Locale Potters, Watson bottom fishing

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by Hard at Play, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Hard at Play

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    Headed out to fish for bottom fish. Left Davies at 6:30am tried many spots to scratch out a few fish. Mostly used Frozen Squid. Water temp ranged from 54 to 56. Not many boats out. Saw the Victory in the same general area.
     
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    Intriguing title.

    No pictures?
     
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  3. shinbob

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    I think they're waypoint names out of that book, 2 to 20 Fathoms, or fishdope
     
  4. War Horse

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    We were out yesterday in the same area.
    Got some Reds around 200 feet on dead squid.
    Water was cold and clean with lots of bait in the area.
     
  5. Chris Merilee

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    Was out yesterday left hb harbor around 3:00 pm. The water was like glass. Plenty of dolphins eating the bait fish. Limited out on good size rock fish between the outer oil rigs. Then headed to the oil rigs in hb close to the flats and nailed the bass.
     
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  6. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I talked to a guy in the morning yesterday who went to the same place and came back empty handed. He seemed like he knew what he was doing, so I believed him; but now that you said you did well, I'm starting to think it's not necessarily the area that's the problem.

    The key difference between your report and his, seems to be the time. He was there in the morning. You were there in the afternoon. Did you also use frozen squid? Or live bait?
     
  7. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    To add an additional piece to the puzzle, I was out at Santa Monica Bay yesterday. The early morning was very slow. The slack tide at 7:30 am combined with what seemed like tons of squid nests on the bottom made the fish not want to bite. I did score my biggest fish right as I arrived around 7:00 am. But after that it was the slowest pick I've ever had rock fishing, despite excellent meter reading, until about 10:00.

    Around 10:00, however, it picked up, and I managed to score a limit within an hour. Most fish around 1-2 pounds. The big copper I picked up in the morning was, however, easily 5 pounds. Should've taken a picture.
     
  8. Chris Merilee

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    Was using frozen squid. Could be the time but I talked with a older gentleman with a dog and a aluminum boat at the dock and he caught nice limits. Not sure what time he caught them though.
     
  9. Hismosa

    Hismosa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Will give it a try in the morning and report back. Thanks for the post
     
  10. simmo13

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    I agree w morning was slow. I also fished local wed but more inshore. First drop on a wreck just outside queens gate 4# sandy on plastic. Went outside to rock pile. One 21” lingcod in two hours drifting around structure w bait and marks. By one pm the current started up and I was over at gambler wreck where the Sandy’s were getting with it. I never like fishing when it’s not new or full moon. Seems like less current with less tidal movement. Water 58
     
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    Got out to Watson's this morning at probably 7ish. Had 9 reds by 9 and then I struggled for the next 2 hours to limit out and eventually had to throw in the towel as I ran out of squid. Damn whitefish found me and kept stealing bait.

    All full of red crab

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  12. Azarkon

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    Red crab still being around this much north makes me think tuna will not be far behind. As long as the water temperature holds offshore, won't be long now.

    Just need a couple of weeks of solid weather.
     
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    One nice day!
     
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    Good effort, tough fishing yesterday, despite the great weather!
     
  15. Chris Merilee

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    Nice fish glad to hear you caught
     
  16. War Horse

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    Nice !!!
     
  17. tmines

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    Thanks for the local report!! Can't wait to get back home from 3 months of traveling (work) and put the boat in the water and give it a shot. Work hard, fish HARDER!!
     

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