Huge skipjacks East End Catalina

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doncatfish

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Plan for the shakedown trip on the new sled was to look in the morning for yellows at some East End spots - 3 V's, Silver Canyon, Salta Verde, etc, then look on the outside come noon time for tuna. No luck on the yellowtail hunt but a lot of voracious seals, did have one ripping bite at Salta Verde that didn't stick tough.

We headed slightly offshore, maybe 2 miles from the island, and put out the trollers. Around 12:30 the area came to life with dolphin and breaking tuna, had to choose which school to chase down. Couldn't get any tuna to go on the beautiful sardines from Dana Point, but did manage two large cookie cutter skipjack on the tiny tiny trolling lure pulled through the dolphin. (see exact numbers in the photo) The skipjack weighed in at a bit more than 15 pounds, good fun. It's stomach must have had 100 tiny anchovies in it, no yellowfin for us but still a beautiful day on the water.

Scott's skippie.jpg skipjack numbers.jpg hot lure.jpg new sled.jpg
 
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doug wille

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Great report. Thx for the dope. Heading to that same general area tomorrow/Monday.

Wondering if any the local 3/4 / full day sport boats were in that area today? One out of sp got 40ish yft.
 
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Paddyman1

Beautiful boat, Don! What year?

Nice seeing tuna's still wandering around our waters. Big skippy no doubt.
 
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FloMar

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Congratulations!
 
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doncatfish

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The buckets are a pain in the ass sea lion prevention tool the harbor implemented. They're screwed down to the dock which discourages the sea lions from hopping on, but there's still plenty of spots for them to hop on, lay in the sun and crap all over the place.
 
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Reel hip

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It has to be fun jumping on the dock to tie up when your going solo.

Poor seals can't take over the landing:Death_To_Above:
 
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