tuna and Tail on the Eclipse.

    Love a detailed report like this, covering fishing and food.
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    Cabrilla Cought in Mission Bay

    And thanks for releasing it! I always say, if in doubt, toss it back.
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    Shimano Teramar Tuesday?

    No, that is definitely NOT what I was saying. Sorry for the confusion. The Captain and Crew on the San Diego are great, I agree, they fish hard, are polite and professional, and don't give up. The trip I was referring to was a totally different location, on a small boat with a Guide, who didn't...
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    Shimano Teramar Tuesday?

    Forgot: it's out of Seaforth Landing, San Diego.
  71. fisherman11

    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...
  72. fisherman11

    Daiwa Lexa HD300 - buy and extra spool?

    Think I can throw surface irons with the 300? I don't want to think that all I can use it for is my annual Cedros trip; too big for SD Bay, and too light for surface irons. I have some heavy rods with a Torium 16 and TLD 20 but I'm just not good at casting with those big reels / heavy rods, and...
  73. fisherman11

    Daiwa Lexa HD300 - buy and extra spool?

    Yes, I figured the Lexa 300 was a bit big for San Diego Bay but I wanted something versatile enough for Cedros calicos, local spotted bay bass... and to bring on the 3/4 day boats to toss surface irons to school sized YTs. Is that reel enough to handle school sized YTs w/say 65# braid and a...
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    Daiwa Lexa HD300 - buy and extra spool?

    The tackIe store suggested two spools. I was thinking that I don't want knots going through the eye of the level wind, so for the spotted bay bass, it would be 8 - 15 # mono all the way, maybe a short fluoro leader. Do you fish your setup in Mission or San Diego Bay for the small spotted bay...
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    Daiwa Lexa HD300 - buy and extra spool?

    That was the tackIe store recommendation. I was thinking that I don't want knots going through the eye of the level wind, so for the spotted bay bass, it would be 8 - 15 # mono. Do you fish that setup in Mission or San Diego Bay? Thank you.
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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...
  77. fisherman11

    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...
  78. fisherman11

    Bluefish tackle question

    25# fluoro leader, I assume that would be when flylining a sardine? For yo yo jigging, would you use fluoro leader or mono leader? and length you'd recommend? Thank you.
  79. fisherman11

    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...
  80. fisherman11

    Southern Belize Dec 4-14 - Epic Adventure!

    Not the slightest idea how to PM someone, can't figure it out. Can you provide easy directions? I was just there in Belize. Thanks.
  81. fisherman11

    Belize trip December 13 - 20

    I highly recommend Rojo Lara for fishing in San Pedro, Belize. Born and raised there, guiding forever, great boat, speaks English, top equipment, and he will push you to fish hard. Taught me the basics of flyfishing, enough to land some bonefish. Then he spotted a blue crab in the water which he...
  82. fisherman11

    Belize trip December 13 - 20

    My new avatar shows the permit caught on a spinning rod using a live blue crab in Belize. Also caught lots of bonefish on the fly rod. Tarpon weren't biting, we threw tons of live sardines in front of them for hours.
  83. fisherman11

    Bonefish, Belikin and warm Belizean Breezes...

    might be heading down there soon.... light tackle fishing.
  84. fisherman11

    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...
  85. fisherman11

    Change out your line

    Assume you were using mono? What lb. test? Thanks.
  86. fisherman11

    Cost of a cab from San Jose del Cabo to East Cape?

    But you have "annual full coverage Mexican ins" ? How did you get that?
  87. fisherman11

    Cost of a cab from San Jose del Cabo to East Cape?

    Those prices aren't real. Count on $40 per day after you buy the mandatory insurance.
  88. fisherman11

    Online Mexican Fishing Licenses 2017

    If you're lucky enough to live in San Diego, or willing to make the drive, you can walk into a real CONEPESCA office ( http://www.sportfishinginmexico.com/ ) weekdays til 2 PM. It's not downtown, it's in a small office in the ground floor of an apartment building next to a restaurant also housed...
  89. fisherman11

    East Cape; Rancho Leonero; Los Barriles

    Can't remember what hooks we were using, it wasn't my rod. We has good luck with live bait which we had netted, tossed to the edge of the mangroves, I think we even had a bobber! They might have been some sort of pilchard or herring, some type of baitfish I haven't heard about out here in...
  90. fisherman11

    East Cape Colors?

