Island Fun – bugs and bones 11-6 to 11-8

mhanson59hb

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  • Apr 22, 2013
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    Short version: Limits of bugs and bones, bonus of bass and goats. Live squid at the bait barge.

    Novel: I took my friend Don Elm fishing and hooping to Catalina, and we launched Tuesday morning from Huntington Harbor. The Coast Guard vessel Sea Wolf was coming in to port and there was a 20 minutes delay at the PCH bridge until we got the all clear to proceed. Salute!

    Mario at LA Harbor Bait had some live squid and we picked up a scoop before heading to the Isthmus based on some Intel that squid/seabass/yellows were in the area. After a bumpy ride with SE winds on our quarter, of course we didn’t see any sign or meter anything - so it was off to try for some rock fish. Lucky for us the sheephead and calicos were biting the squish on some deep stones. We kept 2 goats and one 19-inch calico that was bleeding out for tacos - releasing all the rest in a fun, 2 hour long bite.

    Trolling rapalas to our hooping area picked up one small bonito for Don. Fortunately, I had frozen skip jack from my last tuna trip to stuff the tubes with and we had all the hoops deployed before sunset. There was not a single other boat in sight - I love hooping mid-week! That night we managed 12 legal lobsters and released more than 50 shorts. Man – just 2 shy of limits. Oh well, there is always the next night.

    Wednesday morning found us on the prowl for yellows – but again they eluded us. We tried some front side beaches for halibut – but only released more goats, bass and whitefish – so we decided to check out the backside for any life. This turned out to be a great call as we found two kelp paddies just off Church Rock loaded with birds diving and breaking fish.

    We tied on some flashy Mega-baits in blue mackerel and dorado colors and proceeded to whack the 4 to 5 pound bonito into submission! We took 5 each (they were under 24 inches) for our limits in less than 30 minutes and had to leave ‘em biting. A couple other boats got in on the action as well after we left.

    Trolling the Vs to Salta Verde produced nothing, so we went in to Avalon to ice up, and get lunch from Rosies on the pier: Swordfish sandwiches and fried shrimp. Yum!

    That night some of the bones were put to good use stuffing the bait tubes and again we were set up before dark with no one else around. Outstanding! The first hoop had 5 shorts released, the 2nd hoop had a lot of shorts in it. The third hoop was the jackpot with 2 of the biggest bugs we have ever caught. Limits! The rest was all gravy, and we released 3 more legals and a bunch of shorts.

    With reports of Santa Ana winds developing later in the day, we headed back to the barn early Thursday morning without fishing. It was like glass until about 8 miles out from the island, when it started getting bumpy again, this time from the NE. But it was not too bad and we mostly bounced over the top of the small wind chop. It got calm again about 3 miles off the beach to finish out the ride.

    Over all it was a super fun trip, with water temps at the island from 64 to 66.5 degrees. Good luck out there and be safe!

    Pass the butter
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    Don with a bonehead
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    Me with a nice bonito
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    Happy as a bug in a rug (or bait tank)
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    I see tacos in our future
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    Line up of the usual suspects. Welcome home!
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    FishinMcNuggets

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    Thanks for the detailed report... sounds like good livin' there!
     
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    mhanson59hb

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  • Apr 22, 2013
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    Great report!

    Mind sharing what depth was most productive on the lobster?

    Congrats!

    80 to 100 feet was by far the best for us, but I have to admit we did not try much deeper than that. We only got one bug at 50 feet - a legal - on the 1st hoop pulled on the trip - but none after that.
     

    mhanson59hb

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  • Apr 22, 2013
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    Kinison the Local knows where to eat. You grew up at Cat as I remember?

    Well, I used to spend a lot of time in Avalon on my dad and uncles boat (they had a mooring #37 second row, right next to the pier), but I am not a local.

    I've spent a few entire summers there, and one time I was there for 5 months straight when I was 18 - but I grew up in Covina and Huntington Beach. But Catalina is definitely part of my soul, and my favorite place on earth!

    I guess you can call me a wanna-be local! :D

    Who knows - someday I may retire there!
     

    IrieMitch

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    Living the dream brother. This one checks all the box's!!

    Any particular depth ranges that seemed to be fishing better for the bugs?
     
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    mhanson59hb

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    Any particular depth ranges that seemed to be fishing better for the bugs?

    80 to 100 feet worked best for us!

    You did all this on ur 18 footer? Impressive.

    Yep. She's a small boat but fishes big!

    I’m assuming you sleep on the boat. Do you moor or just anchor the boat?

    I prefer to moor up, but do anchor on occasion. Yes, we sleep on the boat. Don gets the deck. I get the cabin!

    :D
     
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