Catalina 5/2-5/3 - WSB & Calico

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by KINGSIZE, May 4, 2017.

  1. KINGSIZE

    KINGSIZE On The Bow

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    Meet a couple buddies at Sunset Aquatic Marina at 11:00 PM Tuesday night (5/2/2017) and loaded up the Reel Finn (boat name) to make the crossing to Catalina. We picked up a decent swing of Dean's from the Pedro bait dock and made the very SMOOTH crossing in the dark at 25-27 knots. Pedro had no squid available. We made it to the island and hopped on channel 11 to make the call for Greg Obymako on the Pacific Carnage for a solid swing of squid at 2:00 AM. Our plan was to anchor up somewhere at the V's and target WSB in the grey light. We set up just on top of the water color change in about 7 fathoms of water. The temp was 63.4*

    Somewhere around 4:45 AM one of our line takes off and the fight was on. We hooked and landed a 48" WSB in the dark. Then around 6:15 AM another rip and about 10 minutes later we have our second 44" WSB on the deck. Then around 7:10 AM another line gets ripped. Unfortunately that one was lost. Snapped 40 lb Izor XXX like nada. We sat on that spot until 8:45 AM and called it good. Pulled the anchor and headed towards Farnsworth to find a few of the elusive larger grade Yellows. No birds working at all. Few schools of dolphin but that was all. Called that good and moved back in tight to the island and fished Calico in the kelp. We pulled on a ton of short Calico and cuda with the JRI 7 surface iron. Got a few larger grumpy Calico's in the 5-7 lb range (all safely released). Not a single Yellowtail to be found. The weather was unbelievable and the ride home was perfect. All in all, a great day on the water with a few good friends.

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  2. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER https://multimediabylj.com

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    Lucky even with a banana on board.

    I saw a guy bait a banana in a wide open yellowtail bite and hooked up . . . no lie!
     
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  3. KINGSIZE

    KINGSIZE On The Bow

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    As luck wound have it, I was wearing green underware to counteract all of bad Juju :rofl:
     
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  4. colemans224

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    Hell yeah congrats on the ghosts!
     
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  5. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Awesome guys, congrats!
     
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  6. Joda

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    Great report thanks!
     
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  7. RyanErb

    RyanErb Love to fish!

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    You guys sure put together a nice day, props on doing things right and getting the CBASS!
     
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  8. NoLDR

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    Sweet thanks for the report
     
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  9. Texlee

    Texlee Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice fish guys. them are some big fuckers.
     
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  10. Dan Salazar

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    We had overnighted Monday at Cat Harbor and picked up 9 firecracker yellowtail at Little Harbor earlier in the day. Making our way to Avalon we noticed numerous boats setting up for WSB West of Church Rock. Having live squid on board we decided to give it a try. Caught a few Sargo and decided I wanted to make it into Avalon before nightfall. Word I got from multiple sources was the bite went off right after sundown. Should have stuck around. Great job on your end.
     
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  12. Tango909

    Tango909 Protector of the Bight

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    Nice report. How were you setting up for the Cbass?
     
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  13. Fishmaniac

    Fishmaniac 3rd Gen Born and Raised in SoCal

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    We were there all day Tuesday and caught two out of four 35+lb wsb. We got into them late around 4:00pm. Did awesome in the late morning on Calicos and Sheepshead too near little harbor. Glad to see others find 'em and bring some home too! Me and my oldest busted out the victory cigars on the way home:smoking33:
     
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  14. KINGSIZE

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    Sundown to sun up has been best for us as well.
     
  15. KINGSIZE

    KINGSIZE On The Bow

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    Both 40 lb mono with one fresh dead and one live pinned to a dropper loop/clicker. Zero on the iron.
     
  16. SaltH20Angler

    SaltH20Angler Well-Known "Member"

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    Fantastic report bro. I got my first one a few weeks back and made a real nice stack of fillet portions in 8 gallon bags. I dont know if it was because it was my first WSB, but the taste if this fish has been like no other fish I have caught. I admit that I havent caught a bluefin, yellowfin, or keeper halibut (YET), but the texture and flavor of that WSB has been better than the albacore, rockfish, sheephead, cod, cali/sand bass, and yellowtail that I have brought home, not to mention other unmentioned fish that didnt even get a shoutout.

    I hope you have close family and friends over for some great fish and even better stories of how you and your bros caught them. Dont waste the collars (not that you would), good eatin there.

    Goodtimes Man!!
     
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  17. Edward L Russ

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    Good job bro.
     
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  18. jeffdalton

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    Playing with fire bringing that yellow shit on board. I ban people for less. :D
     
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