Rpt Sun 04-25-10 SCI Calico Bass Bonanza!

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  1. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Cory Visser
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    Fishing Sunday, 04-25-10 with Dave Robinson on his 28' Farallon, “Hooked” with crew Enrique, John and Jim. Our destination being San Clemente Island. We left Dave’s slip in Newport Beach at 5:15am, clearing the harbor by 5:50am, after picking up a few scoops of sardines at the new bait barge, very nice, although we lost nearly 50% of the dines during the day?

    Dave set a course for the East End of SCI, targeting an area of fishing on the backside of the Island, beginning with some fish taco meat, then moving in to the shallows for the quality Calico Bass, now on the chew. The ocean was grease calm, and remained that way the entire day, even getting greasier on the way home. Consequently the ride over was extremely pleasant, as we cruised out at a comfortable 24 knots, and we began fishing around 8:30 am. Although we first took a look at the water temps on the front side to evaluate our bass’n opportunities. Under 60 degrees, yikes! It was 64.5 a month ago?

    As we past Pyramid Cove, there were several private boats fishing the boiler rocks inside of Pyramid Head, and the Big Game 90 was fishing outside of China Point. Water temps were right at 60 degrees, a bit chilly? The backside of San Clemente Island contained a lumpy swell, with only a gentle breeze. The current was cockeyed. We drifted in a goofy direction; bow first, with some healthy current running out to sea, despite the swells originating out of the west? The usually hungry rockfish didn’t like these conditions, and bites were on the slow side, a few Reds, plentiful big Santa Maria’s, and a few Coppers, and even fewer Bocaccios, a good thing!

    Dave made a number of moves down the backside, and the fishing for our standards was slow at best. After about ¾ limits, it was time to use some of those Sardines for Bass’n. We anchored off some reefs in 80 to 100’ of water. On our first stop in the shallows, the Calicos were slow to arrive, but eventually settled into a nice pick. Nothing particularly big, but Dave was the hot stick on the iron, on a light Tady C, with some home made brown/yellow painting, which Dave preferred. We all placed an order for a copy of his jig.

    Captain Dave holding up a nice Calico Bass caught on the iron.

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    Myself with a decent sized Calico Bass.

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    Another Calico Bass

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    John with a healthy ready for spawning Calico Bass!

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    A couple of seals moved in to spoil the party, Jim even hooked one, hope it hurt good when he broke it off? We anchored up about four more times as we slowly worked our way to the West End, as the Calicos would go off, and then slow down, then go back on the chew again, until Bowser showed up, and scared them off.

    Running short on bait, we made a couple of drifts for shallow water rockfish, not much wanted to chew. We had caught Lings, Reds, and good sized Whitefish on these drifts, but not today. Although Enrique and myself did find a couple of hungry Sheephead on the chew.

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    Enrique with a nice Calico Bass.

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    The weather was still extraordinary when we reached the West End. In the distance Dave had spotted some birds working, and at 4pm we came across huge schools of Yellowtail in 61 degree, clear blue water, crashing on an enormous bait ball. At times we had Yellowtail surrounding the boat, yet rarely would they come within 200 yards of the boat.

    We threw iron at them on a run and gun style until our arms fell off, and they eventually sunk out for good. Captain Dave managed to catch one twelve pound Yellowtail, I hooked one, but the hook pulled immediately. Had a number of them follow the jig to the boat, but wouldn’t eat it? Mixed in with the Tails were huge schools of Log Barracuda, we caught six of those, and were short bit numerous times. When we drifted in near a reef in the area, the big Calico Bass jumped on the iron.

    Dave with our only Yellowtail.

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    Here is the largest Calico Bass I caught today, about 5.5 pounds.

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    Dave with a Barracuda.

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    We ended the day at 5pm, catching and releasing some 120+ Calico Bass to 5.5 pounds, and ¾ limits of Rockfish, some Bonito, barracuda and a 12 lb. Tail. It doesn’t get too much better than that? A fairly smooth ride home, it was 8pm when we reached the slip, after slowing down to clean the fish and the boat. We were five very weary, but happy anglers, having enjoyed a beautiful day on the water.

    Thanks again Dave, what can I say, another fantastic trip together.
    Hook up!
     
  2. ROADHOUSE

    ROADHOUSE Newbie

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    GOOD JOB! some quality fishing fellas..
     
  3. Bank Robber

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    Nice job guys, looks like some fantastic weather and some great fishing to go along with it.
     
  4. rodngun762

    rodngun762 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Fantastic report as always Cory, and what a great trip to SCI you guys had. Too bad the YT wouldn't go WFO but its good to hear they are showing up in numbers. Thanks for the post.
     
  5. BuonaForTuna

    BuonaForTuna Newbie

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    Sweet deal Cory another great day of fishing for you and your crew.
     
  6. tsurikichi

    tsurikichi Newbie

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    Hi Tunaslam,

    As always ..... awesome trip, report, and pics.

    thanks,

    tsurikichi
     
  7. seasonsfishing

    seasonsfishing Captain 100 Ton MNC

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    Nice report Cory, I heard the big girls have been chewing over there. Thanks for the report.
     
  8. DaveR

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    Great report Cory, and that looks like another killer trip.

    This goat is a real pig too

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  9. doorman

    doorman Bartle Doo

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    sounds like quite a day you had hombre
     
  10. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Didn't weigh the goat, I'm guessing over 12 pounds?

    Cory
     
  11. marlyn

    marlyn I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    The brown and yellow jigs have been killing it this year for all species.
     
  12. nochinges63

    nochinges63 PIN HEAD

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    looks like you guys had a great time . were their a lot of boats ?
     
  13. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice report Cory. Great variety of fish!
     
  14. dawg418

    dawg418 Newbie

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    You guys had a hell of a time out there. Nice job.
     
  15. Bigfish69

    Bigfish69 Dirty Fisherman

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    good stuff cory,,,love fishing spots like that,,,uoyu never know what might bite
     
  16. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    We saw no one on the West End, a couple of Sporties in Pyramid and several private boaters fishing the boilers rocks, that's all, real quiet over there. About to bust loose though. Darn weather keeps shutting things down, gonna blow the rest of the weeke and into the weekend, darn it!

    Cory
     

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