Rpt-Wed-05-01-13 WFO Lingcod Fishing!

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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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    I went fishing Wednesday 05-01-12, with Bill Fisher, on his 18’ Trophy, “Toad Hall”. I drove down from work in San Bernardino and spent Tuesday evening at Bill’s place south of Rosarito. I stopped at Charley’s Place, just up the street from Bill’s trailer and ordered up some tasty fish tacos and shrimp burritos for dinner. Bill suggested the Shrimp Burritos and gad they were delicious!

    We watched some Baseball, San Diego Padres and the Dodgers, as well as some Basketball before calling it a night, with a wake call set for 5:00 am. Up and at them bright and early, we were quickly off to Las Salinas where Bill slips his boat. We arrived in Las Salinas, at 5:45 am. Despite low winds and a not so low a tide, the exit through the harbor was treacherous at best. Creeping slowly toward the entrance/exit of the harbor, the waves were breaking big, similar to a beach, yikes! We had both put on our life jackets and surely we came close to needing them. At 150 feet before the entrance we had a wave break on us unexpectedly, and the boat rose up through the crest and slammed us down hard! Bill’s skill of running a boat came in handy as we scooted through the next set without further problems. Timing through the harbor is everything; however, the sea has many unknown twists, which we faced head on today!

    It appears we will have to limit our trips to days with very small swells and extremely light winds with medium tides? If they don’t dredge that harbor entrance soon, more serious accidents are going to occur for sure!

    Our hope was to make a run to Todos Santos to check out the Yellowtail potential, but the washing machine conditions eliminated that opportunity. A couple miles uphill and the pounding was not tolerable. Too bad, because making bait right outside the harbor was instantaneous. Sweet small green Mackerels were on the prowl, and we had 20 in the bait tank within minutes.

    Bill put us on some hard bottom spots in fairly shallow water, under 150 feet. The fish were immediately on the chew. Our first drift produced Lingcod, Chocolate Rockfish, Bocaccio, Reds, Starries, Johnny Bass and a Tree Fish. The second drift was similar to the first, just awesome. Other than one decent sized Red that Bill caught and a few good size Bocaccio, as well as Lingcod from 22 to 25 inches, all released, Bill moved us out to deeper water.

    As per usual in this area, the deep water displayed few marks, but great hard bottom structure. We both dropped down and were both hammered as we hit bottom. Well I never hit bottom, my duel Lucanus knockoff setup, just stopped, and when I reeled in my slack, my rod doubled down, and the harsh head shakes indicated some serious fish were hooked? I could not hold the rod in my arm, had to place it in my belly and pump it up Tuna style. Finally a nice Red blur appeared deep and up comes two big Reds!

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    This was one big Red:

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    Unfortunately Bill’s fish was a nice Bocaccio, and that was all we caught on this spot, plenty of Bocaccio. Looking for more Reds, we made some moves and only caught Bocaccio in the deep water. Having reached limits on these guys, Bill moved us back into shallower water. The Lingcod fishing was off the charts, no matter the depth, 150, 130, 110, under 100. I fished mostly plastics and they ate the paint off the plastic! Bill fished with a Chrome Crocodile lure and got bit equally often!

    One of the many Bocaccios we caught and most were bigger than this guy:

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    A few of the bigger Lingcod we caught:

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    As we drifted into depths closer to the kelp beds, the Calico Bass made a showing. Both Bill and I had good hits on the plastics, and Bill also caught a few on his Crocodile lure.

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    No matter where we went the Lingcod went ballistic. On a rare occasion we caught something different, other than their best competitor, Bocaccio? Here is a very colorful Cabazon I caught on the plastic:

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    It was an incredible day of fishing Descanzo Bay. The sun came out early, the jackets and sweat shirts were removed, Mother wind never got over 10 knots, and at 2pm when we called it a day, it was under ten.

    It was a 100+ fish day! We caught over 50 Lingcod, keeping only three, over 30 Bocaccio, keeping our ten fish limit, a dozen Reds, keeping five, a dozen Johnny Bass, a half dozen Calico Bass, releasing all, and many assorted other Rockfish, all released but the Cabazon and a Tree Fish.

    Bill and I both had sore arms and tired bodies. Wow!

    We cleaned the fish near the harbor and returned to Bill’s place after 3pm. Chilled out for an hour and started the long trek home to Diamond Bar, 150 miles away. Fortunately the wait at Otay Mesa was only 8 minutes to cross the border. I pulled into my driveway at 7:25 pm, extremely pleased.

    Bill thanks again, the fishing was extraordinary for the bottom critters, bummer on not having a shot at the Tails. Can’t wait until our next adventure!
    Hook up!
    Cory
     
  2. Jason

    Jason I break stuff @ BD Admin

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    Nice grade and quantity!
     
  3. nunyabizness1

    nunyabizness1 BD Den Momma

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    Wow! Awesome pics and report!
     
  4. troutkiller

    troutkiller Newbie

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    You truly inspire me to fish all the time I love how old you are and still have the same passion most of us will continue to have for the rest of our lives!!!!!!!!! True inspiration right here boys lets kill some fish
     
  5. wxdunn

    wxdunn Member

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    Another great report, Cory. Aside from the washing machine at the harbor entrance, looked like a nice, smooth day on the water. The fish catching didn't look too bad, either!
     
  6. salad_man

    salad_man Newbie

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    Awesome catch!
     
  7. Deep_blue

    Deep_blue Cristy J

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    Wow,big fish Corey. Wtg!
     
  8. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    NICE FISH Cory and Bill, glad you had another epic day on the water. LOL
     
  9. buddaisis

    buddaisis KLABAUTERMANN

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    those reds are HUGE!!! glad you guys had another kick-ass day!
     
  10. eddiefishtaco

    eddiefishtaco Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice pictures and report, glad you had fun

    I like the picture of the lingcod
    it's cool
     
  11. spike

    spike Well-Known "Member"

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    Danndy Reds at that, and good inshore fishing!
     
  12. Sherm

    Sherm aka: The Sherminator

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    Another great outing Cory.
     
  13. tsurikichi

    tsurikichi Newbie

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    Hi Cory,

    Whoa !! Nice goin' on the Plastics ONLY fishys !! Oh .... and the other catches too ! :)

    Super day, super angler, super report !

    tsurikichi
     
  14. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Much appreciated. Fishing keeps me young, at least at heart?

    Cory
     
  15. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Not sure if you would of added to your species count, but you certainly would of loved the major portion of our fishing in plastic fishable depths. What a blast you would of had pulling on 5+ pound Lingcod cast after cast. Both Bill and I lost some bigger boys that shook thier heads so violently it simply ripped the hook out of their mouths after getting them nearly to the boat. What a fight on 15 and 20 pound line.

    Cory
     
  16. Hector Arevalo

    Hector Arevalo skipper/chartermaster

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    Good news on the fishing. What time did you cross the border?
     
  17. hotrod

    hotrod El Capitan

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    Now thats a dandy good day of fishing! Nice going Cory and Bill. :cheers:
     
  18. seasonsfishing

    seasonsfishing Captain 100 Ton MNC

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    Nice Reds Cory! Can't wait to get after again soon!
     
  19. gved823

    gved823 Member

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    Cory you're an Ironman, great read & pics as always. See you out there some day
     
  20. c-goat

    c-goat HELL BENT FOR FEATHER

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    Hot damn...c-dog on fire.
    Super nice grade fish there...right on man!
     

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