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  1. NewportMatt

    San Clemente Island 11/5

    With the lack of any substancial report coming from SCI for the last couple weeks on BD or Dope I thought I would share what I saw out there last two days. Fished frontside usual spots and Pyramid Head. All fish caught on sardine or jig Lots of bonita. Everywhere you look on frontside it is...
  2. NewportMatt

    Offshore US Waters - General Overview

    Been putting in the time offshore recently. Four trips in the last 7 days were for offshore waters. I launch out of Newport and have spent a bit of time at the 14, 267, 277, 181/182, 289, and 209. The good news is dorado are here and in volume. We have caught them on all four of our trips...
  3. NewportMatt

    Catalina Frontside - General Overview

    Fished Catalina frontside 3 of the past 4 days. The fishing has been excellent overall. Lots of calicos with over 75% of them being legal size up in the isthmus area. All the spots around there are working as long as you have a downhill current. On an uphill current it is a little trickier but...
  4. NewportMatt

    Catalina Island - General Overview

    Have fished Cat 4 times in the past 7 days. Now that season is in full swing I have been putting in the time. Green water is the norm out there right now. Best conditions regularly seem to be on the east end. Lots of BIG fish on the squid bed which is not necessarily inside Farnsworth Inshore...
  5. NewportMatt

    Slot Limit on Sporties - Calicos

    You guys know if any sportboats Oxnard to SD implement a slot limit on calicos?
  6. NewportMatt

    San Clemente Island 6/4

    Fished Clemente Island yesterday. Fished all frontside spots. Fishing was outstanding with all you want calicos eager to eat the top water jig. Also, some log size barracuda and 3-4lb bonita. The artificials outfished the bait with all the species. Had great sardines from Newport. Water temp was...
  7. NewportMatt

    Trolling Motors on Big Boats

    Pretty much my entire family lives in Florida. I grew up in Cali but my moms side has always been there and now parents/sister are there so I am in Florida once or twice a year and have been my entire life. I bring a lot of the East Coast fishing mentality home with me and I know it improves my...
  8. NewportMatt

    Crystal Cove 5/2

    Headed out to Crystal Cove today. Planned to just dive the #2 spot to look for WSB. On the way out I stopped at a few of my waypoints I have accumulated. First stop and first 4 casts all result in fish. Small grade so I move. This happened at about 3 other spots until I found one with the bigger...
  9. NewportMatt

    Wind sucks - local fishing shut down

    Slowest day on the water for me this month. Fished Newport Pipe, Izors, and some wrecks off the Cliffs. Water was brown but somehow held strong at 58 degrees after this wind. You could see sediment in the water and it looked just nasty in some places. The hot bite at Izors was non existent...
  10. NewportMatt

    Catalina / Izors 3/18-20

    Sunday fished east end backside of Cat. Was an exploratory mission with a buddy more than anything. Spent the first 1.5 hours on the Salta Verde cod spots for nothing but some very small rockfish. Extremely slow fishing. Went in and fished the kelp for nothing. Headed in to the boilers for...
  11. NewportMatt

    SE Bank, Double Rigs, Izors 3/12

    SE Bank was 60 degrees. Got some great marks and dropped a few different combinations on them for nothing. Cattle boat pulled up on us about 75 yds away and I didn't see them pull one over the rail either. Headed over to the double rigs and pulled in tight to them. Worked them with a variety of...
  12. NewportMatt

    Restoration of my 1998 Worldcat 266SC

    I bought my Worldcat 266SC in June of last year. I bought it with two blown motors out of a boat yard it had been sitting in for 6 months and the boat was a complete mess. Hazmat suit kind of mess I hate the idea of spending $100k+ on a new boat that isn't exactly what you want. My idea was to...
  13. NewportMatt

    Catalina 3/5

    Fished east end backside Cat today. Frozen squid and variuos jigs, grubs, bucktails as bait. Slow pick of mixed grade rockfish. Got a total of 15. Best was on the Salta Verde spots. Also put in a little time at Church Rock and Seal Rocks for some undersized sheepshead, calicos, and halibut...
  14. NewportMatt

    Bait Tank - Size/Shape

    Another bait tank thread... Have a 26 Worldcat. Was debating whether I was going to put on a new tower this winter or a new bait tank. After being unable to hold 1 scoop of healthy sardines for more than 24 hours on almost every overnight trip out the answer became obvious to me. I have...
  15. NewportMatt

    Pyramid Cove Mooring Balls

    We stayed in Pyramid Cove Saturday night. As we roll in and start dropping anchor I get called on CH 72 that there is a mooring ball open real close. I say thanks and head over to it and tie off. There seemed to be 6 or 7 of them inside the cove. Most open even the next morning with boats...
  16. NewportMatt

    San Clemente Island

    Fished SCI this weekend. Headed out Newport at 530am Saturday. Stopped on some signs of life off the slide. Lots of birds working and dolphins feeding. Trolled around and cast some jigs for about an hour on this. Also stopped on a couple empty paddies. Got to SCI around 9am with no fish on the...
  17. NewportMatt

    Opah - How to?

