I had booked for the 2nd on the Mirage but the weather looked terrible and I was sure the trip would be canceled. So I decided to book another “just in case” trip on the 1st on the Pacific Dawn. Prior to booking I called Channel Islands sport fishing to see if the Mirage would be going out on the 1st, the girl on the phone said only 2 people booked, it most likely wasn’t going out.
About 2 hours later I get a call asking if I wanted to change my booking to the 1st as the 2nd wasn’t looking good. I said I would of if you would of told me that 2 hours earlier….
So off on the Pacific Dawn we go. At about 1:30 AM we stop to make squid. A small ball of squid gave us a few but not the numbers needed so we moved. I dosed back off to wake back up at 4 with the boat dropping anchor. And a huge column of squid from sea floor to the surface. After about 30 mins we had more than enough fir the day.
We motor over to the island and set anchor and drop. Looks like most the boats from Ventura/ Oxnard are there. Even a tiny 19’ skiff had braved the channel.
We saw a few WSB caught, a bunch of cudas were all over and a few bay rays. We gave this the good college try and did drifts, and spit stops for 6 or so hours only to pick up on one WSB. I was very happy to see the guy who caught it was the guy who had very little experience, rental gear and a great attitude, he’s hooked!
So we make a move to put some rockfish on the boat so there at least some numbers. Rock fishing was great we all caught quality reds, some lings, and unfortunately too many chucks. ( they all went back)
So not a bad day but not what I was targeting, so it was time to run over to my friends house shower and hall ass to Channel Islands for trip 2