La Jolla On Halloween - A Ghostly Encounter And A Surprising 'Tale'

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  1. steverino

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    I took a couple friends from work and fished some deeper cod spots off La Jolla on Halloween morning. The plan was to hit it early, fill the cooler quickly and get home in time to start our Halloween celebrations. After picking up a nice sardine/chovie/mini mack scoop to go along with some frozen squid we brought, we headed out from MB at daylight. We had a slow start until we moved around and found an area that was producing. After that, we had lots of bites on every drift through the zone and then…….BAM! I’m on and it’s big! After 20 seconds of heavy head shakes and ripping drag…..my line pops and it’s gone. DAMN!! As I sat there for 5 seconds of sudden despair, rod in hand, lamenting my lost opportunity and wondering what I could have done better……..BAM! I’m on again and it’s big! Second chances don’t usually come that often or that quickly so I made the best of it and slowly worked the fish up from the depths. I’m thinking nice yellowtail but as the ghostly grayish white figure comes into view……..I stick it and we have a solid WSB flopping on the deck. What a surprise! You don’t catch big WSB very often and especially from 270’ deep. As it turns out, the first fish hit the bottom shrimp fly of my 2 hook gangion rig and broke it off at the lower dropper loop along with the weight. The second fish, no doubt part of a school that was breezing through, hit my remaining shrimp fly and that’s the one I landed.

    That got me thinking that there’s big fish around so I rigged up a live mackerel on a single hook, heavier rig and just kept it soaking while we continued to fish for cod. A half hour later, my buddy shouts out that the mackerel rod is getting bit and I turn around just in time to see it go full on bendo! I grab it, carefully work it to the surface and after lots of drag ripping runs, we have a nice ’tale’ dancing on the gaff. Sweet!

    What a day, but it’s not over yet. Now it’s my friends turn. Another half hour goes by and suddenly he is shouting out a bunch of stuff in Spanish, that I couldn’t completely understand, but it was clear that he was hooked up to another toad! He got it off the bottom away from the rocks pretty quick and then settled in to a slow, steady battle up from the depths. As the ghostly gray form came into view, we were once again pleasantly surprised to invite another WSB on board and into the cooler.

    We fished hard for a couple more hours and stayed a little later than planned because we knew quality fish we in the area, but that was it for the big hook ups. We finished the day with easy cod limits, 2 big ‘ghosts’, a good ‘tale’ and lots of smiles.

    After I cleaned the fish, I turned my WSB and YT carcasses into Halloween decorations for the trick or treaters to enjoy as they walked up to the door.

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  2. furniture 4 me

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    nicely played
     
  3. @-EZ

    @-EZ Fail, try again.

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    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER https://multimediabylj.com

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    Nice adjustment. Good skills. Great decorations!

    Congratulations on the nice Biscuit from the depths!!!
     
  5. fly liner

    fly liner I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Sweet sounds like a good trip
     
  6. Uncle Rick

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    Like the decoration
     
  7. joe.dude.01

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    Best Halloween decorations ever. I love it :)
     
  8. Deep_blue

    Deep_blue Cristy J

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    That's an awesome day! Great eating too!
    Congrats and thanks for sharing the report.
     
  9. REELCLOSE

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    Very cool.
     
  10. onemorcast

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    Stellar report! Great Halloween decor!
     
  11. jim isbell

    jim isbell I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    That is cool--did the halloween props make it till morning--I'm thinking ghostly raccoons or urban coyotes---I guarantee in my area by morning all you would have is those two spikes.
     
  12. bparker1225

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    Nice fillet work!
     
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    What a great day of bottom fishing. Happy Halloween
     
  14. Bongos

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    decorations looks so real!!!
     
  15. robaire

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    Funniest Halloween decorations I've ever seen...LOL
    Robert
     
  16. RyanErb

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    Wow, way to go! 270 feet deep! Good to know the fish are pretty deep right now!!

    Thanks for the report!
     
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    I'm offended by the dead fish in the yard


















































    nice day of catching
     
  18. slayrider

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    A great fish story!
     
  19. Larmo

    Larmo Strip it. Mend it. Hit it!

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    And to think about all the times I said nah to rockfishing! Nice catch!
     
  20. 26grumpy

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    No boo hoo there!!!

    Simply awesome!!!
     

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