Catalina Report 01/23 to 01/25

mhanson59hb

Fear No Fish
Apr 22, 2013
2,014
3,206
Huntington Beach
Name
Mike
Boat
2008 Trophy 1802 "Mako My Day"
After waiting 3 weeks for a break in the wind and weather, my friend Don Elm and I launched from Huntington Harbor on Wednesday morning. Mario and Mario Jr at the bait barge had a fresh load of live squid, and we tanked a ½ scoop. There was some left-over wind swell that made for a slightly bumpy crossing.

Once at the island, we found my brand-friggin-new bait pump was dead, along with all that nice squid. Bummer. Fortunately, I had a backup unit – and after a little struggle we got the transom mounted replacement hooked up and the fresh-dead bagged and on ice. Yikes!

The Island is green and beautiful after the recent rains and the January weather was as nice as only Southern California can deliver: Bluebird skies and no wind. There are still plenty of bonito at Catalina, and they were all over rapalas and mega-baits – we had enough to stuff the bait tubes in no time.

We set up that night on our lobster hooping honey hole. The crawl was good until the moon came up around 9pm – when it slowed way down. We managed 8 legals and released 61 shorts for the night. Lucky for us most of the legals were big ones - I was just glad we caught any at all.

Thursday morning found us looking for squid nests in the Vs/Palisades area, but we couldn’t locate any. There are tons of bigger sand dabs in 80 to 100 feet of water and we released a bunch while drifting for halibut. Don had a blast owning bonito on the mega-baits, and I even released a small yellowtail that ate a fresh dead squid!

That night was just gorgeous: a million stars out with no wind and we managed to top off our limits of bugs before the moon came up at 9:30. Again, most of the legal lobs were the bigger size.

As we were leaving Friday morning, the wind was already starting to pick back up and it was white capping by 8:15 AM making for a bumpy ride back. It laid down a bit about 3 miles from the coast, but the red flag warning was still up when we got back to the launch ramp.

Anyway – it was another great trip with awesome weather! On to Super Bowl Sunday Lobster Fest.

Go Rams!

Mike

Buffalo on the beach!
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Typical bug. It's the best pic because you can't see Dons face!
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Mini yellow learning to fly on a beautiful day!
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Capt Cosmo

Well-Known "Member"
Jul 27, 2011
69
137
Laguna
Name
Fernando
Boat
F-BOMB - Shamrock 200 pilothouse
cant beat limits on the lobsters... and the SoCal winter fishing..
I wish I could do a 2.1/2 day cat run but the wife and the job keep me away .. for now.
 

dktool

2459 Trophy Offshore
Aug 11, 2010
421
817
Covina, Ca.
Name
Dean
Boat
1989 Bayliner 2459 Trophy Off Shore
You went on my birthday and didn't even call.
What area was the Buffalo hanging out ?
Good job as always !
 
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Cheech

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Sep 11, 2008
409
251
Tustin, CA
Name
Jeff Cheechov
Boat
Skipjack 24FB, AD41P diesel
Looks like a fun couple of days at the Island with two limits of bugs. And thanks for the great report.
 
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mhanson59hb

Fear No Fish
Apr 22, 2013
2,014
3,206
Huntington Beach
Name
Mike
Boat
2008 Trophy 1802 "Mako My Day"
You went on my birthday and didn't even call.
What area was the Buffalo hanging out ?
Good job as always !
The Buffalo was hanging out on a beach! :D It used to be a good halibut spot but is now fished out. Forgive me if I don't divulge the exact location as I am hoping one day the 'butts will return!

Spend the night on the boat?
Yes,. Friends sleep on the deck. I sleep in the cabin. :D
 

dktool

2459 Trophy Offshore
Aug 11, 2010
421
817
Covina, Ca.
Name
Dean
Boat
1989 Bayliner 2459 Trophy Off Shore
The Buffalo was hanging out on a beach! :D It used to be a good halibut spot but is now fished out. Forgive me if I don't divulge the exact location as I am hoping one day the 'butts will return!
No worries, did you ask him if he has seen Wilson ? (Catalina trivia question)
 
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SaltH20Angler

I'm not superstitious... cuz it's bad luck.
Aug 6, 2016
1,236
1,625
SoCal - Corona
Name
Christopher
Boat
I know a couple guys...
Always enjoy reading your posts Mike.

Nice job on recovering from the bait pump fiasco and having a backup. I can imagine you dont have a freezer on board to freeze the dead ones. Did you chum/sabiki the macks with the dead squid and throw them in your working bait tank. I know you and Sean have done well on the YT slow trolling macs at Cat.

And the buffalo.... that is so Rad!! Although I have never seen one at Cat, I always look at the grassy hills hoping to see them. One hanging out on the beach is super cool. Great photo too.

The comments about 1000# test and a hook in a hay bail made me laugh out loud.

:jig:
 
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Workplacesafety

Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses
Feb 20, 2010
3,504
2,895
Long Beach Ca.
Name
Jeff Bruner
Boat
14ft Valco, San Diego Long Range Boats
Nice work Mike. Gotta check that bait tank a couple times on the way over. I always poke me head in the bilge a couple times too, learned the hard way on both....Great picture of the flyin yeller, and the buffalo.
 
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T Shark

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jun 15, 2007
388
114
So Cal
Name
Michael
Boat
My Medication
Sounds like a good trip. Nice pics. Thanks for the report
 
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ltran0614

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 8, 2013
711
391
Orange
Name
L Train
Boat
27' Farallon Whaleback & 27' Radon LRB
I've never seen a Buffalo on the beach, let alone take of pic of one. Nice!!!
 
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