Offshore Catalina + Offshore 8/31

Aug 16, 2021
13
159
32
Orange County
Name
John Blum
Boat
Pacific Offshore
Report for 8/31/21

Went out of Long Beach, PierPoint Landing, full day Trip - on the Enterprise

Headed to the bait receiver - Bait was small and beat-up sardine 3-6 in

Ran to catalina to fish a few areas near twin harbors.
First spot was loaded with bonita. we fished for 30 minutes and bagged about 80.
Second spot we landed a few calicos and short barracuda.
Weather was foggy with occasional sprinkles of rain, not ideal conditions . Water was clean, no green and about 71.

At 10am we headed to the north end of the island. Fished the kelp with no success and many seals.

Scratched away at small barracuda and bass at the final catalina island spot. pretty slow for the 32 guys onboard.

Captain announced we would go offshore to look for bluefin at 2pm.
We were in the middle of the channel, ten miles north of the offshore avalon bank in between catalina and longbeach.

We saw boiling tuna crashing bait on the surface. Tens of thousand of fish. Most massive schools of frothing tuna I have ever seen.

Deckhands on the bow threw out megabait style metal jigs and hooked up 2 immediately and we landed both. It was pure mayhem.
After we boated a few, we drove back to a new foamer ahead for more of the same action. rinsed and repeated 3 times.

Fish stayed up boiling for about 1 hour then sat down. It was time to head back in as the boat was already going to be in an hour late.

When the smoke settled, we had 6 on deck for the 18 we hooked. All in the 30-50lb grade.

boat ended with 90 bonita, 20 short bass, 30short barracuda , 1 short wsb and 6 bluefin

30lb Mono with 30 Fluoro
 

Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
  • Oct 19, 2012
    2,682
    3,130
    California
    Name
    Shewillbemine
    Boat
    Chips N Guac
    Damn, that must have been a sight. Crazy how the BFT are so far north this year. That's usually reserved for Mexican waters.

    Thx for the report.
     
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    Aug 16, 2021
    13
    159
    32
    Orange County
    Name
    John Blum
    Boat
    Pacific Offshore
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