Private Boat to Catalina, Need Suggestions or Words of Advice

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BoxOakland

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Hi how y'all doin. My friends and I got a private charter for Friday. We are most likely going to Catalina. Some of the fishing reports I've seen and forum posts I've read have been contradicting each other, so I just wanna know any suggestions or words of advice for fishing around the island. What bait have the fish been taking? Are the yellowtails still there or not? Any little bit of advice will do. Thank you
 
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split172

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One More
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They say the YT are all around the island. But my last 3 trips tell me I suck and can’t catch any. We have used dines, candy, rapalas, and flat falls. Honestly I haven’t even seen another boat bring one over the rail. Was just at Cat yesterday and fished the entire front side east and west ends. Caught bass, sheepshead, barracudas but no yellows. We fished marks from 60’ - 120’.

Was fun but I am getting frustrated at reading awesome reports and getting the ol goose egg for yellows.
 
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ReelWhite

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Enjoy the time with your friends and let the charter do their job in finding the fish. But for yellows at catalina you need to find clean water with good amount of current. If you're not getting bit keep moving. There's a lot of yellows at the islands right now you just gotta work for them
 
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RodRage

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    Don’t overthink it an DONT tell The captain what to do, most likely he’s done his research and already has a float plan. I’m heading over Thursday and will post a report .
     
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    ReelWhite

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    They say the YT are all around the island. But my last 3 trips tell me I suck and can’t catch any. We have used dines, candy, rapalas, and flat falls. Honestly I haven’t even seen another boat bring one over the rail. Was just at Cat yesterday and fished the entire front side east and west ends. Caught bass, sheepshead, barracudas but no yellows. We fished marks from 60’ - 120’.

    Was fun but I am getting frustrated at reading awesome reports and getting the ol goose egg for yellows.
    Try a JRI3 or 7 surface iron next time if you're not getting them on sardines
     
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    FloMar

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    Personally, I'd be headed to the little island . . . has all that stuff in your avatar and more at the moment. Good Luck!
     
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