Lobsters charging the boat at Catalina 10/12 and 10/13

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mhanson59hb

Fear No Fish
  • Apr 22, 2013
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    Mike
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    2008 Trophy 1802 "Mako My Day"
    OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration – as fishermen are known to do – but the bugs were certainly on the crawl at the island. Launched out of Huntington Harbor Wednesday morning with my friend Don Elm and we hit up Nacho for a half scoop of mixed size sardines. The bait was nice and stayed healthy all day.

    We crossed over to Long Point in fairly nice seas and were able to put a dozen Spanish mackerel and smelt in the tank. Nice to see the troller size Spanish are back after a long absence. We trolled small rapalas east and loaded up on enough bonito to stuff the bait cages in short order.

    We headed around back to Silver Canyon and trolled various live baits. Don was slammed after about 5 minutes, but the fish came unbuttoned quickly. We never got another bite in two hours and decided to head front side to our honey hole and get the lobster gear set up.

    As we are getting ready to drop, another boat with a couple of divers pulls up and starts dropping hoops right next to us. OK, game on. We set our hoops on either end of his hoop string and out a bit deeper. It turned out to be a great call. We only fish five hoops and on the first pull we had six legals and released over 40 shorts. Dive boat had one short in the nets. Said he was using frozen mackerel from last season. We gave ‘em a few pointers for next time.

    Second pull was seven keepers and over 50 shorts released. The other boat had one legal taken by a diver and they bailed early. Since we were one short of limits, we left the nets out and on the third pull we limited out and released 6 more legals and many more shorts just before midnight. The bigger bugs were definitely out later.

    We spent all day Thursday trolling for yellows. It was not to be. We tried the Palisades around to the East End, Frog Rock to Long Point and between the front side MLPAs all for nothing. It was getting windy, so we got a mooring at the Isthmus and had (more than) a few drinks and some needed relaxation.

    Friday morning we hit a few rock fish spots, but did not get anything interesting, so we headed to the barn in smooth conditions. Over all fishing was slow, but hooping was great. It was just fun to be over in paradise in great weather. The BBQ is Sunday!

    Mike

    Bugs in the tank!
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    In the stern corner for perspective
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    Don with the lobs on the table, ready for their "antennama".
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    Ryan Gay

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    Jul 31, 2015
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    Oklahoma
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    Joe Ski
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    19.5 deep v cuddy "OUT TO LUNCH"
    OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration – as fishermen are known to do – but the bugs were certainly on the crawl at the island. Launched out of Huntington Harbor Wednesday morning with my friend Don Elm and we hit up Nacho for a half scoop of mixed size sardines. The bait was nice and stayed healthy all day.

    We crossed over to Long Point in fairly nice seas and were able to put a dozen Spanish mackerel and smelt in the tank. Nice to see the troller size Spanish are back after a long absence. We trolled small rapalas east and loaded up on enough bonito to stuff the bait cages in short order.

    We headed around back to Silver Canyon and trolled various live baits. Don was slammed after about 5 minutes, but the fish came unbuttoned quickly. We never got another bite in two hours and decided to head front side to our honey hole and get the lobster gear set up.

    As we are getting ready to drop, another boat with a couple of divers pulls up and starts dropping hoops right next to us. OK, game on. We set our hoops on either end of his hoop string and out a bit deeper. It turned out to be a great call. We only fish five hoops and on the first pull we had six legals and released over 40 shorts. Dive boat had one short in the nets. Said he was using frozen mackerel from last season. We gave ‘em a few pointers for next time.

    Second pull was seven keepers and over 50 shorts released. The other boat had one legal taken by a diver and they bailed early. Since we were one short of limits, we left the nets out and on the third pull we limited out and released 6 more legals and many more shorts just before midnight. The bigger bugs were definitely out later.

    We spent all day Thursday trolling for yellows. It was not to be. We tried the Palisades around to the East End, Frog Rock to Long Point and between the front side MLPAs all for nothing. It was getting windy, so we got a mooring at the Isthmus and had (more than) a few drinks and some needed relaxation.

    Friday morning we hit a few rock fish spots, but did not get anything interesting, so we headed to the barn in smooth conditions. Over all fishing was slow, but hooping was great. It was just fun to be over in paradise in great weather. The BBQ is Sunday!

    Mike

    Bugs in the tank!
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    In the stern corner for perspective
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    Don with the lobs on the table, ready for their "antennama".
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    Like a real trooper, that one still has his Bud light
     
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    FloMar

    Hired Gun!
    Apr 28, 2004
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    John Collar
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    Parker 2320
    Very nice indeed, sweet mess O-Bugs!
     
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