Redondo Bonito Fri 11/16 still there - videos

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  1. shinbob

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    Summary: The bonito are still at Redondo, pretty much where they’ve been for weeks: close to shore by the pier. Go get them this weekend.

    Long version: Took the day off work, and wanted one last shot at the bonito that have been so fun the past few weeks. Got another pre-dawn start, and filled up the tank at Jankovich ($3.70 per gallon for premium unleaded), then headed out into another glorious sunrise.

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    The winds and seas were much better than last week, to my relief. Was able to make an easy-on-the-gas 30mph with no problems at all. Got to the grounds almost first (two other Pbers out there), and almost immediately the sea lions started following me. Put out the trollers (blue hoochie chains), and was able to hook up almost immediately. But just as immediately, a sea lion grabbed it. See below for a video of the event, sorry about the headache-inducing quality. It seems like either it got hooked by my hook, or that there was a lure already in his mouth that snagged my line. Either way, if you freeze-frame the video in various spots, you can clearly see that the bonito was not in his mouth, but just next to it. Luckily he managed to get unbuttoned and I got my rig and camera (and a severed bonito head) back.

    Wanted to escape the pests and try out a different area, so I shot up the coast past Manhattan, but trolled around for a bit with no signs of life. The fleet that was up there all headed back down the coast, so I assume there wasn’t much action there and went back to Redondo.








    Best spot was just a bit south of that tall skinny buoy near the pier, in about 400 feet of water. I trolled in circles and made a quick limit. Best fish of the day was a 7.5lber, see below. Water temps were 2 degrees cooler than last Friday at 64.



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  2. shinbob

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    Upon looking at the video again, you can clearly see a yellow jerkbait in his mouth, and the fish (or line) was snagged on that.

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    If it were me . I'd just point the rod at them and punch it.
     
  4. ssrmr2

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    this pick is sweet!! reminds me of the sea lion that has the swim bait in its ear lobe!
     
  5. findtuna

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    Nice! Did it again. I didn't have much luck on Horseshoe last week. Maybe I should get out of my comfort zone and venture out to Redondo. But I don't get why the bones love Redondo so much? Obviously it's not the water temperature. Anyone know the answer?
     
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    Nice !
     
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    The one with the "bling?"
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    Maybe they like the Redondo canyon? They hang out along the Carlsbad canyon and the 200 foot drop off. Perhaps there is bait and upwelling in the canyons?
     
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    Bonito and calico we're WFO
     
  10. AndyJ

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    Great video.
     
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    My feeling is they simply follow the boats. I've watched em hang near the boat and when you hook up, they don't even swim to the fish; they seem to KNOW that fish IS coming to the boat. Then they saunter their lazy ass over and take the fish.
     
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    slider,

    yes that’s the pic!
     
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    Hey Jim....

    I think they are referring to the “Bonitos” and not the “Sea Lions” as to why they like to hang out @ “Redondo Canyon”.....
     
  14. Hookdown

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    The Bonita are on the Anchovy that comes out of the canyon , just like the Mackerel that are there. It's all about Temperature and Feed.
     
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    Hey guys have a question. I've got a 14 foot aluminum welded westcoaster with a 18hp motor. Would that be ok to take out there to the bonita grounds or is it to sketchy? And are they really by the pier cause that sou ds do able.
     
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  16. shinbob

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    Pick your days, go out early before the wind kicks up, and you should be fine. Especially if you launch from Redondo itself.

    I was less than a mile from the breakwater. The fleet must have been less than 1/2 mile from it. I was dodging kayaks and paddleboarders the whole time.
     
  17. shinbob

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    That's what I heard. The upwelling from the canyon provides nutrients, the phytoplankton thrive on those nutrients, which feeds the little anchovies, which attract the bonito.
     
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    I think tomorrow (Sunday) will be pretty calm if you're able to. But try to launch from near by. It's a long ride back from Sunset Aquatics which is my usual hub.
     
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    Hi Is sunset aquatics in MDR?if so how long is the ride,think of going after your post thanks
     
  20. Hookdown

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    Watch the weather , pick your days. You'll see people on paddle boards way offshore. Paddling isn't something I would sign up for personally. But with fair weather it can be like a bathtub in that area.
     

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