First Yellow Tail!

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by sdbrewer, May 17, 2010.

  1. sdbrewer

    sdbrewer Newbie

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    Yesterday I took my 10 year old son on the Mission Belle ¾ day boat. For those that don’t already know, kids fish for free with a paid adult out of the San Diego bay landings until the end of May: http://www.sportfishing.org/DAD00/maypromo.html A big thank you for all who make that possible!

    We had a great time on the boat. My son met another youngster named Nick whose grandfather, Will, was taking him out and the two kept each other entertained most of the day.

    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com[​IMG]I’m still relatively new to saltwater fishing and have never caught a yellowtail. On one of the early stops, I hooked one. Scott, the cook hooked another at the same time and passed his rod to my son. That fish came off so I passed mine off to my son. He fought the fish for a while and eventually got it into the boat with the help of some coaching by the captain and some expert gaff work. It made our day! Right around 16 lbs on the digital scale on the boat.

    [FONT=border=][FONT=border=]I highly recommend the Mission Belle for those looking for a ¾ day boat. Top notch service and a very pleasant crew. Captain worked hard and burned what seemed to me a lot of fuel to chase down the yellows. We saw quite a few groups of fish throughout the day but they seemed skittish and reluctant to bite. Several times we would move up on a group and they would disappear. Sometimes, we would get lucky and hook a couple but never got into a solid bite. I believe the most we had hooked at one time was four. For the most part, it was one or two at a time. If I remember correctly, there were 26 anglers on the boat and we caught 11 or 12 yellows along with one sand bass and a couple of rock fish. The majority of the yellows came on fly lined bait with little or no weight. One or two on the dropper loop and one or two on a surface iron (mint if I recall correctly). I watched the cleaning to see what they had been eating. All the fish seemed to be feeding on small fish and squid, both about 1.5 to 2 inches long.


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  2. jeffr1269

    jeffr1269 The Cooler

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    Nice report. Thanks. That's priceless taking the boy out there. After a few more, he'll stop holding them like a kitty cat...:-) Love the AC/DC shirt. He'll be talking about this trip for a while.
     
  3. Reel hip

    Reel hip Meet my "Well known Member"

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    Good job Dad!. I know you were just as happy that he got the first one before you.Here's to the beginning of a long lasting tradition!
     

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  4. BigJack

    BigJack Newbie

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    I bet they will kill the micro bait spreaderbars
     
  5. winningman

    winningman Well-Known "Member"

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    Very~NiCe~~

    AC / DC shirt.

    p/s Yellow too.
     
  6. dkd711

    dkd711 Skunk Master...

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    Way to get the boy hooked up!!!!


    Karen the deckhand is awesome she takes care of us like a mommy. We feel spoiled at times fishing with her and the rest of the Mission bellse crew! AAA+++
     
  7. joshc1024

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    X2! Karen is the best!!
     
  8. FisherMon

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    Agreed, Karen is the best!
     
  9. millerlowlife

    millerlowlife Captain Tony

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    HEY WITT THIS IS WILL HAD fUn on the mission bell also .Capt.steve&crew are great
     
  11. sdbrewer

    sdbrewer Newbie

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    It was good! And there is more for tomorrow :food-smiley-014:

    Thanks for the kind words. It was tough to give up the pole as I've yet to boat my first yellow; but what is a Dad to do?

    I agree, Karen was great. She put up with my son's constant stream of questions and general non-stop chatter with a smile. Scott passed a hooked yellow off to my boy and Capt. Steve stood by as he reeled his/mine in ("my arms are getting really tired") offering encouragement and advice ("think of yourself on a ten mile run, you're eight miles in and only have two miles left to go"). Great captain and crew!

    Will -- nice to meet you and your grandson! He is a great kid!

    As for the micro bait spreaderbars, I have no idea what that is but it sounds great and I think you should try it. After seeing what they'd been munching on, I was thinking about small swimbaits on a light leadhead. Or maybe anchovies. Am I crazy?
     
  12. fishincrave

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    Great job Dad wtg go on putting the little man on his first yellow . I bet his hooked now :rockin:.
    Love that shirt AC/DC.

    Sean
     
  13. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    AWESOME story and pics.

    Theres nothing like pulling on a yellowtail. I still have not forgotten my first yellowtail.

    May many more come to you in the future.
     
  14. fishpelagic

    fishpelagic dan the fisherman

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    great to get your son hooked up. Soon he'll be asking for long range (like me)
     

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