Rpt.-03-31-18 1.5 Day Relentless trip to SCI.

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  1. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    1.5 Day fishing trip on the Relentless-ending Sunday 04-01-18


    Departure Friday 03-30-18


    I left my office in San Bernardino at 3:10 pm and headed south to Point Loma in San Diego; arriving at 5:30 pm. Surprise the traffic was light for a Holiday weekend? This time of year parking is a slam dunk on a Friday night. I got a spot only two spaces removed from the landing at H&M.


    The boat was scheduled to leave at 8pm and we were able to load our gear and select our bunks early. I said hello to Captain Mikey, cook Kyle, second ticket Dave and crew Trevor, certainly a great crew. We had a light load, only ten anglers and the stateroom I chose was all to myself.


    The boat left the dock at 8:01 pm. The New LoAnn was running offshore looking for Bluefin, the Old Glory was heading south to Colonett, I think. With the light load Captain Mikey felt a trip to San Clemente Island, with a possible offshore exploratory run in the afternoon our best option. Although an option of fishing the Rockpile in the morning for Yellowtail and then fishing the Finger Bank until dark for Rockfish was desirable, the anglers on board had not been asked to bring Passports, so that option was not a go.


    Cook Kyle put out some chips and salsa as well as fresh fruit. We plugged the tanks with some very healthy sardines in a variety of sizes, which were well cured! The boat has four large bait tanks.


    We enjoyed a pleasant ride northwest, although uphill to San Clemente Island, it was smooth, with only a slight swell and little wind.


    Saturday-03-31-18


    We arrived at the Island around 5am; I woke up at 5:15 am, totally rested. The seas were flat calm and became a giant lake. The coffee was fresh and tasty, oh the aroma of Bacon on the grill, so nice to start off a day of fishing. Breakfast Burritos the theme, made with sausage, bacon, eggs and potatoes, salsa, oh yeah, so good.


    We looked around for some squid signs, not to be, live squid is always a great appetizer for predators? We anchored up in 30 fathoms to start the day around Lost Point. I know this Island like the back of my hand.


    This was a great group of anglers and all worked well together. We had so much space between each other on a 65 foot boat. We had good current in the morning and caught a variety of fish, a few Reds and a couple of Lingcod, all under five pounds. We caught Coppers, Johnny Bass, Starries, Green Spots, Whitefish, Tree Fish and some Sculpin. Absent were the Sheepshead?


    I worked with a Lusaneous and Shrimp Fly Combo tipped with squid strips. I caught numerous doubles, with a mix of Whitefish, Starries, Salmon Groupers, Coppers and a few nice Reds.


    We re-anchored several times in the 30 fathom range. It was steady, but not high quality fishing. Lots of smaller fish were released or used for bait. At 10 am with still very calm seas we moved out into deeper water for better quality. Starting at 300 feet and working a bit deeper, the bigger Reds went on the chew. I switched over to my 8 oz. Burnt Orange Jax Jig and a Shrimp Fly.


    I came up with this combo of a big Red and Green Spot:

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    Adam won the Jackpot with this 8+ pound Red:


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    Dave with a nice Combo Red:


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    The Reds were certainly above average in size:


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    Cook Kyle was busy cooking up delicious Bacon Cheeseburgers, which was well timed as we ran to deeper water. He also had the crew cut up some of the smaller Reds, Coppers and Starries for ceviche. Wow was that a nice treat!


    At 1:30 pm we ran offshore to look and see if any Bluefin were hanging out at Desperation Reef and further south. We also looked for a Kelp Paddy holding Yellowtail. After a few hours and not a promising sign we returned to the Island. With Rockcod limits in hand, we concentrated on catching Whitefish and Sheepshead, with possible more Lingcod in the shallows, less than 100 feet.


    Unfortunately the wind was up and air temps were way down. The boat on anchor swayed from side to side, making staying on the rock difficult. It was scratch fishing up until dark. Although not a trip to rave about, the light load, friendly anglers, great crew and fine eats made it a fun time on the water.


    Dinner consisted of Pork Loin, with a dark cherry sauce, Salad, Rice, Carrots, sourdough bread and Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream.


    A good night’s sleep and up at 4:30 am for me. A fresh pot of coffee was brewing and I was enjoying the aroma. We docked at 5:05 am. I was home at 7am, and after a hot shower, off to Easter Church services.


    Captain Mikey thank you so much for your attention to detail, great crew, comfortable boat, and dedication to finding biting fish!


    Hook up! Cory
     
  2. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice report those are some very nice reds!!
     
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    rick Jackson "Carpe diem"

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    Great write-up as usual. Nice to see the Lucky hat back.
    Could've used some food porn. :hali_olutta:
     
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  4. SSUfish

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    Thanks for the report and glad you caught some. I really dig the Relentless - both boat (mini staterooms!) and crew. Even cooler that you all went offshore Bluefin scouting. Hopefully next time they're there.
     
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  5. Eatmorfish

    Eatmorfish Livin' on borrowed time

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    Nice write-up. Thanks for the report.
     
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  6. teddya2

    teddya2 Well-Known "Member"

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    decent fishing, a good time, a detailed and appreciated write
     
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    Thanks for the report! Sounds like a good trip for this time of the year!

    Love that boat, great crew that does it right! Caught BFT with them last year; if they’re out there, Mikey will take a shot at them!
     
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  8. mhanson59hb

    mhanson59hb Fear No Fish

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    I'm seein' red! Nice trip, thanks for the report. It's just a matter of time until things go wide....
     
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  9. colemans224

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    Thanks for the report man sounds like a fun trip!
     
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  10. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER https://multimediabylj.com

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    Those kind of trips are very relaxing. Nobody tresses out when catching rockfish. Calm seas and good food, it's a winner.

    Happy Easter.
     
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    jake luz Newbie

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    Come up too 22nd Street we knocked the crap out of all the species you mentioned plus 60 sheephead to 15lbs....
     
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  12. seadancer

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    Thanks for the SCI Report Cory. Hoping to get out there soon.
     
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  13. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    And myself as crew!
     
  14. Tuna Vic

    Tuna Vic I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice trip Cory,those reds are killer,haven’t caught that quality for a while myself,glad someone’s gettin em! Those galley meals sound great too,thanks for the report and pics!
     
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