Late Report LJ 9/30

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GregAndrew

I Find Stuff
Dec 28, 2008
719
700
San Gabriel,Ca.,USA
Name
Greg
Boat
T15 Kayak
Sorry for the lateness, but I have a new computer and am trying various tricks to upload videos with little to no loss in quality. Unfortunately, I have still not come up with the right formula. Not really a bite to report anyway, just a nice fish that was right place/ right time.

Got over outside the reserve to a depth contour I wanted to work and put down the largest Greenie I had (11"), followed closely by the downrigger camera. Within 15 minutes I am on to something with some weight. I get the camera up and out of the way, and commence to working the fish. Other than a couple of short initial runs, it has not done much of anything while I brought up the camera. About 30 seconds after I started to work the fish, I feel some headshakes and then nothing.


At this point, I am hoping that it was just a shark or BSB that had just not run because I was not pulling on it yet. But just in case I leave the rig down to see if the fish will come back for it. Then I dig my phone out of the hatch and start to review the downrigger video. After a few minutes of review (and several requests that it only be a BSB) I get a glimpse of a big Halibut inhaling my bait, up to the nose and spitting it back out. Then a second bite inhaling the entire 11" Mack. So, bit at least twice and not one good hookset.


By this time, I am figuring that it either killed the bait and does not want it dead, or it ate it and is heading back to bed. Reel the line up and find no bait, so probably the latter. But I am not going to give up that easily. I put on the next largest bait I had, and sent it down. Get the downrigger camera back down and head back up the drift from where I came. Ten minutes or so later, my bait gets a little nervous and I feel a little tug. Lift the rod, and the tip stays down. I set the hook (twice just to make sure).

Nice weight again, and commence to bringing up the downrigger. Get that up and stowed, and start to work the fish. Lots of headshakes and a couple vertical runs up that I had to catch up to, but not a lot of effort wasted. It did come up a bit green, and made a small run at the surface, but I was still concerned about a good gaff shot (which I missed by mere millimeters). Luckily it only made a couple of shakes before going limp. Fish was just under 43" and just over 32#.

 
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michael e. bingham

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May 26, 2015
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1,476
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Pura Vida
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Pura Vida 30' Custom Panga
Good job Greg , nothing like see nice flatties brought to the boat , ill start fishing South in the deeper water on some of our halibut spots next month , ill give you a shout one day and we'll head down on my boat
 
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GregAndrew

I Find Stuff
Dec 28, 2008
719
700
San Gabriel,Ca.,USA
Name
Greg
Boat
T15 Kayak
Good job Greg , nothing like see nice flatties brought to the boat , ill start fishing South in the deeper water on some of our halibut spots next month , ill give you a shout one day and we'll head down on my boat

Sounds great Mike. Headed down to Rancho Leonero on Friday for about a week.
 
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fishja

I've seen bigger waves in the toilet!
Jun 21, 2015
350
464
Carlsbad
Name
fishja
Boat
Sold
Video footage is killer! Thanks for sharing. You're always on the fish.
 
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michael e. bingham

I Should Upgrade My Account
May 26, 2015
1,041
1,476
64
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Pura Vida
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Pura Vida 30' Custom Panga
Sorry for the lateness, but I have a new computer and am trying various tricks to upload videos with little to no loss in quality. Unfortunately, I have still not come up with the right formula. Not really a bite to report anyway, just a nice fish that was right place/ right time.

Got over outside the reserve to a depth contour I wanted to work and put down the largest Greenie I had (11"), followed closely by the downrigger camera. Within 15 minutes I am on to something with some weight. I get the camera up and out of the way, and commence to working the fish. Other than a couple of short initial runs, it has not done much of anything while I brought up the camera. About 30 seconds after I started to work the fish, I feel some headshakes and then nothing.


At this point, I am hoping that it was just a shark or BSB that had just not run because I was not pulling on it yet. But just in case I leave the rig down to see if the fish will come back for it. Then I dig my phone out of the hatch and start to review the downrigger video. After a few minutes of review (and several requests that it only be a BSB) I get a glimpse of a big Halibut inhaling my bait, up to the nose and spitting it back out. Then a second bite inhaling the entire 11" Mack. So, bit at least twice and not one good hookset.


By this time, I am figuring that it either killed the bait and does not want it dead, or it ate it and is heading back to bed. Reel the line up and find no bait, so probably the latter. But I am not going to give up that easily. I put on the next largest bait I had, and sent it down. Get the downrigger camera back down and head back up the drift from where I came. Ten minutes or so later, my bait gets a little nervous and I feel a little tug. Lift the rod, and the tip stays down. I set the hook (twice just to make sure).

Nice weight again, and commence to bringing up the downrigger. Get that up and stowed, and start to work the fish. Lots of headshakes and a couple vertical runs up that I had to catch up to, but not a lot of effort wasted. It did come up a bit green, and made a small run at the surface, but I was still concerned about a good gaff shot (which I missed by mere millimeters). Luckily it only made a couple of shakes before going limp. Fish was just under 43" and just over 32#.

Sounds great Mike. Headed down to Rancho Leonero on Friday for about a week.
 
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FloMar

Hired Gun!
Apr 28, 2004
1,016
810
66
CA.
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John Collar
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Parker 2320
Absolutely . . positively . . loved every second of it!
Great video! Great sounds! Great words!
AND the gaff around the drink in the front of the YAK,
you just couldn't plan it any better, freekin' stellar job!

You just hit the bullseye!
 
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muletrain

Member
Sep 9, 2006
542
387
san clemente
Name
mark
Boat
Carolina skiff for the bay / Hobie Mirage
Always watch for your posts and videos

Awesome the way the halibut just inhale the bait

Be safe out there and PLEASE keep the fish porn coming

You are a member that makes keep coming back to Bloodydecks

Thanks for sharing
 
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Omarkayak

I've posted enough I should know better...
Jul 26, 2007
1,193
550
Northridge, CA
Name
Donald W. Clarke III
Boat
11+ ft, Ocean Kayak Scrambler, P 'N' Queue Pod
Your vids are always instructive and fun to watch. Really interesting to see the fish behavior in particular--helps to make sense of the jerks, taps, tugs, and runs the angler feels at the end of the line when they bite. Also, how often they look at or follow the bait without biting it. !Muchisimas gracias!

Good fishin'!
BDC OK
 
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