After the last trip to Catalina when water was cold and dirty I told myself I'd wait until July to fish the island again. But the fishing itch was too real to bear. So when I saw the weather forecast for calm seas yesterday and warming water temps at the island I decided to go. Jumped on the Patriot as they only had 16 res. So 17 total including myself. The ride over was flat calm. Such a welcome sight after the last couple of months. We starting around the East end and up the backside. Saw the Pursuit anchored. Saw the T-Bird and Ultra (what were they doing here on an overnight? SCI must be closed or really bad). We anchored up with the back towards the kelp line. The bass bite was decent with one big monster at 9.8lbs caught by the man in the galley, Brett. Wish I had that one in my GoPro footage. A couple of other nice ones were also landed in the 4-6lb range. The yellows would cruise through periodically a little further outside the kelp line. With the way the boat was position we had to flyline a bait from the bow. So grabbing a bait from the back and running the whole length of the boat to cast off he bow was comical for some. I only had 1 shot the entire time. Briefly fought it before it came unbuttoned. An older gentlemen hooked up and the sea lion got on his fish quick (they were out in force). A young angler managed land one. But the real star was his buddy, John. I think he mentioned that he works in the front office for Newport Landing. Anyway, he had one heck of a day. Hooking 5 and landing 4. Everyone of us were using light line and small hooks. We were astonished at his success. The only difference was his blue spectra while everyone else had white spectra. So it became a joke that we needed blue. But I think the real reason was his bait being in the right place at the right time when the yellows cruised through. They weren't big schools. Just stragglers. We ended up with the 5 yellows. Things are looking up. Hopefully the weather continues to improve.