Finger Bankin - Epic Goldfishing

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  1. Northeastfshman

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    It was time for our annual Finger Bankin trip on the Jihad. Ali and I looked at the weather and decided to go on Thursday 12/29. Rory from Traeger joined us and made some of the best Pollo Asada I've ever had the pleasure of eating, Mexico included, on his Traeger. Freaking epic! Thanks Rory.

    The weather was simple unreal. 75, sheet glass calm..little to no swell. Never ever gets old being on a boat in December in that kind of weather.

    We really like to target bigger lings and reds of this trip so the first order of the day was making macs. We found nothing in the bay after several spots so we headed down to the IB Flats were there was all the macs you could want but they were all tiny 3" baits no matter how many different schools we tried. With enough bait in the tank and unable to find bigger macs we decided to head down to the bank.


    On the way down about 5 miles short of the bank we came up on a ton of bait birds etc... we slowed down to see if metered any YT. We didn't but found some new rocks in 280' and decided to give those a whirl before heading down the bank.

    Rory and I started with jigs and it was instant. Rory caught one of the better Chucklheads I've seen on a mint 6x.

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    We continued to catch Chuckleheads on the jigs

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    Surprisingly baits weren't getting touched.


    After a few drifts we headed to the bank.

    Rory once again got things started with a SLUG red on the jigs
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    This continued for the rest of the day. The grade of the reds was awesome. We did get some ling nothing special. We had two monsters that we got half way up only to have them charge the bottom and break us off.
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    The fish continued to respond to the jigs WAY better than bait almost all day until about 3.

    Ali hooked up on Bait on a good heavy fish. When we saw the spot of Orange come up we both said Holy Shit at the same time. This was by far the biggest red I've ever seen. It dwarfed the 5-7lb fish we had been catching.

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    That's the top of a 110 quart yeti and the pics still don't do the thing justice. I've seen a lot of big fish hit the deck of the Jihad. I've never seen Ali stare in shock at a fish like he did with this red. Really really cool to see that dinosaur.


    About 4 we pulled the plug with limits of good fish and were back in the slip around 5:30.

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    such a fun trip. Excited for fish and chips tonight!


    Thanks Ali sick as always!!!!
     
  2. fishkilr

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    They still get that big in certain spots..

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  3. Randy V

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    Very nice!

    Where is the Finger Banks?
     
  4. dragonballs

    dragonballs I'm off probation

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    nice job great to see that kind of weather.
     
  5. Northeastfshman

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    Down another 20 miles or so below the Coronado Islands.
     
  6. Ali

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    Just what the doctor ordered, New Years sunburn.

    Can't wait to do that again.
     
  7. Matt Moyer

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    Awesome Report!
     
  8. FloMar

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    Seeing that piece of iron hang from that Chucklehead tells me everything, absolutely awesome quality fishing.
     
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  9. Randy V

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    OK, thanks.
     
  10. get some

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    Weird coloration on that big red. Almost looks like an Arkansas
     
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  11. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I thought the same thing, nevertheless a quality fish! Good job guys!
     
  12. salty nuts

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    Could be wrong but that sure doesn't look like a red.. Blackgill Mexican rockfish is what it looks like to me..
     
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    Amazing trip, photos, and write-up, but that was so last year!
     
  14. wdlfbio

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    Holy crud. That water looked awesome. Was it tough wearing socks and shoes while fishing? Probably wasn't any current to deal with either. You guys really have to rough it down there :)

    Nice haul! Way to get it done.
     
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    It's a vermillion. Or red. My buddy is a skipper in Alaska. We went to a spot that he only lets customers whack two drops!! Almost always get pigs around that size. Very old old fish like 70. They get really red and black hues in red. Almost like black gill!! Nice Fish!!
     
  16. Azarkon

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    See about one fish that size every other trip to Channel Islands and San Nicholas. I'm sure there are many in the deep water where we can't fish, but they are indeed rare where we can fish. You have to know the area.
     
  17. Rabid Fish

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    Mexican rockfish, Sebastes macdonaldi

    Dude, they don't even get vermillions in AK.
     
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    After showing the pics to a few buddies who know waaaaay more than me about rockfish, they all think the big one was a Mexican Rockfish.

    I never even knew they existed.

    Tasted just like a red. :)
     
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    That's still big for a Mexican red, they used to call them Arkansas reds up here before deep water coddling became a thing of the past. I've caught quite a few of them fishing in San Quintin and don't think I've seen one over 12-13 lbs.
     
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    Nice work guys. I remember when Ali couldn't catch a cold.
     
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