Offshore La Jolla seal assault.

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    Met up with my bud Rick (Mattanza) yesterday with high hopes. But the wind was up a lil. But any day out is a good day.
    Left Mission Bay with a gentleman's start. Skipped the bait barge. Made about 20 Mack's out by the jettys.
    Wind was up a bit with a mixed swell, but not bad.
    Plan was to start at 2-5 miles outside La Jolla trolling small hoochies and Rapalas. Looking for bones and Yt.
    There was just enough wind to make finding patties futile.
    Got a skippie trolling back to LA Jolla.
    We found a few spots in 300' that seemed to be loaded with Rockies. We loaded up and made out way to the kelp.
    I haven't fished the kelp in several years.
    One word. FUCKING SEALIONS. Sorry, 2 words.
    I hooked a sweet yt but got rocked like a MF'er. Then, when the sporty left. The knotheads hit every boat in site. At one point the sporty must have had 8-10 hounding it.
    We moved South for a few drifts, but mostly caught Mack's.
    Headed in about 6pm.

    I love being on the water, so the lack of fish doesn't bother me. Rockies are always good.
    Thank you for the ride Rick.
     
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    sdrepairman

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    Well thanks for trying
    The seals have been very bad the last couple months
    There have been 7-18 seals around the sport boats every day they go to La Jolla
    Makes for vary difficult fishing
     
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    Mo Betta

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    Thanks for the report Mike. Hope the wind dies down for my Saturday run.
     
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    Met up with my bud Rick (Mattanza) yesterday with high hopes. But the wind was up a lil. But any day out is a good day.
    Left Mission Bay with a gentleman's start. Skipped the bait barge. Made about 20 Mack's out by the jettys.
    Wind was up a bit with a mixed swell, but not bad.
    Plan was to start at 2-5 miles outside La Jolla trolling small hoochies and Rapalas. Looking for bones and Yt.
    There was just enough wind to make finding patties futile.
    Got a skippie trolling back to LA Jolla.
    We found a few spots in 300' that seemed to be loaded with Rockies. We loaded up and made out way to the kelp.
    I haven't fished the kelp in several years.
    One word. FUCKING SEALIONS. Sorry, 2 words.
    I hooked a sweet yt but got rocked like a MF'er. Then, when the sporty left. The knotheads hit every boat in site. At one point the sporty must have had 8-10 hounding it.
    We moved South for a few drifts, but mostly caught Mack's.
    Headed in about 6pm.

    I love being on the water, so the lack of fish doesn't bother me. Rockies are always good.
    Thank you for the ride Rick.
    Scientists need to develop a way to get those dogs to hibernate during the summer months, somewhere close to where adult GWS feed.
     
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    gecsr1

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    well , just don't fish near the sport boats, find your own fish, and the seals should not be a problem. fish la jolla alot this season... caught my share of fish, with the seals..... but some days are worst the others... another thing I troll raps , don't fish much live bait... so seals seam the leave us alone.... couple things I have learned on fishing LAJOLLA
     
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    well , just don't fish near the sport boats, find your own fish, and the seals should not be a problem. fish la jolla alot this season... caught my share of fish, with the seals..... but some days are worst the others... another thing I troll raps , don't fish much live bait... so seals seam the leave us alone.... couple things I have learned on fishing LAJOLLA
    We were at least 150 yards from the sporty. Josie Lynn was there also.
    We metered big yellows by La Jolla canyon. So that's where we set up.
     
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    When we were slow trolling Mack's, we were 50 yards from a dive boat's bow that was obviously pulling his anchor (straight up and down, no scope). We trolled around. When he got his anchor up. He hauls ass up to our port side to tell us that it would be nice if we could keep our distance. He was still flying his dive flag as he drove off doing 25knots.
    Is that normal?
     
