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  1. mhanson59hb

    Catalina Bones & Bugs 12/11 to 12/13

    The weather window I was waiting for finally arrived this week, so my friend Don Elm and I headed over to Catalina for a few days of fishing and hooping. We launched from Huntington Harbor Wednesday morning and picked a full scoop of cured medium ‘dines from Nacho. The ride across was smooth...
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    Catalina combo trip 10-2 to 10-4

    I took my soon to be brother in law Devan over to Catalina for a few days fishing and hooping. We launched Wednesday from Huntington Harbor and picked up a full scoop of mixed size cured sardines from Mario at LA Harbor bait. The ride over was smooth with no wind and as we made our way around...
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    Dive boat tragedy - Conception

    Saw this report this morning. Sorry if it has already been posted. Those poor people. https://ktla.com/2019/09/02/crews-rescuing-at-least-30-people-on-boat-near-santa-cruz-island-coast-guard/
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    Catalina 7/29 to 7/31 – Limits of fun, sun and the totally spun

    But no yellowtail. :rolleyes: My son Sean and I launched Monday morning from Huntington Harbor. We got a scoop of medium ‘dines from Nacho and headed south. We hit the oil rigs and Avalon bank looking for paddies, but there was nary a one to be found. We started off slow trolling the ‘dines...
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    Catalina serves up humble pie – and fish tacos

    After reading about the phenomenal yellowtail bite for the last few weeks, it was with great anticipation that I took my son Sean fishing for a few days at the island. We launched Monday morning from Huntington Harbor and there was a delay at the PCH bridge as the USS Anchorage was berthing. The...
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    April Fools Day Local Report

    I thought long and hard about if I should even post this report, but I figured it was my duty as a Bloody Decks member to post the bad as well as the good. At least it may provide some comedy relief for some bored readers. This is not a joke. I wish it were, believe me. My son Sean, friend...
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    Catalina Report 01/23 to 01/25

    After waiting 3 weeks for a break in the wind and weather, my friend Don Elm and I launched from Huntington Harbor on Wednesday morning. Mario and Mario Jr at the bait barge had a fresh load of live squid, and we tanked a ½ scoop. There was some left-over wind swell that made for a slightly...
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    Island Fun – bugs and bones 11-6 to 11-8

    Short version: Limits of bugs and bones, bonus of bass and goats. Live squid at the bait barge. Novel: I took my friend Don Elm fishing and hooping to Catalina, and we launched Tuesday morning from Huntington Harbor. The Coast Guard vessel Sea Wolf was coming in to port and there was a 20...
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    Top Gun 80 2.5-day fishing 10/2 and 10/3 - one big tuna

    I jumped on the Top Gun 80 for a 2.5-day trip that left Monday night. Captain Bob Taft and 2nd Scott were aboard with deckies Steve and Ian, along with Dixie in the galley. As we left the dock around 8:30, some poor guy was having a panic attack about getting seasick (forecast was for 6 – 8...
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    Catalina Mid-Week Yellows 8/20 to 8/22

    I took my son Sean to Catalina for a few days of fishing. He starts school at Long Beach State this coming up Monday, so it would be his last trip of the year. We launched from Huntington Harbor and picked up an OK ½ scoop of bigger dines from Nacho. Washing machine conditions greeted us until...
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    Catalina 7/9 to 7/11 – The Island of NOmance

    Short version: nothing good for us. Water temps 65 to 73 at Cape Cortez. Best fishing area: None. What worked: Nothing. What did not work: Everything. Novel: Sometimes you just have to trust your gut instinct and stay home. I am embarrassed to even be writing this, but I figure it is my duty as...
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    Catalina report 6/11 to 6/13 – From Barny to Bad Ass and Back Again

    I took my son Sean fishing to Catalina for a few days. Short version: Yellowtail from 1 to 29 pounds, lost a bigger one, fin bait was best, water temps to 69+ degrees, back side washed out from the swell, but the weather was nice. Novel: We got a late start Monday morning (my fault) and things...
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    Any news on the Avalon sewage spill?

    Reports have not been updated for 4 days. Has anyone heard or seen anything? Sorry, didn't know where else to put this. Signed - A concerned frequent Catalina visitor. :D
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    Score 5/29: Halibut 2 – Sharks 0

    My friend Bill is out here from Wyoming and he really wanted to go shark fishing. Due to low water temps off shore, our expectations were low. Joining us on the trip were Devan and my son Sean. We launched from Huntington Harbor Tuesday morning, and Mario only had small anchovies left, as he...
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    Catalina Report 03/05 to 03/07

    I fished and hooped Catalina for a few days with my friend Don Elm. We launched from Huntington Harbor Monday morning and picked up a half scoop of nice sardines from Nacho. The winds were blowing from the north at about 12 knots and followed us most of the way across. It was a bit of a bumpy...
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    Catalina Report 01-15 to 01-17

    I took my son Sean to Catalina for a few days of hooping and fishing. We launched from Huntington Harbor Monday morning and picked up a scoop of nice sardines from Nacho. The ocean was flat glass, but about halfway across we hit a dense fog bank which caused us to slow down to 5 knots as...
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    Catalina Hooping 10/26 to 10/28

    I took my friend Don Elm to Catalina for a hoop netting expedition starting Thursday. We launched from Huntington Harbor and there was a short delay at the PCH bridge while a warship docked. Nacho had live squid and some cured sardines, so we picked up a half scoop of each and headed across. The...
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    Catalina report 8/16 – The old man evens the score against the odds! 30+ pound yellow!

