Back in the Saddle Again - Catalina Seabass - 3/18

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by flyliner, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. flyliner

    flyliner #therealflyliner

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    It has been a long time since I fished for seabass. Sort of strange because that used to be all I wanted to fish for, and when I wasn't fishing for seabass, I was thinking about fishing for seabass.

    Then the last few years happened and my focus switched to fishing offshore.

    Well, I finally got that seabass itch again, so Saturday morning Stephen and I made our first trip targeting seabass together. Thankfully Mike at San Pedro Bait hooked us up with a very generous scoop of squid, and we were on our way - both happy to find that the dense fog that had been plaguing the coast for several days had finally dissipated.

    We hit our first spot around 8 a.m., and while we marked fish, the conditions just weren't right, so we kept moving. Based on my trusty tide chart it looked like things should get interesting in the afternoon, so we kept moving around and checking the conditions at various spots.

    We found one area that was loaded with big grumpy calicos, so we played with them while we waited for the afternoon swing tide. Finally at about 11:00 a.m. we decided we better leave the calicos and get serious again, so it was back to spot #1 where we had marked fish earlier.

    As we hoped, the conditions had drastically improved, and it didn't take long for me to get on the board with my first seabass of 2017. And a nice one at that, caught on my new Shimano Teramar 80H paired with a Trinidad 16NA.

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    Stephen was up next and put a beautiful fish on the deck and we each had our one fish limit.
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    We also managed two nice keeper halibut to round out the fish count. Stephen with one of our halibut.
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    And then it was back to the slip before 1:00 p.m.
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    It felt good to be back in the saddle again. The seabass itch has been officially scratched. And now I am ready for the offshore stuff to turn back on again.

    Jonathan
     
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  2. Pgnracr

    Pgnracr Member

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    Nice. It's been a good bite when conditions are right for the spots holding. Saw a pig in a text from my buddy at SBI. But conditions REALLYhave to be right for this location. Excited!! Love adding to my stone collection!!! Lol
     
  3. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy Well-Known "Member"

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    Wow!!! Great job!!! Sitting hear envious. Should get my bait tank back next week and back to the grind! Thanks for sharing
     
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  4. scfisher

    scfisher Make it count !

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    Always killing fish conrgrats. Super job!!
     
  5. Jason

    Jason I break stuff @ BD Admin

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    Typical Johnathan post. :)
    Way to fish the conditions...
     
  6. RyanErb

    RyanErb Love to fish!

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    Wow! and he delivers again!

    Really nice fish! I'm not seeing anything else like that, you got some skill!

    Thanks for posting!
     
  7. tuner

    tuner pysgotwyr

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    Excellent work Jonathan!

    I've been thinking wsb and watching the squid reports, you were on the ball.
     
  8. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Got it done, right on Jonathan!
     
  9. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER anti-anchorist

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    PLAIN SICK!!!
     
  10. b-reel

    b-reel Member

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    Wow, that first one is tanker status. Is this the first seabass report from Southern cal for 2017? Good on you brotha.
     
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  11. b-reel

    b-reel Member

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    I forgot to ask, what happened to the blue shirt:confused:LOL
     
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  12. fish&snow

    fish&snow lurker

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    all i can say is WWWWOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW! Great job!
     
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  13. Bradyxxx

    Bradyxxx Member

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    Excellent!! Great report & nice going!!
     
  14. robaire

    robaire Angler

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    Kudos to you and your Bud..:cheers:

    Enjoy the filets!

    Robert
     
  15. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy Well-Known "Member"

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    andshare more boat pics too, your boat is always immaculate !
     
  16. Croaker.Stroker

    Croaker.Stroker Old White Guy

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    .....and there's that signature hat and sunglasses again. Nice fishys.
     
  17. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 Snidely Whiplash

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    Way to bust open the Sea Bass season, Jonathan! You guys found a couple trophys. Congrats!
     
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  18. get bentt

    get bentt Newbie

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    Congratulations, thanks for the report . WTG BTW
     
  19. short-range

    short-range Independence

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    NICE FISH!!!! Thanks for the report
     
  20. sacman

    sacman Newbie

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    Nice thanks for reporting
     

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