10/12 San Pedro to PV and Personal Best Homeguard Yellows

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by Donkey Nick, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. Donkey Nick

    Donkey Nick Well-Known "Member"

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    Left the Cabrillo Marina at 5:30 AM with my good buddy Jay in search of the Yellowtail bite happening on the horseshoe. Picked up a scoop of cured 3-4in sardine from SP bait and decided to try and make some macs, as well. No luck in the Harbor, but luckily found them on the south break wall and they came up 5 at once on the Sabiki rigs! That was a 1st for us in a long time.

    After overloading the tank with perfect sized bait (we left them biting), we had high hopes for our day on the shoe. There was a slight breeze over the flat seas and a little ripple of wind was beginning to build as we approached the grounds (lol...3 miles from the lighthouse). I had a “not so good” feeling about the weather, and unfortunately I was right.

    Joined around 10-15 other boats and a few sporties which showed up, as well. No secret to where the bite has been! We slow trolled our candy bait and after about 15 minutes the clicker goes off and a nice 5 pound Bonita is bleed (Japanese style in the bucket) and thrown on ice. We get a few more bones, but no signs of the yellows. The other boats were all on the move, including the sporties and nobody seemed to be doing much. The water was 64.5-65, which was down a little from previous days and the weather was building.

    By 9:30 it was blown out! White caps and a solid 2-3 foot swell. Decisions, decisions...Go south, go to Catalina, go home...Or since my thoughts were that the south swell may of pushed the warmer water north and our Bait still looked great, we decided to head up to Rocky Point.

    As we turned the corner at Point Vincente, the water temp went up to 66.4 and looked a little greener than the shoe. We were the only boat there, as the New Del Mar pulled anchor and headed back into the bay. I have tons of saved waypoints in the area (most are easy to find by the eye) and while looking around and maneuvering just outside of the kelp line, I see a HUGE Yellow (originally thought it was a baby seal) breaking water and chasing bait. Holy SH%T!! My man throws the iron for no love, so I swing around a few times and then throw the anchor in around 80 ft, while navigating the swell and wind. We lay nicely down hill and directly pointing into the beach.

    Disclaimer: I've fished this area for many years and never experienced anything like what was about to happen.

    Well...Long story short, chummed the hell out of the cured deans and fly-lined the macs on 30lb test and 2-0 hooks. Saw some boils and Jay caught a few more nice bonito and short barries. I'm reeling in my mac, and get flat out hammered, set the hook and the line starts screaming. I couldn't gain any line and was pulling as hard as I could! I was certain that a seal eaten a hooked bone or barrie, as I buttoned down the drag and this "thing" just continued to pull over 50-75 yards of line and then it went limp and then I was stuck...in kelp?! Tried free-spooling, etc and finally busted it off. No frayed line, just a clean break and I'm confused...Seal, Black Sea Bass on the flyline!? because no way could this have been a Yellow...or could it?

    Still thinking through what happened, I recast another slimy mac, soak for a little and I'm hammered again! This time the fish swims straight out and tries to surface (like a seal) and then nose dives, preceding to strip and rip yards of the 30lb, BUT I stop it and gain a little line when I start to feel that powerful tail pump...Yellow for sure! Fighting it fiercely and a tug of war starts. Long run towards the bow, follow it and...Gone! Dam! Holy Sh$T, these are some BIG fish!

    Well, re-bait, lob out another bigger mack and a few minutes later....On! and Fresh One! Third time may be a charm??Same song and dance, drama, sweating, screaming, etc. BUT this beast finally comes to color and perfectly gaffed by Jay. Holy Mackerel! Biggest local homeguard I've ever caught, pushing 30 lbs.

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    So...rinse and repeat and (are you kidding me???!!!) On again! Fresh One....BUT, this one takes what feels like 100 yds straight off the Accurate lever drag and I'm buttoned down (weird for a lifer Newell guy). I know this song and dance and I'm not going to get rocked again...so since I didn't have much choice, I thumbed the spool ever so slightly and the run ended. Started to turn the fish and gain a little line. Tug of war and some incredible runs got the heart pumping like never before. These yellows pulled like freight trains! Ultimately, the fight ends, deep color, death circles, short pumping and fish gets gaffed. Absolutely blown away by the size of these slugs...

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    Jay (remember Jay?), he fished his butt off and after hooking 3 birds...those guys were ridiculously a pain in the butt, he precedes to get bit on 25lb and had no chance. One super strong run and gone! ON...and Gone!

    Overall, we went 2 for 5 one these mighty Mossbacks. Around 2:30 PM, the swell started to get a bit nasty, so back to Pedro we went. Looked out at the shoe and it was Completely blown out. Gassed the boat up and back to the Marina just in time for mother nature's display of rain, lightning and thunder.

    Thankful and grateful to be out on the water.

    The meat from 1 of the 2 Monsters:

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    Tight Lines and All the Best!

    -Nick
     
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  2. mrkrabs

    mrkrabs I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    :jig::jig::appl::appl: NICE
     
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  3. RAR

    RAR Fish On

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    Very nice fish! Those are twice the size of our yellows from Saturday.
     
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  4. BornFisher

    BornFisher Well-Known "Member"

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    WTG!! CONGRATS!!! Great report, beautiful pics!
     
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  5. Hollis Harris

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    Awesome report Nick, good call on the warmer water getting pushed up the line. The secret is out won't be any room to fish there Sunday.
     
  6. Buttchaser

    Buttchaser Fresh One!

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    Great day, That area kicks out some nice fish , WTG Nick !
     
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  7. streetnfish

    streetnfish Well-Known "Member"

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    Beautiful fish !
     
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  8. mshsu

    mshsu Well-Known "Member"

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    Amazing report Nick! Way to slay those beasts.

    Ming
     
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  9. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Best report of the year locally.
     
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  10. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice man! My partner and I caught some pigs like that about a week ago.
     
  11. Sciaenops

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    Wow beauts! Well done
     
  12. AndyJ

    AndyJ Well-Known "Member"

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    Awesome. I wonder if they would have bit the 40 or 50 lb.
     
  13. AndyJ

    AndyJ Well-Known "Member"

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    Awesome. I wonder if they would have bit the 40 or 50 lb.
     
  14. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Outstanding guys, those were beasts! Congrats.
     
  15. b-reel

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  16. Jaysons999

    Jaysons999 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Man those are some slugs nice work man I am jealous!
     
  17. muletrain

    muletrain Well-Known "Member"

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    Excellent report

    Thanks for sharing
     
  18. dudeman

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    Those steaks look sooo good. Nothing pulls like a yellow, and those are some pigs. Congrats! Need to get Jay a 40lb rig and 5o hook to give him a chance.
     
  19. Dhix43

    Dhix43 Newbie

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    Sick report, thanks for sharing!
     
  20. simmo13

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    So sick. That’s a dream day local. Funny shit when u said remember Jay.
     

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