    Here is one which didn't work last week... maybe that is almost as important.
  91. fisherman11

    East Cape; Rancho Leonero; Los Barriles

    The ATV's are available through the Ranch and they are delivered, I believe, from Los Barilles. I know there is a shop there, not sure if it's any more expensive to reserve directly. One Cedros location went back and forth with me with an open seat, a website which wasn't updated, a...
  92. fisherman11

    East Cape; Rancho Leonero; Los Barriles

    I've used ladyfish for cut bait for snook in the Everglades and it's the top bait for them.
  93. fisherman11

    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...
  94. fisherman11

    Cost of a cab from San Jose del Cabo to East Cape?

    As an alternative, I was just down there and wanted to set up sharing a taxi with someone but couldn't seem to arrange it in advance. I just hated the idea of wasting all that space in a cab for one person and spending that kind of money for "a ride", so I reserved a car online with Budget near...
  95. fisherman11

    Gordo bank...targeted wahoo...got wahoo

    Mexican airport security wanted to confiscate my Accurate ($90) pliers and Surefire flashlight, but I scrambled downstairs and checked my bag. I didn't chance bringing any lures / hooks.
  96. fisherman11

    How do you delete pics in your profile??

    How can I delete a post? There were no replies. Thanks!
  97. fisherman11

    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...
  98. fisherman11

    Verdugo's?

    Hi Greg, I think I left you a message on your phone, and emailed. What are options to get to Los Barilles (Verdugo's) as a solo fisherman Tuesday afternoon? I know taxi's are outrageous, I hate to rent a car when I really just want to fish WED / THU, and fly back to SD on FRI. Any chance on...
  99. fisherman11

    Isla Cedros 6/27-6/30

    Hoping to go next week (SEP 2015), either Zam-Mar, or Cedros Adventures; COA where I've stayed before booked up for this weekend. Thanks for the tips, I'm sure some has changed, as fishing does. 2013 had lots of kelp, this past summer it was rare, we bounced leadheads off rocks for calicos.
  100. fisherman11

    Cedros 06/29 Report

    Can't wait to hit it this weekend. Mike, great fish you guys got into. Thanks for all the advice. I got some of your Reeb's products: Kelp Sassin' 1.5 oz. Orange Crabs (they didn't have any Jihads, which is what I really wanted - but it sounds like surface iron Tady 45's are the ticket); and...
  101. fisherman11

    Looking for a Cedros report

    Did get 2 reliable reports that there is no kelp, someone just back said, "braid not needed for calicos, they're around the rocks". I go soon myself!
  102. fisherman11

    Flat fall for YT in Cedros?

    Sorry to ask a dumb question, but when we make bait with the sabiki rigs are we catching mackeral? I will head over to Turners tomorrow to get Rapala X-Rap Magnum 20's. They confirmed from Cedros that there is no kelp now. I was there in 2013 also and there was plenty, it's where we caught...
  103. fisherman11

    "I said don't ask no stupid questions, And I won't send you away. If you want to talk fishin'...

    "I said don't ask no stupid questions, And I won't send you away. If you want to talk fishin', Well, I guess that'll be OK." Lynyrd Skynyrd
  104. fisherman11

    Power pro for triny 16a

    I bought my Torium 16 used last year and I was told it was loaded with PowerPro 50#; red line. Any disadvantages for this color? I go on 3/4 or overnight boats mostly, but heading to Cedros next week, expect to use it for yo yo jigging, or perhaps casting some surface irons.
  105. fisherman11

    Flat fall for YT in Cedros?

