mackerel magnet

  1. JoshInSD

    Offshore 1.75 on a 1/2 day

    Friday morning pointed the Mackerel Magnet straight west and leapfrogged the fleet by 10-15 miles. Found a few puddlers and jumpers and short foamers… had several perfect popper casts right over the foam and came right through it with no luck. Ended up going 1.75/2 on the troll. First fish at...
  2. JoshInSD

    Offshore Mackerel Man is back

    Guess who's back, back again. Mackerel Man, tell a friend. He says, Go West, young man. All the credit goes to Duane and Dan/Pinnacle Sportfishing
  3. JoshInSD

    Fellow BDer Catches Virus

    I’ve gone viral, but thankfully in a good way. It’s been a fun ride.
  4. JoshInSD

    Why I’m so happy to fish my own boat

    This picture says it all. Fish hanging with spider web forming... (Sent by my friend/boat partner who decided to hop on a charter for ‘fun’ this week)
  5. JoshInSD

    Offshore At Least We Caught Some - 9-6

    Typed a whole summary then lost it.. so here’s the important info. 425 on the numbers (but we got there too late to really load up). Evening bite was slow (for us) near the 302. 30# with 1/0 hook worked fine.
  6. JoshInSD

    Mackerel Magnet Ho Appreciation Trip - 8/9

    Locked in the mating position (evidence of the elusive Yellowtail Tuna) Baby Fish Jesus lucky charm Pre gaff swim by Took our sexiest hoes for an ultra limited load islands/offshore combo Friday 8/9 sojourn. Full report 3 Anglers 3 YT (to 18#) (2 more lost to sea lions) 1 YFT 18# (1 more...
  7. JoshInSD

    Mackerel Man is Back! - 7/22 Coronados

    Mackerel Man is back and is enjoying his summer! Same story as you’ve all been reading, but the bite turned back on Monday with exceptional weather and light traffic. Anchored up at the middle grounds and steadily picked off some nice ones on the flylined sardines. Nothing fancy or difficult...
  8. JoshInSD

    Coronados Friday - YT

    Report for 6/21. Launched at 5:45. Was misting and overcast most of the day. Worked all around north island and didn’t see much life. Worked down through middle grounds and it was a little more promising but nothing. Went down to lee of S Island and seemed to be a bit fishier. A few random marks...
  9. JoshInSD

    January rockfish - 1/4/19

    Haven’t been able to get on the water for 2+ months so didn’t mind cranking up from 400-700 feet. S9 area (ie. Mexico). Water 60ish. Super clean with good signs of life (porpoise birds). No top water fish signals however. (3 anglers aboard). Squid strips only. Side note: first time on new...
  10. JoshInSD

    Offshore 9/12 - Raging Rapids

    NNE WIND + SW swell = welcome to the wet ride at the water park. The morning looked promising but that didn’t last. Found a small kelp with even smaller dorado on them. 90 minute salt water neti pot on the way back.
  11. JoshInSD

    7/9 - Inshore & Offshore Tour

    Lauchbed from MCRD at 5:15 and got some really crappy 3-4” sardines that all rolled by 10am even in the calm seas. Went to the islands first to pick off some yellows before they head offshore, we got 6 on the boat plus 4 bones and ran out of live bait by 10:30. They will still biting half dead...
  12. JoshInSD

    6/29 - Organized Coronados Chaos

    It’s no secret that the Coronados are hot right now, for a little while longer at least, until these fish head offshore. For now however they were not afraid to bite amid the eddy wind and cross swell combined with 20-30 boats in a concentrated area. Plenty of yellows to go around, along with a...
  13. JoshInSD

    Offshore 6/20 - 3Bs at the Knoll (wrong kind of blue)

    Short: Bait, Blue Shark & Balloons Longer: BFT trip 45 miles southwest (total trip 115 miles today). Water >64, low wind, but very little bird or surface signals. Spearos around us got 4+ Cows but we couldn’t get them to go no matter what. Flat fall, live bait, surface irons, trolling, slow...
  14. JoshInSD