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    Met up with my bud Rick (Mattanza) yesterday with high hopes. But the wind was up a lil. But any day out is a good day.
    Left Mission Bay with a gentleman's start. Skipped the bait barge. Made about 20 Mack's out by the jettys.
    Wind was up a bit with a mixed swell, but not bad.
    Plan was to start at 2-5 miles outside La Jolla trolling small hoochies and Rapalas. Looking for bones and Yt.
    There was just enough wind to make finding patties futile.
    Got a skippie trolling back to LA Jolla.
    We found a few spots in 300' that seemed to be loaded with Rockies. We loaded up and made out way to the kelp.
    I haven't fished the kelp in several years.
    One word. FUCKING SEALIONS. Sorry, 2 words.
    I hooked a sweet yt but got rocked like a MF'er. Then, when the sporty left. The knotheads hit every boat in site. At one point the sporty must have had 8-10 hounding it.
    We moved South for a few drifts, but mostly caught Mack's.
    Headed in about 6pm.

    I love being on the water, so the lack of fish doesn't bother me. Rockies are always good.
    Thank you for the ride Rick.


    You got you 357, 302 30 06 and your obligatory seal bombs.....
     
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    I was surprised to see sling shots on NOAA's list of legal things to use on seals, as a kid we used to shoot pigeons all the time... I got a new wrist rocket and took twenty steel shot and a milk carton out to see if i could still do it. by the time i shot 10 shots i had my form back, seals are easy to hit unless you miss, then they don't stay up and open as long, but they are easy targets on the first shot... almost to easy. when you hit them they take off and they don't come back. Seals are never a problem now, I highly recommend getting a sling shot and practice with it a little and the seals will become fun.
     
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    Croaker.Stroker

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    I use glass marbles. Im not to good at it though. I hit my thumb. Guess I should keep my thumb down ?? Turned my nail black.

    But youre right.... They learn quickly that they want no part of the slingshot.

    Last time out we were pestered by cormorants. We caught four of them. Kind of like flying a kite when you bring them in.
     
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    I was surprised to see sling shots on NOAA's list of legal things to use on seals, as a kid we used to shoot pigeons all the time... I got a new wrist rocket and took twenty steel shot and a milk carton out to see if i could still do it. by the time i shot 10 shots i had my form back, seals are easy to hit unless you miss, then they don't stay up and open as long, but they are easy targets on the first shot... almost to easy. when you hit them they take off and they don't come back. Seals are never a problem now, I highly recommend getting a sling shot and practice with it a little and the seals will become fun.

    You can shoot them with paintballs, too!
     
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    I was surprised to see sling shots on NOAA's list of legal things to use on seals, as a kid we used to shoot pigeons all the time... I got a new wrist rocket and took twenty steel shot and a milk carton out to see if i could still do it. by the time i shot 10 shots i had my form back, seals are easy to hit unless you miss, then they don't stay up and open as long, but they are easy targets on the first shot... almost to easy. when you hit them they take off and they don't come back. Seals are never a problem now, I highly recommend getting a sling shot and practice with it a little and the seals will become fun.

    I had a Wrist Rocket on the last boat, and was pretty good at bouncing marbles off those bastards’ heads. One hit and they were outta here. Given how noisy they were when leaving the scene, I believe it made an “impression” on them.

    Now that I’m fishing bait more on the new boat, guess I should outfit it with another Wrist Rocket and a bag of marbles.
     
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    When we were slow trolling Mack's, we were 50 yards from a dive boat's bow that was obviously pulling his anchor (straight up and down, no scope). We trolled around. When he got his anchor up. He hauls ass up to our port side to tell us that it would be nice if we could keep our distance. He was still flying his dive flag as he drove off doing 25knots.
    Is that normal?
    "Normal" for a jackass!
     
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    gonzo25

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    You can shoot them with paintballs, too!

    Why I found that surprising is because a sling shot can kill them, even frozen paint balls wont do that. Marbles are a common and inexpensive ammo for a sling shot, and given their size and material are not likely to kill them... but "slingshot ammo" are steel shot, smaller and heavier than marbles and can do more damage. There is no description of a "slingshot" and in the old days they had one band, some of the new ones like the one I have, have three bands and obviously more power. David killed Goliath with a sling shot using a rock so it's potential for being a lethal weapon is well documented... assuming of course you have read the bible or believe the stories that it tells.

    What I can tell you for sure is, you will have to practice a little to use it effectively, and when you hit them they take off and don't come back
     
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    A buddy and I used to snuff rabbits with sling shots. Ten minutes of practice and it's game on! This could be fun
     
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