Big Catalina Yellows - 6/28

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flyliner

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I had the rare opportunity to fish during the week last Friday - and we decided to hit Catalina. We got a giant scoop of squid from the Long Beach Carnage near Avalon and headed around the east end looking for seabass and yellows. I knew the morning tide was weak - so I just wanted to scout around and find a zone to set-up in as we waited for the much stronger late afternoon high tide.

There were a ton of boats fishing the backside East End. I knew there were fish caught here over the last several days, and we saw a few boats gaff some medium sized yellows as we passed by, but I have no interest in fishing with crowds - so we continued on down the backside.

Never really saw anything I liked conditions wise. There was an area mid backside with 3-4 sportties catching small to medium sized yellowtail.....meh. We tried one spot I like that was wide open on the calicos with a few tiny yellows swiming around - but no signs of bigger fish...so we left that spot after 30 min.

Backside West End was rough and cold.....but fishy. Probably could have caught fish here, but opted to head around to the front side. That was a good call. While the backside was mostly cold, cloudy, and a little rough - the front side was warm, sunny, and flat calm (as usual). Also - way less boat pressure.

Found a nice little zone and anchored up for the long haul. Started chuming live squid and trying not to catch calicos - which were stupid wide open. Eventually we started getting some huge blow ups on our chummed squid by BIG yellows.

Stephen hooked up first on the flyline squid. Nice big fish. Then I hooked up and almost got spooled on a Trinidad 12a. That fish pulled so hard, so fast, that we both thought maybe I had hooked a calico bass that was immediately eaten by a sealion? Weird.

I am embarassed to say that I tightened my drag down all the way to try to break off the "sealion" - but in doing so I stopped it and actually started gaining line back and feeling massive tail beats. Guess it wasn't a sealion.....quickly backed off the drag obviously....lol.

Anyway, long story short, we kept 3 big yellows and released the rest. We could have kept our limits of 30 pound class fish if we had wanted - but that's way too much fish for us and too much work to process anyway.

Super fun afternoon and the first day that actually felt like summer. These fish kicked our ass on light tackle and it was awesome.

Jonathan

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Northeastfshman

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    Sounds exactly like our day on Saturday but those things are just straight slugs.

    Congrats man! Sick grade. So funny we couldn't get a touch (including bass) on the squid fishing the front but the yellows were all over our fin bait. Go figure.
     
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    Blackfish

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    That is a very nice frontside yellow. Congrats.

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    I had the rare opportunity to fish during the week last Friday - and we decided to hit Catalina. We got a giant scoop of squid from the Long Beach Carnage near Avalon and headed around the east end looking for seabass and yellows. I knew the morning tide was weak - so I just wanted to scout around and find a zone to set-up in as we waited for the much stronger late afternoon high tide.

    There were a ton of boats fishing the backside East End. I knew there were fish caught here over the last several days, and we saw a few boats gaff some medium sized yellows as we passed by, but I have no interest in fishing with crowds - so we continued on around the backside.

    Never really saw anything I liked conditions wise. There was an area mid backside with 3-4 sportties catching small to medium sized yellowtail.....meh. We tried one spot I like that was wide open on the calicos with a few tiny yellows swiming around - but no signs of bigger fish...so we left that spot after 30 min.

    Backside West End was rough and cold.....but fishy. Probably could have caught fish here, but opted to head around to the front side. That was a good call. While the backside was mostly cold, cloudy, and a little rough - the front side was warm, sunny, and flat calm (as usual). Also - way less boat pressure.

    Found a nice little zone and anchored up for the long haul. Started chuming live squid and trying not to catch calicos - which were stupid wide open. Eventually we started getting some huge blow ups on our chummed squid by BIG yellows.

    Stephen hooked up first on the flyline squid. Nice big fish. Then I hooked up and almost got spooled on a Trinidad 12a. That fish pulled so hard, so fast, that we both thought maybe I had hooked a calico bass that was immediately eaten by a sealion? Weird.

    I am embarassed to say that I tightened my drag down all the way to try to break off the "sealion" - but in doing so I stopped it and actually started gaining line back and feeling massive tail beats. Guess it wasn't a sealion.....quickly backed off the drag obviously....lol.

    Anyway, long story short, we kept 3 big yellows and released the rest. We could have kept our limits of 30 pound class fish if we had wanted - but that's way too much fish for us and too much work to process anyway.

    Super fun afternoon and the first day that actually felt like summer. These fish kicked our ass on light tackle and it was awesome.

    Jonathan

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    Nice work, Jonathan! We were clearly in the wrong place. I hope Mike Hanson doesn't see this post! LOL
     
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    gettingbentwithbo

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    Those are some nice yellows!
     
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    SPChamp1

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    Those YT are absolutely stunning! Awesome job.

    Can’t wait to get the invite again on my buddy’s boat.

    We fished the frontside about 2 weeks ago and while we got into some really good calico bites, and a few Barracuda, we couldn’t find the YT’s. He went out last week again and went 1/3 on the yellows and find a nice sized halibut to go along with a few more calico’s.
     
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    flyliner

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    Sick day and nice fish. What camera were those pictures taken on? They are amazing

    Thanks very much. Those pics were taken on my I-phone, I think I have the 8 or the 9. The 10 (which my wife has) - takes incredible photos for a phone.
     
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    flyliner

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    Sounds exactly like our day on Saturday but those things are just straight slugs.

    Congrats man! Sick grade. So funny we couldn't get a touch (including bass) on the squid fishing the front but the yellows were all over our fin bait. Go figure.

    Thanks man. Not suprised about the fin bait being way more effective for you guys. Most of the yellows we found east and even middle of the Island were responding better to fin bait. However - there is a ton of squid west - (along with a little bit better grade of fish) and I think those west area yellows are more into the squid right now - though they are eating to the fin bait too.
     
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    Pizzica

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    NICE!! I was there with WIFEY for her 1st time on the Island and to celebrate out 30th so missed out on fishing but maybe after she sees what you guys got,next year will be a trip planned for more than just the HUGE amounts of calico's we spotted in the GLASS BOTTOM boat!!:jig:
     
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    jspana

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    WOW! Hope this is a good start to what could be a completely wide open summer! I would have been happy with the wide open Calico bite haha!! Way to stay on the hunt and find them
     
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    FloMar

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    SLUG Yellowtail indeed, great pictures too!
    Thank You for saving some for the rest of us.
    That's some good karma, your next trip should be even better.
     
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    Tunaslam

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    Excellent job guys, you found the sweet spot on the island and made it work! Fine job.
     
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