    Can you elaborate? I'm heading to Cedros next week. I hear there is no kelp. "Bring some 8/0-10/0 circle hooks and some rapalas in case you can't make bait." What would the circle hooks be for w/o bait? and which Rapalas? Thanks.
  106. fisherman11

    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    Just got a couple reports from Cedros: "no kelp". I think they're throwing I can only answer the rod transport portion. I've been before and am going again next week. I cut up cardboard, wrap it around the rod and tape it. Not sure why they don't allow rod holders, it was a pain, but it worked.
  107. fisherman11

    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...
  108. fisherman11

    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    Got tons of stuff today at Squidco event. Thanks for suggestions.
  109. fisherman11

    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    What color Reebs Persuader do you recommend, and what color / size leadhead to combine with it? Thanks.
  110. fisherman11

    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    I'm always looking to reduce the number of connections. I was thinking that if the calicos are reaction-striking a swimbait, maybe braid to a 4' mono leader is the way to go, perhaps, b/c: you don't need fluorocarbon's invisibility for reaction strikes mono leader will have better stretch for...
  111. fisherman11

    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    For yellowtail, I'm bringing my Shimano Torium 16 which is loaded w/50# PowerPro; I'll bring some 40# and 50# mono for topshots, and an assortment of Seaguar fluorocarbon leader spools 20# - 40#. I'll use one of the Seeker SSR 6660 yo yo rods they have there which are now offered for use for...
  112. fisherman11

    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    Heading to Squidco tomorrow around 1100 hrs for their sale. Recommendations? Thank you!
  113. fisherman11

    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    Thanks for the recommendations. Question: why so heavy on the line? I have 30# braid on a 3000 series spinning reel and was thinking that should be good to pull 5# - 10# calicos. Was thinking of getting some of these Reeb Lures Cedros Island Specials in either 3/8 oz, 3/4 oz,. or 1.5 oz. :
  114. fisherman11

    Cedros Island calico bass fishing with Warbaits Slayer Heads

    yo yoing was what we mainly did a few years ago there, but for yellowtail. I need to practice casting surface irons, we caught the calicos in the kelp mostly with leadheads and swimbaits, also waxwing, but it was with a spinning reel. I don't think I'm bringing a spinning reel this year, now...
  115. fisherman11

    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!
  116. fisherman11

    Recommendations for a few days fishing, anywhere!

    Went with a guide out of Flamingo, southernmost tip of the Everglades. Lots of snook, some sea trout, and landed this nice redfish, my first. One of the most beautiful places to fish you'll ever see. Tons of wildlife, manatee, turtles, sharks everywhere, big rays, birds, etc. and no houses...
  117. fisherman11

    Recommendations for a few days fishing, anywhere!

    Looks like the Florida Keys, either the Florida bay side for tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, or, ocean side for ...??
  118. fisherman11

    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...
  119. fisherman11

    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
  120. fisherman11

    Sunday 3/15 Malahini

    I was told to always freeze the fish to kill the bacteria, before thawing and then eating it raw. However, I have a typical home freezer, not commercial grade. Good info here regarding parasites and bacteria in fish you're about to eat...
  121. fisherman11

    The last weekend of lobster season

    Which I assume means late Tuesday night, as the clock strikes midnight (?) and the date changes.
  122. fisherman11

    2.5 Day Eclipse - San Martin & Colonet 1-29 to 2-1-2015

    When you say 40# minimum, do you still have a topshot of mono? Would you run straight braid 40# to a leader of 40# fluoro? Thanks.
  123. fisherman11

    Report: 3/4 day on the San Diego FRI 27 FEB

    Yep, forgot to mention, the Coronados. They said the north side were holding smaller varieties, south side bigger boys. There were a few smaller fish caught, but mostly caught them around 20 lbs. and some bigger. At least that's how they looked to me.
  124. fisherman11

    Report: 3/4 day on the San Diego FRI 27 FEB

    It's so great to catch one early in the day. The rest of the trip is stress free relaxing fun. That's just me. I guess I'd still just like to get out on the water and fish, but you can't deny that actually catching something adds greatly to the experience.
  125. fisherman11

