Newport / Dana Point 4/11/11 Bass, Cod, and Whale

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  1. marzocchi

    marzocchi Captain Seasick

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    Headed out with Dennis again to do some fishing. We did a overnight bass / morning cod trip in the Newport / Dana Point area. We went down the line to the newport pipe for a slow pick on the sand bass and calicos. Nothing big, just some 1-2 lb fish. We picked at them until near sunrise for about 26 bass between us. All released. We took a nap right after. Woke up with some sun in our eyes and a patch of marine layer that almost looked like rain clouds. I was cold and wanted to go home, but I had some cod spots that I have been marinating for over a year. I mustered up the motivation, turned on the engine and set the fishfinder to the first coordinate. We hit the shallow area first and found the big vermillions chewing up everything. We released 60% of the fish to keep them around for our trip later on in the season. Went down to the next spot, didn't find the red snappers at home, but the barberpoles were out in force. Very nice size to them. All released. Headed out to the deeper spots and found some of the biggest red snappers I seen in this area for a longtime. Suckers were almost pulling drag. Rounded out our limit of vermillions and headed home. Dennis slept the whole way back and didn't even clean fish. He almost killed us on the drive back home too. What a jerk. Pictures from earlier:


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    Dennis was first on board with a checker.


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    Then I got a smaller one.


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    We started getting some double bass, but that was a short flurry.


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    There is a bass on my lap.


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    Pissed off sandie.


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    Dennis last fish of night.


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    Yes I am very tired. My last fish of the night before I knocked out.


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    Woke up and this is how I started the late morning. XL local snapper. Beautiful. This spot only has vermillions in April, then they disappear for some reason.


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    Here is Dennis going bendo on a shallow water red snapper. He always fish like this. Hope he falls into the water one day.


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    You know it's thick down there when you keep bringing up doubles. We are fishing pretty shallow for them to be coming up like this.


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    We went to some rockpiles for some more rojos but ended up barberpoling. It was unintentional.


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    Nice size flag rockfish. We didnt keep any of the flags and they went back down just fine, tree hugger.


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    Dennis got this nice lingcod on this little rockpile. Rarely do we find lings on the dana point line, so we released her back down to hopefully populate this rockpile.


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    We motored out to the deeper gps coordinates. The vermillions are always big here. The average size red snapper we were catching today were close to 21".


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    Next drift the bigger mofos went on the chew. We got slammed before we hit the bottom. Too bad we were only able to keep a few because we limited out.


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    My share on the limits of reds.


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    Dennis didn't break anything on this trip, so he decided to almost kill us this time. This is us on the a freeway transition in the number 1 lane. Boat came off the hitch because Dennis locked it incorrectly. You never cease to amaze me Dennis.


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    Everyone keeps asking me what kind of fishfinder I am using. I got this POS. A late 90s/early 2000 Garmin 235. Close to 10 years old. Black and white. I can't read the bottom past 350 feet. I lose the bottom tracking all the time. I dont see fish past 280 feet. It may be lousy, but she has put me on the fish every time I am out there. I am quite afraid to replace her. Too much good fish juju on her.


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    Thats it. I had a ton of cracked out fun. See you all next time.


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    Here is some whale pictures and video of a previous trip. We had a whale that kept on following us around from spot to spot and breaching verrrrrry close to the boat. She came up so close to the boat, we could have practically petted her and rubbed her belly. Dennis wanted to take her home, but I said no.
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  2. Cheney

    Cheney SkateAndDestroy

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    crazy whale, pretty cool though
     
  3. euy

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    dat, getting it done AGAIN!!!!! and i wouldn't upgrade your GPS, no need fix it if is ain't broke. like you said too much juju in it to replace. thanks for the report.

    -ernie
     
  4. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    Excellent post!! Fish and whales, good times with buddies. thats what it is about. Glad no one got hurt with the trailer mishap. i did that ONE time. Came off as I was driving down the street. had to get the jack out. No one in my hood saw. Thank god. I bet that will your first and last time that will ever happen.

    Finbacks are just starting to show up off dana in small numbers.
     
  5. rodngun762

    rodngun762 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Wow... pretty cool post. you guys go out there and fish early dark, take a nap, then fish rockfish like crazy. great pics

    And that whale footage is unbelievable... never seen anything like that....looks like a small minke whale? Man if I had a mask and fins in that situation I would be all over that!!
     
  6. Ed Y

    Ed Y Well-Known "Member"

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    great report! Whale pics are amazing.
     
  7. medunn16

    medunn16 Captain blue perch!!!

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    Looks like a fun spring day to me!
     
  8. makairaa

    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    That is a minke whale. You can tell by the white patch on the pectoral fin. Also the freindliness. They will follow boats for hours. Watch out when thresher sharking. I had one go under our boat and it hit the downrigger cable. I was glad the cable broke.
     
  9. jiggyn

    jiggyn Do you even fish?

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    did he hook it under the bumper? CRAZY

    wow that is amazing how close and curious that whale came to you guys
     
  10. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    I don't think so. Minke's are not commonly seen here, but Finbacks are during the spring. I could be wrong.

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  11. 26grumpy

    26grumpy who hooked who

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    WOW !

    Great post !
     
  12. the Goodlife

    the Goodlife SMILE!!!!! YOUR NOT DEAD!

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    THAT'S SOME GOOD FISHING THERE!! DID THE BIG GUY SHOW UP ON YOUR FF????:rofl:
     
  13. rodngun762

    rodngun762 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Here are some more pictures for comparison, taken off newport in 8/09. I'm pretty sure it was a minke, and it looks like the one in the original post to me. I think the white blotch on the pectoral fin is a key identifying mark.

    As for the fin whale, according to the wiki article they are much larger and the calf does not even wean from its mother until it's 39 feet long!

    Also, check this out: http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog...es+whale+of+an+escort+during+marathon+paddle/
     

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  14. TravisT

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    Nice report. Thanks for sharing.
    :appl:
     
  15. fisherman from

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    you and ur freind are fish killing machines.....wtg...on the pics and report
     
  16. makairaa

    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    minkes are not common, but they are here once in a while. They are also well known for playing with boats and being curious
     
  17. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Dat you sure know how to put the fish in the boat, great job guys!
     
  18. Si Como No

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    Great post, fishing, whale, what an awesome trip!
     
  19. Balboa29

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  20. PacificPredator

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    Great report, fun to read as always.
    Amazing whale pics, thanks for sharing.
     

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