Mussel Farm to the 14 and back

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  1. KINGSIZE

    KINGSIZE On The Bow

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    Launch out of Sunset Aquatic at 5 am and head to Nachos for a half swing of 4”-6” lively deans. Headed directly to the mussel farm to troll a xrap and plug. Got one blow up on the cedar plug but no go. Water temp was 69* and the color was standard LBC green. After working the entire zone for nada we decided to head outside to see if we could find cleaner and warmer water. Got to the 14 Mile Bank to 71* cleanish water and start trolling the same gear. Zero, zip, nada going on. Made a few moves searching for paddies in the current breaks. All of them LOADED with mini Mack’s and 6”-8” yellowtail. Pulled out the sabiki and nabbed a handful of mini Mack’s to add to the bait tank. The bump on the water got a bit larger so we decided to make our way back to the barn. Since we had all this perfect bait we decided to make one last drift at the mussel farm. My buddy. Mike nose hooked a mini Mack to his 15lb fluoro rig and was bit within the first 3 minutes of our return in the afternoon. Up comes the first real yellowtail of the trip. He sinks the gaff into a solid 12 lber. Minutes later I toss out a Mack and bang, it’s off to the races with what felt like a decent size fish. Since I suck at bait fishing, I pull too hard and snap the 15 lb fluoro I had on. The drift was at 2.5/3 knots since the wind was buzzing and the swell we picking up. I switched back to 40 lb mono and get surface blown up on a slow trolled Mack minutes later. Get that almost to gaff and he sees the boat an headed to China, zing pow, gone!

    I went 0 - 3 but my buddy Mike picked up 3 of the 5 hooked. All on slow trolled mini Mack’s.

    North/East corner of the mussel farm had a full on yellowtail roller for a solid 15 minutes. I tried with the a well used Tady C but they didn’t want it. Hope that helps someone get on them tomorrow.

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  2. Proline

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    Thanks for the timely report
     
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  3. KINGSIZE

    KINGSIZE On The Bow

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    Forgot to post these...

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  4. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Where's the mussel farms if I my ask?
    Just general info no coordinates if it's a secret.
     
  5. E1 Toro

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    Off Huntington Beach near the oil rigs
     
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  6. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Thanks
     
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  7. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Did you get any bites on the sardines or did you just stay with the macs?
     
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    Thanks for the report.
     
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  9. KINGSIZE

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    Yes, we got a couple to go on the larger deans as well.
     
  10. reelbadlarry

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    That's not a bad day.
     
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  11. spize909

    spize909 Well-Known "Member"

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    Use to slow troll macks all the time in that area this time of year. Fun stuff!
     
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  12. RAR

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    I only hooked one yellow today, Sunday, on a slow trolled dean. Almost got it to the boat and it made a hard run toward the mussel lines. Could not stop it with my 20# rig. Those mussels are sharp. End of story. Did not see anyone else hook up.
     
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  13. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Good job guys!
     
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  14. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    It's actually about 6 miles off of Huntington Beach. Can't miss it heading out of Huntington Beach for the east end of Catalina, but will miss it heading for west end, since it's on the south side.

    It's defined by a bunch of floating black balls. Those balls are attached to under water ropes on which they actually farm. The ropes are about 6 feet under water at the most shallow, so be careful when fishing there; you also shouldn't anchor because the anchor might get stuck on the rope.

    My guess for fish activity is that most of the big fish are swimming around the farm looking to pick off small fish feeding inside the farm. Probably a lot of spotfin at the farm, also, though I don't think anybody targets them because why would you fish spotfin in 120 feet...
     
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  15. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Is it legal to fish within the buoys?
     
  16. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I don't think it's illegal, but I wouldn't. The fish are on the outside and your chances of getting stuck in the rope is higher when you go in.

    You can look at this video for an example of where the fish are. Obviously, the video's name is wrong. These are yellowtail, not YFT.

     
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  17. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Ok thanks!
     
  18. tree3

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    Perhaps this is stupid, but there seems to be a middle zone to the ranch in both directions that you can troll through (like a + inside the square). I’ve done it several times with no success but have not tangled with the actual muscle ropes either.
     
  19. clevel

    clevel Captain in Learning

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    It looks like a zoo! Are there always that many boats there?
     
  20. bazzturd

    bazzturd I fish in the ocean, not the internet

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    No, that was the "ONE" time it bit really well. Otherwise, it really is way more miss than hit. I always get a couple yellows at the island. It makes going there and saving the frustration way more worth it. The extra miles are worth it.
     
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