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  1. bajapaddyhopper

    Beautiful is FREEDOM (1.5 Day 11/7)

    Decided at the last minute to drop everything and head out on the Freedom for their next 1.5 dayer. Asked a few people but no one else could make it. I was almost questioning my decision to go. At least the weather forecast was looking positive. Capt. Dave informed us during the seminar that we...
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    Nuthin But FREEDOM- 1.5 Tuna 9/09/19

    For the last month I've been itching to get out and target the biting bluefin. A buddy and I have been trying to plan a trip but our schedules never matched. I finally said screw it, I'm going solo on the FREEDOM! As we headed south from 22nd St. Landing, there was a residual lump from the...
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    "SMASH IT!" Independence 7 Day 2019

    16th Annual BAJA PADDY HOPPERS (aka Sherman's Tuna Runners) INDEPENDENCE 7 Day July 13-20, 2019 The following report is a photo and video chronology of our 7 day vacation of fishing, food, and fellowship on the Long Range boat Independence. It's pretty extensive, so if you have some time, sit...
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    ISLAND IN THE SUN -Independence 7 Day 2018

    "When you're on a golden sea You don’t need no memory Just a place to call your own As we drift into the zone" "On an island in the sun We’ll be playing and having fun And it makes me feel so fine I can’t control my brain" -WEEZER 15th Annual BAJA PADDY HOPPERS (aka Sherman's Tuna Runners)...
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    Jumbo Croaker Meets Wham 6/13

    Joined Roy today on his skiff as we launched out of Davies at 6 am. Pretty flat conditions and heavy marine layer most of the morning as we started to hop the local stones for bass. Some current in some spots and slack in others. Roy started to hang some target species on smaller baits so I...
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    Going Hard 5/23

    Got the invite to join Roy and Frank on Frank's 21' skiff. Our main goal was to fish Catalina and try out these new 170 size Hydro Minnow hardbaits made by Yo-Zuri. Nice weather going across and pretty much all day with not much wind. We exclusively threw the hardbaits most of the day to test...
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    Going Hard at the Isle 5/23

    Got the invite to join Roy and Frank on Frank's 21' skiff. Our main goal was to fish Catalina and try out these new 170 size Hydro Minnow hardbaits made by Yo-Zuri. Nice weather going across and pretty much all day with not much wind. We exclusively threw the hardbaits most of the day to test...
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    3 Spots Open INDY July 7 Day

    How would you like an opportunity to fish on one of the top Long Range vessels in the fleet during peek season? Well, 3 spots just opened up on our 7 day trip on the INDEPENDENCE. Now is your chance to fish on this incredible platform with one of the very best captains, Jeff Debuys. Young or...
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    30 BELOW- 6 Days on the INDEPENDENCE 2017

    JULY 17-23, 2017 It's summer time! So once again we were reunited with 30 old friends, new friends, acquaintances, and family for our 14th annual Baja Paddy Hoppers trip as we headed south below the border. After everyone walked away with some cool swag, grand prize winners Luis and Brian...
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    Bottom of the 9th, 2 Outs (8/24)

    After almost an entire season of catching small grade yellows at Catalina, I was itching to get into some bigger models. Recent reports showed great signs so "calico killer kevin" and I jumped at the opportunity to hang some on the Native Sun. We encountered some big rollers going across but...
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    The Steel Breeze (7 Days on the INDY July 2015)

    "Remember when you were young? You shone like the sun..." "THE STEEL BREEZE" JULY 18-25, 2015 Every year, mid summer at the end of July, we all eagerly anticipate and yearn to explore the Eastern Pacific during our voyage on the... It's hard to believe this is our 12th year that we've...
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    Crank Kills! 6/30

    After a late morning doctor appointment, I got a call from Capt. Vin. And of course it was at the 11th hour. The plan was to bass and crab. I said sure. I haven't fished at night in quite a long time. As we headed out to the zone, there was quite a bit of heavy drizzle and even lightning...
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    Jack N Grump on the Drum 6/5

    Got the call on the eleventh hour from Vince to see if I wanted to go chase some tail on Fri. Had to work later that day, but sacrificing sleep to take advantage of the opportunity wasn't even a debate. So after a quick launch, we were armed with just surface and yoyo jigs. We were eager and...
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    7 Day July INDEPENDENCE- Jump On These Open Spots!

