Inshore LJ 6/14

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ror_sal

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Fished La Jolla Monday. Water was anywhere between 67-70 all day. Green inside, deep blue outside. Lots of birds working outside with all the mackerel you wanted. If you got through the macs, it’s was straight herring. Slow trolled some macs for a few hours for nada. Picked off a few calico with the jig stick for a couple minutes. Headed outside and quickly made my limits of reds with two standouts. Biggest reds I’ve ever caught. One barber pole kicker. Kept a couple herring to jar up. Have them packed in salt now, anyone ever give that a try?

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bdogie1

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    Sweet day those are some nice reds!
     
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    stuman

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    Fished La Jolla Monday. Water was anywhere between 67-70 all day. Green inside, deep blue outside. Lots of birds working outside with all the mackerel you wanted. If you got through the macs, it’s was straight herring. Slow trolled some macs for a few hours for nada. Picked off a few calico with the jig stick for a couple minutes. Headed outside and quickly made my limits of reds with two standouts. Biggest reds I’ve ever caught. One barber pole kicker. Kept a couple herring to jar up. Have them packed in salt now, anyone ever give that a try?

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    Did the bait fish die real quick - in the bait tank? If they did, I think someone called them black sardines. We've caught them off O'side for the past few years.
     
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    clevel

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  • Jun 4, 2011
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    I have never ever seen or caught herring off So. Cal waters. Do you see them regularly off La Jolla? I have heard of the herring industry by Monterey Bay a century ago and not sure if there are any left.
     
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    mhanson59hb

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    Nice reds.

    I always thought those were full grown sardines in spawn mode, never considered if they were herring. Got some of those at Cat last trip, and yes, they do not live long in the tank!
     
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    ror_sal

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    Did the bait fish die real quick - in the bait tank? If they did, I think someone called them black sardines. We've caught them off O'side for the past few years.
    Didn’t even tank them. Just threw them in a bag and into the cooler on ice. I use a 5 gallon bucket to carry 3-4 macs and just keep switching out the water here and there. Small boat problems. I’m pretty sure they are herring....?
     
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    TOTW

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    Didn’t even tank them. Just threw them in a bag and into the cooler on ice. I use a 5 gallon bucket to carry 3-4 macs and just keep switching out the water here and there. Small boat problems. I’m pretty sure they are herring....?
    They're herring, just not the pacific herring that was the big fishery target of old. Curious to know how these turn out as table fare. I can't find any information in that regard.
     
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    My One

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    I caught a bunch of them around the 150 yesterday, they are mixed in with the macks. I dropped a sabiki with strips of squid and bring a string of them up with macks. A first for me for sure.
     
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    GregAndrew

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    Definitely Herring. You can tell by the lack of a good place to nose hook them. They were thick around La Jolla in 2019, but they were finicky on taking the Sabiki much of the time. They mark more like mackerel schools than Sardines. When put on the hook immediately they fish very well. But, like others have said, not worth putting in the tank.
     
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    ror_sal

    "I'm too drunk to taste this chicken"
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    Brined, butterflied and now a freezer pack until this weekend when I can get to the mason jars.
     
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