9/14 & 15 Surly Mermaid Dorado and YT

Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by Surly Mermaid, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Surly Mermaid

    Surly Mermaid La Capitana

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    Ali
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    Got a late start on Friday (11 am) and headed out of Newport with my buddy, Don, and a tank full of squid. Headed down towards the 267. Found lots of paddies, but they were all Mola hotels. Kept going towards the 209 as the wind began to pick up. Found a nice paddy just to the southeast of the 209 with dorado on it in 72.4 degree water. Went 3 for 6 on the dodos using 12lb with flourocarbon leader and a 1/0 Owner hook. The bigger fish were caught on the long soak drifting way off the paddy.
    It was getting late and conditions were deteriorating, so went into Dana Point to spend the night.
    Left Dana on Saturday at 5:30 and headed back to the 209. Lots of boats had the same idea. Just shy of the 209, saw a hammerhead shark and a jumper (marlin). Good signs of life here. Water temp was 70 - 71 degrees. No luck on the 209, so headed up the ridge towards the 277. Water warmed to 72.4. It was now about 11am and we hadn't found any good paddies that didn't already have a bunch of boats fishing on them. I'm not one to crash a paddy party, I like to find my own, but I was starting to get desperate. Any hope of finding an unmolested paddy were vanishing as there were just too many boats on the water. Off in the distance I saw 5 boats fishing a paddy that had free jumping dorado. Many of the boats were hooked up. We slowly motored up and set up a respectable distance away from the paddy and started chumming with some live squid. Dorado charged the boat and the bite busted wide open. We were using our 12lb rigs again with the 1/0 hooks. We spent the next 3 hours filling the cooler with fish. There were also lots of annoying rat yellowtail and we must have released more than a dozen of those. I have to complement the boats that were initially fishing the paddy. Everyone drifted an appropriate distance off the paddy and everyone was enjoying great fishing. It didn't seem to matter whether you used sardines or squid. Of course, all good things must come to an end and as more boats showed up, the fishing started to slow down as people crowded the paddy. Then, the ding dongs started showing up and parking right on top of the paddy (see bottom photo). Luckily, the cooler was full, we were out of bait, and done for the day.
    The weather yesterday was incredible and the water temp gauge registered 74 degrees between the 277 and 14 mile banks. Please, oh please, let this weather last a bit longer.
     

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  2. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    Surley indeed Ali....NICE DODO's LOL That paddy looks like a garage door...
     
  3. Wandering Blues

    Wandering Blues I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Was that boat hand lining? At least most played nice and you put some in the cooler.
     
  4. c sick

    c sick "IF YA DON'T GO YA DON'T KNOW"

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    Paddy people will NEVER learn,looks like your day on the water was fun
     
  5. neversink2

    neversink2 Here fishy fishy fishy...

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    We might have been on that same paddy Friday. Lots of life under it but they only wanted to play on the tide. Looks like you had a great day... that's a decent haul. Congrats!
     
  6. Beaner

    Beaner Newbie

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    Ali- where did u get the squid?
     
  7. 26grumpy

    26grumpy who hooked who

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    Classy report Ali, solid round of local exotics!!!
     
  8. Ali

    Ali Master of Nothing Admin

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    Nice dodos lady.
     
  9. SeaHawk IV

    SeaHawk IV Well-Known "Member"

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    Awesome report and very nice picture quality. Are you using a point and shoot camera?
     
  10. Tehburninator

    Tehburninator pro-noob

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    Only 12 lb line ?!? I was having difficulties today with 25 on tiny models :x
     
  11. Bane1

    Bane1 50T Captain

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    We got a 21lb Dodo on 10lb fluoro (inshore baitcaster) couple weeks back. Yeah, it took 35 minutes lol, but the fight is all the fun! I later got a 30lb Dodo on 20lb. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout! Haha

    To the OP: Nicely done!
     
  12. stp

    stp Fish Hooker

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    What a douche on the back of that boat parked on the paddy! You'd think that if you had enough money to buy and operate a boat like that you'd take some time to learn how to properly fish.
     
  13. 4v1df12h1ng

    4v1df12h1ng Sensei

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    X2

    X3


    That happen to us on our last trip. I wanted to tell the guy on the hailer must well take the paddy onboard and fish from your deck Dick!!! But found another paddy near by..
     
  14. flyliner

    flyliner @thereelflyliner

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    Nice job! You guys did well.

    We were the first boat on that paddy and had it all to ourselves for about an hour. It was like fishing in an aquarium. Insane.

    Thanks for being so respectful....some other boats.....not so much.

    Jonathan & Jenn
     
  15. DreamCatcher

    DreamCatcher Member

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    Nice job Ali!
     
  16. Surly Mermaid

    Surly Mermaid La Capitana

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    Hey Al,
    Yes those pics are with a point and shoot. I use the Canon Powershot D20 which is their rugged, waterproof, impact resistant little blue camera. Works great above and under the water. Check out this shot of a rainbow trout I took fly fishing. The picture quality is amazing - plus you don't have to worry about dropping it in the stream. Can't go wrong with this camera.
     

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  17. Vermonster

    Vermonster Well-Known "Member"

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    Very nice! Good looking fish!
     
  18. freddyloan

    freddyloan Newbie

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    All in all, sounds like a great adventure. Nice job
     
  19. Agoodcatch

    Agoodcatch Newbie

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    FYI...that "douche" on the back of the boat "parked" on the paddy had just given bait to two other boats that rolled theirs THEN drifted to the paddy. Boat was moved. Also the "douche" threw back all dorados under 20#.
     

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