Disclaimer, this really isn’t a fishing report but more of a success story and a big thank you to BD contributors. So here it goes: The planning of this trip started earlier this week when my brother in law and I realized we had matching days off! We both enjoy fishing but don’t know a darn thing. We decided to try it out and figure it out. We couldn’t leave the boys out so they were part of the plan. We each have 11-year old boys. Started the day at 0430, drove down to Dana Point and launched by 0545 ish. We had a big drive to the ramps and we made a few stops along the way. One of the stop was to pick up some Dramamine. I opted to pass on it, mistake! I ended up regretting that later. The boys were ecstatic and could hardly wait to get on the boat for their FIRST fishing trip! Being a new boater and not knowing much about fishing I took to BD and damn glad I did. Thank you to all who contribute useful information. I wanted to stay local within line of sight of land (This later paid off). Made it out of the harbor and followed the GPS to San Juan Rock. To my surprise its just outside the jetty! Easy ride. We set up, baited the hooks, dropped line and after a few minutes, BAM my nephew starts yelling, “Dad, dad, what do I do? My poll is pulling and bending!” What a moment, epic memory for his first fish ever. Up he pulled a small Mackerel. Trophy fish for him, yup we kept it. Later used it for bait. Hit a long stretch of zero productivity so we relocated. I spotted some small buys earlier, I think they were crab or lobster pods. Again BD members came through and I set up near them had the kids drop the lines. At this point my boy hadn’t caught a fish and I really couldn’t help him because I was too busy blowing chunks out the side. A big part of me wanted to call it a day but I wasn’t there for me so I hung in and held it together the best I could. My boy gets frustrated and gives up. I take his poll and instantly get bit! I called him over and put him to work. The smile on his face made my day totally worth it! After that he was smashing them, Mackerel after Mackerel. Catch and release until 1100 ish. We kept a few to freeze and use as bait on future trips. Called it a day and went to start the boat, click, click, and nothing. The engine wouldn’t even turn! I knew immediately what was wrong; the battery was dead. Apparently keeping track of how long your running the GPS and bumping tunes is important. It took me about 10 seconds to figure out what to do next. BD contributors again came through! Yup, pulled my wallet out, retrieved my BoatUS card and gave them a call. Scott from BoatUS showed up faster than I expected, he was totally awesome! Thank’s BoatUS! & if you don’t have a membership get one totally worth it. Just being worry free and knowing help was coming was awesome. Yeah, we caught Mackerel I know it isn’t anything to rant and rave about but these boys totally fell in love with fishing and can’t wait to go out again. Today they caught their first fish and they will never forget that. BD contributors helped make this possible. Thank you.