CIH Dabbin'

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jrodda

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Sep 8, 2012
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Jeremy Rodda
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7 days ago it was forecasted to be quite windy today and through my weekend. Thankfully that forecast changed a couple days ago, so I got to daydreaming on what I could do with the Mosquito this time. It may sound strange, but I managed to work up the desire to go sand dabbing. I figured, if I could find them, I'd catch some for food and then freeze some for lingcod for the opener. So I figured I'd launch out of Channel Islands Harbor for the first time, try a couple spots for bass, then finish the day looking for dabs.

Woke up at 0730 and I was able to have the boat in the water by about 1000. Pure glass conditions out of the gate. First stop was La Janelle wreck. Coast Guard was doing some weird boat drills with two boats real close by and they sent me a number of wakes to play in.

The area was pretty void of life, but there was one small school of what I imagined were bass that were playing hide and seek on the sonar. 2nd drop with squid to them and I got a load up but missed the hook set. Reeled up to check my bait and...

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A little chunk of an octopus arm. Looks like it was big enough that I would not have wanted to deal with it on board. I don't think I've ever seen that before, though.

Metered around and did some half-ass drops for 30 minutes to coming-and-going marks before I figured there must be fishier places in this world. So off I went to the Gina platform. I stayed for about 20 minutes making some casts with a 6" Kalins grub tipped with squid before I decided to bail on that for lack of life, and on to the true target of the day...

On the way over to Hueneme Canyon the sea really came to life. First I ran through a pod of maybe 100 dolphins. Then there was some nervous bait around. Then I saw out of the corner of my eye a big dark mass...was that just a wake? Nope, whale. Humpback I think.

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Very cool, at first. Then I got paranoid that it would have some friends that weren't showing themselves, and they would come up and knock me over. Didn't happen but, for the rest of the day, every time I saw nervous bait around my boat, my gooch would flutter a little bit.

I didn't prepare any waypoints to start at, but luckily I still had cell reception, so I opened up Google Earth and approximated where I wanted to be in proximity to the canyon. First stop ended up being in 170ft of water. As soon as I hit bottom I was getting pecked, but took a while for anything to commit. Tons of fuzz suspended on the fish finder, everything I saw was fry as far as bait today. Finally hooked up and got the skunk off with the big dab of the day. Then on my 2nd drop, I pulled up a surprise. Or maybe I shouldn't have been surprised by this point...

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Grabbed the needlenose and shook it off, then as soon as it shot away into the deep, I realized, DOH. Aren't I stocking up on ling bait??? What a waste of an opportunity. Oh well. I doubt it would be easy to put the thing out of its misery.

End of the first drift. Not crazy, not bad.

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2nd drift, I noticed a different type of dab showing up. The mythical albacore sanddab (longfin sanddab). New species for me.

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Nice little orange coloring on the fins.

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Did maybe 10 drifts total. Also set up a small dab on a dropper loop to see if a soupie was around, but nothing came of it.

It wasn't flies-to-$#it dab fishing like I thought it would be, but I came away with some bait and enough bigger ones for a meal. Motored back to the harbor around 2pm. Passed another pod of dolphins going the other way, but a few broke away and swam alongside me for a moment before going back to their business. A little nippy but but great day to be on the water.

Slimy bastids,

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But they sure do clean up nice.

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Hard to beat when it comes to table fare, but I feel bad for the little bastards now that I watched My Teacher Octopus on Netflix.

"My Octopus Teacher" is a great watch on Netflix. Surprising how intelligent they are.

I think any waterman would enjoy this story/documentary of a relationship with an Octopus.

Except Sushimi, he would never kill one again.

:rofl:
 
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Stakanak

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It’s a tough call on the octopus. I used to eat em, one of my favorites.
Then I started seeing them while diving in Hawaii.
Their intelligence and inquisitive behavior heavily affected my psyche.
I just can’t kill them anymore.
Not that I hold offense to others that do.
I mean, it’s an amazing Ling bait, but then again, so is a nice live sand dab!😆
 
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Tom123

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You ended up getting your octopus... And tossed him overboard. Oh no! Great lingcod bait for sure. Next time.

Guess the karma paid off as you picked up a nice set of dabs. Some good eats right there. The rest will come in handy in a few weeks.

Great report.
 
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jrodda

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Sep 8, 2012
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Jeremy Rodda
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Nice report! You got a pic of the mosquito?

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I'll get a side view of my solo layout next time.

Wait until a pelagic fux with you. Once was enough I have octowrath burned into my soul.

Pelagic? Pelagic octopus? Tried a google and couldn't find much. I'm interested in the story of your experience.
 
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    I was tidepooling and it wrapped around my leg. 20 min later and 200 hickies later, the lifeguard made me let it go. I was going to eat it. Our Greek neighbor fisherman was furious when I told him. It filled a 5 gal bucket with no water.
     
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