Strange Catalina "Trifecta"

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by flyliner, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    Went over to Catalina last week in the drizzle. Got a late start and didn't get to the island until 11:00 a.m. This was a pretty short trip, but like all trips to the island, it proved to be a memorable one.

    My first fish of the day was a small sun fish.....in 75 feet of water. I am pretty sure he didn't try to eat my sardine, so I guess he somehow got caught up in my line and when I felt pressure and set the hook, he got snagged?
    Either way, this was a very strange first for me.
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    A little later I also managed to hook this guy. A small sarcastic fringehead. Another strange first for me. And like the sun fish, I have no idea how I hooked him. He was smaller than the sardine I was fishing.
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    Last but not least, I was able to complete the "strange fish trifecta" on my next cast.

    I pinned on the largest dine I could find in the tank, and made a long cast with my newest set-up, at Trinidad 16NA and a Phenix 700M. I have been eager to test this combo out on something big....and I got that chance.

    Not long after my dine hit the water, I get picked up big time. I set the hook and my drag starts singing. I knew immediately that this was a nice fish.
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    25 minutes later I was still pinned up against the rail up at the bow trying to figure out what this fish was. Too strong to be a white seabass, and if it was a yellowtail, it was going to be a toad!
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    Every time I would gain a few yards, this fish would shake its head violently, and make a strong run. Obviously not a shark or a ray.

    35 minutes into the fight I started to finally make some progress.
    Then we got deep color on a pretty large black seabass. It's hard to get any perspective from the photo, but we estimated it at about 150-200 pounds.
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    I got down on the swim step and popped the hook out, which was thankfully right in the corner of the mouth. The I put both my hands into it's huge mouth and started to get water running back over it's gills until it gave a strong kick of his massive tail, soaking me from head to toe, and made it safely back down. Great release. Great fish. Strange day.

    Jonathan
     
  2. Mfish618

    Mfish618 Sea Reaper

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    Great job on the release. You just never know what you'll hook out there. It sure keeps me coming back.
     
  3. CamHat

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    Awesome.
     
  4. Reuben

    Reuben Well-Known "Member"

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    Nicely done Jonathan. Great pics.

    How did you know that was a Sarcastic Fringehead? I wouldnt have known what that was. What reference do you use for species identification?
     
  5. the hook

    the hook Bluesman

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    Did you get any goo out of that mola?

    WTG on the BSB. They can really pull.
     
  6. Rubberhook2

    Rubberhook2 Local Bluefin

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    I was over there last week and found it strange to have two similar size sunfish up in the squid float in the middle of the night. Never seen that before...
     

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  7. Fishingguy

    Fishingguy I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great Report, and very nice pics....camera?

    Strange year to say the least, saw a bunch of them baby mola molas everywhere on the backside of the island........
     
  8. fishpelagic

    fishpelagic dan the fisherman

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    at least it pulls
     
  9. HBfisherman

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    That looks like an awesome trip out, keep up the nice posts.
     
  10. Weird stuff. You never know what's on the end of your line. Thanks for the report.
     
  11. joshik

    joshik Newbie

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    those are some cool catches! thanks for the pics!
     
  12. Hooops

    Hooops I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Very exotic.

    My 4 year old just completed his first official bird slam at the island - 3 baits in a row:

    Seagull
    Pelican
    Cormaran
     
  13. gnarl_malone

    gnarl_malone Justin

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  14. TakoArm

    TakoArm all gear no game

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    2nd fish looks like a goby
     
  15. lamnidae

    lamnidae Member

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    FYI,that Sarcastic Fringehead is a male. Enjoyable report.
    This has been the year of Opah,Black(Giant) Sea Bass,Lizardfish,Scropionfish,and little Molas.
     
  16. amirravon

    amirravon Calypso

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    Hi Jonathan, I always enjoying to read your reports. you are a fishing machine. Thanks
     
  17. aloharob

    aloharob Newbie

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    Great trip Jon and Jenn.

    I have never seen so many baby mola's as this year. I saw a ton myself and then many people have noted them in their reports. Wonder why that is or what it means about the conditions.
     
  18. m_mcgourty

    m_mcgourty Handsome Devil

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    That was awesome! I wish it had been me...
     
  19. hunster

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    i went fishing up the line towards bkr and paradise cove a couple months ago and i never seen so many molas in my life...saw pods of baby soccer ball sized ones to groups of momma and papa refrigerator size ones....always a great report john...keepm coming...great pics..
     
  20. hunster

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    oh ...btw...careful handlin molas...they have a high bacterial level goo/slime on them if u didnt notice or feel...it leads to easy infection on any open cuts...jus be careful handling them...also, my weirdest trifecta in one fishing trip: again up the line near point dume/bkr area many moons ago....a ratfish, mantis shrimp, and a moray eel....all released to haunt someone else..
     

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