43 Area, Clemente, Catalina 5-8 thru 5-10

Zika

Chum-Master
Aug 17, 2006
663
1,630
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North County
Name
Robert
Boat
21 Bayliner Trophy (Cheap-BassTurd)
Awesome few days on the water weather wise !! The water still crappy for the most part! There’s definitely clean water areas but we didn’t see anything popping off from around the 43 all the way to Clemente. We grabbed some rockfish off the East end ...nice quality reds...Navy said no go on Pyramid Cove so we headed over to the West side. About the middle of the Island we are picking off the 3 B’s and my buddy Tim hooks a cuda ..he starts to reel it in and a big Black eats it !! He gives it the old college try but it’s a no go ...pop we laugh!! Good times !! Picked up a few more rockfish West end and fished the Dunes on the backside. Lots of Calicos and Cudas no Yellowtails for us. Got a guy on the radio said he got a few slow trolling dinos 8lbs range along kelpline.
Started to get a loud noise in the lower unit...definitely bearings but still running so slow going no biggie. Headed to Catalina Palisades area lots of boats off the V’s didn’t see any bendos. Worked our way to front side Frogrock and lots of fun to be had pulling on Calicos, Bonita, and cudas most of the day. Lots of boats out for sure.
This is the highlight of the trip ...we get some Bonita and I clean it right there season it and throw it on the grill just amazing...we put a nice Bonita belly slab on and my son sends it down ...and instant freight train action another Black !!
We put my son in a harness cause he’s getting worked lol ...about a 40 min fight with 15-20lbs of drag and it finally comes up guessing it’s pushing 200lbs pics don’t do it justice..head and body are huge !! We practice CPR and my son jumps in to help it down, but he’s tired so I jump in to give him a hand and swim it down about 10feet or so and the beast takes off !! High fives and cheers by all of us and my son will never forget his 1st Black experience!! Pic heavy!! Oh and one last thing.....The dinos we grabbed from Dana Unfreaking believable...lasted 4 days !!! 4 Days !!! I have never had bait like that in my life !! We let 10 of them go just before the harbor they deserved it!

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Mix-A-Lot

JC-Castings
Jun 14, 2007
81
2
Holiday Harbor San Pedro
Name
Jesse
Boat
28' Bayliner
Awesome few days on the water weather wise !! The water still crappy for the most part! There’s definitely clean water areas but we didn’t see anything popping off from around the 43 all the way to Clemente. We grabbed some rockfish off the East end ...nice quality reds...Navy said no go on Pyramid Cove so we headed over to the West side. About the middle of the Island we are picking off the 3 B’s and my buddy Tim hooks a cuda ..he starts to reel it in and a big Black eats it !! He gives it the old college try but it’s a no go ...pop we laugh!! Good times !! Picked up a few more rockfish West end and fished the Dunes on the backside. Lots of Calicos and Cudas no Yellowtails for us. Got a guy on the radio said he got a few slow trolling dinos 8lbs range along kelpline.
Started to get a loud noise in the lower unit...definitely bearings but still running so slow going no biggie. Headed to Catalina Palisades area lots of boats off the V’s didn’t see any bendos. Worked our way to front side Frogrock and lots of fun to be had pulling on Calicos, Bonita, and cudas most of the day. Lots of boats out for sure.
This is the highlight of the trip ...we get some Bonita and I clean it right there season it and throw it on the grill just amazing...we put a nice Bonita belly slab on and my son sends it down ...and instant freight train action another Black !!
We put my son in a harness cause he’s getting worked lol ...about a 40 min fight with 15-20lbs of drag and it finally comes up guessing it’s pushing 200lbs pics don’t do it justice..head and body are huge !! We practice CPR and my son jumps in to help it down, but he’s tired so I jump in to give him a hand and swim it down about 10feet or so and the beast takes off !! High fives and cheers by all of us and my son will never forget his 1st Black experience!! Pic heavy!! Oh and one last thing.....The dinos we grabbed from Dana Unfreaking believable...lasted 4 days !!! 4 Days !!! I have never had bait like that in my life !! We let 10 of them go just before the harbor they deserved it!

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Great Report! Still prepping for our 7 days Brothers trip to the Island. Hope to provide great info to all. July 3-10 coming soon....
 
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Zika

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Nice freaking report. Your kid shows great potential. Super impressed with his and your efforts to ensure a safe release on the BSB. Nice pics!

John
Thanks Longboard I def didn't want to kill that beauty so I knew it was gonna take a little time for it to swim away.... those fish give everything they got in the tank for sure !! I have a video I'll see if I can post that later !!
 
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Zika

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Absolutely Stellar ..
Thanks for the Report Robert, Tim , Russ .
Thanks Greg I heard your back is getting alittle bit better and you may be planning a trip !! I won't be able to swing a multi day this year too much cash going out on my end..... but I'm hoping my boat is up and running in a month or so !!
 

Reel hip

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Doug
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Nice trip! Your son is going to remember that one for ever!
 
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jmoonfish

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Nov 23, 2007
47
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Irvine
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Jeff Moon
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N/A
Great trip and report... the swim with the black is classic, your son will be telling his grandkids some day... good narrative, but you might want to check your pics closer, the one showing your complete route shows you fishing the “9” off the west end of Clemente, that area has been closed to fishing for some time now, don’t get caught there by the Navy... 🎣
 
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Zika

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Great trip and report... the swim with the black is classic, your son will be telling his grandkids some day... good narrative, but you might want to check your pics closer, the one showing your complete route shows you fishing the “9” off the west end of Clemente, that area has been closed to fishing for some time now, don’t get caught there by the Navy... 🎣
All the areas we fished never had any issues at all !! Also my buddy transferred a bunch of stuff from a old fishfinder to a new one that’s what your probably lookin at !! Some spots we know are closed now or are in MLPA’s the only time they said something off the west end was because they were gonna do live fire stuff so we had to move to the backside !! Thanks for in info !!
 
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Steve Francis

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Sep 11, 2006
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Really enjoyed your report and photos. That is truly So Cal PB sportfishing. BFT are great, but an anomaly for our waters. Certainly a trip your son will always remember. Thanks for the post.
 
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scubasmith

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Jul 21, 2004
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Tim
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25ft sea ray...TopShot
Great trip and report... the swim with the black is classic, your son will be telling his grandkids some day... good narrative, but you might want to check your pics closer, the one showing your complete route shows you fishing the “9” off the west end of Clemente, that area has been closed to fishing for some time now, don’t get caught there by the Navy... 🎣
The Nine Mile Bank shows up on my GPS automatically without marking it, that's why it shows it on the trip photo. We don't fish that shallow for rockfish. But thank you for your concern👍👍 and info😊
 
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