    Due to some recent cancellations, we have a few opening on our July 7 day trip aboard the INDEPENDENCE. So it's not too late to join us. All signs point to another spectacular year or even better than the last, so we have a spot for you and your friends. C'mon down, here's the opportunity to...
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    In Pursuit of Mossback 3/16

    Decided to take the day off and try for some of those yellowtail tuna that have been appearing at CAT. I've been putting this off forever, but I haven't fished on my regular day boat in a loooong time and made a overdue appearance on the ... We stopped off at San Pedro Bait and took some...
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    Gloomy Day 12/1

    Occasionally I have appointments in the OC and almost always bring my spottie rod. After a quick meeting I still had a few hours to try to hook some bass before I headed home. Fortunately the rain had not begun yet but it was dark and gloomy. At the start, it was slow on the spinnerbait. Only...
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    Mutant on the Sand 11/12

    Had some time this morning to hit the sand in the SAMO bay and visit the calico grounds that have been biting so well. Pretty much threw the new MUTANT swimbait exclusively at the bass that were given to me to try out. Got to the zone and swell was down, water had good clarity, hardly any salad...
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    Twilight Fatheads 10/13

    Just to liven this place up, I wanted to see if there were any biters in Newps. Started looking for the spotties in the late pm the other day and the bite went into the evening. Started off slow, then found the bite. Changed baits constantly depending on the environment. All were hooked on $2...
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    RIPPERS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD- 7 Days on the INDY (July 19-26)

    It's July. Which means it's time again for the 11th Annual Baja Paddy Hoppers on the Long Range vessel... Our score board explains it all. DAY 1 (departure day) We arrived to the bait receiver an hour early as the crew gently loaded up the tanks with primo sardines. Soon after, the...
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    1 Spot Open 7 Day INDY

    Because of a last minute medical issue, we have 1 spot open on our 7 day on the INDY. If you or anyone you know would like to join our fantastic trip, give me a holla... QUICK!! INDEPENDENCE 7-DAY ALIJOS ROCKS/RIDGE BAJA FREELANCE Depart. Sat. July 19, 2014 11am Return Sat. July 26, 2014 7am...
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    Fishing For Science! 6/27

    The four of us quickly departed on the Chubasco II out of Seaforth Sportfishing for another quality adventure tagging the checkers. The Motley Crew today would be fellow SCSFers Kevin (calico killer), Neil (1000 steps), Neil's guest Matt, and myself. We loaded the tanks with some decent chovies...
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    Metal-Rubber-Plastic 4/30

    Got a call on the 11th hour from Vince to join him and go slay some bass for a few hours. So I dropped any non-vital responsibilities I had for the day. I was a little nervous about the 15 kt Santa Anas though. But he told me not to worry. Hm. Arrived at the launch and it's blowing like a...
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    The Spoonman Strikes! 4/13

    While I was watching the last couple of hours of the Masters on Sun., I got a call to go saltwater bassin for a few hours. Let's see, watch millionaires play golf or go catch fish. What to do? Got to the launch by 4 pm and made haste of our departure. Had some wind chop as we went out, which my...
  24. bajapaddyhopper

    Doing The HUSTLE 4/4

    So we gathered a few friends and their guests and headed off towards the Channel Islands aboard the New Hustler. The weather was improving and we were optimistic we weren't going to get bashed by the wind. Although it was a bit breezy, conditions were better than we anticipated. Started off in...
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    OCEE Dock Dwellers 3/14

    We haven't fished for spotties for a long time so today we decided to look for some big fish in the little harbor. Everywhere we went the conditions looked good- light winds and stained water. So I was very optimistic. First donkey was 16.5" on the mini blade. Then fellow BDer Kevin (calico...
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    Bassin Before Hoopin

    Went for a evening hooping trip with Vince on Sat. But before we dropped the nets, we thought maybe we could catch something first. Slowed to the first stop and I asked Vince where the pile was. He pointed and I made my first cast and started cranking. The Yo Zuri got stopped hard and landed...
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    ChuckLing on the Hustler 12/21

    We've been planning to get on a codding trip to the Channel Islands for weeks and finally a window of opportunity arose. So we gathered 13 friends and their guests, jumped aboard the New Hustler out of Hook's Sportfishing at 2am, and off we headed to Santa Rosa Island. It was a slightly bumpy...
  28. bajapaddyhopper