    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...
  126. fisherman11

    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...
  127. fisherman11

    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...
  128. fisherman11

    Tribute Colnett

    I'm going on the Tribute MON 23 FEB. They list: "Fishing the Tanner/Cortez Bank for Bluefin Tuna and Yellowtail." Not sure they'll be any bluefin left by then, but tonight's Aztec 1.5 day trip canceled and I'm all set up to go!
  129. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    Just got the call from Seaforth Landing, I knew it was bad news when I saw the caller ID. They're canceling tonight's trip b/c they've had a "bit of weather, low fish counts the last couple days, and only 6 bookings, probably b/c people can't take another day off with the the long weekend". I'm...
  130. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    Thanks for the advice. I am bringing some iron, but am primarily set up for baitfish: Turner's was a little short on hooks, but they set me up with a 25# rig w/ 1/0 ringed flyliner hook, and a 20# rig with #2 offshore ringed hook. I'll see if Seaforth has any red hooks. I only have 2 worthy...
  131. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    I really appreciate the advice! I've only got two reels and two rods right now. Reels: Torium 16 (6.2:1; main load of 50# braid) Shimano Triton TLD 20 lever drag (I think it's loaded with 40# mono) Rods: Okuma Makaira (9' rated 15 - 30#) Okuma Catalina (5' 6", rated 30 - 50#) I thought I'd...
  132. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    I'll pick up a couple of those. http://fish.shimano.com/content/sac-fish/en/home/products/lures/butterfly-jigs/butterfly-flat-fall.html Any color / size / hook recommendations? Thank you.
  133. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    What is "flat fall"? Just drop it over and let it sink? Same lure for that? I have a TADY 4/0 blue chrome with a huge single hook, I'll pick up a couple more. Boat sold out but got another spot leaving Monday night on the Aztec. Thanks for the advice.
  134. fisherman11

    Eclipse 1.5 day out of SD Sunday night

    What are these boats / trips like? They both have open slots. Preferences? It's my first trip which will be longer than an overnight.
  135. fisherman11

    Eclipse 1.5 day out of SD Sunday night

    Or the Vagabond 1.5 day trip to the Cortez Bank for Bluefin and Yellowtail? Load also 28.
  136. fisherman11

    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.
  137. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    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.
  138. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    Braid to fluoro = RP Knot? That is what I usually tie for braid to mono topshot, then triple surgeons for mono topshot to fluoro. I like those knots outside the guides too. I have some chrome torpedo sinkers I got for another trip for live bait. What size rubber cores do you recommend? Thanks.
  139. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    That is awesome! I'd love to catch a bluefin. So, for his bluefish on irons, do you know if he was using surface irons (I can't cast well), or yo yo jigging? I might borrow a 20 or 25 lb. setup, either with braid and a topshot of mono, or just straight mono.
  140. fisherman11

    Planning 1.5 day out of SD Sunday 15 Feb

    Thanks for the help. Do you mean I need three rods? 20, 25, and 40 lb setups? and how long for the fluoro leader (I assume you mean fluoro leader, not longer topshot). Also, what is a rubber core? I appreciate the info.
  141. fisherman11

    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...
  142. fisherman11

    La Jolla 06FEB15 no fish kills :( red crab video

    Friday AM trip on the New Seaforth, very slow. Tried up north first, nada, ended up around the same area as you. Looks like the afternoon was even slower.
  143. fisherman11

    Late Report 2-4-15 They bit!

    Assume you were dropping only yo-yo jigs in those colors, or were some surface irons? We fished off La Jolla today, the fish were big but few and far between, only 9 on the AM boat (54 fishermen). Thanks.
  144. fisherman11

    Coranado Yellows

    Which overnight do you recommend? Would love to catch a wahoo!
  145. fisherman11

    LOBZILLA

    Thanks for the release! Impressive.
  146. fisherman11

    Overnight boat ?????? which one

    I had a good experience on the Cortez out of Seaforth. You can always show up early ready to fish and see if there are cancellations. I've seen people do that on every boat I've been on this season (4; and every one was sold out).
  147. fisherman11

    Overnight on the Cortez, Labor Day

    They have an RSW system, they didn't sit out long on deck. I flash froze skipjack when I got home and had some sashimi later that night. Great fish for fresh sashimi, BTW.
  148. fisherman11

    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...
  149. fisherman11

    Tribute overnight trip?

