Islands 8/15 Malihini Day trip to the Coronados.

WmWiley

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May 21, 2021
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Steven Vogt
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CynSea
First time on the Malihini. I'll start with the fishing, then my overall impression of the trip. 30 anglers, a lot of children and first timers. Picked up some pretty OK bait at the bait barge around 6:30 and headed south. Bait was mostly anchovies, probably 70% chovies, 30% dines. Plan was to start with Yellows in the morning, search for some other species in the early afternoon, and return to Yellows on the way back to Point Loma. We started around 8:30 am right between North and South islands. Yellows wanted to bite and we landed around 20 nice ones between 15 and 25 lbs. The more experienced anglers were throwing irons on the bow and probably landed the majority of the fish. Around 10 am we started looking for other species and found a bunch. The calicos bit, the barracuda bit, the whitefish bit, we caught sheephead, bonito, sand bass and a triggerfish. The calico fishing was off the hook. Back to the Yellows at the end of the day and we picked up another 15. I went 3/5 on yellows (15-20 lbs), 3 legal calicos and bunch of released Calicos, 3 whitefish for the freezer, and several Barracuda that slimed their way back into the ocean. What's really cool is by the end of the trip, every angler had landed a fish. Something Capt. Bill was pleased with.

I'd definitely fish the Malihini again. Friendly, upbeat and helpful crew. Capt. was very friendly and approachable. He fished and handed off to the youngsters a lot of the time and was open with advice for the first timers. Shout out to deckhands Nick and Matt who kept the more experienced anglers loaded up with the correct bait. Much appreciated. One of the deckhands (not mentioned) did piss me off. One of my fish swallowed my circle hook...weird, but not too deep. It could've been taken out with a little effort. Rather than removing it, or cutting my line, he snapped my leader with his foot. About 15 feet of Seaguar Gold label 30lb. looked like a slinky. Rookie move. Don't F with a fisherman's Gold label. IMO, the Malihini is a great boat for a first timer or family to try sport fishing. But, this crew can make it happen on an offshore all day trip, as well. My purpose on the trip was to fill the freezer with some nice taco fish and have some fun, both of which were completed successfully.

Pros
1. Great crew and captain.
2. Got on some good fish.
3. Pass through window between the aft fishing platform and the galley. I haven't seen that before.
4. Crew attitude make her an excellent choice for new fishermen.

Cons
1. Won't win any sprint races.
2. Limited space for gear and mostly on the bow. I recommend not taking all of your gear, if you can avoid it.

Pics next time.
 
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ChoeMan

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you could have asked the deckie to cut the line or you could have cut the line yourself
 
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Any party boat thats going out that day.
Been a long time since I fished on that boat. I live in N. Cal but when I would visit San Diego I would take my nieces and nephews out on that boat. I suspect things go in cycles. When I first started fishing on that boat around 1998-2004 it was a good boat and crew. Then, I don't know what changed but around 2005 it got really salty with captain, crew, and some regulars who acted like they owned the boat. Had several bad trips and stopped fishing on it. Have been on that boat in over 10 years. Glad to hear they are doing better again. Can't believe you only had 30 anglers. That seems like a lite load. Sounds like an awesome trip. When I come down in September I might have to check her out again.
Gerry
 
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Blabelfish

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I always accepted that as punishment for not hooking teh fish in the corner of the mouth and never got mad cause it was usually in a hot bite and it got the deckhand to another person more quickly
 
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Tunahead

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    Cool report and info. Glad ya got some fish! What NO PICS? The gang needs pics here? Next time?

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    WmWiley

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    May 21, 2021
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    Point Loma
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    Steven Vogt
    Boat Name
    CynSea
    I always accepted that as punishment for not hooking teh fish in the corner of the mouth and never got mad cause it was usually in a hot bite and it got the deckhand to another person more quickly
    Punishment? It takes the same amount of time to cut a line as it does to snap the line. He had dykes in his pocket, he should've at least asked. It's not like it was a wide open BFT bite, we're talking calico bass here. He just didn't give a fuck, and it showed. But, if you think it's on me...Roger that.
     
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