First “Cat Trifecta” for Team Pacific Edge in 2010 After the big blow last week and the reports that followed, we left the dock on Sat afternoon with the freezer full of frozen and minimal expectations. Luckily, as the afternoon rolled on and reports flooded in, a more meaningful plan took shape and the feelings of optimism grew. We had a nice crossing and headed up to the West to take a look at some of the spots on the front but to no avail…no conditions worth stopping on. Swinging around the West End, it’s always a pleasure to be greeted with nice weather and gentle seas…as so many times that sector has anything but!!! We set up in an area that has produced many gray light bites for me in the past but it didn’t happen for us. What did happen though was a virtually miraculous squid population explosion in the tank overnight. When I laid down for a nap we had the half scoop or so we had caught…and when I got up the tank was nearly plugged!!! Somehow Dan had worked his magic and got two boats to stop by and pass over a few swings of live…and I don’t yet know all the details (and probably don’t want to…lol) but for whatever it took to make that all come together…thanks guys!!! The early AM bite was slow for us although some of the others in the area were picking away at the nicer grade yellows. We picked up and made a move to check out a favorite ledge and watched a guy get a nice one on the drift almost right on my numbers. We got the anchor down in 19 fth and got the gear deployed including last years top performer for the Innovator. Nick-named “Old School” as it’s not exactly the latest in state-of-the-art gear, my old TLD20/40 and custom CalStar cut down 800L went right back to work!!! A dropper loop setup in straight 40# deployed in the stbd (stbd, not port) fwd rod holder caught a s—tload of big yellows and seabass last season and started off 2010 just the same…with a 28# yellow…first of the season for both me and the boat!!! Unfortunately, it was “one and done” and it was time for a change of both tactics and location and the search for a seabass began. I hadn’t heard of any fish after the blow but I’m a strong believer in history so made a move to check the last spot I knew of that was biting. I was a bit disheartened to see another boat tucked away right where I was headed, so we stopped short for a bit and ultimately it worked out perfectly in the end for all parties concerned…good job guys!!! Along with Matt bearing the brunt of the load as we pushed towards a limit, I got on the board with a nice one and Brian rounded out our first trifecta of the season with a nice halibut. We didn’t quite make the grade with limits as conditions changed and we had to settle for four. But given what had been happening, I was very pleased as we headed for home enjoying the nice calm weather. Good Luck and Good Fishing!!! MarkW Dan fires off a long cast on the long rod Bait & a cuda on the bottom...nice to see them First yellows of the season for "Team PE" ...28# Matt & Mark with some of our seabass Mark, Matt & Brian with the first "Cat Trifecta" of the season for "Team PE" Oh yeah...I forgot I'm not supposed to show the background...!!!