Catalina mid week report - big yellows

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by mhanson59hb, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. mhanson59hb

    mhanson59hb Fear No Fish

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    Mike
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    I took my son Sean fishing at Catalina for a few days on Monday. We got some ‘dines from Nacho and headed for the east end. In the Palisades area, Sean got an 18 pound yellowtail on a slow trolled sardine, and we released several smaller yellows and some large calicos before the bait rolled. In the afternoon, we went around front and were able to jig up a bunch of big Spanish mackerel and started slow trolling between Frog Rock and Whites. Right before sunset I got slammed and it turned out to be a 20 pound yellow.

    Then I made a barn yard move and bled the big yellow over the side on a stringer clip like the kayakers use. A big sea lion came out from under the boat and grabbed it, almost pulling me in the water. Fortunately I was able to grab the rail and had the rope wrapped around my hand tightly, and with Sean’s help, we were able to get it back with only a few teeth marks in the tail. Whew!

    Barney prevention tip: bleed your fish head down in a bucket of water, not over the side.

    Tuesday morning we headed for a spot a few miles outside the 14 mile bank, where we found tuna crashing micro bait, but would not even look at our big Spanish. We tried running and gunning, long soak, slow trolling and everything else but they were not buying it. Oh well, at least we saw them.

    Back at the front side of Catalina, Sean was able to get 12 and 15 pound yellows on the mackies, and we saw a boat get one on a rapala. We moored up in Avalon for a few well deserved cocktails and some people watching.

    The next morning we gave it one last go before heading home, and I got a 17 pound yellow. With 5 fish in the hold we decided it was enough, and enjoyed a fairly smooth ride back to the barn. Water temps were from 69 to 73.2, best area was the front side east end.

    Have fun out there, and be safe!

    Sean with the 18 pound Palisades yellow.
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    Me (AKA Barney, AKA Sam Kinison Jr AKA almost a sea lion victim) with the 20 pound yellow. This thing was stuffed with red crab. I know, it's a terrible picture of me, go ahead and laugh.
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    Sean with a 15 pound yellow.
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    Me with the final 17 pound yellow.
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  2. Raimond

    Raimond Not as lean, not as mean, still a Marine...

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    Nice fish, better pics!

    Happy anglers, no matter what!
     
  3. RyanErb

    RyanErb Love to fish!

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    Mike, great pics, and thanks for sharing the info! What a fun trip!
     
  4. lamnidae

    lamnidae Member

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    Great report. The fur bags are sneaky.
     
  5. jeffdalton

    jeffdalton "Well Known" Member

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    I love those types of trips to the island...multiple days of just having fun and doing what you want. Good job gentlemen!
     
  6. LACSAFD

    LACSAFD Captain

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    nice job.. thanks
     
  7. GarytheCPA

    GarytheCPA Member

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    Lots of nice size mackrel all over the island, especially at the Isthmus. No need for half dead sardines.
     
  8. antdog562

    antdog562 Member

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    Good thing the dog didn't pull you in... thanks for the info, I know it will be crowded, but I plan on going to the island Sunday to put my son on his first yellow (9 yrs old). So your Intel is well appreciated.
     
  9. flyliner

    flyliner @thereelflyliner

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    Awesome. Beautiful yellows.
     
  10. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Way to go, Mike! Nice looking YT. Nothing like frolicking at the island for a couple days. We're lucky to have such a place close to home! Thanks for the post.
     
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  11. mhanson59hb

    mhanson59hb Fear No Fish

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    Hey Steve, you are so right. As a teen, we used to spend all summer in Avalon. My dad and uncle used to own a mooring there (#37, 2nd row, next to the pier). I had jobs at Chet's Hardware, the pinball Arcade and Eric's on the pier. My sister worked at Lloyd's. Best memories from my childhood (long ago). Now I get to share some of that with my son.

    We are truly blessed!
     
  12. mandoman68

    mandoman68 Big Loco

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    We ALL do miss Sam Kinison. Great trip. Thanks for report.
     
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  13. randallg

    randallg Newbie

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    excellent! Now I want to go!!!!
     
  14. Kid Paella

    Kid Paella Newbie

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    Great shots of some beautiful tails! Can't beat multiple days at the island
     
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