Farnsworth Bank Report Sunday 9/24

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Got a call from Jimmy Decker on Friday asking if I wanted to fish with him and Rob Kato on Sunday. Plan was to fish Cat and then look around offshore. Ended up dragging Gerry Mahieu along as well. Launched out of Davies at 6:00 a.m., got bait and ran out to fish yellows at the Farnsworth. Started on one of the deeper pinnacles and Rob was hooked up as soon as we stopped on a mint and white Tady 14A heavy yo-yo jig.
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It took a little looking around until we marked some fish and bait again, but once we did Decker got bit on his first cast with a mint and white Tady 14A light surface iron on his new Cousins Tackle jig stick. I'm not going to say that the fish kicked his ass but he stopped fishing for a bit after landing it lol.
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A few minutes later I got one to bite the mint and white Tady Starman 112 but the line broke the moment I came tight. Definitely a bad spot in the two year old spectra. Retied the same jig color and hooked another a few minutes later. Fish really wanted to get down to the pinnacles but I was able to stop it by thumbing the spool.
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The fish seemed to vacate the area after that so we moved in to the shallower pinnacles where several other private boats and a sportboat were hooking and mostly losing fish. The yellows were up boiling around and were definitely larger than the ones we'd caught earlier. I got my jig in front of some birds just as the fish came up and had one eat the jig 20 feet from the boat. Had my drag hammered but the fish immediately broke it free as it ran towards the pinnacle. The fish stripped several hundred feet of line and I never even slowed it down before it rocked me despite having both thumbs on the spool towards the end of the run. I retied as we set up for another drift. Birds came together and Decker who had the look of a guy that wasn't all that excited about getting tooled on the long rod suggested I take first crack at them. Cast, bit again, smoked again and broke off again. I've caught and lost a lot of yellows at Farnsworth over the years and will say that those two were the meanest ones I've ever hooked there. If you're planning on fishing there any time soon, I made a diagram to show you where you're not going to be able to land them. lol
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The bite slacked off midday so we ran offshore to look around. Accidentally ran over two sleeping marlin that were probably as startled as we were when they shot out from under the boat. Gerry finally spotted some dolphin but when we ran out we realized they were were 40 to 50 pound class yellowfin but as luck would have it they demolished the last of the school of bait they were destroying just as we pulled up and sank out. That was the extent of our offshore action but still cool to see that grade of fish fairly close to home.
 

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Awesome day. Big yellows on the Farnsworth are always special, not to mention what you guys saw offshore. This is hands down my favorite time of year to fish offshore/islands, especially when we get weather days like you guys had on Sunday. I was hoping to fish Sunday as well, but family calls sometimes.
 
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Great report, Erik. Appreciate the suggestions on the pinnacles. Nothing like getting rocked on larger homeguards taking folks to the rocks. Sometimes you get'm, sometimes you don't. Great looking seas to play on.
 
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I got smoked there last month on 40-didnt even slow down !!!
 
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PacificPredator

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Funny diagram, and helpful.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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Azarkon

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Is it possible it wasn't yellowtail? BSB are known to patrol Catalina and I can't imagine not being able to slow down a yellowtail on 60 pounds for that long of a run, though I guess it could be a 80 pound local yellowtail that's gotten professional over the years at breaking people off.
 

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Is it possible it wasn't yellowtail? BSB are known to patrol Catalina and I can't imagine not being able to slow down a yellowtail on 60 pounds for that long of a run, though I guess it could be a 80 pound local yellowtail that's gotten professional over the years at breaking people off.
I've had this happen to me so many times while yellowtail fishing it ain't even funny. I'm really starting to hate those BSB!!
 

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Is it possible it wasn't yellowtail? BSB are known to patrol Catalina and I can't imagine not being able to slow down a yellowtail on 60 pounds for that long of a run, though I guess it could be a 80 pound local yellowtail that's gotten professional over the years at breaking people off.
Watched both fish bite the jig. Just plain old 30-40 pound yellowtail. The fish there are mean and know where to go to break you off. Such a difference from that same grade of fish when they were out at the 150 a couple years ago. Those fish weren't structure oriented at all and didn't even try to break you off.
 

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Awesome....thx for the report.....was gonna go there this fri and look.....well....we all now know they're there! :)
 

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I was out there at the same spot with five other boats on Saturday and no one caught one fish.
 

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The question is, how many did you 'hook'? Next step up is 80lb or 100lb test line!
The problem with heavier line is that it gets tough to fish the surface iron properly on that heavy of gear. Regarding bait, the fish are fairly line shy. They'll bite 25 or 30 but won't look at anything heavier most days from what I've heard.
 
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Great report. We debated going to Farnsworth yesterday but instead fished Eagle Rock in AM then fished structure spots from Johnson Rock down to Empire rest of the day. Went 2 for 2 on ~24# yellows. One at Isthmus high spot, the other at Isthmus reef. Bit 25# flouro on dines from Redondo. Seals were out of control. Slow overall with very few other species caught despite good crew and good conditions at several spots.
 

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Outstanding guys! Home guard tackle busters, lots of story telling for the winter months.
 

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I would never have guessed you'd be fishing such heavy line with jigs out there...amazing. And then I also had the question of why you weren't fishing bait, which you answered.

Can you talk on the jig technique a bit? I don't have much experience here. Even with light irons, are you letting them sink and then bouncing/yo-yoing? Or sink and reel up fast through the target zone?

It's also really interesting how your chart reads vs other charts and sources!!!

Keep it going for us weekend warriors!