Offshore Dodo Hunting from Dana to 277 (9/19)

Trophy183

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First post here, thanks to everyone for all the insights I’ve gained over the past few months. Been a lifelong freshwater fisherman but got my first boat, 18’ CC last year and got comfortable enough to venture out further in search of dorado.

Left from Dana Point with some pretty healthy looking sardines and headed toward 267 looking for paddies. Saw a few really small ones but dry. Continued on toward 277 and about halfway there started seeing more paddies but first few were empty. Then finally saw a smaller paddy with about a dozen or so dodos cruising around (last pic you can see part of the school) Butt hooked a sardine with size 1 ringed J hook on 15 lb fluoro (all based on recs here). 15 seconds later hooked up with my first ever dorado! Couldn’t horse her in on 15 lb test but landed after 15 min fight.

Kept going toward 277 and saw some really good looking paddies and all had small baitfish but all dry. One had a seal hanging out so I knew it would be dry. Didn’t see any more dorado but saw tons of cool sealife including a huge mola and (gray?) whales.

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Capt Devo

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Looking at your trailer this is a nice low hour 10-year-old boat get a custom-made boat cover as the sun will kill it. I got mine after a heavy night of .......... at the 2010 Fred Hall Show in Long Beach woke up and it was in the driveway. I $$$ added on the Pacific Edge bait tank, Furuno 20-mile Radar, Maxwell anchor winch, Offshore railings by Rail Makers, custom Scotty mounts and the Rhodan trolling motor it fishes offshore in 10kts with two people nicely.
 
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Trophy183

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Looking at your trailer this is a nice low hour 10-year-old boat get a custom-made boat cover as the sun will kill it. I got mine after a heavy night of .......... at the 2010 Fred Hall Show in Long Beach woke up and it was in the driveway. I $$$ added on the Pacific Edge bait tank, Furuno 20-mile Radar, Maxwell anchor winch, Offshore railings by Rail Makers, custom Scotty mounts and the Rhodan trolling motor it fishes offshore in 10kts with two people nicely.
Yea I was gonna say your boat is decked out!! Where did you install the bait tank? That’s the one knock the built in tank is small. I have a 90hp four stroke so the 30 gallon tank seems fine for now. I’m a newbie still trying to learn the offshore stuff
 
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