Offshore 9/20 14 mi, 267, 277 trek

WaterDawg

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Jun 28, 2008
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Kevin
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17' Whaler
Went tuna hunting yesterday on Jugular, Morris's 26' Skipjack docked in Huntington Harbor. Had good sardines from Nacho's with a mixture of small, medium and large models, and plenty of small/medium macks mixed-in. Went to the 14 mile bank and found some great paddies loaded with 2-5 lb yellowtail. We fished them for a while hoping it would turn into something bigger but it didn't, so we continued searching after catching and releasing a bunch of the ravenous baby yellows. Would've been a perfect time and place for young kids to have a blast on light tackle. Relatively few boats congregated on the 14. 74 degree water.

Headed south and stopped on paddies, finally found one with a few Dorado which chased our slow trolled sardines and macks and one finally committed, around 15 lbs guestimate. Found another paddy holding near the 267 and caught another Dorado on live bait, about 20 lbs. Marked fish at 50 to 100 feet in several places, but could not get any tuna to come up.

Looked around more to no avail (lots of dry paddies) and eventually went to the 277 where several boats were hooking up with what looked like skipjack or very small YFT. We tried and did have one Dorado hookup but it bit through after a pretty good battle. We couldn't get the tuna/skippies to go, and finally headed in late afternoon. Rough ride in.

Not our day for the tuna but did manage two beautiful fish. Good luck!

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NATIVE

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Apr 2, 2008
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'Smitty'
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BaseCamp Parker 2520
Went tuna hunting yesterday on Jugular, Morris's 26' Skipjack docked in Huntington Harbor. Had good sardines from Nacho's with a mixture of small, medium and large models, and plenty of small/medium macks mixed-in. Went to the 14 mile bank and found some great paddies loaded with 2-5 lb yellowtail. We fished them for a while hoping it would turn into something bigger but it didn't, so we continued searching after catching and releasing a bunch of the ravenous baby yellows. Would've been a perfect time and place for young kids to have a blast on light tackle. Relatively few boats congregated on the 14. 74 degree water.

Headed south and stopped on paddies, finally found one with a few Dorado which chased our slow trolled sardines and macks and one finally committed, around 15 lbs guestimate. Found another paddy holding near the 267 and caught another Dorado on live bait, about 20 lbs. Marked fish at 50 to 100 feet in several places, but could not get any tuna to come up.

Looked around more to no avail (lots of dry paddies) and eventually went to the 277 where several boats were hooking up with what looked like skipjack or very small YFT. We tried and did have one Dorado hookup but it bit through after a pretty good battle. We couldn't get the tuna/skippies to go, and finally headed in late afternoon. Rough ride in.

Not our day for the tuna but did manage two beautiful fish. Good luck!

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seadancer

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Jul 2, 2007
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Craig Gilbert
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I was on this trip with Kevin and Morris. Usually Kevin out fishes me. Usually. There was one idiot on the radio telling everyone to stay clear of his paddy. He was somewhere near the 267 I think. That's right, he found it first and it was his and his alone for hours. He made sure everyone knew. Another boat joining in would evidently shut-down the bite completely and destroy his well placed chum line, whatever that really means since chunks are falling quickly down and being gobbled-up just as fast. Anybody going near was getting an earful. It was really sad. When we hear that kind of chatter we always get as far from that guy as possible. What's ironic is that at about 3pm off the 277 there were FOUR large sport boats of which two had at least 50 people on board fishing ONE paddy. That's right. 4 sport boats, 1 paddy. Many hookups going all around. We were headed-in to harbor but decided to meandered over slowly and join in. Somehow the bite continued, it did not shut down, and everyone around us was catching fish. Fish boiling everywhere on the chum. Every 15 minutes or so each boat would re-position and drift the paddy again. 15 knot wind and fast drift. Nobody was throwing jigs or sinkers at anyone else and all got along just fine. No name calling, no crying, no screaming. Very professional. Likewise whenever we are fishing a paddy that we are fishing, we never have a problem with others joining in. All contributing more chum = more fish for everybody. Boats around a paddy do not shut down fishing. That is an old wives tale that somehow persists among the less experienced or those who just don't like people. I have been doing this since early 60's and those who cooperate with one another always do better than the loners and haters. We stayed away most of the day from any other boats or groups of boats and found our own paddies where we caught 2 dorado and numerous yellowtail. There were hundreds of yellowtail around the boat and it was like fishing in a trout pond. Your bait was in the water for a microsecond before being attacked. All catch and release. When we stopped fishing the YT they continued to follow the boat. Kevin got his dorado on live sardine. I got mine on a chunked sardine (I was matching the hatch). Many dorado out there. We hooked one more when in the group of 4 sporties near the end of the day and it came unglued. Nothing under 15 pounds. Couldn't give this spot much time with high wind and swells making it unfishable. Very rough trip back to HH.
 
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