5 days & NO fishing report from the latest Intrepid trip....
Yes we are back. Bill Cavanaugh ran the trip and Sam Moore was the second. We had a great group of anglers that got along well. We had a few big fish Silent Jim caught two cows, Soda Pop got one and Fishy caught a nice one. We caught a bunch of fish, mostly in the 40 - 90 pound range with a few others to 170 or so. We were unable to make bait at either the bank or the buffer zone at Clarion.
We had decent sardines from San Diego. Most of the fishing was done with flylining a sardine on 100#. A few fish were caught on sinker rig, but mostly it was on flylined sardines.
No wahoo at Hurricane. We did catch around 25 at the buffer zone at Clarion.
There was a really high level of knowledge on the boat that were willing to share. I learned a great deal about bait presentation from Fishy, Mike and Dave. These guys take stealthy to a whole new level. I also appreciate their propensity to question the status quo and experiment to make things better.
I am a convert to the FG knot thanks to Mike and Fishy.
I learned how to solder from Fishdoggary. I have already purchased the necessary equipment so I can do my own hooks and rings.
Nebraska (Craig) was a really good dude who listened intently and did well. He was a welcome addition to the group. I think he has swallowed the hook and will be back.
Tony Garza (Soft Steel) did a nice job of running the trip. He provided a nice duffel bag with assorted goodies that were very helpful throughout the trip including Mustad 4x ringed circle hooks (6/0). I used these hooks to shoulder hook my baits and got bit pretty well. If I were to go again I would buy the same hooks in a 5/0.
I am sure that some of the others will chime in with their experiences.
Fishy also uses the FG knot, he is not exclusive to the Tony Pena.
Like he said, most of the successful guys were flylining sardines on 100. As an example, Silent Jim caught one of his cows on an 2x4, ATD 30 filled with 100 JB hollow, 15' topshot of Seaguar 100 Premier and a 4/0 Super Mutu. We had really nice weather for once for most of our trip, only hitting some rough stuff on the last two days. Conditions were strange on this trip with nice current one day and little to none the next or current against the wind.
Hello Dave, sounds like you had a fun trip, but not many large fish. Fishing 80 for mostly under 100 pounders is fun! If you were fishing 100 lbs. test Seaguar Premiere, that is similar diameter to every other fluorocarbon at 80 lbs. test. You can certainly catch cows on 80 lbs.!
70 to 90 lbs tuna are great eating since you can usually subdue them relatively quickly!
- Jeff Burroughs