Islands FREEDOM 7/20

streetnfish

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Hey guys,

Jumped on the "Freedom" out of 22nd St on Mon night. Thought it might be a light load but ended up with a full load of 30 peeps. Capt Bob was driving. Gary and Blair were on deck and sorry but I forgot the cook's name.
Game plan was to stop at Catalina to buy squid and make a long run to the island where they had been doing pretty good on nice grade yellows. Guys getting off the boat said it was a pretty good bite. So hopes were high.
Made the stop and long drive arriving close to 7am. Conditions were cold and windy with a bit of swell.
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Amigo, Pescador, and another boat were already anchored up so we motored around and soon anchored up. Baits went out on sliders, and dropper loops and the wait began. I tossed a 1/2oz lead head on 30lb flouro (Phenix PSW 909H/Fathom 25N). The current was ripping and soon the birds started dipping down swell. We began picking at whitefish and finally a few yellows got into the mix. I was lucky enough to get picked up early.
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It was a slow pick when Bob got on the horn and said he saw solid fish stacked up on the bottom under the boat. A few guys were prepared to drop down and were instantly bent.
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A few were lost, a couple turned into Black Seabass, and a couple were landed. In the meantime, I got lightning to strike twice with the leadhead and squid.
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The fish were nice grade. Solid 15+ lb fish. They pulled hard and took advantage of tangles, bad knots, and loose drags from some folks. The wind had eased up a little and every now and then some fish would boil up the side of the boat so I went up to the bow and spent some time tossing Iron (Calstar 100J/Fathom 25N/WHITE OCT 10/40lb flouro). After about 15 min the blind squirrel scored a nut and I had number 3 in the box!
We continued to pick away with both the dropper loops and sliding sinker rigs working. I think we even got a few on sardines. Anyway, later the wind and current picked up even more and the capt decided to go look for some bag fillers. We made a move and got into some nice rockfish, whitefish, and sheephead.
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Never got to make a second try at the yellows as we ran out of time and headed home. We ended up with 12 yellowtail although I'm sure we hooked at least double that. Bob said water dropped a degree and with the windy conditions the boat swung quite a bit. Not as good fishing as the previous couple of days but we had a shot at them and that's all you can ask for. The crew was great as usual and the boat was really nice and clean. Again , as usual but I'm still always surprised at how nice a boat the Freedom is.
Take care guys !
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Shimano Penn

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Nice report, thanks for that. Thanks also for the memory jog 😉. Some years back I was on the road working in the LA area and I had an itch to buy a certain reel I had been wanting. I googled tackle shops, found one nearby and they had the reel I wanted. Until now I could not for the life of me remember where I got it 🙄
Yup, Johnny’s Sport Shop 😎
I thought it was a great place and they really took care of me 👍
 
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bdogie1

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    Sweet report , yea I love the freedom I was out last Friday and we made the first run over there we got the sea bass to bite with those yellows my 13 yr old got his first white sb so was a great day for us!!

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    calbrewguy

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    Hey guys,

    Jumped on the "Freedom" out of 22nd St on Mon night. Thought it might be a light load but ended up with a full load of 30 peeps. Capt Bob was driving. Gary and Blair were on deck and sorry but I forgot the cook's name.
    Game plan was to stop at Catalina to buy squid and make a long run to the island where they had been doing pretty good on nice grade yellows. Guys getting off the boat said it was a pretty good bite. So hopes were high.
    Made the stop and long drive arriving close to 7am. Conditions were cold and windy with a bit of swell.View attachment 1301073View attachment 1301074
    Amigo, Pescador, and another boat were already anchored up so we motored around and soon anchored up. Baits went out on sliders, and dropper loops and the wait began. I tossed a 1/2oz lead head on 30lb flouro (Phenix PSW 909H/Fathom 25N). The current was ripping and soon the birds started dipping down swell. We began picking at whitefish and finally a few yellows got into the mix. I was lucky enough to get picked up early. View attachment 1301075
    It was a slow pick when Bob got on the horn and said he saw solid fish stacked up on the bottom under the boat. A few guys were prepared to drop down and were instantly bent. View attachment 1301076
    A few were lost, a couple turned into Black Seabass, and a couple were landed. In the meantime, I got lightning to strike twice with the leadhead and squid.View attachment 1301077
    The fish were nice grade. Solid 15+ lb fish. They pulled hard and took advantage of tangles, bad knots, and loose drags from some folks. The wind had eased up a little and every now and then some fish would boil up the side of the boat so I went up to the bow and spent some time tossing Iron (Calstar 100J/Fathom 25N/WHITE OCT 10/40lb flouro). After about 15 min the blind squirrel scored a nut and I had number 3 in the box!
    We continued to pick away with both the dropper loops and sliding sinker rigs working. I think we even got a few on sardines. Anyway, later the wind and current picked up even more and the capt decided to go look for some bag fillers. We made a move and got into some nice rockfish, whitefish, and sheephead.View attachment 1301080View attachment 1301081
    Never got to make a second try at the yellows as we ran out of time and headed home. We ended up with 12 yellowtail although I'm sure we hooked at least double that. Bob said water dropped a degree and with the windy conditions the boat swung quite a bit. Not as good fishing as the previous couple of days but we had a shot at them and that's all you can ask for. The crew was great as usual and the boat was really nice and clean. Again , as usual but I'm still always surprised at how nice a boat the Freedom is.
    Take care guys !View attachment 1301082View attachment 1301092View attachment 1301093View attachment 1301094View attachment 1301095View attachment 1301089View attachment 1301083View attachment 1301088View attachment 1301090View attachment 1301091

