Catalina Report 7/28/14

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by Feeshy, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. Feeshy

    Feeshy Newbie

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    Short story:

    Limit style fishing for Rockfish, Calicos and Sheephead. 1 Yellowtail.

    Long story:

    Left Long Beach around 6 am on a Jay's Mako along with Eugene, Robert, and Tom. Stopped by Nacho's to pick up some 4-5" sardines and squid. His bait was the business. Headed out on a 209 heading without a kelp patty in sight. About 10 miles short, we spot a HUGE pod of dolphins so we drop the trollers in and make our rounds for nothing. Dropped a few baits in until the pod moved out of range for nothing. Rather than follow the 5-6 private boaters and 2-3 sport boats, we opted to make a run to the 277 then Catalina. Not a single kelp patty in sight through the 277.

    Catalina was swamped with people. Kayakers and paddle boarders for miles. We fished a couple Calico spots for some shorts the first hour or so, but then the big boys wanted to play. One probably went 7-8 pounds. They were keyed in on sardines for the most part and for a half hour or so we got them on plastics and surface irons. We made a move to try our luck at some bottom fishing before noon and must have done a dozen drifts for some Lingcod, Rockfish and Sheephead. Tom and I had talked previously about how long it had been since we had some epic Sheephead fishing. Well, low and behold they wanted to play. We had a couple pushing 5-6 pounds. After a couple more moves going back and forth from Calicos to bottom fishing, we decided to call it quits around 7 pm. As I was pulling a White/Glow jig off the bottom I get stopped and it feels like the right kind. Phenix Black Diamond 909H paired with a Daiwa Saltiga 30T and Seaguar 40lb made short work of it. Thank God for breezers. It went 15 pounds. Pretty good for the island by my standards.

    Weather was holding somewhere in the mid 80's. Overcast until about noon. The ride back at 7:30 pm was hell. Perfect storm type of deal. Stopped by one of the pony piers in the harbor to throw some Whitefish and Boccacio to those fishing there. Got back to the dock past 9 pm and cleaned the fish and boat before heading home. All in all a great day on the water. Thanks Jay for the lift. Hope to get some of this tuna offshore with you soon.

    Only have the one picture, but it sums up my day.

    Roy

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    Last edited: Jul 30, 2014
  2. Andrew Kovach

    Andrew Kovach Newbie

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    Nice reort and a nice fish photo
     
  3. xpolari3earx

    xpolari3earx Newbie

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    Went to 14 first in the morning.. no sight of birds or kelp patty
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  4. SeaSully

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    you a small dude, that looks like more than 15. nice fish though!
     
  5. gved823

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    Great report, lots of details. The YT does look bigger than 15.
     
  6. Derek_B

    Derek_B Newbie

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    Nice fish!
     
  7. Paul Ward

    Paul Ward Well-Known "Member"

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    good karma sharing with those fishing the pier. like your style
     
  8. steelhead88

    steelhead88 Marriage is not a word; it is a sentence!

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    Nice job!

    Those are my favorite size yellows on lighter gear. Nothing like a heavy duty bass rod, a curado 300, and a zara spook on the surface with 12-15 pound yellows crashing.

    I miss fishing Catalina.
     
  9. polevaults

    polevaults Member

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    Nice report. Thanks
     
  10. Feeshy

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    Lol! It's all in the angle! No, we put it on the scale. I'm 5'11" 190 lbs. so I'd say about average?
     

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