9/23 Dana Point local

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  1. OnoEric

    OnoEric Well-Known "Member"

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    1CF3F60E-A32B-41B8-812F-5646B7B85BD3.jpeg Stayed local today with my daughter and dad. Pretty much wide open medium-large bonito in 180 feet of water between the barber poles and Monarch Beach. 180 feet was the ticket for some reason.

    Doubles and triples were the norm while staying away from the fleet trolling Yo-Zuris. Caught limits, keeping a few for some poké. At one point there were 8 sport boats from Dana Point, Newport, and Long Beach, along with the mosquito fleet of PBers that wouldn’t leave them alone. Entertaining to watch them play leap-frog while everyone ignored the fact that there were fish everywhere and there was no need to poach chum slicks.

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  2. Shewillbemine

    Shewillbemine "should of" is NOT a thing

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    Were you trolling?
     
  3. OnoEric

    OnoEric Well-Known "Member"

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    All troll fish. Skipped the bait barge today.
     
  4. ScaleyOne

    ScaleyOne " I never met a fish I didn't like"

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    I just ate some I caught last Wednesday at Catalina and I love Bonito.
    I see you know how to prep and store them for maximum deliciousness. Haha
    They are a little of a pain to handle and clean, but once you're done, they are great. my family likes them better than the damn Yellowtail I caught. That's quite alright with me though.
    Great job making memories that will last forever for the kid and father!
     
  5. OnoEric

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    Yep, treat them like you should any pelagic game fish, and they are great. I always pop a gill before they are even unhooked and let them bleed out in the livewell. Once the water turns clear again, gut, gill and get them iced down on the boat, then filet at home, making sure to get all the blood line out. Every bit as good as YFT in my opinion. But they need to be decent sized ones since the blood line is larger than most other fish, so it's not worth the effort with the small ones since you hardly get any meat.
     
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  6. BrentH

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    Nice report! We were in the same area till someone ran over my trollers. We were north of the fleet but not quite enough. After that we picked up and ran south and out quite a bit deeper and found em. Nothing on the troll but loaded up on a tady 4.0 just dropping down. Wide open bite as Lon as you followed em. Only kept one since I was still not a believer in them actually being editable.... Well I can say if you bleed them out right away and gut them and pack with ice they are great! Started with shichimi with a thin slice of jalipino and light soy sause and now I’m a believer! Made a plate of that and used the rest for poki that was also excellent! I will admit I cut out every bit of the blood line and then some and almost felt like I was wasting some but in the end it was worth t!
     
  7. GarytheCPA

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    Has anyone seem em closer up by newport this week? I'd like to take my daughter out for a couple, but really just want to make a morning of it.
     
  8. clevel

    clevel Captain in Learning

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    Thanks for the report. Good to hear of some local action!
     
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    It was wide open at Izors fri.4 -7 lbers.
     
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    Yella1 So Fishy

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    Dang, those are some beefy bonito. Bet they really gave a fight. Congrats on a successful outing.
     
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    slydawg Always wishin' I was fishin'

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    This is the perfect time to bring newbs/kids out for a great time!
    I’m gonna bring my fly rod out!
    Good going Eric!
     
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    Took my twins and one of their friends out to do the same thing. Same results but I would have sworn 220' was the magic number. We did have bait so we'd get bit on the troll and they stuck to the boat well with chum if you wanted to get them on some lighter gear.

    We ran to the kelp line and the bass fishing was even better than the Bonito fishing if that's possible. Even had a fair number of bonito inside fishing the kelp as well.

    Great time of year to get the kids out if you can!

    Good on you for getting your daughter out!

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  13. Edward L Russ

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    My friend works on the Helena and said they got them at the pipe area.
    That was Sunday
     
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  14. FishinMcNuggets

    FishinMcNuggets Fishin fo' Nutrition!

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    Love the obligatory bonito under ice pic. Covering all your BD bases!
     
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  15. OnoEric

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    Haha. You got that right. Don’t need the BD police after me. Besides, it makes it look like this when it’s cut. :D
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    Big bones there buddy. Good job.
     
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    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Way to go guys and gals!
     
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