N9 - 182

_dayday

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Mar 5, 2017
230
411
San Diego
Name
Dylan
Boat
17ft CC "Gringo Mandingo"
Short Story: Fish on paddies that everyone was driving by.

Long Story:
Headed out at 430 with the plan of working the 9 to the 182 or 226 depending on water temps. Around 5:30/6am as the sun was coming up, we were just on the middle of the 9 near the boarder and we spotted our first paddy. With enough barely enough sunlight to see in the water my two divers hop in. A few minutes later they are swimming back to the boat, 1 dorado and 1 yellowtail. Two fish on the boat before 6am with the moon still visible.


We keep moving out towards the 226 and then come across the next paddy about a mile west of the 9. Water was about 72 and I hop in with another diver. As were kicking up, we see some small wolf packs of solid yellows. My buddy shoots his, I turn left and see a monster swim by, line up and pull the trigger. Straight shot right behind the gill plate and this thing takes off! Its swimming down and I am trying to slow him. He pulls me under about 8 feet a few times. I get him in and start swimming towards the boat. Get him to the boat, my buddy gaffs the fish and pulls him in. The fish gets a second wind and starts flipping out, ends up back in the water with my spear shaft and takes off. Gone. Lost the monster yellow and my spear shaft.


After a bit of depression and anger we keep moving out. As we get closer to the 226 the water temps start dropping so turn north east and decide to go back towards the fish. We find another paddy about 8 miles west of the 9. At this time we have a few mackerel that we made earlier. Drop two lines in on the paddy and see 15 - 20 dorado start free swimming around the bait. They wont bite it so its time to hop in and force feed them. There was a massive bull dorado that was leading the whole pack but smart enough to stay out of range. We were able to take 2 dorado and a yellow off this one. Right when we throw the fish on the boat and hop back up, one of the baits that we dropped in is fully bent! FISH ON. With my fins on and mask and snorkel still on, I'm fighting a nice yellow on my Cardiff 200a. Fun fight on that reel and we get him on board.


Keep moving and find one more paddy closer to the 9. A solo yellow swimming around and lines up for an easy shot.

Finish the day with 4 yellow and 3 dorado. Should of had a few more fish but losing the shaft limited our guns.




Great day on the water, wind really didn't come up.
 

_dayday

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Mar 5, 2017
230
411
San Diego
Name
Dylan
Boat
17ft CC "Gringo Mandingo"
Nice work. What were they eating? Some of the yellows I've caught look like they are spawning and are really loaded with fat.
We didn't really check the stomachs. The one yellow we hooked was on a mini Mackerel about 5 inches. There was a ton of them on the two dry paddies we stopped at. There was also a bunch of small 3in chovies.
 

Rimack

Old School
Jun 24, 2011
611
496
Elk Grove
Name
gary
Boat
Nope
Newman ... >:(.... kidding
Great job, well done gents.
 
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Dannowar

Fishfinder General
Mar 27, 2011
100
49
San Diego
Name
Danny
Boat
Striper 200 WA
why would you gaff a fish that you have a shot behind the gill plate with? asking for a friend.
 
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_dayday

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Mar 5, 2017
230
411
San Diego
Name
Dylan
Boat
17ft CC "Gringo Mandingo"
why would you gaff a fish that you have a shot behind the gill plate with? asking for a friend.
Gave the guy on my boat the float line so he could bring the fish in. Grabbed another gun to go shoot another fish.
 

lammy

blessed to have spent so much time on the water.
Jun 17, 2012
11
36
54
dana Point /california/usa
Name
erik
Boat
22 foot bay ranger / yamaha 250
i should jump in too.... i've seen dozens of do do's and yellows on patty's this year, but it's been really difficult to get bit (at least for me)...
even with a tank of mackerel!
 
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_dayday

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17ft CC "Gringo Mandingo"
i should jump in too.... i've seen dozens of do do's and yellows on patty's this year, but it's been really difficult to get bit (at least for me)...
even with a tank of mackerel!
Get the gear and get it! Yesterday we were being schooled by dorado and yellowtail. If you get excited seeing this fish from the boat wait till you get in the water with them!