Offshore 137 Miles and Insane Meter Marks

Donkey Nick

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Left Cabrillo at 6 AM, Saturday 7/24 with 84 y/o Dad and covered a total of 137 miles. Picked up bait from SP and most of it rolled. We basically worked from Pedro towards the outer rigs to the East end of Catalina to the West end of Clemente. Came across many kelp paddys that were barren. Saw 1 small group of fish boiling off the front side of Clemente (about 5 miles from the Island), then proceeded to find a handful (or more) of paddys that looked like this one.

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Worked the area with all the usual tactics and never saw one boil, BUT this was on our machine for over 1 hour drifting this particular paddy. This was under the boat constantly. Looks like something pretty fishy to me...

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I thought I was hallucinating the entire time. Tried every tactic and never saw even a boil come out of it. Literally drove away from this after Nothing would get them to go, after close to 1 1/2 hours.

Went in to the shallows at Clemente and caught a few bass (just for my Dad to get a tug on the new bass rod I bought him). Reworked the area we came in on and then hit the East end of Cat to Long Point trolling rapalas for a lone bonito, while wishing we spent the day at our usual spots...hindsight being 20/20. The weather at Cat was beautiful. Boarded by the Fish & Game and the two really young wardens were very cool. With no live bait, we headed home and hit up the fuel dock right at 6 PM. $346 of gas later, we were back at the dock. Had the hall pass from the wife and made the most out of the 12 hour day with my Dad. Fishing is fishing and still tired from that run. Man I'm getting old.

The icing on the cake was watching a school of tuna blow up 9 miles outside of the San Pedro lighthouse on the way home. They sunk out super fast and we couldn't relocate them.

So, so Sick...

Tight lines and all the best.

- Nick
 

mrfishcado

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Paco
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Left Cabrillo at 6 AM, Saturday 7/24 with 84 y/o Dad and covered a total of 137 miles. Picked up bait from SP and most of it rolled. We basically worked from Pedro towards the outer rigs to the East end of Catalina to the West end of Clemente. Came across many kelp paddys that were barren. Saw 1 small group of fish boiling off the front side of Clemente (about 5 miles from the Island), then proceeded to find a handful (or more) of paddys that looked like this one.

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Worked the area with all the usual tactics and never saw one boil, BUT this was on our machine for over 1 hour drifting this particular paddy. This was under the boat constantly. Looks like something pretty fishy to me...

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I thought I was hallucinating the entire time. Tried every tactic and never saw even a boil come out of it. Literally drove away from this after Nothing would get them to go, after close to 1 1/2 hours.

Went in to the shallows at Clemente and caught a few bass (just for my Dad to get a tug on the new bass rod I bought him). Reworked the area we came in on and then hit the East end of Cat to Long Point trolling rapalas for a lone bonito, while wishing we spent the day at our usual spots...hindsight being 20/20. The weather at Cat was beautiful. Boarded by the Fish & Game and the two really young wardens were very cool. With no live bait, we headed home and hit up the fuel dock right at 6 PM. $346 of gas later, we were back at the dock. Had the hall pass from the wife and made the most out of the 12 hour day with my Dad. Fishing is fishing and still tired from that run. Man I'm getting old.

The icing on the cake was watching a school of tuna blow up 9 miles outside of the San Pedro lighthouse on the way home. They sunk out super fast and we couldn't relocate them.

So, so Sick...

Tight lines and all the best.

- Nick
Almost the same thing for us on Saturday.
 
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mhanson59hb

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  • Apr 22, 2013
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    Those meter marks are the Opah/Sarcastic Fringehead hybrids we have been hearing so much about. They only bite rainbow power bait on the slide..... :D

    Thanks for the report!
     

    SaltH20Angler

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    Always enjoy your reports Nick, especially how your Pops hangs with the best of 'em not only crossing that channel but also on those looooong offshore days.

    We've certainly had days like yours and like you, my mind is boggled when the meter is lit up like that but I cant get a single bite especially when nothing in the tacklebox is working.

    In no time you and your Pops are gonna be sending your son over the transom with a spear and a mask to force feed whatever was making those marks.
     
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    QuailSlayer

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    Thanks for the post Nick. Same outcome for us today. Long boat ride, tons of marks (big and small), and boiling BFT all thru the day and couldn’t get a stinking bite. Big girls were deep early but creeped up to the 150’ mark later.

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    Predatormonster

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    My pics from today. Same result. 120 miles from HH. Mack bank, snail, cat west end then back to HH

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    Thanks for the post Nick. Same outcome for us today. Long boat ride, tons of marks (big and small), and boiling BFT all thru the day and couldn’t get a stinking bite. Big girls were deep early but creeped up to the 150’ mark later.

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    First pic looks like two whales ! The second two are tuna below bait . The next guy is on bait .
     
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    woodfish330

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  • Aug 14, 2012
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    Well brother Nick.... you see that the BFT don't care how much you spend in pursuit of them. But... you had a great day on the water.... brought dad..... saw puzzling signs...meter marks... made it home safe. You did the big "circle" brother...covering much ground and all those patties. Sometimes that's your day. Sometimes that's a warm up...for your next trip. I believe the second. Be safe brother.
     
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