Colnett just keeps going and going and going... Aztec 2/21

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  1. doncatfish

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    Short version - flat calm seas, great limit style yellowtail fishing again for 15 - 29 lbers, what's not to like?

    Long Version - Jumped on an Outcasts charter on the Aztec with Captain Greg Gawitt. Loaded up with nice sardines and a handful of mackeral, arrived at the high spot just before 8, fishing with the fleet of 9 party boats and a couple of private yachts. I must say, I do enjoy Greg's blow by blow description and excitement over the PA as we are marking fish. That guy could call horse races for a living. The crew was brailing mass quantities of sardines as we did a circle over the school. The boat stops, yo yo irons are dropped, and it's game on! Soon there's mostly 20 - 23 lb yellows coming to gaff, cries of "FRESH ONE" abounds.

    Most of the anglers were using 6x or 7x heavy jigs, in scrambles egg or blue/white. My first yellow was on the 6x Salas scrambled egg, instant action, which was so deep down in the throat I could barely see it. The gaff went into the yellows stomach, and red crabs came squirting out all over the deck. It was absolutely jugged solid with crabs.

    Since we were seeing fish boiling around us, it was apparent they were at all levels in the water column. So I switched to my long rod, with a 2 oz sliding sinker, 30 lb fluro, rigged Carolina style. I'd cast out and let my sardine work the entire water column. If the dino made it all the way to the 200 - 250 foot bottom unmolested, I'd slowly reel the bait back to change it. That method of fishing the column resulted in 12 more hook ups for me, landing 10 of those, with most hooked about 100 - 120 feet down. Soon a number of folks adopted the slider method as well or used a rubber core. I kept my five fish limit, gave the rest to other anglers.

    We fished for cod for a short time, I'd say about 2 hours max. It was only fair, though the quality was pretty good. A few short lings, nice reds, green spotted rockfish, and a number of bank perch were hauled up. The yellows were biting best first thing in the morning, by the end of the day the 10 boats running over them all day clearly had an impact. But with that said, we had limits for the boat, everyone had a great time. Greg really did a great job of maximizing fishing time in the zone. If there wasn’t a fish hanging, and if he didn’t have fish on the meter, he’d give the 20 second warning to reel up fast and get moving and find fish pronto.

    JP was caught by my buddy Mike, also known as the scarecrow for obvious reasons, caught on a blue/white/yellow Sumo 7X. It went 29 pounds, and is being held by Captain Greg in the photo. Water temp was 65.3 in the morning, and it's only February. This was my 3rd Punta Colnett trip this year, the yellow bite has gotten better with each successive trip. Still tons of crabs in the water, and massive amounts of fish on the meter all day. No signs of this bite stopping anytime soon, going to be a hell of a spring!

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    Great job
     
  5. masonjazz

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    I'm heading out friday on the aztec, can't wait to get out there
     
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    very nice size on those fish,way to go
     
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    irob2 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Ill be there on a panga
     
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    Great post, great pics, thanks and congrats!!
     
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    nice
     
  11. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Thanks for the report, looks like good times. Headed out in four weeks on Shogun for a 2.5.
     
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    Making the trip from Sacramento on 3/6 to jump on the Pacific Queen. Hopefully the bite will continue.
     
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  13. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Thanks for the great report, Don. We're heading down this Friday hopefully for as much fun as you had. What line test was working for you on the Carolina set-up?
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Nice to meet you Don and your Son. Great fishing with you guys. You guys are fishing machines!
     
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    Great fishing indeed! I was on the Eclipse that day. Phenomenal fishing and weather for FEBRUARY!!!
     
  16. peteking

    peteking Everybody take a look at the bad guy-T. Montana

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    30#
     
  17. peteking

    peteking Everybody take a look at the bad guy-T. Montana

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    Awesome report and super informative!

    Thanks for the tips! :cheers:
     
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    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Pete, you weren't there!!! (Although you wish you were!) :drool:

    I was thinking between 30 & 40# flouro, but what do I know...what I do know is I'm ready to leave NOW! :lux:
     
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    That trip was pretty interesting. There were 12 boats there when we arrived (Eclipse, Vagabond, Grande, etc) and a couple private boats. Like Don said, it was HOT bite right when we got there on Blue/White, Scrambled Egg Iron, and Misc. We were constantly on the move so were the other boats so eventually the fish got skidish. We moved to live bait with a sliding egg sinker, 1 oz or 2 oz got you down faster. Bait not that large so #1 hook maybe #2. I only brought #3 and was scrounging for Egg Sinkers. Think Don donated some. I was also using 50lb test the whole time (Lazy) and still got 4 nice YT along with Farming at least 4. If I had used 40 or even 20 and smaller hooks with the right weight would have tore it up like Don and Paul. I won't waste my floro on YT.

    Everyone got so excited about the YT they forgot to fish the bottom on dropper loop on each drift for quality Reds. Only fished those Reds when the YT went lockjaw. Had quite a few boats fishing our chum line including one private boat that followed us around for 3 hours.

    My arms still hurt and it was well worth it! Those are nice quality YT.
     
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    peteking Everybody take a look at the bad guy-T. Montana

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