Catalina Yellows - Memorial Weekend Report

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by flyliner, May 27, 2014.

  1. flyliner

    flyliner @thereelflyliner

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    Jenn and I spent Memorial weekend with family at Catalina this year. We went over to the Island Friday morning with high hopes given that the Pursuit had put 40+ yellows on the boat the day before. Bait wise we had all the possibilities covered with a tank full of anchovies, sardines, spanish mackerel, and live squid. It always feels good to know that if you are going to strike out, it’s not because you didn’t have the right bait…..lol.

    Anyway, we went to Avalon first to secure a mooring for the weekend and then made our way along the front side of the island looking for yellowtail…..and boy did we find them. From Long Point to the West End we metered yellows everywhere, and not just scattered fish, but really large schools. Unfortunately the current was just non-existent, and so was the bite.

    We would anchor on a spot, throw some chum, and then watch helplessly as gigantic schools of yellows would pass through on the sounder. So eventually we gave up went into Avalon for some much needed therapy.

    Saturday morning we left the mooring in the dark and headed back to one of the many areas where we had metered yellows the day before. And just like Friday, we found the fish......but this time something had changed…..there was current!

    First cast of the day with a flylined squid.
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    It sure felt good to finally connect on one after seeing so many fish the day before without a bite, and as it turned out, that was only the beginning. The yellows bit really, really well. From that point on it was very steady, with some periods where they really bit full speed with almost every cast resulting in an instant hook-up. We caught fish on sardines, spanish, live squid, and even the iron…..but when the bite slowed down, only the squid was working.

    At one point the seals got on us really thick and we were thinking we would have to make a move....but fortunately all the 3/4 day boats showed up about a quarter of a mile from us and drew all the sea lions away from us and the bite took off again!

    Some of these fish were a much nicer grade than what had been reported.
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    Jenn teaching our daughter the art of flylining
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    Eventually I started messing around with my bass gear….like the Daiwa luna.
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    I also caught several fish on my new Revo Toro NaCl 50 (after I made my wife give it back). This was my first time really putting this little reel to the test, and I have to say, I was very, very impressed.
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    We also managed some nice calico by-catch. If we had anchored near a kelp bed to target the bass, I imagine we could have done extremely well.
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    By noon, the bite really started to slow down, so we called it a day and headed back to Avalon. We ended up keeping 6 fish, releasing at least twice as many.
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    That was it for the fishing portion of our little mini vacation. We spent the rest of the holiday weekend enjoying the island with family.
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    Jonathan
     
  2. Ali

    Ali Master of Nothing Admin

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    Man you have been killing it up there!
     
  3. Phat Matt

    Phat Matt Matt

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    Awesome..WTG!
     
  4. Danthefishman

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    You sure have an awesome life! Love the pic of the wife and daughter. Congrats
     
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  5. KNOT HOME

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    Your not kidding!!

    Well done - whoa!
     
  6. DoubletroubleII

    DoubletroubleII Fish On!

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    Wow.......what a great trip & report!
     
  7. Carl

    Carl Bridesmaid,,,,,,,Again

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  8. rodngun762

    rodngun762 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Love the reports and photos as always!!!!!
     
  9. 45king

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    Way to go j&j. The little one has no choice but to be a fish killer. 2nd generation. Lmao.
     
  10. finishright

    finishright Well-Known "Member"

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    nice multi-tasking by the wife glad you had a great trip
     
  11. goneishing

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    Awesome report!!!
    A family that fishes together, stays together!

    That's my dream mini vacation right there!
     
  12. thirty8ford

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    Thanks for the report and I always enjoy your posts
     
  13. rusn007

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    Great report! nicely done.
     
  14. BluePabst

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    Nice one, looks like a great vacation!
     
  15. reel loco

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    Great report and awesome family time.
     
  16. Marlinloco

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    As always way to hit your target
     
  18. sea onion

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    Start them young,,,,nice catch,,,
     
  19. finsane

    finsane I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Hats off to you, job well done.
     
  20. sharkhunter.72

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    I put lame because I am just jealous. Great job man you really know that island
     

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