    6/4 - Day Late, 7 YT Short

    Missed the first “wide open” yellowtai bite by a day, but didn’t miss the 50 boats that were there Sunday. Ended up with 3 YT (8#, 9#, 18# - 7 fish short of Mexican limits) and a few rock fish. Had fun at middle grounds pulling on some PIG Calicos. Many calico caught and released 4-6+#, on the...
  15. JoshInSD

    My “new” Shimano 2-Speed

    Still out here in Japan. Posted this in the Shimano section but not too many of you regulars visit that area. Found this cool Shimano 2 speed level wind, lever drag. Impeccable condition and only $20! I think it’ll work nicely for some as a dedicated bottom fishing reel. Now, what line to load...
  16. JoshInSD

    Shimano Shimano digitana SLS5000

    Just stumbled across this old Shimano reel in Tokyo. Immaculate condition. Digital counter, not an electric reel. Two speed, level wind, lever drag. Me thinks this may make a good dedicated bottom fishing rig. Anyone come across these before?? Any market for this? Line Capacity PE / #10/300m...
  17. JoshInSD

    Zero to Hero

    I used to come home from a day on the water and they would be surprised if there was any fish, now I get letters written like this. Does it get any better? Illustration: apparently I am asking her for help with my fish, and she says no way. Translated: “me and my daddy’s fish”
  18. JoshInSD

    3/30 - Mixed Limits & Mylar Too

    Mackerel Man and I did a team building trip down south today. We worked well together clearing the troller for the dropper loop, and the yo-yo rod for the surface iron rod. In the end we managed 1 8# bonito on the troll, one 8# YT on the yo-yo (scrambled egg heavy), several decent reds, a PB...
  19. JoshInSD

    3/5 - 7 species day

    Fun day on the water, catching fish! Winds were stronger than forecast, especially the morning winds east of the islands. Fairly strong offshore winds mixing it up. Switched to Northerly as forecast but never really laid down as much as I would have hoped. Put 60 miles in today, and ended up...
  20. JoshInSD

    2/12 - Wet & Wild Mexican Rockfishing

    Knew the weather wasn’t going to be ideal but opted to go anyhow. Suited up in full Deadliest Catch orange Grundens and hit the Mission Bay harbor mouth by 5:20. Macs aplenty and had 20 small ones with a few big ones mixed in. Worked La Jolla for a few hours on the dropper loop and yo-yo to no...
  21. JoshInSD

    2/2 - Vermilions, Coppers, Square Spots, Boccaccio and more

    2018 opener. After a few hours north of the border opted to head south and salvage a tough day. Didn’t take long to fill the hold with a nice assortment of fairly nice sized rockfish and a single large bottom caught mackerel to make some Japanese style salted mackerel. - stomachs filled with...
  22. JoshInSD

    Offshore Successful Solo Sojourn - 11/15

    Mackerel Man was getting landsick and needed to spend some time in the water so we left 5am out of Mission Bay. Bait was mixed good (w 2 mini macs) 3-5" dines and we headed south on a 170 heading for Mexico. Worked the flats NE of the islands for nothing/ no marks/no birds. Headed to N Island...
  23. JoshInSD

    Offshore South and Solo - 11/6

    Opted against making a big effort to find a crew and with the earlier sunrise timed my launch just before nautical twilight (no radar). Launched from Mission with a bright moon and headed down to get bait from SD Bay. It was good but honestly didn't seem much better than the bait a few weeks ago...
  24. JoshInSD

    Offshore Just enough rope + BFT - 10/23

    Short: 3 for 4 on BFT (15#, 20#, 20#) off the anchor several miles south of S Island. Plus 5 bonito. 20# flouro to #2 hook. Sardines from Mission Bay. Nose hook and butt hook. Threw a few chunks every 30-45 seconds for 4 hours. Lost one 30-40# grade at the boat. Saw a few other boats in our...
  25. JoshInSD

