5/16/2020 izor's reef, horseshoe report - underwater drone footage

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naldodook

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I had chance to go out on Saturday 5/16/2020. Left davies harbor around 6:30 and headed to horseshoe area, you could find patch of red tide here and there but it was pretty much gone. Water color was green, temp was 63 inside the harbor, and 64 at horse shoe. Rollers were big in early morning, but it was far enough apart so ride was not bad. I started fishing on top of a wreck and metering ton of fish, but was not even getting a nibble. Early in the morning, I had my mind set on drone filming and it seemed like it was not possible with those big rollers passing by. So, I decided to move to Izor's, and I always had better luck at Izors reef. At izor's I set spotlock at one of the high point and again I was metering ton of fish. but once again, bite wasn't great. As time went on, weather turned beautiful, rollers laid down and the day was almost perfect.
Ended day with 4 calico, none legal, 1 white fish, 1 sheephead. None kept. Water visibility was not great but still good. At horseshoe there were some surface action with bait fish, I threw cold sniper at it, but couldn't hook up to any. At izor, ton of dolphins passed by, several times, birds were diving in distance. So there were ton of life out there. Still learning on how to control underwater drone, but had much better experience than last time.

After viewing the underwater footage at home, looking at how much fish is at izor's, I think I need some research, or lesson on how to catch fish. There were hundreds of calicos, sheephead right under the boat, and I couldn't hook up. But that's fishing, and still had wonderful time. Can't wait to go out there again.




 
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    Fly-lining live squid, sardines or anchovies would have been the ticket. Those fish at Izors have seen it all. Also, bottom bounce the sand outside the reef, there are some nice halibut around! Cool vid!
     
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    Thanks for the report and video.

    Interesting to see what it looks like under there.
     
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    Cool video and report.

    DFG has still images of Izors (Bolsa Chica Reef) that look just like your video. The sand bass are in the structure and the calico bass are typically above. If you anchor correctly and chum cut sardines, the calicos will soon be eating from your hand. We did this Saturday and landed 60+ calicos, me on the fly rod ( #1 olive clouser) and Nicholas fishing a small megabait. Most of the calicos are just short of 14" but loads of fun to C&R.
     
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    Cool video,I liked to see the whole day fishing video since I’m stuck at home.
     
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    Reminds me of many days where the meter is lit up and all the fish have lockjaw! Cool!
     
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    I had chance to go out on Saturday 5/16/2020. Left davies harbor around 6:30 and headed to horseshoe area, you could find patch of red tide here and there but it was pretty much gone. Water color was green, temp was 63 inside the harbor, and 64 at horse shoe. Rollers were big in early morning, but it was far enough apart so ride was not bad. I started fishing on top of a wreck and metering ton of fish, but was not even getting a nibble. Early in the morning, I had my mind set on drone filming and it seemed like it was not possible with those big rollers passing by. So, I decided to move to Izor's, and I always had better luck at Izors reef. At izor's I set spotlock at one of the high point and again I was metering ton of fish. but once again, bite wasn't great. As time went on, weather turned beautiful, rollers laid down and the day was almost perfect.
    Ended day with 4 calico, none legal, 1 white fish, 1 sheephead. None kept. Water visibility was not great but still good. At horseshoe there were some surface action with bait fish, I threw cold sniper at it, but couldn't hook up to any. At izor, ton of dolphins passed by, several times, birds were diving in distance. So there were ton of life out there. Still learning on how to control underwater drone, but had much better experience than last time.

    After viewing the underwater footage at home, looking at how much fish is at izor's, I think I need some research, or lesson on how to catch fish. There were hundreds of calicos, sheephead right under the boat, and I couldn't hook up. But that's fishing, and still had wonderful time. Can't wait to go out there again.




    Get some 4 in red flake plastics with a 1 oz lead head-you will catch lots more fish-NO bait
     

    Omarkayak

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    Couple comment/questions:
    Too rad; is that submersible drone on a cable?
    Does it show on a monitor in real time?
    Isn't it amazing how well an unattended rod in a holder hooks fish?

    Couple unsolicited tips:
    Try using half a squid for bass. Cut pointy end lengthwise for strips.
    Avoid handling live bait with dry rag.
    Keep fishing those little macks whenever you can get them.
    Or catch them one place then take them somewhere else to use.

    Closing:
    Nice report and vid! Thanks!

    Good fishin'!
    BDC OK
     
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    ShadowX

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    There were some big slug whitefish down there. They are dang good eating. You can catch a lot more fish if you use a smaller hook and learn how to thread the bait on it so the hook doesn't stick out. When the fish are wide open, how you present the bait is not important. When the bite is scratchy, these little tricks makes a big difference in the bite ratio.

    I learned that fishing huge Spanish mackerals in Catalina. When we threw chum out, they came out in droves under the boat and attacked the bait. If you just threw your bait down, not a single nibble. The trick was to hide the hook and throw it out with chum each time. It never failed. I thought mackeral attacked everything, but these damn big spanish macks were smart as heck. The bait had to float down without a sinker on light line or they wouldn't hit it.

    When I see a lot of fish and they are not biting my line, I always get a nice bait that I can hide the hook entirely and throw it out with the chum. It works every time. You would have killed the sheephead if you fished near bottom with squid.
     
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    naldodook

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    Thank you guys for the tip and suggestions. I have not been able to go out this year yet, but once I do, I'll try to hide hooks as much as possible and you guys suggested.

    But just as a reminder, this is a year old report haha (thank you for bring it back to life) Drone is broken and didn't have chance to fix it yet.
     
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