    Anyone ever specifically target Opah off So Cal? I got to thinking maybe swordfishermen dropping baits deep during the day catch some. Anyone with knowledge if that is true? I know they are most often an incidental type of catch. I found one good article posted back in 2012 in Salt Water...
  18. NewportMatt

    14 mile bank - 9/6

    Back at it again today. Horrible sardines from Newport bait barge. Guy that filled us up had a guilty look on his face. Got out of the jetties by 645am. It was already bad out there. Worked up to the 14. By 715 white caps everywhere. By 730 we were to the 14 and found a pod of dolphins pretty...
  19. NewportMatt

    Cat, 277, 14, Avalon Bank - 9/4

    Headed out of Newport 3pm. Hit 14 to Avalon Bank to Whites Landing. Lots of nothing and snotty short period wind swell from Lydia. Whites Landing was packed and the South wind pushing us toward shore. Not a good anchorage with South wind. Moved at 230am. No sleep kinda night. Headed to 277 6am...
  20. NewportMatt

    Crystal Cove 8/21

    Headed out of Newport 7am today. Had some frozen squid and a scoop of sardines. Took out a group of ladies from San Antonio. They wanted a 1/2 day trip so thought I would start with Crystal Cove. Saw a Thresher shark in front of the #1 spot. Headed to the #2 spot. Got up-current and set anchor...
  21. NewportMatt

    Cat and Avalon Bank

    Headed out of Newport at 730am with a great scope of sardines. Headed for Little Gibraltar. Stopped at some paddy's on way put but nobody home. At Little Gibraltar about 5 minutes into slow trolling we got slammed. Big yellow! About 10 feet from transom the tax man steals it. Bastard...
  22. NewportMatt

    Paddy Hop 267

    Just got back. Left Newport at 730am and skipped the bait barge. Had jigs and my gun. Was just me and my two dogs... All the way to the 267 I didn't see a single paddy. Trolled around the 267 for 2 hours and saw a couple real small paddys. Stopped on them and threw the irons at them more to...
  23. NewportMatt

    Catalina - Swim it/Fish it

    Swum the channel from PV to west end. Been a goal of mine for some time. 15.5 hours across the channel. Of course some buddies on the boat are looking for fish the whole time. Saw a whole bunch of jellies about 10 feet down the whole way across. Saw a sea turtle swimming down there too. Other...
  24. NewportMatt

    Dorado and YT

    Left Newport at 8am. Headed to the 267. Saw some dolphins and a boat working them about 5 out the jetty. About 10 out the jetty we rolled up to a nice paddie in crystal clear blue water, I felt like I was in the tropics. Paddie had a giant mola under it. Makes you appreciate the beauty we have...
  25. NewportMatt

    1983 Blackman Billfisher 26' Diesel $34.5k

    Selling my Blackman 26. Boat runs on a Volvo Penta KAD 32 with under 1200hrs. Motor recently serviced with regular maintenance items. Volvo Dual Prop stern drive just got painted and zinced in the last couple months. Boat is done right. 60 gallon bait tank, 3/4 ton fish hold, head w/holding...
  26. NewportMatt

    Swordfishing Harpoon Plank for sale - Foldable, Aluminum

    Selling the harpoon plank off my Blackman 26. Bought the boat with the plank but I no longer want it (the plank that is, I LOVE the boat). The plank is aluminum and is foldable. All accessories and hardware are included. Backing plates, bolts/nuts, cables... also have lots of rope and floats...
  27. NewportMatt

    Outrigger Question

    I assume this is an outrigger base. If my assumption is incorrect, please let me know. If it is correct, any guidance as to what outrigger pole it is a base for would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  28. NewportMatt

    Bait Question - Socal Tuna

    Hey fellas. Heading to the 181 tomorrow to try for some YFT. Have a 65 gallon bait tank on my Blackman 26. Leaving Newport. Bait barge reporting medium sardines and some small Chovy. Been reading you need lotsa chum out there. Thinking I could fit 2 scoops easy in my tank of anchovy. Sardines...
  29. NewportMatt

    14/277

    Left newport bait barge about 715am. Headed to 14. Last time out we saw a paddy full of big dodo thay weren't biting on the 14. Brought my gun on this trip. .. 14 was pretty quiet. Found a couple paddys with nothing but rat yellows on them. Radio was going off about tuna on the 277 so we headed...
  30. NewportMatt

    Blackman 26 "Frances B"

    Bought a new boat in the end of July. Have missed a month in peak season!!! Losing my mind. Well worth it though for this new vessel. Taking the place of my Roughwater 36 Trawler which was a great boat but too slow for fishing purposes. New boat is a 1983 Blackman 26 with Volvo Kad 32 diesel...
  31. NewportMatt

    Great Day @ Crystal Cove "The One That Got Away"

    Small sardines from Newport bait barge. My favorite bait in pretty much all conditions... Was headed to the #2 spot off Crystal Cove but as we got close it looked like a parking lot. We stopped on a paddy about 1/4 mile offshore between the #1 and #2 spot. Maybe 100 yard outside of the kelp...
  32. NewportMatt

    14 mile bank 6-20-16

    Got to the Newport bait barge around 630am today. Got a 1/2 scoop of larger sardines. Plan was to paddy whack out to the 14 mile bank and then back in. My trawler does 7 knot cruise so I can't run all over the place. Have done this out/back many many times in the past and I have never gotten...
  33. NewportMatt

    New Boat, Lots of nothing to start

    Just got a new 36' trawler this winter. On a ball in Newport Bay. Trying to learn as much about saltwater fishing as I can. So far, I feel like I am learning a lot but with no luck so far. Went out last Friday the 12th to oil rigs near the 150. First day with new "aerator" bait tank. NewB me...