    Offshore V for Vendetta - 9/28

    Short Version: 3 YFT in Mexican waters on butt hooked sardines, 25# flouro 1/0 circle hook. Unabridged Version Was lucky enough to be early on the recent YFT bite on Sept 11th, then proceeded to nearly strike out last week even with fish boiling all around the boat. Weather lined up today and...
  26. JoshInSD

    Offshore Narrowly avoided a skunk - 9/18

    Launched from Mission Bay at 4:45. No line for bait, but it was crap. Red eyed and missing scales. Would be the downfall for the day. Headed out to the 117.30 line and zig zagged down a ways and then turned around and did it again. Several areas with lots of YFT, puddling, jumping, boiling...
  27. JoshInSD

    Offshore 30 Minutes of YFT Mayhem - 9/11

    Had big plans to find the yellowfin on the troll today and charted a route along the temp break south/SW of the Coronados. Trolled for hours, for a single skipjack. Finally decided that the water wasn't warming up as much as I would have liked so pulled in the trollers, skipped a a few waypoints...
  28. JoshInSD

    La Jolla - 8/26

    Lee wanted to test out the new sound system on his boat, and refill on fresh fish, so despite it being a Saturday and seeing 19 boats inline at Mission Bay bait barge we still decided to get a 1/2 scoop and head to the Yellowtail family reunion out around La Jolla. The bait was the best bait...
  29. JoshInSD

    Coronados - 8/25

    Gave away all my fish and had to load back up for the big fight Saturday night so left MCRD at 4:30, picked up a decent 1/2 scoop and headed south (rather than the parking lot of LJ). With the spread of fish from Coronados to La Jolla and north lately, wanted to try trolling a bit along the...
  30. JoshInSD

    Offshore Coronados & Rockpile - 8/16

    Last chance to get out for two weeks or so, so put together a few friends, CK and Brian, for a quick trip. Thought it would be nice to try squeeze in some fishing (turned out to be catching) and a date night with my wife. Spoiler alert: it all worked out. Had the guys meet at the ramp at my...
  31. JoshInSD

    Offshore Kelping turned Trolling - 8/15

    The call for snotty seas Tuesday apparently had some charter captains cancelling their trips, others stayed home, but Lee put together another great crew on the Sofia Rose: Captain & Fillet Master Lee, myself, James, Dave and Brad. We pulled away from the slip 2am Tueday morning and picked up...
  32. JoshInSD

    WTB crows nest, belly hoop, tower

    Looking to get something like the photo below for my 21' CC (photo below as well). Can go to a contact to have it made but figured I'd see if someone else has one here already to sell or has suggestions. Thanks. This is the current t-top. Would like something like this.. Or even more simple...
  33. JoshInSD

    Offshore Kelping - 8/2 (Quality > Quantity)

    Been enjoying all the attention on the BFT as it's created several fun opportunities over the past week to take a different, less traveled path. The recent bite of small BFT at the Coronado Islands is no exception. Look, squirrel! While most everyone has been looking for the elusive squirrels...
  34. JoshInSD

    Offshore Classy Kelping - 7/26

    Had the good fortune to hop on my neighbor Lee's Riviera 37 Flybridge "Sofia Rose" for another go at this ever improving YT and Dorado bite. Joined by Aaron, Derek and David. Based on my experience Monday, Aaron's experience yesterday and some timely FishDope info, Lee and David made macs for a...
  35. JoshInSD

    Offshore Kelping - 7/24

    Thanks in advance to FishDope for providing the resources for making today possible! Correlated some charts and recent trends and decided to head south. Committed to not stopping until we hit the target numbers. Left SD Bay at 4:00am and got bait. Thank you to the guy at the barge, didn't get...