Salt Creek 7/12/2020

BlackRose

Lil Shit
Jul 4, 2017
8
37
34
San Clemente
Name
John
Boat
SRV 220
Hi fishing friends. My first report here, as I’ve been reading many and felt guilty not contributing.
Arrived late to Dana late today, around noon. Was very crowded and difficult for most people I saw to find trailer parking, the cut of the parking sure is frustrating.
Skipped live bait and decided to just catch macs and throw jigs primarily since we got a late start replacing our fish finder wire and re-securing our anchor locker.
We trolled some Rapalas on our way out to Salt Creek as we set up our rigs and enjoyed finally getting on the water in this beautiful weather. Only caught a few macs, but we utilized them for bait.
Found a nice place marking fish and anchored up and started chumming. Immediately there was a ton of life. Macs, small barracuda, calico bass, and blacksmith perch swarmed the boat. Was awesome to see all the life out there, albeit small. Didn’t catch any big fish, but I did catch the biggest Mackerel I’ve ever caught before, thought it was a Bonito. Decided to keep it since I’ve read so much about how healthy and sustainable they are. Plus I saw the thread from Oceanside I believe it was taking about how Japanese cook their “Saba” and figured why not. Well, I was not let down. If you bleed these fish immediately, put them on ice and cook within a few hours, they’re actually quite tasty. Definitely gonna try more.
Spent the next few hours catching small bass, barracuda and macs but no big fish. Oh well. Still a great day on the water.
Gonna try Catalina this Friday and try to Target Yellowtail and WSB. If anyone could off any advice for a novice like myself it’d be EXTREMELY appreciated.
Happy Sunday!
 

Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
2,002
2,070
California
Name
Shewillbemine
Boat
Chips N Guac
If there's squid for sale, buy some.

If not, live bait will be good. Yellowtail will also bite the surface iron if they are active. Catalina fish tend to congregate around specific parts around the island. I've had good luck at Church Rock; be careful not to hit the rocks.

Wind looks up. Watch the forecasts and be prepared to turn back if you need to. Not sure how experienced you are with the crossing. I wouldn't wait past 12pm to leave Catalina.
 

BlackRose

Lil Shit
Jul 4, 2017
8
37
34
San Clemente
Name
John
Boat
SRV 220
If there's squid for sale, buy some.

If not, live bait will be good. Yellowtail will also bite the surface iron if they are active. Catalina fish tend to congregate around specific parts around the island. I've had good luck at Church Rock; be careful not to hit the rocks.

Wind looks up. Watch the forecasts and be prepared to turn back if you need to. Not sure how experienced you are with the crossing. I wouldn't wait past 12pm to leave Catalina.
Thanks for all the advice!!! My buddy’s and I have only crossed to Catalina once before. We plan on leaving super early and mooring up that night at Avalon, then heading back the following morning.
I’ve read that you can buy squid at the island which we’d definitely be down to.
I’m not sure where Church Rock is, I have the Navionics App and I don’t see it on there. But makes sense they congregate in certain places.
Is it worth the time to also troll X-Raps? Thanks again for the advice.
 
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
2,002
2,070
California
Name
Shewillbemine
Boat
Chips N Guac
Thanks for all the advice!!! My buddy’s and I have only crossed to Catalina once before. We plan on leaving super early and mooring up that night at Avalon, then heading back the following morning.
I’ve read that you can buy squid at the island which we’d definitely be down to.
I’m not sure where Church Rock is, I have the Navionics App and I don’t see it on there. But makes sense they congregate in certain places.
Is it worth the time to also troll X-Raps? Thanks again for the advice.
Church Rock is on the south/southeastern part of the island. I always mark fish there and can work them into a frenzy with good chumming.

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RodRage

Share the stoke!
Sep 7, 2017
1,759
2,714
58
Surf City Ca.
Name
Huntington Hillbilly
Boat
Chaparral 224 Fisherman
"LiL Shit" could get in deep shit crossing in heavy seas or fog, Keep an eye on the wind and ALWAYS trust your gut, If you have issues or questions channel 72 is your friend, I may be heading from Long Beach Friday if so Ill pm my float plan.
 
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BlackRose

Lil Shit
Jul 4, 2017
8
37
34
San Clemente
Name
John
Boat
SRV 220
"LiL Shit" could get in deep shit crossing in heavy seas or fog, Keep an eye on the wind and ALWAYS trust your gut, If you have issues or questions channel 72 is your friend, I may be heading from Long Beach Friday if so Ill pm my float plan.
Thank you for that advice as well!
Yeah, safety is our #1 priority. That’d be super appreciated if you could, we’d feel better with some crossing intel. Definitely don’t wanna get caught in fog or scary seas. We don’t have Radar.
We’re hoping for good weather and to finally catch our first yellowtail or WSB.
Thanks again everyone. Tight lines!!
 

