Similar to what we have but the plastic is a bit shorter and has a tail on it. Definitely worth a try. A sardine or anchovie color would be great. Let us know if it works.
The San Diego long range and day boat fleet is unique not for the species caught, but for the care and processing available when the boat returns to port. There are several excellent processors waiting at the dock to process and flash freeze your catch. My favorite is 5 Star, though last year I experimented with Fisherman's Processing, and the results were outstanding.Guys, Great information, thanks to all who have replied and P.M.'d me. Due to time constraints I'm afraid a long-range trip is not in the cards, but I've called those catch numbers and unless an opening on a 4-6packk shows up, I think that would fit my budget and time constraints.
I checked out some videos, and have a better sense of what the long-range boats are all about, maybe I'll pick up one of the books while i'm out there for the flight back.
Sounds like most of the fishing is done with "irons" or live sardines. Does anyone out there use sluggos? This is a go-to for me and many others on the east coast for many species from Stripers to BFT.
Also, the rental gear on a party/sport boat, is that done in advance or on the boat? looks like mostly casting conventional reels? Are plugs/irons/hooks sold on the boat, or is that something that has to be done prior to leaving the dock? One other thing, I love to eat freshly caught fish, but staying in a hotel does not lend itself to "cooking the catch". How is fish handled after it's caught?
Avid East Coast fisherman making a trip to S.D. for the first time. I'm a member of Reel-Time and Stripers online and thought I'd check out BD. I've been reading over some of the threads here, but some of the things are just plain different East vs. West.
My wife has a business trip to S.D. in a few weeks, and I'm going to fly out to meet her for the latter half of the week/weekend. I'll have a Thursday on my own and thought about spending the day fishing, but not sure what to expect. Back home charter's are basically 3 hours or 6 hours. It appears SD is 1/2 day, 3/4 day and several day trips. It also appears "sport fishing" is what we would consider "head boat" fishing ...meaning lots of people on a large boat, that would only be for bottom fishing back East, but do they target other fish on these boats in So. Cal.?
Another term not used here is 6-pack charters. At first glance this appeared to be a fishing trip where beer is more important than the fishing, but if I'm reading this correctly, it's more of a charter boat that takes 6 people?
So, I'm a serious fisherman that has a free day and would love to see what fishing is like in S.D. Most of my time in home waters is dedicated to Striped Bass and Bluefish, with occasional trips for flounder, sea bass or BFT. Do you guys have individuals that charter small boats, or do you share trips for inshore fishing? I guess I simply need some advice!
Again, great advise guys, thanks! Maybe if I'm lucky enough to find a decent yellowtail or 2 I'll look into having it sent home, but at this point the meat is not the draw.
Regarding gear, most of my fishing here is done on spinning gear. Over recent years I've downsized most of my gear to match my fishing, most stripers or bluefish from a boat can be brought to the rail with a 4000 size reel with 50lb. Braid and 40lb. fluoro/mono leaders. I have an 18,000 Saragosa that I've used to throw to smaller BFT and an 8000 Saragosa paired with an 8 ft rod, but yo be honest, I'm not sure I want to bring gear. What rod length is preferred on 3/4 trip? I do have one 3 or 4 piece travel rod, but it's 9.5 or 10 ft and designed more for the surf.
I've thought about buying a lighter conventional set up such as an avet sx 2 speed, I understand that style is popular for So. Cal. waters, I'm thinking this might be a good time to see them in action, before I plunk down $400. I'm hopeful whatever I rent will be serviceable, braid would be nice, but I'm sure I won't have much say at 5am (having arrived after shops will have closed the night prior).
Fishing out Here is Dangerous I Grew up in Western MassSitting in the airport now waiting for my flight to San Diego. I am planning on a 3/4 day trip on the Seaforth San Diego and plan to rent gear from them. Thanks to all who helped me better understand the fishery and helpped me plan my day on the water. Now I just need to find the dock...and hopefully some fish!
Fishing out Here is Dangerous I Grew up in Western Mass
and came out here in 1977, for Vacation, and Did a Couple Trips
Moved out here too Orange County for good in 1978 Best advice
I can give you , is talk to one of the Deck Hands and they will help a lot
plus just keep open Mind and have fun, and don't over think it