Strange Catches on Long Range Trips

Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by jec6446, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. jec6446

    jec6446 Newbie

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    While getting ready for my 10 day in October and looking through my gear I got to thinking about the variety of fish that we may target. I have done several trips 10 days or more and they have always targeted generally the same things ie tuna, yellowtail, wahoo, dorado etc. Now these are all a blast to catch and I would enjoy catching all of them. However I am one of those odd guys who would rather catch new species and odd types of fish rather than worry about "big" fish of the usual type.

    What unusual types of fish have you guys and ladies caught while on a long range trip? Any particular gear needed or certain areas to try for unusual catches? A couple trips ago, the guys on the Rooster told me to bring some glow sticks next time I go on a 14 or 15 day trip to try at the Hurricane Bank or Clarion. I bought a bunch of them in a variety of colors when I went out on a Fall 14 day on the Q but never really had time to try them. Long story but in short, it was a 14 day boat ride.

    Good Fishing,

    Jeff
     
  2. Bill W

    Bill W tunaholic

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    Hurricane Bank holds cow sharks on the bottom. Very primitive. Dead weight coming up.
     
  3. timmyd3853

    timmyd3853 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    yeah we caught several of them on my 16 day last feb. one probably went 700 lbs
     
  4. reel man

    reel man Common sense

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    Caught a Pacific Pomfret deep fishing for BFT. Gloss black and chrome, about 4#'s. We had to look it up in a book.
     
  5. CaptJgray

    CaptJgray I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    There are some really cool fish down on the ridge and out at Alijos.

    Fish a dropper loop with a strip of mackerel or squid.

    I caught a ton of Pop Eye cataluffa as well as largo and a fish I think was called a red devil?

    Plus a couple big grouper

    They make a nice addition to the freezer. they all made excellent Poke and ceviche. Im not a huge fan of frozen YT...
     
  6. CaptJgray

    CaptJgray I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    oh yeah…. i wouldn't fish less than 40 or 50 though

    or flyline a skipjack at the ridge for big grouper…

    I watched my good friend get how A-Hole turned inside out right before it broke him off, and that was on 160#
     
  7. catchabigone

    catchabigone Fair is fair. Donate Life. Be an organ donor

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    I caught a Pomfret up here fishing albacore, I droped a jig while a friend was fighting a fish and up came a little 3# pomfret.
     
  8. tommysdad

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    While a whale shark was circling the boat, I had a remora pick up my sardine, pulled some real drag until I was able to yank him off the shark. Crew threw him in the bait tank. Does that count?
     
  9. King Halibut

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    Two years ago caught a baby Hammerhead (4 ft.) while on a 10 day on the RP.
     
  10. garety

    garety wishin i was fishin

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    a few of us fished for escolar one night. we did not get any but one guy had before, drop a glowstick 500+ feet down at night with a 2 or 3 lb squid.
     
  11. surfgoose

    surfgoose active geezer

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    I think the best thing about fishing for a couple of hours in the middle of the night down a few hundred feet is you have no idea what might happen. And while an opah or escolar would be great, there's always the Mystery Fish which bites and then casually swims towards Peru without any indication your straining drag is having any effect at all, finally breaking off and leaving you trembling. Swordfish? Jaws? Transiting submarine?
     
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  12. Bill W

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    Back in 1975 I was on a 16 day trip. At Roca Partita we had a good bite on mystery fish. Three hours we were hooking fish that went down to the bottom, unstoppable. Two would hook a common leader and drop down both with 100# and hammered drags. No bueno... We put the 1000# boat line 400# leader with shock rubber on. Rubber pulls tight and leader breaks. We ended up leaving the fish without a look at them.

    Same trip my roommate hooks a big one at Thetus Bank on a 12/0 and 100# on the bottom fishing for grouper. Just took a few minutes to spool him with the reel smoking... Best guess was a Swordfish.

    Back then the grouper fishing was fantastic... Used to bounce PDQ's like fishing rockfish but hook up with 50-100# grumps.
     
  13. $norkle

    $norkle Well-Known "Member"

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    What you're calling a cow shark is actually the prickly shark---Echinorhinus cookei
     
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  14. $norkle

    $norkle Well-Known "Member"

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    Got to thinking about oddballs I've caught down below. A cottonmouth jack on a sabiki at Clarion, and a pacific tripletail off a kelp somewhere off of the ridge. Both now reside in the Oregon State University fish collection.
     
  15. Sactotuna

    Sactotuna Well-Known "Member"

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    Fishing on the hook on the ridge, slow pick on school tuna with some really nice yellowtail yoyoing down deep, all the sudden it's wfo pargo on the surface! Lasted about an hour, then it's over like it never happened.

    Oh my did we eat well that night!!!
     
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  16. invictus

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    Same, caught it like in 2007 on an Albie two day!
     
  17. alan760

    alan760 Well-Known "Member"

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    I fair hooked a sea turtle on a 14 day trip on the Q. Ate a sardine and got hooked in the corner of the mouth. I was too stunned to think about grabbing my camera before they cut it loose. Not much of a fight on 100lb
     
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  18. Hooops

    Hooops I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Do floating dead bodies count?
     
  19. Rubberhook2

    Rubberhook2 Local Bluefin

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    I thought this catch was pretty unusual...

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  20. Holi-e-Mackeral

    Holi-e-Mackeral Holi-e-Mackeral

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    I caught and released this "Sleeper Shark" while fishing at the HB in May on the RP... Big, and heavy, never pulled line.. That is a 18 frozen squid hanging out of it's mouth..

    Jeff

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