Islands Coro Islands Bonito, Bass and a triggerfish?

tuff guy

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Hit the islands today, 9/23. Left shelter 745 and got a half scoop and went south. Better than expected conditions on the ride down. Threw out a magic zucchini and a mex flag feather and trolled through the middle grounds down on the Lee side of South Island and picked up a 14 inch bass. Tossed him back. Kept pushing south and had a double hookup of similar sized bass off the south kelp area. All on the feathers.

Threw the feathers back out and quickly hit a 8 or 9lb Bonito. Pulled in the feathers and motored down to the rock pile for some bottom fishing. Was too windy to keep on a spot so we decided to head back to the middle grounds. Picked up another good sized Bonito on the way back.

Ended up anchoring in a protected area near the middle grounds and started to chum live and chunk bait. Pulled off a few more bass. Decided to keep one of the larger ones and one whitefish.

Then, down in 60 feet of water, my buddy dropped a 6oz dropper with a sardine and got a weird hit. Brought it up and it was a triggerfish. Couldn't believe it. Anyone caught one of these around here before?

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splashy77

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Triggers are insanely fun on bass tackle. They love a good "chum" session to get em going. I've been fishing for over 40 years and only caught them in the last 5 or 6 regularly at Catalina in certain areas. Sometimes it surprises me to catch them in certain areas. Regardless, a good sharp knife and a safety glove in your non-knife hand is required as their skin is some of the toughest I've ever seen.
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Absolutely one of the best Ceviche fish I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying, hands down. Tasty seared as well but oh baby, it almost tastes like "Ebi" very shrimp flavored once citrus cured.
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skelly1

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    got one of them trigger fish when I was a kid off north island.
     
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    guss

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    Hit the islands today, 9/23. Left shelter 745 and got a half scoop and went south. Better than expected conditions on the ride down. Threw out a magic zucchini and a mex flag feather and trolled through the middle grounds down on the Lee side of South Island and picked up a 14 inch bass. Tossed him back. Kept pushing south and had a double hookup of similar sized bass off the south kelp area. All on the feathers.

    Threw the feathers back out and quickly hit a 8 or 9lb Bonito. Pulled in the feathers and motored down to the rock pile for some bottom fishing. Was too windy to keep on a spot so we decided to head back to the middle grounds. Picked up another good sized Bonito on the way back.

    Ended up anchoring in a protected area near the middle grounds and started to chum live and chunk bait. Pulled off a few more bass. Decided to keep one of the larger ones and one whitefish.

    Then, down in 60 feet of water, my buddy dropped a 6oz dropper with a sardine and got a weird hit. Brought it up and it was a triggerfish. Couldn't believe it. Anyone caught one of these around here before?

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    Those triggerfish do hit funny don't they. Surprised he bit a sardine with such tiny mouths. We have triggerfish up here in Santa Monica Bay in the winter.
     
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    Day0ne

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    Season is closed on them in the Gulf. I guess they all went to CA.
     
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    Hit the islands today, 9/23. Left shelter 745 and got a half scoop and went south. Better than expected conditions on the ride down. Threw out a magic zucchini and a mex flag feather and trolled through the middle grounds down on the Lee side of South Island and picked up a 14 inch bass. Tossed him back. Kept pushing south and had a double hookup of similar sized bass off the south kelp area. All on the feathers.

    Threw the feathers back out and quickly hit a 8 or 9lb Bonito. Pulled in the feathers and motored down to the rock pile for some bottom fishing. Was too windy to keep on a spot so we decided to head back to the middle grounds. Picked up another good sized Bonito on the way back.

    Ended up anchoring in a protected area near the middle grounds and started to chum live and chunk bait. Pulled off a few more bass. Decided to keep one of the larger ones and one whitefish.

    Then, down in 60 feet of water, my buddy dropped a 6oz dropper with a sardine and got a weird hit. Brought it up and it was a triggerfish. Couldn't believe it. Anyone caught one of these around here before?

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    We get a few in Santa Monica Bay but my buddy got a 7+ pounder by Rocky Point two months ago.. Hit a live sardine while halibut fishing.
     
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    Xylophone

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    I've shot them at la jolla by the children's pool and off of flat rock at torrey pines. The fillets are the perfect shape so I panko or batter them and make fish sandwiches out of them.
     
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    copper7

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    Awesome eating but hell on your knife! It’s funny how locally they’re prized but in the sea of Cortez they’re a major nuisance! 😆
     
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