    Lucky Louie's Lobster Loveshack 10/26

    Got the call to go buggin and fishin from Vince. And with a bit of effort, I pretty much dropped everything to go. Met up with the capt. at the ramp mid-afternoon, set up the nets, performed a little maintenance, and off we went. The skipper said we were going to try an area he hasn't been in in...
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    BATTLEGROUND BAJA- A 7 Day Chronicle on the INDY-July 20-27

    It's that time of year again where the Baja Paddy Hoppers gather together for their annual ritual as we journey through the waters of Baja. This year we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary with the San Diego LR boat INDEPENDENCE. She' been a great friend to us through all our adventures...
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    Open Spots Summer 7 Day INDEPENDENCE

    Baja Paddy Hoppers 2013 7 Day Extravaganza Due to recent cancellations, we now presently have several spots open on our 10th anniversary charter aboard the long range vessel- INDEPENDENCE Alijos Rocks/Ridge Baja Freelance NOW is your opportunity join us on one of the best long...
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    Open Spots Summer 7 Day INDEPENDENCE

    Baja Paddy Hoppers 2013 7 Day Extravaganza Due to recent cancellations, we now presently have several spots open on our 10th anniversary charter aboard the long range vessel- INDEPENDENCE Alijos Rocks/Ridge Baja Freelance NOW is your opportunity join us on one of the best long...
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    Independence @ Fred Hall Show

    It's that time again for the west coast's largest fishing, tackle and outdoor show. And once again one of San Diego's premiere long range vessels INDEPENDENCE will have an open house at the show in Long Beach. She will be docked in Rainbow Harbor right next to the pedestrian bridge across from...
  33. bajapaddyhopper

    Surf and Bay Combo Day 01/27

    Got a call from my buddy AJ and he asked if I wanted to do a surf and bay combo Sun. Before CKK and AJ arrived, I scouted the N.O.C. Conditions were not very good at the first spot. In fact, they were horrible so I told them to meet me somewhere else. Luckily conditions at the second spot were...
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    Pit Stop at Cedros July 21-28

    Just a segment of our long range trip on the INDY last week. First drift at the island I decided to bounce a Mega off the bottom and hooked this scrappy grunt. That's a first for me. Then we moved up to the kelp beds and it was calico heaven. If you could cast a swimbait right into...
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    7 Day OFFSHORE ANNIHILATION! July 21-28

    Welcome to the 9th Annual Baja Paddy Hoppers on the Super Deluxe Long Range Sportfisher: We dedicate this trip to long time Paddy Hopper Mike who we recently lost. We miss our friend dearly. The obligatory bait receiver pic. Fill dat swimmin' pool up boys! VIDEO: Paddy Hoppin' 101 w/...
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    JULY 7 DAY

    3 SPOTS OPEN! Baja Paddy Hoppers 2012 7 Day Extravaganza Welcome to the 9th annual charter aboard the long range vessel- INDEPENDENCE Alijos Rocks/ Baja Freelance Join us as we venture down the waters of Baja as we test our angling skills and do battle with summer time...
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    July 7 Day

    3 SPOTS OPEN! Baja Paddy Hoppers 2012 7 Day Extravaganza Welcome to the 9th annual charter aboard the long range vessel- INDEPENDENCE Alijos Rocks/ Baja Freelance Join us as we venture down the waters of Baja as we test our angling skills and do battle with summer time...
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    7 Day INDY- ONLY 3 Spots Left!!!

    Baja Paddy Hoppers 2012 7 Day Extravaganza Welcome to the 9th annual charter aboard the long range vessel- INDEPENDENCE Alijos Rocks/ Baja Freelance Join us as we venture down the waters of Baja as we test our angling skills and do battle with summer time yellowfin tuna, bluefin...
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    7 Day INDY- ONLY 3 Spots Left!!!

