Father/Son Bloody Decks and Catalina Yellows 9/6/18

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  1. Donkey Nick

    Donkey Nick Well-Known "Member"

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    Left Cabrillo Marina at 5:15 AM with my good buddy Jay and my 81 y/o Pop. Picked up a scoop of cured small dines and around 12-15 mini macs. Coupled with some fresh dead squid we headed straight for the Isthmus to see what conditions had in store for us. Last few trips have been full of green cold water.

    Smooth crossing with a bit of NW wind and small swell. At the Isthmus the water was around 71 and still dirty green when we arrived. Looks as if the Island has not rebounded since the South swell/wind came through...Hit up a few spots around eagle reef and Indian rock, but conditions were not best. Decided to work our way up to the west end and try to find some of the bigger bonito schooling around. Water cooled to 69 and still green as we ended up around the west end and about a mile down the back side. Scratched a couple of smaller bones and a few little bass right outside the kelp line. Made the call to work back around the front (water peaked at 71.7j and between the west end and Johnson’s rock, we drifted a few times for some decent (but by no means great) action on the 3 b’s. Moved east towards Stoney Point and put on a few more drifts, fishing the old Newell 220 w 20lb flouro and a #2 hook. Got ripped and what was definitely a 3-5 lb bonito turned out to be a firecracker yellow. Not in to keeping the little ones, so back into the sea she went.

    Well, Neptune may of appreciated that little gesture as we slid into on of our favorite west end spots and throw the anchor. We hang it in 85 ft, and start to chum cut squid and sardine outside the kelp line. As the current straightened out, we get some blow ups in the stern and the birds start to work us over as well. It then goes wide open on the nice size bonies and Jay and Pop are fishing the light line and having a blast. We finallly stumbled into a solid surface action bite! The 81 y/o gets worked on a nice bonie and the biggest fish of the day hits the deck...a legitimate gaffer.

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    We were bleeding out the fish (btw...excellent sashimi after bled thoroughly and Iced.) by cutting the gills and then dunking them thoroughly in the 5 gallon bucket, which seems to work pretty well. Afterwards...straight into the ice.

    We keep the chum going and I decide to get in on the action. Gently threw out a little dine which gets immediately inhaled “Fresh one!”, yells out the crew (all 3 of us were stoked to be in some decent surface action) as some were pushing 7-8 lbs and the drags were singing! So I’m feeling good pulling on the big bonie, when the fish decides not to be a bonie any more! Straight down she goes and the drag begins to scream...I keep the rod tip up and the familiar tail pumps begin...”that’s a yellow”, says Jay. Yes it is! Light line near the rocks is a little scary, but Neptune directed the fish towards the deeper sandy bottom and after a good old fashion fight and some pretty scary long runs (scary but man did it feel good)... Jay sticks it right in the gill for the old school way of gaffing and bleeding in one step! A decent 17 pounder and it’s bloody decks time...

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    The action continues and my old man gets ripped...”Fresh one!”, yells the crew. “Pop is on!”, Jay says, as my Dad’s little Okuma spinner is absolutely screaming. My old man looks at me and says, “There’s no way I can fight and land this fish...you take it”...I look at him and emphatically say, “You’re Landing this fish Dad. You can do it!” Through many long runs, a trip around the boat and some scary moments, I tried to be the best deckie I could by standing beside him and coaching him along the way. We finally see deep color, through the green dirty water and after a few circles, I sink the gaff in her and...Pop’s yellow hits the deck! High fives all the way around!

    Dad’s biggest yellowtail ever.
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    The ol man got it done and I know he’s feeling proud. The wind began to come up, the current shifted and the bite completely shut down. We waited it out another hour or so and then the whole front side to the Isthmus was white capping and blown out. We pitched the anchor once more near Eagle reef to eat lunch and then pulled the plug.

    Safe ride home in sideways seas, but little swell and a trip for the books! Super proud of Pop!
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    Tight lines everyone!

    Nick
     
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  2. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    A very nice trip, congrats!
     
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    nefarious235 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  4. Yella1

    Yella1 So Fishy

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    Nice set of Yellas, plus a personal triumph. Doesn't get much better than that! Way to go, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Getting the PB at 81 !

    Priceless. Well done.
     
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  6. clevel

    clevel Captain in Learning

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    Thanks for the good read!
     
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    Congratulations Pop! she's a beaut'.

    I'm gonna call you Catalina Nick or Yellowtail Nick from now on.
     
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    Nicely done.
    Your Dad does not look 81. I hope I look that good and I'm that active when I'm his age!
     
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    Yella1 So Fishy

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    Was thinking the same thing.:-)
     
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    Great pix of an 81 yo Angler. Blow up that photo to 14x20 and frame it for him! Congrats!!
     
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    Well done and congrats to your pops on his PB YT:appl:
     
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    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great trip, Nick! Glad I could be there to lend a hand and savor those moments with you and pop!
     
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    Nice report and pictures, and I agree on the Bonito Sashimi, good stuff if you take care of it properly. Congrats to you and your Dad!
     
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    Congrats! Awesome trip and photos. Ditto on the comments that your dad doesn't look his age.
     
  17. mandoman68

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    That's what life is all about.......wish my dad was still wit us.
     
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    Man! Pops looks strong for 81. God Bless
     
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    Great report!
     
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    • Great Day with your Dad, they are always special, my pop is 85 and I take him out whenever he wants to go. The outdoors keeps us alive
     
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