Catalina Island Hard Bait Calico Report Saturday 5/5

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  1. get some

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    Decided to try and squeeze in a pre-wind Catalina trip on Saturday morning. Decker and I have been on a hard bait kick the last few months and decided to leave everything else at home (except a surface iron rod in case the yellows popped up). I was expecting tough fishing but I guess I'm to the point where I'd rather not catch anything fishing the way I want instead of catching something fishing the way I don't want (like a swimbait fished on the bottom). Brought a variety of sizes of baits but only ended up using crankbaits and SP Minnows.
    IMG_0894.jpg Rob Kato ended up joining us and we launched out of Newport Harbor, clearing the mouth at 6:00 and arriving at the east end of the island just before 7:00. With a limited weather window, we concentrated on the east end with a plan to leave the island no later than 11:30.
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    The fishing ended up being pretty good and we caught 50-60 bass on crankbaits and hardbaits. Rob caught the most (but didn't pause for photos).
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    Decker caught the biggest and I struggled to keep up with them all day.
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    Hot ticket was a red crankbait cast right up on the beach in areas with off color water. Most of our bites came in less than 5 feet of water and some came right in the surfline.
    IMG_0895.JPG Decker caught the exotic of the trip with a garibaldi that actually bit the crankbait.

    There are some yellows on bait schools in deeper water and I watched a buddy hook and lose one on the iron but there wasn't enough concentration of fish to effectively target them. If I were looking for yellows I'd cruise along the contour line where it drops off from 40 to 80 feet looking for bait schools and fishing a jig through them.

    Left the island on time but the wind was already up. The crossing home was 15 to 20 knots of wind and about as wet as rides get.
     
  2. FishinMcNuggets

    FishinMcNuggets Fishin fo' Nutrition!

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    Details on the crankbaits if you please, sir?
     
  3. get some

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    Hot bait was the evergreen 16 in whatever their crawdad color is called. Rob was getting his on a black and red Laser Eye XPS deep diver crankbait in crawfish from Bass Pro Shops. Didn't see any red crabs at the island but there must have been some around because the fish were keyed in on that color.
     
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  4. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice report! Saw the Decker/Garibaldi pic on IG and on my tiny phone I thought it was a popper fish. Thank you for bringing some sanity back to my life with the larger clear photo.
     
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    I thought Matt was your “hard bait”. Good to see you took some real fishermen with you this time.
     
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  6. RyanErb

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    Looks really fun!! Thanks for the great report as always...

    In 'freshwater' bass fishing, the key to crankbaits is to make sure they are hitting the bottom or vertical structure. Does the same thing apply to calico fishing? Do you ever get bit on the crank going through open deeper water or must it be making contact? (the open deeper water may be better for the jerkbait) I do see you said fish were best in 5ft of water, so that leads me to believe the cranks were doing their job digging in the bottom....
     
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    The baits were making bottom contact on Saturday but it’s not necessary in saltwater. I’ve had amazing crankbait fishing in 60 plus feet of water.
     
  8. NewportMatt

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    Great report and additional intel afterwards. I do always enjoy your posts and column on BD.
     
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    Zika Well-Known "Member"

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    Great job and great report thank you !!
     
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    Thanks for the detail, Erik. Decker has not himself a nice size grumpy, there!
     
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    Awesome report bro! I'm thinking of making my way to the island this weekend to target whatever--bass, bonito, or yellows.
     
  12. clevel

    clevel Captain in Learning

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    Wow those are some nice size Calico's. I wish the winds would die down so this novice captain can give the island a try. Never done it on my own boat yet. I don't want to be a dark statistic. Thanks for the news!
     
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    I bet that garibaldi was pissed at Deckers crankbait and thought it was an interloper...those things are funny fish.
     
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    I always learn more from your reports than anyone else's!
     
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    Your pictures are excellent.

    It appears you shoot with the flash on, right? Do you photo shop to enhance? If not, what camera do you shoot those great pictures with?

    My guess is that the Garibaldi was being territorial. Mouth is to small to actually eat fin bait that's . . . orange.
     
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    Thanks! I do shoot with a flash on my Nikon D7000 and I do use photoshop to color correct.
     
  18. Croaker.Stroker

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    I installed TACO (actually Barbour Plastics) spray rails.....I am very happy with the result. No more wet cold rides home.

    PM me if you want more info on installation.
     
  19. RyanErb

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    Sounds interesting! Would love to see you start a new thread about your experience with pictures... I'm sure others might be interested. If you start one, post up a link...
     
  20. Crankbaitmaster52387

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    Just find a window of decent weather and go for it! Usually it gets nasty in the afternoon so leave early and make short stay or plan on a rough wet ride back best thing is to slow her the hell down if the chop is up.....
     
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