Catalina 10/8 Fog Delay and a PB Toad

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Donkey Nick

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Finally had an opportunity yesterday to get on the Samrock and make a run either off-shore or to Catalina. Arrived at Cabrillo around 5 AM with my 82 year old Pop and the fog was super thick (as per the forecast). Running lights went out, so we opted to hang back until things cleared up a bit. Sun came up, the fog got thicker and thicker and Dad and I went to breakfast at a great little hole in the wall, "The Lighthouse Cafe" on Pacific in San Pedro. All I can say is, go support this restaurant. You will not be let down.
Home made chili and great omelettes.
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Came back to Cabrillo and around 10:30 and shoved off. Picked up some medium sized sardine and headed straight to the West End. Also, thanks to fellow BD member Sea Hawk IV for reaching out! Smooth ride over with wind and a little chop a few miles from the Island. Turned the corner and conditions looked OK. Only boat in sight was the Enterprise rockfishing out in deep water.

The plan was to look around and slow troll for the larger yellows, being caught as of late. My Dad asks me "Where are all the big boats at?" And I emphatically said, “Pop. We don't need them!” We start metering around The Rock area and right on the cue, The Native Sun comes down the Island from the middle backside and starts circling and throwing chum around our boat. "Dad, the big boats are looking for us today" I said and I will gladfully let the big diesels chum up the water for us any day of the week. The captain was courteous and kept his distance. It was nice to have some company.

The Native Sun threw the anchor in pretty much the exact spot we are checking out, but no worries as we weren’t fishing structure just a general area in about 90 feet of water. Began to slow troll in a little deeper water, as a native was starting to chum up mostly birds and the current was pushing the bait fish away from the island opposite of his stern. Never saw him get bit for the one hour or so he was there.

Took advantage of the chum and a couple hundred yards away from his starboard side I get picked up on the 25 pound test Calstar 870 and Newell 322. Heart gets pumping a bit and feeling good about being in deeper flat bottom water. Typical yellowtail strong runs, tail pumps, tug-of-war and ultimately land the gaff in this very nice 30 pound fish. Thank goodness for the brand new Izorline on the reel.

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The Pursuit came working down the backside and slid right into the position of the NS and instantly went bendo. Hung a handful of fish and then the bite died for him. We worked the area for another hour and never found another bite. Lots of bird activity, lots of boils and lots and lots of seals Looks like good conditions are needed and this fish will go off. Headed home in a nice down swell and downwind condition.

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Lucky couple of hours on the water and always grateful to be out there with the old man.

Good luck out there, tight lines and all the best!

- Nick

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Omarkayak

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Way to work the situation and score a beauty! Also, I'm not much of a food pic guy, but dang that omelet looks guuuuud!

Good fishin'!
BDC OK
 
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HBtunatime

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Gorgeous fish! Hope I can get one like that someday. And Lighthouse looks good! Reminds me of harbor house cafe
 
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FloMar

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Great tip, great pictures, great report, very nice Yellowtail indeed, great job!!!!!
 
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dorado50

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You do fish pics the right way!.
 
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flytie

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Congrats on a great day.

Don't throw away the yellowtail collar! That is some of the best eating right there.
 
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Cheech

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Super nice Homeguard and well done. Great post and two thumbs up for getting Dad out on the water for some fun times together. Cherish that time and I'm sure you do. I hope I'm still fishing at 82 years old!

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Flatinfifth

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Excellent. I remember my brother and I taking our father fishing on his last trip at the age of 89.9999. The memories are golden. Stick with it. It is a privilege of the highest order to be able to take care of and to share these wonderful moments with your father (or mom!!).

God Bless brother.
 
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Reel hip

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Good times for sure.. Wish I could have 1 more day with my dad. Glad you had one with yours!
 
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