Red Drum said:
Took the day off yesterday, since the winds were light, and fished Santa Rosa Island aboard the âBig Drumâ with Martin âthe looperâ and Jason âjscribâ.
Fished around the Becherâs Bay area for the first part of the morning for limits of schoolie size White Sea Bass from 11lb to 14lbs. It was easy to catch plenty of day time squid for bait, once we found them laying low on the bottom. All C-Bass were caught on dropper loops in about 75 â 80 ft of water.
Here I am with the first WSB of the day. Not big, but Iâll take it.
A little later, Jason got into the action and caught our 2nd tasty and tender WSB.
Then Martin got our 3rd and finally WSB of the day. Although the C-Bass werenât toads, we felt very good about getting limits and accomplishing our first mission of the day.
I then left the area and did some exploring for some bottom critters. Fortunately, the first spot we tried was very productive. Jason was the first to drop down and he went âInstant Bendoâ on a beautiful and oh so yummy Vermilion Rockfish.
Once Martinâs swim bait got down to the bottom, he went âIBâ on a nice Lingcod.
Then I finally made it down and was rewarded with an âIBâ on a tasty VR.
Here is Jason with one of the few Copper Rockifish that we caught.
One of the biggest challenges was getting our baits down past the pesky, voracious and tasty Blue Rockfish.
Here I am with a nice 9.5 Sheephead that ate a 5 inch Basstrix swim bait. That fish really pulled some drag on my 15lb outfit, on its initial run.
Here is Martin with one of the Calico Bass that we caught and released.
Here is Jason and I with two nice VR.
Here is Martin with a VR and me with a CB.
Here is Jason with the Jackpot Vermilion Rockfish of the day, a husky 8.5 pounder. Way to go Jasonâ¦â¦â¦â¦you lucky dog.
Here is Martin with another Lingcod and Jason with his JP Vermilion.
Here is a beautiful picture of some of the VR bleeding out in the bait tank.
Here I am with another big 14.5 lb Sheephead that ate a Key Lime colored 5 inch Basstrix swim bait. Those Goats sure do pull hard. All the Sheephead were released to fight another day.
Here I am with an Olive and Vermilion Rockfish.
Here is a picture of the catch oâ the day. Sweeeeet!!
After cleaning all those tasty critters, we broke out the 6lb test outfits and fished some of the skinny water for Barred Surf Perch. Here I am with one of the average size BSP.
Martin was fishing 3 inch Basstrix swim baits. He did lose a couple tails to some hungry short biters, but when he did hook-up, it was always a nicer grade of BSP.
Here is Jason with the Jackpot BSP of the day. A fat pregnant 15.5 inch female. Excellent job Jason!!
Had an awesome day of fishing out at the enchanted Channel Islands with two good friends. The weather was spectacular, the fishing was good and our plan came together. Canât wait to go again.
Till next tide,
Jessica thought the "fat" comment was really funny. Thanks.misuse said:Damn. Catchin all day long! Get the big business out of the way first then deal with the little shit... Nice Red J. You are getting fat though.