Rpt.-12-19-17 SCI Lings, Reds, Coppers w/Pic's.

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  1. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I went fishing Tuesday, 12-19-17 with Dave Robinson on his 28' Farallon, “Hooked” with crew Ron, Kevin and Zach. Our destination was the East end of San Clemente Island. Dave stated that the island was open all week and it was time to try the other side of the island and the backside, since our last half dozen trips have been to the west end. We left Dave’s slip in Newport Beach around 5:15 am. We cleared the harbor by 5:45 am.


    Similar to last week, the skies were clear with lots of stars, and excellent visibility. The seas contained about a six inch wind chop, blowing maybe 4 to 5 knots. As we closed in outside Catalina the winds died and we found a mix of grease conditions and just a small ripple.


    We arrived at Pyramid on the East end at 8:00 am and there were only a few trap boats anchored in the cove. Dave set us up on a spot in about 280 feet, containing lots of hard bottom, with just a little bit of structure and good marks below.


    The morning started off with a Copper Fest, everyone catching these feisty, good eating Rockfish.


    Captain Dave with a dandy Copper:

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    There were few Whitefish mixed in, as Ron caught a decent sized one, while Kevin displays his Copper Rockfish.

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    On my first drop I came up with a nursery fish, then on my second drop I found a hungry duel with one Copper chewing on my Jax Jig and the second swallowing my Shrimp Fly:

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    Ron added a Copper on his second drop as well:

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    We drifted off the spot and Dave moved us only a few hundred yards to reset. On my third drop I got thumped hard upon reaching bottom, and this bigger Copper inhaled the Jax Jig.

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    Dave was reeling up his Colt Sniper at a rapid pace and got slammed in mid water. There was no doubt after a long first run, and the huge Tail Thumping that this was a big home guard Yellowtail. The big Tail kept taking line, attempting to find safety in the rocks below. Dave managed to get him turned and was gaining line a little at a time, as the fish was stubborn, and continuously wanted to get down. Then darn, it suddenly unbuttoned, darn I was looking forward to some Hamachi tonight?


    The drift over this area turned to more nursery fish and baby Whitefish and so Dave moved us down the backside of the island, passing China Point and setting up in a bit deeper water.


    The wind was now blowing about 8 knots and the swells were building somewhat. Our drift was quicker, and the spots in this area small, so we moved on after releasing some ever present Salmon Grouper and more rockfish cut up for bait.

    I hit bottom and was immediately hammered, so I began a slow wind off the bottom, hoping for number two. I was not disappointed as I was slammed on the wind in and this fish took some line, it has to be a Lingcod. Sure enough I had caught a sweet combo of a Red and a Lingcod. I looked down the side of the boat, I fish in the bow, and watched Zach catch the same Combo, it was Zach’s first ever Lingcod. Kevin had come up with a double on the Reds.

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    Normally San Clemente Island is not known for its Lingcod population, at least not for where we fish. I have heard of some the Sport Boat Captains having their secret Lingcod holes though.

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    Dave moved us further down the island, remaining in the deeper water. It was 10 am and Mother Wind had picked up to over 10 knots with prevailing Whitecaps. A fast drift made us work for our catch. I was scoping out pretty badly and kept winding up and letting my jig hit bottom. This time I was hammered again on the wind in, and this guy took some serious line for Rockfish, making about a 30 foot run. I was worried about getting rocked, but got his head turned, and wow there was some serious weight on my line.

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    Given the fast drift, Dave chose an area over hard bottom that was about a mile long, allowing us to take advantage of the conditions. Hitting small spots in this wind was useless. We picked away at the fish, fortunately this area held a number of nice Reds. One of four I landed today:

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    Once again I was winding up and got slammed, I could barely turn the handle, the fish did not take any drag, but seemed to hold in space, while I tugged and tightened down the drag to reel. What a brute and reeling him up against the fast drift and current was hard work. As the Lingcod came into view Dave grabbed a gaff and there was no doubt this was the biggest of the three I had caught today.

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    Amazingly the wind started backing off at about 1:30 pm. We were getting close to limits on the Rockfish, needing only about five more. Dave moved us back to the Cove to finish the day in Whitefish areas. The weather up here returned to incredible, providing us with a nice ride home. I then caught the biggest Whitefish of the day:

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    We finished the day at 3pm, with about 20 Reds, a dozen Coppers, Santa Marias, Bank Perch, and few other assorted Rockfish. We kept about 15 Whitefish, while releasing many more.


    The ride home was pleasant, and we stopped to clean fish outside the harbor in the dark. Everyone went home with loads of filets. This time we enjoyed the beautiful Christmas lights in the harbor. The one nice thing was traffic would be lighter at this hour, as I left Newport at 7:15 and was home in 34 minutes, last week it took 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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    Dave your choice for the east end was a good one, and it gave us a chance to see what was available. Too bad more Tails didn’t want to play. Water temps at 64 degrees certainly presents some opportunities, if targeted. Hope we get to do it again soon.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.


    Hook up!

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  2. RyanErb

    RyanErb Love to fish!

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    That is a fun day! Squeezed one more in right before Christmas. Thanks for posting Cory, Merry Christmas!
     
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  3. BornFisher

    BornFisher Well-Known "Member"

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    Great day! Great report!!! Congrats to all!!
     
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  4. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Sweet day at SC Island, Cory!
     
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  5. dwr@c

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    I had a great time ! Can't wait to do it all again ! I lose so many fish using those snipers I think due to the small hooks.
     
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  6. bwano

    bwano Newbie

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    Boat load of fishermen, and nice catch. Way to go Capn Dave.
     
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  7. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yep got to change them out! Originals too weak.
     
  8. walkerman

    walkerman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice pictures. What color Jax did you use ... orange/copper?
    Did you put bait on your shrimpfly.
     
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  9. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice fishing. Congratulations on finding quality lingcod at that island this year! I'll have to give it another try before the season closes.
     
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  10. mark johnsen

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    Another great trip and report Corey! Thanks for taking us along!
     
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  11. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Great report and pic Corey.
    Great job gentlemen.
    Looks like you guys had a blast.
     
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  12. beerman1

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    Great report Cory....what do you think of his Farralon?
     
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  13. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Awsome trip way to go!!
     
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    Always killin it. Well done guys.
     
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  15. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER https://multimediabylj.com

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    Nice play by play.

    Farallon Boats are the best!
     
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  16. tmines

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    Great post, looks like a kick ass day on the water!! Thanks for the report!!
     
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  17. Tuna Vic

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

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    Seems like business as usual,way to rock the Rockies,great pictures,thanks!
     
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  18. charliecat

    charliecat on a fishin' mission

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    Nice work, gotta love the red / ling combos- best rockfish/greenling combo there is!
     
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  19. smols

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    Cory,

    Were all of your fish caught on lures? No Bait?

    Smols
     
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    Nice job on the lings & rockfish. Looked like a fun day to me. Merry Christmas Cory
     
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