    I took my son Sean fishing to Catalina for a few days starting 8/14/2017. This would be his last trip of the summer as he is going for an engineering degree and resumes school in a few weeks, while working part time. We left Huntington Harbor on Monday and picked up a half scoop of 4 to 5-inch...
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    Catalina mid-week report 7/10 to 7/13

    I took my son Sean to Catalina this week for a few days of fishing. I uncovered the boat Monday morning to discover some cat took a giant dump in the cockpit. Lovely. Not a good way to start the morning. After cleaning up the mess, we got to the Huntington Harbor launch ramp and there is...
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    Sean schools the Old Man at Catalina 6/5 to 6/8 - big yellows!

    After an engine rebuild in February, two local break-in runs and a camping trip to Lake Nacimiento in early May, my son Sean and I were finally able to take the Mako My Day over to Catalina for a few days. After we launched Monday morning, Nacho was completely out of bait, and San Pedro only...
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    Almost Paradise – but colder! Catalina hooping report 01/16 and 01/17

    I went hooping with my son Sean Monday and Tuesday at Catalina. After picking up a half scoop of cured sardines from Nacho, we headed across the channel in nice conditions that just got better the closer we got. The island is green and beautiful after all the rain, and it was a perfect sunny day...
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    Catalina lobsters before the storm 12/20

    I took my son Sean over to Catalina for some lobster hooping on Tuesday 12/20/2016. We picked up a scoop of nice sardines from Mario (Nacho was off for a few days) and crossed the channel with a north (north??) swell following us. Quite unusual! As we approached the island, a group of pilot...
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    Lobsters charging the boat at Catalina 10/12 and 10/13

    OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration – as fishermen are known to do – but the bugs were certainly on the crawl at the island. Launched out of Huntington Harbor Wednesday morning with my friend Don Elm and we hit up Nacho for a half scoop of mixed size sardines. The bait was nice and stayed...
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    Ocean Odyssey 2.5 day 10/3 and 10/4

    Fished the Double O for the 2.5 day that left Sunday night. The forecast was for big seas and big winds. Check. Monday the seas were 6 to 8 feet and winds to 25 knots in the afternoon. There was a good group of 21 guys on board that made the best of the conditions and we scratched out a day for...
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    Catalina Report 8/1 to 8/3

    I took my son Sean over to Catalina for a few days starting Monday. We picked up some small sardines from Nacho, made about a dozen troller size mackerel and headed out to see if we could find any kelp paddies. The sea was a smooth as it gets. There was some life at the rigs and the water was...
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    Catalina yellowtail report 7-6 to 7-8

    Long story short: I took my friend Don Elm fishing at Catalina for yellowtail from 11 to 15 pounds on fin bait, best area was between the 3Vs and Church Rock. Calicos were hammering live squid. Water temp was 65 to 71. See pics below. Long version: We launched out of Huntington Harbor...
  27. mhanson59hb

    Catalina Mid-Week Report – PB 31 Pound Yellowtail

    Short version: Fished Catalina with my son Sean Monday through Wednesday for bass, sheephead, rock fish and yellowtail from 8 pounds to my new personal best 31 pounder! Best area was the super-secret spot known as the Vs, water temps 62 to 68. Skip to pictures below. Novel: My son Sean had not...
  28. mhanson59hb

    Looong Weekend at Barneys

    I took my friend Don Elm fishing at Catalina Thursday through Saturday. While getting ready to tow the boat, we notice the trailer lights are not working (even though I had just gotten them fixed and the brakes done on the trailer). The plug/wires look like they have been run over. We spend an...
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    Catalina bugs, ‘butts and goats – mid week report

    I took my friend Don Elm fishing and hooping to Catalina for a few days midweek on my boat, the Mako My Day. Short version: Bones and Mackies available at the island, limits of lobsters, an 8 pound bonus halibut and sheepshead to 8 pounds. Water temp was 61 to 64. Skip to the pics below...
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    Catalina mid week report - big yellows

    I took my son Sean fishing at Catalina for a few days on Monday. We got some ‘dines from Nacho and headed for the east end. In the Palisades area, Sean got an 18 pound yellowtail on a slow trolled sardine, and we released several smaller yellows and some large calicos before the bait rolled. In...
  31. mhanson59hb

    Weekend Catalina Yellows

    Short version: Fished Catalina for 4 yellowtail to 17 pounds, the 3 Bs, and rockfish. Water temps 62 to 67, dines were working for those that had them. Best area was between the front side MPLAs. Skip to the pictures below. Novel: My son Sean and I went fishing at Catalina on our boat the Mako...
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    Fishing Trip from heck, not quite from hell, but close

    Sometimes you just have trust your gut instinct and stay home. Short story: took my son fishing and lobster hooping at Catalina for a few days starting last Thursday. Bonito limits to 8 pounds and a good lobster crawl for 2 of the biggest bugs I have ever caught cut short by boat gremlins...
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    Catalina WFO on small yellows, BIG surprise kicker!

    My son Sean and I fished Catalina Wednesday through Friday this week. We picked up live squid and sardines from Nacho and tried to stay off the beaten path on the way over, looking for kelp paddies, but the few we saw were not holding. Starting at the Suicide kelp on the backside, 8 to 10 pound...
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    Catalina Island mid week report

    My son Sean and I went to Catalina for a couple days of fishing. We picked up live squid from Nacho and headed out to the Avalon Bank trolling flying fish on a Bait O’ Matic for nothing. We then ran up to Indian rock for 3 sheepshead and an insane night time calico bite. We caught and released...
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    Lobster Hoopers Beware

    The DFG (I refuse to refer to them as Department of Fish and Wildlife) is stepping up enforcement of ALL hooping laws, even the obscure and arcane ones. On October 19th 2013, my son and I were hooping the front side of Catalina. We were approached by DFG officers who wanted to check our...