paddy west of the 209 LOADED with dorado, but...

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by doug wille, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. doug wille

    doug wille _BigWille

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    launched out of huntington harbor and ran to get bait in newport. great mix of small, medium and some very large dines. ran towards the 14 mile bank with intention of going to the 209, then back up to the 277, slide and back home.

    hit a lot of empty paddies on the way. found a few below the 14 that were holding a couple of dorado, but no biters. had a large silver colored fish (marlin?) flash under a popper which was above a fly lined dine, but no bite. ran to the 209 (similar story) then headed west a bit to avoid an oil tanker. a mile or so west of the 209 found a paddy. started with fly lined dines and a popper. had hundreds of dodos sniffing baits. tried everything and threw everything we had at them including several pounds of chunk, live chum, poppers, trolling spreads, homemade chum buckets, et al. lots of pretty aquarium fish, sniffing and eating chum and chunk, but no biters. decided to empty the chunk and bait tank to try to get them to change their eating habits. close to a scoop of live dines got a nice bull to bite. gf hooked up first. second drift we got another, but that was it.

    quick autopsy of the stomach contents of the first bull showed a couple of partially digested macks and yup, shocker, it was jugged with micro bait which they were chasing out of the water all around the paddy. saw lots of dodo jumpers and a couple of football tuna jumping after the micro bait all around the paddy. a lot of micro bait all around the paddy!!!! dodos weren't only just right on the paddy, rather they were all around in various directions and both of our fish bit on long soaks on drifts 100+yds off the paddy among chunk and a steady stream of live chum on the largest dines we had in the bait tank. gf had 30lb straight mono and i had 25lb flouro top shot. when i go next, i'll definitely make some macks to take with me.

    long way to go with a gnarly uphill ride home (shocker, the wind came up BIGLY), but a fun day on the water.

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  2. mhanson59hb

    mhanson59hb Fear No Fish

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    Thanks for the report, but your pictures are not showing!
     
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  3. triplelindy

    triplelindy Newbie

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    I am really thinking of getting a speargun. Have run into paddies chock full of dodos that won't chew numerous times. A dart would solve that.
     
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  4. Otto

    Otto Well-Known "Member"

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    I think seal bombs are
    I think a seal bomb would work also.
     
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  5. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    Great post and effort. But the pics of your girlfriend are not showing, I mean fish. :D
     
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  6. Tin Pangas

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    Thanks for the detailed analysis as I feel it will help bigtime!!
     
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  7. PacificPredator

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    Great info, thanks for posting.
    Sounds like a common story lately, so much bait available, they are gorging themselves.
     
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  8. T Shark

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    Sounds like fun on the water. Thanks for the report
     
  9. El Chiva

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    Thx for the report.

    Seems like the real biters are way south of us up here. I feel like these dorado down south got smoking deals on their “extended stay southern paddy rates.”

    Hopefully....their accommodations get too expensive and they decide to look around up north for better paddy deals.
     
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  10. garlicsalt

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    DO NOT GO FISHING WITHOUT MACKS!

    I REPEAT, DO NOT GO FISHING WITHOUT MACKS!
     
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  11. doug wille

    doug wille _BigWille

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  12. Caseydmaze

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    U definitely found the artery
     
  13. Tunachaser976

    Tunachaser976 Newbie

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    Way to go! Nice report
     
  14. boxofrain

    boxofrain Member

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    thanks for the report. Your experience is similar to what we have been seeing, but it is nice to get a couple on the deck and know that they are here in force
     
  15. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Congrats and great info!
     
  16. colemans224

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    Damn those are some beautiful fish. Nice job making something happen!
     
  17. Ed Y

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    Nice ones. Hopeful they keep heading up the line
     
  18. pdiment

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    Great job working hard to get them! Patience often pays off
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