    Baja Paddy Hoppers 2012 7 Day Extravaganza Welcome to the 9th annual charter aboard the long range vessel- INDEPENDENCE Alijos Rocks/ Baja Freelance Join us as we venture down the waters of Baja as we test our angling skills and do battle with summer time yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna...
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    WIN A Free Multi-Day Trip on the INDEPENDENCE

    Once again the super deluxe sportfisher INDEPENDENCE will have an on the water open house at the 2012 Fred Hall Show in Long Beach CA. The boat will be docked within easy walking distance at the Shoreline village next to the Yard House in Rainbow Harbor. You can take the bridge over Shoreline...
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    Twilight of the TEBOW 1/14

    Got a message from Spottie Killer Kevin about hitting the bay at twilight. When I got NPH, the skies were cloudy, the water was pretty clear, and there was a slight breeze from the NE. Right before sundown I tried using the blades again to see if last time out was a fluke or just plain luck...
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    New Moon Ripperz 11/25

    A day after my tryptophan coma, I decided to burn the calories off with a little bay session. This month's new moon brought some extreme tides and as I arrived in Newport it was about to slack at an astronomical negative low. There would be over an astounding 8' swing before I got there...
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    Nocturnal Cherry Popper 10/11

    Headed out tonight with KC and hoped to hang some spotties in NPH. Wind was way down and water was clear as we fished the incoming. Really didn't get any love until the sun fell. As we explored the shallows, I hung the first on a twin tail grub. Knotch finally made it down and joined us but...
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    YR 8- Paddy Hoppers' INDEPENDENCE / July 23-29 (pic tonnage)

    8th ANNUAL BAJA PADDY HOPPERS There's a crap load of pics and video so I'll say very little. (besides, i lost my voice) So here we go... After we quickly boarded the INDEPENDENCE and unloaded our gear, it was a short jaunt to the bait receiver where the crew efficiently armed us for battle...
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    Bay Bruisers 6/9

    Had to do some quick business in the OC this morning, so on a whim I decided to take my rods with me in case I had a chance to do some bass fishing. Well, the meeting didn't take as long as I expected, so it was a short drive to Newport. When I got to the bay mid-morning it was actually...
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    Fatheads and Flathead 5/19

    Got to Newport right after daybreak and only hooked a couple of small ones. It was slow going for a while in the post storm murky water. Then this chunky fathead brightened up my morning. Then I hung something with some weight behind it. At first I thought it was a ray that was pulling so...
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    Saltist LD 20 2spd

    I only used the reel and rod once on a 2 day... the reel is in new condition and has 40 lb spectra on it ill part with it for 225$ and i also have a jiggin rod that will go along with it.. its 6'6 Medium heavy medium fast and the jig weight is 110-200... Ill let that go for 75$ PM...
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    Utah in the Bay 4/25

    Corbin92 was back in town for a few days from school in UT and wanted to take advantage of our fine fishery and catch up on some shore bassin. Got to Newport in the early a.m. to pretty good weather. Very little breeze and warm. Water was a tad murky though. The young lad was the first to score...
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    Little Drum, Big Trophies 4/23 (abridged)

    Got the call from Vince on Fri. and asked if I would like to take a ride on the Drum for some local stone hopping. I think I said "yes" before he even finished his sentence. The Big Drum was in the shop so he took out the little one. We started out in slightly overcast skies with a barely a...
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    Open Spots- 6 Day July INDEPENDENCE

    BAJA PADDY HOPPERS 6 DAY This is our 8th year on board the INDEPENDENCE and due to few cancellations there are now 5 spots open. So now is your chance to fish on one of the best long range boats and probably one of the most stable rides in the fleet during the peak of the season. And with the...
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    The Number of the Beast (2/12)

    After debating for a while whether to hit the surf or the bay, we decided on the bay. My last session there was filled with stress LOL as I lost a couple of line busting grumps to the structure that I could barely wind on. So vengeance was on my mind. Decision wasn't too difficult at that...
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    ...End of the Line For 2010 (12/31)

    Tried to squeeze in one more session before the end of the year and before corbin92 had to return back to prison... um, I mean school in Utah. Early morning high winds were predicted in the OC so we debated until the last moment to pull the trigger. But we said what the heck. It was our last...
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    7th Annual Baja Paddy Hoppers/INDEPENDENCE 7/23-7/29

    It's that time again for our 7th annual baja charter trip on the long range vessel INDEPENDENCE. We usually have a 5 day but with the early season trend of biters at Alijos Rocks we decided to extend our trip to make that possible. It's a good thing too because the offshore scene just shut down...