Picked up a nice batch of squid from Nachos around 6:15, much larger size than prior batches. Went straight to the V's, some scattered boats, nothing like prior gang bangs, no bent rods, a few sportys cruising around, looked like one went straight to the rockfish spots to put something in the bag I assume. I trolled rapalas for about 2 hours for nothing, I cruised past everyone at the V's, closer to Palisades, was all by myself. Finally saw some marks and bait on the bottom around 80 ft, threw out a dropper loop on 30lb flouro leader size 3/0 j hook (40 lb spectra), about 1 minute after i put it in the holder the tip went straight to the water, finally!!! After multiple runs, one being extremely long I had no choice but to tighten the drag to have a chance at landing, finally got some line back and was able to bring to put on the deck. drifted again a few times but realized if I didn't head back to HB soon I would end up staying on a beach somewhere. Saw a crew on a Slay Day boat, waived them over, told them what I caught it on and gave them a nice scoop of squid as they only had dines. Wished them luck then got totally worked heading back to the barn. Now icing my back and getting ready for sashimi. I had gone to Cat 4 times since June for nothing besides bass and a couple losses. Keep at it, they are all over, find a spot by yourself. Tight lines!