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    Like how the rod storage is up, off deck.
     
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    Blackfish

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    Hey guys,

    Jumped on the "Freedom" out of 22nd St on Mon night. Thought it might be a light load but ended up with a full load of 30 peeps. Capt Bob was driving. Gary and Blair were on deck and sorry but I forgot the cook's name.
    Game plan was to stop at Catalina to buy squid and make a long run to the island where they had been doing pretty good on nice grade yellows. Guys getting off the boat said it was a pretty good bite. So hopes were high.
    Made the stop and long drive arriving close to 7am. Conditions were cold and windy with a bit of swell.View attachment 1301073View attachment 1301074
    Amigo, Pescador, and another boat were already anchored up so we motored around and soon anchored up. Baits went out on sliders, and dropper loops and the wait began. I tossed a 1/2oz lead head on 30lb flouro (Phenix PSW 909H/Fathom 25N). The current was ripping and soon the birds started dipping down swell. We began picking at whitefish and finally a few yellows got into the mix. I was lucky enough to get picked up early. View attachment 1301075
    It was a slow pick when Bob got on the horn and said he saw solid fish stacked up on the bottom under the boat. A few guys were prepared to drop down and were instantly bent. View attachment 1301076
    A few were lost, a couple turned into Black Seabass, and a couple were landed. In the meantime, I got lightning to strike twice with the leadhead and squid.View attachment 1301077
    The fish were nice grade. Solid 15+ lb fish. They pulled hard and took advantage of tangles, bad knots, and loose drags from some folks. The wind had eased up a little and every now and then some fish would boil up the side of the boat so I went up to the bow and spent some time tossing Iron (Calstar 100J/Fathom 25N/WHITE OCT 10/40lb flouro). After about 15 min the blind squirrel scored a nut and I had number 3 in the box!
    We continued to pick away with both the dropper loops and sliding sinker rigs working. I think we even got a few on sardines. Anyway, later the wind and current picked up even more and the capt decided to go look for some bag fillers. We made a move and got into some nice rockfish, whitefish, and sheephead.View attachment 1301080View attachment 1301081
    Never got to make a second try at the yellows as we ran out of time and headed home. We ended up with 12 yellowtail although I'm sure we hooked at least double that. Bob said water dropped a degree and with the windy conditions the boat swung quite a bit. Not as good fishing as the previous couple of days but we had a shot at them and that's all you can ask for. The crew was great as usual and the boat was really nice and clean. Again , as usual but I'm still always surprised at how nice a boat the Freedom is.
    Take care guys !View attachment 1301082View attachment 1301092View attachment 1301093View attachment 1301094View attachment 1301095View attachment 1301089View attachment 1301083View attachment 1301088View attachment 1301090View attachment 1301091

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    Great report!!! Thanks for posting.
     
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    bdogie1

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    I hope they stay up this way for my Trip.
    There back at SCI today. If they have squid it better at SNI the only down fall is less fishing time it over at 1:30pm but if the sea bass come by it game on. It hard to say at SCI a lot of seals 5-15 on you over at SCI over at SNI maybe 1 also Tino runs the boat on thurs - sun he a bad ass captain good times when he running , good luck when you going out? Forgot to show the hali we got over SNI insane....

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    jer dog

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    There back at SCI today. If they have squid it better at SNI the only down fall is less fishing time it over at 1:30pm but if the sea bass come by it game on. It hard to say at SCI a lot of seals 5-15 on you over at SCI over at SNI maybe 1 also Tino runs the boat on thurs - sun he a bad ass captain good times when he running , good luck when you going out?
    when Tino ran the Phantom, I used to think he could smell where the WSB were at .
     
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    bdogie1

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    when Tino ran the Phantom, I used to think he could smell where the WSB were at .
    Tino is a old salty dog we BS so much when he on the boat talking on the rail he treat my son so good , he hits the rail and fishes with us I love it because we always seem to be side by side , let me tell you he can fish!!
     
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