Familiar waters, maybe not - STER report from DP

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  1. the SLIDER

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    Had a fun night taking my girlfriend out for her first lobster trip. Left DP 4:14 pm and blazed down to north side of SC Pier. Really wanted to scope it out during the day to get some good marks on rocks, but not; I will before I go there again. This is one of the only areas that I haven't fished a lot in my area, however I am familiar with it. We did 3 drops of 4 hoops. We had an average of two per pull. Maybe 20-24, kept 3 legal. Conditions turned breezy so we left; had 4.5 M to go back to DP in the blackened seas. Got in by 9:00 pm safely.

    Familiar Waters
    It was so clam when we left DP we were able to cruze at 20K. As usual, I did a big arch out to about 9 F deep to avoid the obsticals. On the way home, not so. I pull away from the SC Pier in 4 F depth, straight back to DP. After a 1/4 M I'm looking at the inshore lights. Then all of a sudden I notice the lights onshore to my port start to not be visable and sweeping to the shore. First I think it's a boat running towards shore with no lights on and blocking the shoreline lights. It's fast though and is rolling like Loch Ness Monster. Shit, a swell that is ready to break! I turn hard to port about 100 yards before the swell, slow down and gain some depth. (have off road 20" lights mounted on the rails and are turned down to the water) . Immediately after that, I see foamy water below, "F" I ran over a boiler. Lesson learned! I usually don't take risks and will never again.

    What's funny it that I just purchase some inflatable PFD for us which we had on, surf rider rafts, foatable gps/marine radio, and replenished my flairs. Almost used them.

    Just saying.
     
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  2. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    all I can say is WOW.
     
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  3. captainsdc

    captainsdc Well-Known "Member"

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    You is one lucky mofo! Mother ocean doesn't usually give second chances. Take the warning and get a plotter. Glad you both got to eat your catch.


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  4. Capt.C.Delany

    Capt.C.Delany Club a Sea Lion, not a Sandwich.

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    Sounds like you found West Reef... just north of the pier.
     
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  5. GregorXr

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    what did you run over?
     
  6. MYNomad

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    I think there are a bunch of lessons to be learned from that experience. Besides the obvious, turn off those lights.
     
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  7. the SLIDER

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    That's what I am going to call it. Can't find it on the crappy maps I have. Don't think anyone puts to much detail for inshore navigation. Large vessels do not venture in 5 fathoms.

    Went out last evening for bugs. This time I scoped out the area to see what I nearly ran over two weeks ago. The reef is in about 5 fathoms and 500-1000 yards North of the pier. After thinking about it for two weeks, I thought I would have an excuse that the tide was higher when I almost ran over the reef; only a foot higher that day at that time.

    I have been fishing on the SLIDER in local DP waters for over 25 years and thought I knew all the areas. What I know is, 10 fathoms or deeper is safe for traveling.

    If I can make one guy aware of the potential danger, I accomplished something.



    Kept 2 16" Checkerboards and 2 STER for dinner tonight.
     
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  8. duckbutter6a

    duckbutter6a Florida man living in SoCal

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    You gotta post a "Playlist" of good music some time. You always have good music in your videos.
     
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  9. Capt.C.Delany

    Capt.C.Delany Club a Sea Lion, not a Sandwich.

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    Chart 18740, never leave home without it. We used to go down there with a bucket of pismo clams and knock the crap out of the sheephead in the hard bottom area from there and a little way up the line.

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  10. Reel hip

    Reel hip Meet my "Well known Member"

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    You made a good point. Thanks for letting others know of your mistake.
    Now we need pics of your girl friend!
     
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  11. the SLIDER

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    Found it.

    Thanks.

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  12. kenai

    kenai Newbie

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    Sounds like you found your next hooping spot.
     
  13. get some

    get some So Cal Editor BD Writer

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    Get yourself the Navionics+ chip for your plotter it shows all of that. Here is that spot on the Navionics phone app.
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  14. Capt.C.Delany

    Capt.C.Delany Club a Sea Lion, not a Sandwich.

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    Definitely not a place you want to try and navigate at night.
     
  15. Blackfish

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    Yep, I picked up a couple surfers off that reef about 8 years ago. Kids. Thought they could catch a good break off it. We're to tired to paddle back in. Ha.
    That reef is easy to spot during lobster season. It get pounded by the commercial guys. Buoys everywhere.
     

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