Catalina 5/29 on the Patriot

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  1. Jigslinger

    Jigslinger Fishing is an incurable disease

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    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.

     
  2. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nicer weather works wonders!
     
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  3. Blackfish

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    Thanks for the report.
     
  4. RyanErb

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    What should he change? I would be interested to know.
     
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    Looks like a fun day! Overnight boats may be there for the seabass. From what I can gather, Cat seems to be a more targeted cbass island compared to SCI.
     
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  7. Jigslinger

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    Newell
     
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  8. Blackfish

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    The way he is holding his reel ( I use to do it to, so I am just sharing), his left hand should always be in the front of the reel, holding the rod (you can also guid the line with this hand)..
    His right hand should be by the reel, with his index finger on the spool, keeping just enough tension on the line to allow the bait to swim., but preventing backlash.
    His right thumb should be on the drag (level drag), reddy to jam it into strike mode, then his right had drops/slides right down into the handle, and his left hand is used to lift the rod tip up as you begin to wind in the fish, and set the hook.

    If you are doing it like the OP is, you have to switch hands in the process, adding more time in between the setting of the the drag/strike, and setting the hook with the rod, there by possibley missing the fish strike.
     
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  9. Jigslinger

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    I think if you fish with me in person or watch a couple of videos you will see that I'm comfortable holding my rods on either hands. And you will also notice that my line are always laid evenly without my eyes looking down.

    From my experience, how you hold your rod does not have anything to do with getting bit. The business end where and what your bait is doing determines that.
     
  10. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Thanks for the report. I was wondering where a few of the over night boats were catching their yellowtail. Looks like it's Catalina. Provided the wind tomorrow doesn't shut it all down, the season looks like it might be starting. Just hope it won't get too crowded...

    I'm certain that it's the yellowtail bite. As of this morning, there were four or five sport boats reporting on the action, and they all seem to have gotten their share. From the sound of it, it isn't a big school, so the action might die for a few days, but as temperature increases, more should move in.
     
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  11. FearNoFish31

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    The Thunderbird is there because of the yellowtail bite. There is nothing biting at SCI except rockfish. Yellowtail brings reservations.
     
  12. Blackfish

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    I am not talking about getting bit. I'm talking about setting the hook. That extra second of switching hands, is enough to miss the bite.

    No problem. To each their own.
     
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    Gotcha. I read your post wrong. What you're talking about is at the 1:50 mark. When I do that my right hand is in front of the camera so hard to tell. I switched over when I was filming the young man's fish so my hand is out of the camera's way.

    Thanks for the input. Tight lines!
     
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    Good to see Churro/Saba still working the landing. He was taught by Captain Mike Thompson on the Amigo. He is very experienced, via the "school of hard knocks".
     
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    Thanks for the video and report. Personally, when one guy gets 4 of the 5 yellows on the boat I think it reflects a higher skill set, and I'd watch everything he does from selecting his bait, hooking the bait, how he casts or lobs, and how he works his bait, as well as how long he soaks it before changing. I'd bet it wasn't the color of his spectra. Were you all using fluoro? We've all been there. Take it as a good learning experience. Looked like a nice day on the water, and I'd rather be out watching a guy catch all the yellowtail over being at work reading somebody's report.
     
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    17 People on that Boat , man that's awesome.
     
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    I assume you mean awesome. :rofl: Sorry I couldn't resist the corny joke.
     
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    I fish blue braid.........agree, it's the braid.
     
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    Thanks for the report
     

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