    I booked the Cortez, I can't wait. I'm going to get some poppers. Questions: 1. Do you just sleep in your clothes on the way down? And can you actually sleep? 2. Can you bring some fruit, snacks, water, etc.? 3. Do they make bait on the way / in the AM, or is it brought from the SD bait...
  150. fisherman11

    Tribute overnight trip?

    Great, thanks, I'll book the Cortez. Can't wait! I haven't learned to cast well yet, so I'm hoping for mostly live bait fishing, or yoyo jigging.
  151. fisherman11

    Tribute overnight trip?

    Do you use a leader for those poppers? I was using 30# fluoro, about 4 - 5', tied to the mono 30# for my hooks last week on the 3/4 day.
  152. fisherman11

    Tribute overnight trip?

    What are those? I can get at Turners?
  153. fisherman11

    Tribute overnight trip?

    Cool, that's what I thought you meant. Have you been on the Cortez, or the Tribute? Thanks!
  154. fisherman11

    Tribute overnight trip?

    You mean the smaller load of 22 on the Cortez, or the "limited" load of 32 on the Tribute? I imagine the Cortez is a smaller boat; I see what they call "limited load" trips that are really full load. Thanks!
  155. fisherman11

    Tribute overnight trip?

    Great, will grab one of the last spots on the Tribute or Cortez. Anyone have any experience on both, for a recommendation? Cortez is 22 load for $205, Tribute is 32 load for $245, can't see what the differences are on the website. Thanks!
  156. fisherman11

    Info on Aztec overnight?

    Thanks for the info. It looks like I'm now down to the Cortez (load 22, $205) vs. Tribute (load 32, $245) for overnight. Not sure what the differences are, the website doesn't describe them. Some questions based on your reply above: 1. if I bring extra spools, does that mean I strip off all my...
  157. fisherman11

    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...
  158. fisherman11

    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...
  159. fisherman11

    Topshot extension knot

    Thanks for the replies. I get it, I'll pull it off. I'm not good enough to be the saw....
  160. fisherman11

    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...
  161. fisherman11

    East Cape early Sept. tackle recommendations.

    How'd you do? I'm thinking of going down next week, or this week if I can find a flight, for a few days.
  162. fisherman11

    Surf Fishing at LJ Shores

    Thanks for the replies, I think I get it now. I can walk down the trail at the gliderport and head north, or walk south from the parking area on 101 by Torrey Pines I just have to get my tackle dialed in and I want to get some local expert advice as to what will work (from all the old tackle...
  163. fisherman11

    Surf Fishing at LJ Shores

    No test... I just plugged into GoogleMaps the southern edge of the San Diego-Scripps Coastal SMCA (32° 51.964' N 117° 15.233' W) and it shows the pier as southern boundary. What if you fish there, catch a perch, and let it go? I know it's a "finfish", not a "coastal pelagic", so you're not...
  164. fisherman11

    Surf Fishing at LJ Shores

    Thanks for that info. "Anchovy, sardine, mackerel and squid" do not really sound like what I'm looking to catch (perch, corbina). Too bad, the pier is close to where I live, I run/swim there often, but I can drive a little farther no problem (especially since it's apparently now illegal to fish...
  165. fisherman11

    Surf Fishing at LJ Shores

    I just scouted it out with the hike you refer to. Thinking I'll get a small backpack for tackle, fish scaling board, etc. (are there small backpacks made specifically for this?). Spent the last hour on the phone with DFG getting the runaround. I wanted specific boundary landmarks, I don't have a...
  166. fisherman11

    Surf Fishing at LJ Shores

    When you say you can fish just south of the glider port trail, does that mean you can fish just south of it, and then further north? (that's what it looks like on the blue map called the San Diego - Scripps Coastal SMCA, where it says fishing is allowed). What are the options to get down there...
  167. fisherman11

    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...