BlackRose

Lil Shit
Jul 4, 2017
8
37
34
San Clemente
Name
John
Boat
SRV 220
Church Rock is on the south/southeastern part of the island. I always mark fish there and can work them into a frenzy with good chumming.

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Thank you so much for sharing this info. This is where I’ll be trying then if the weather allows us to head out Friday. Really hope to get a Yellow, but my buddy’s and I would be stoked on pretty much any keeper fish. lol
What depth are we looking to fish this time of year in an area like this? Or does it really vary day to day? Like they’re deep one day, then on surface another?
 
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json

Newbie
Apr 29, 2012
22
11
hb
Name
jason
Boat
none
It was a parking lot Saturday on the east end, whole island actually.

wind came up early and we got wooorked on the way home.

weather don't look so nice this week in my opinion.

good luck
 
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splashy77

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Apr 3, 2007
177
211
Lane Vicky
Name
Daniel
Boat
Hasbro's Timon and Pumba pool floatie
Just in case you're not familiar with the how-to's? Know how to moor, grab your wand, navigate a crowded mooring field, and tie up.
With millions of dollars of expensive boats all closely filled in, add people and toys(giant swans and lillypads) in the water you've got yourself a hell of a better show than any launch ramp along the coast. Add a little wind and you have some serious brow moistening moments. You're on display in front of hundreds of watching eyes.....know your game plan. No shame in asking a gray patrol boat to assist if it is your 1st time or 1000th time grabbing a mooring. They're happy to help and 100% pro's. Have a blast and be safe, singing reels.
 

Sandydog

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Mar 18, 2017
170
381
51
Dana Point, CA
Name
John Kim
Boat
n/a
If you go to the SoCal Offshore Fishing Reports forum, there's a pinned topic called "BD SoCal Fishing Spots by Navionics. It has a link to the following page which gives you basic Navionics online charts for Southern California, and a list of popular fishing "landmarks" with lat/lon coordinates. (Church Rock isn't on the list, but is on the chart if you zoom in to the east end of Catalina.)


A more complete list of coordinates can be obtained if you subscribe to FishDope or other pay services. Or if your Google-fu is good, you can find them online for free.

Edit: Also, mackerel got a reputation here for being trash fish from people who caught them at 8 am, tossed them in a gunny sack, let them bake in the sun until 3 pm, then took them home. In the rest of the world, it's considered a very good eating fish. You just have to take care of the catch.
 
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akunui

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jan 15, 2007
143
55
oahu
Name
jason
Boat
28 Henriques "KEALOHA"
Its all about bleeding and icing down fish. Its always best to remove gills and guts ASAP to remove toxins/blood etc no matter what fish you catch to have the best meat quality.

In the Flinestone times...(80’s-90’s for me) there was no fish dope to tell you where to fish or the internet. It separated the men from the boys real quick back then.

Good Ole Days i guess. There were also basically zero parkers on the water imagine that. Aloha
 

gonzo25

GOT A BIG ONE
Nov 20, 2008
3,424
1,731
san diego calif. usa
Name
george
Boat
18' Invader CC 15' bayliner son of a beach
pretty stand up for all the guys who gave the new guy all the info... proud of you all, what goes around comes around
 

Long Beach Bob

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 13, 2004
347
376
73
Long Beach and points due west
Name
Bob Ballew
Boat
2520 Parker with twin 200 Yamahas
You can go upstairs to the Harbor Patrol office on the end of the Green Pier and see their printout of the most recent weather report....You can follow one of the Express boats back if it is blowing when you start your return...For west to n/w swell info, we frequently return to Long Beach from up west by the Isthmus or west end, giving us a following swell and sometimes, we can just surf it home...Note: don't anchor for the night in front of the Casino roped area...it is all gravel bottom unless you stay out real deep....don't ask how I learned that lesson....
 

SeanDonn66

Salty Dog
Jun 14, 2008
8
2
54
Long Beach, CA USA
www.elcamino.edu
Name
Sean
Boat
1996 Bayliner Ciera 2655 (Comfy but Fishy)
Was over at the Island two weeks ago. Yellows are BIG! Saw quite a few in the 30lb range hit the deck. Saw some big ones caught on the south side of Ship Rock (right there by Isthmus Harbor). Personally, I’ve always been fond of the areas around Hen Rock and Little Farnsworth. Always had good luck fishing there, with yellows almost always thrown in the mix. Plus, both spots are on the front side of the island, so you (usually) get more shelter from the swells and the wind there. The downside, especially on the summer weekends, is that these spots get crowded with recreational boaters. Doesn’t necessarily hurt the fishing, but you have a much higher chance of getting wake smashed by some drunken fool on his weekender party cruiser. So, milder conditions, more boaters. Everything in life has its trade offs. Tight lines!
 
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