Long Day For a Sunset and Ballons!

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  1. Willdoggy

    Willdoggy Willing Member

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    Decided to head North solo yesterday. 105+ Miles and 11-1/2 hours on the water. From Chula Vista to the middle of the 30 mile bank. I saw some temp breaks that looked promising but ended up only catching a small Bonito and a couple Sandbass. Bait from EBros has been great. Trolled, Surface Iron, dropped, flylined. Clean FLAT water, a whale, 63.7 degrees and lots of breaking fish at 182 and North. Many paddies loaded with bait but no takers. Fish were down deep 750-1000’ and I don’t have capacity to chum them up. Sunset was gorgeous to cap the day. The view of the Pilika coming in around Point Loma just after sunset was surreal. I wish I had had a real camera for that shot but this will have to do. The water was purple and gold! Incredible. I did manage to get (15) Balloons yesterday so I’m winning at my own competition and will have no shame in taking the swag bag from Bloodydecks. Don’t forget to get those Ballons guys! If someone does manage to outshine my count (20 so far) before the end of November there is a swag bag from BD and a WetWillyBiz knifeholder waiting for you. We will be running this Balloon Round Up again in December so at least start practicing!

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  2. Hardcor

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    Thank you for the report Will, nice day out on the water. I've never picked up 15 balloons in one day before. That's not good. Thanks for cleaning up after the ignorant. I still think you have a shot at getting into them if this low does not come down to far.
    Corey
     
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  3. noslow64

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    do you have a balloon finder on board ? I think you do :-), cause I never see any when I'm out there.

    then again, I don't go 105 miles. how much gas you burn ? 20 gals !!!!!
     
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  4. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Good effort and good of you picking up the balloons nice pictures!
     
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  5. Willdoggy

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    I’m really good at finding Ballons and gaffing them! Everyone has their talents D! :-) That one cluster that had the big number 5 shaped balloon had (8) balloons alone. I had to work for the rest of them. When I won the SoCal Mylar Round Up...David and I caught 65 Balloons in one day! None were more than a cluster of 4-5. Sickening to say the least. Yeah about 21 gallons burned yesterday. Hardcore Ballooning! Haha
     
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    now, if you can find & catch the fish like you do the balloons, now were talking.
     
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  7. bassmeister

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    pic#4 looks like an empty saline implant.did you gaff that close to the beach?
     
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  8. Willdoggy

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    They are all over SoCal!
    But seriously, this is what a Mylar Balloon looks like after many weeks or even months in the water and Sun. They look like plastic bags (which count towards our tally). The coloring comes off and will get all over your hands and boat. The raw water wash works great afterwards!
     
  9. 1 Ola Mas

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    It’s those fucking cruise ships letting loose the balloons. Fuckers!
     
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    Usually have my best balloon days on Mondays and Tuesday. I think from the weekends.

    But mothers day? Fuck that's in may
     
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    It was a bittersweet one as I was thinking about my Mum that morning. She was my first passenger on my boat. She passed away a year and a half ago. It gave me chills to find that balloon and it was not deteriorated so it had floated down recently. Just saying my Mum’s always been good to me. I love that lady.
     
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    I’ll blame the cruise ships for the tons of garbage they push off the back plank in the middle of the night. The balloons look too similar to all the same ones being sold at our local supermarkets. It’s a cheap suitable gift for any occasion that says I thought to bring something. I just really can’t think much though. Happy (insert celebration here)!
     
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    Except the prevailing wind blows onshore.
     
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    I was appalled to see this same behavior on a boat in the SoCal fleet I rode this year. Granted it wasn’t “tons” but I saw a deckhand purposefully throwing water bottles, plastic bag material, and other miscellaneous trash off the stern several times while underway at night. I understand tossing biodegradable stuff (which is legal if you are far enough offshore), but this dumping of plastic in the ocean was sickening to see.

    I am grateful for your efforts to try and make a dent in this problem.
     
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    Easily seen and picked up 10 balloons on an offshore outing. You can see balloons for a mile unlike paddies. A pleasant surprise is when someone has taken the time to reset and mark a good size paddy with a balloon.

    Thanks to whoever does this, like me.
     
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  16. Willdoggy

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    Until the past day or two we have had good ol Santa Anas helping to blow them off shore.
     
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    It might be easier to see the paddy with a balloon but sea life is damaged when your fun is over. Coordinates work just as well with a way point marking the paddy. When I roll up on a paddy marked with a balloon it is usually not attached to the paddy but just got stuck on it in the current. It looks like trash to me (not a pristine paddy). Either way and to be sure when I leave the balloon will be riding with me.
     
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    Outstanding! Thanks for making a difference!
     
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    Not at night it doesn't....
    I have had a 16 balloon day myself so I may be up for the challenge, however as a fisherman and surfer, I would guess I have seen 5 or fewer plastic bags in the ocean and surfline in my lifetime
     
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