Offshore Cat to SD 8/23/20

PENN

Vessel_Surf

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Nov 11, 2012
19
16
San Diego, CA
Name
Jack
Boat
21' Triumph CC
After a couple days motoring around Catalina and drinking buffalo milks for a couple of days, we decided to take the family home. Made some good baits fast at ship rock after marking them on the finder and set off to the west end to slow troll them around the point. There were a lot of boats out there but it didn't look like anyone got much aside from a few small calicos. There was a decent amount of kelp out there and we could almost see the bottom in 85' of water. After continuing south, we saw a lot of boats over at farnsworth, as well as lots of bait swimming around. Marked some good fish there, but it's a MLPA? so we didn't fish. Looked around at church rock for something with a few other boats, didn't see much.

With work the next day and the family wanting to get home, we headed south to the 181, and saw a good amount of life about 10-15 miles off. A couple schools of small bonito hitting the trollers made for some fun catching for everyone, but nothing worth bleeding and putting on ice. They coldn't stay away from the purple feathers. We saw lots of dolphins, mola-mola, and even what looked like a thresher cruising along the surface in absolutely perfect blue and glassy conditions. There were also lots of empty paddies in the area. A few miles from the 181 the water turned a little more green and paddies were more scarce. The ones we did come across were holding lots of baits, so we threw everything we had at them. Trolled by, then soaked some baits. Gave them poppers, irons, colt snipers, you name it, but no luck. We didn't meter much big stuff but a few good bait balls. A few of the paddies had birds diving on them which got us really excited, but looking down from the tower it was all bait, with a couple rat yellows mixed in that didn't want to play. It looks like that zone should hold fish when they do come up. With this much around, we kept the troll going until about the 182 before we decided to head in. At least the boat wasn't too much work to clean with mom on board judging every little spot of fish blood.

I should add that on the way out, there was huge schools of little anchovies all over the avalon bank, but we couldn't get anything to bite despite a very weak effort (wanted to make sure we got a mooring).
 
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Varuna

Rich
Aug 28, 2008
12
68
Irvine/CA/USA
Name
Rich
Boat
32' Uniflite "Varuna"
After a couple days motoring around Catalina and drinking buffalo milks for a couple of days, we decided to take the family home. Made some good baits fast at ship rock after marking them on the finder and set off to the west end to slow troll them around the point. There were a lot of boats out there but it didn't look like anyone got much aside from a few small calicos. There was a decent amount of kelp out there and we could almost see the bottom in 85' of water. After continuing south, we saw a lot of boats over at farnsworth, as well as lots of bait swimming around. Marked some good fish there, but it's a MLPA? so we didn't fish. Looked around at church rock for something with a few other boats, didn't see much.

With work the next day and the family wanting to get home, we headed south to the 181, and saw a good amount of life about 10-15 miles off. A couple schools of small bonito hitting the trollers made for some fun catching for everyone, but nothing worth bleeding and putting on ice. They coldn't stay away from the purple feathers. We saw lots of dolphins, mola-mola, and even what looked like a thresher cruising along the surface in absolutely perfect blue and glassy conditions. There were also lots of empty paddies in the area. A few miles from the 181 the water turned a little more green and paddies were more scarce. The ones we did come across were holding lots of baits, so we threw everything we had at them. Trolled by, then soaked some baits. Gave them poppers, irons, colt snipers, you name it, but no luck. We didn't meter much big stuff but a few good bait balls. A few of the paddies had birds diving on them which got us really excited, but looking down from the tower it was all bait, with a couple rat yellows mixed in that didn't want to play. It looks like that zone should hold fish when they do come up. With this much around, we kept the troll going until about the 182 before we decided to head in. At least the boat wasn't too much work to clean with mom on board judging every little spot of fish blood.

I should add that on the way out, there was huge schools of little anchovies all over the avalon bank, but we couldn't get anything to bite despite a very weak effort (wanted to make sure we got a mooring).

Thanks for the report. Just so you know the MLPA at the Farnsworth Bank does not apply to Pelagic species (e.g. tuna). The BFT were there the week before as well.
 
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bdogie1

Member
  • May 27, 2015
    457
    536
    Name
    Brandon
    Boat
    getsome
    Tanner Bank or bust for the last 8 days!!!
     
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