Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by kimedquid, Oct 27, 2017.
Inflatables are the oceans punching bag.
Sometimes I think I walk around with two 45lb plates between my legs, but man, I got nothing on you
Many years ago when I first got into boating I decided to purchase a 11' Zodiac Inflatable that I bought brand new for $1600, to use as a dinghy for my Catalina trips. So this dinghy was always stored indoors and well taken care of. One of my first trips to BOLA I decided to take this Zodiac to put around the local islands in BOLA. So me and my buddy decided to dive a local reef just south of Smith Island (around 5mi from main land). We make it to the reef and set anchor. We finished our dive only to find out that Zodiac started to rapidly deflate.
It only had about 50% of air when we got onboard and decided there was no way we would make it back to the main land. Smith Island was about a mile away and we decided to head over there. On the way there it just so happened a panga snorkling boat was coming towards us and we wave them down. We told him if he could pick us up on the way back, we will be at the cove at Smith Island. We barely made it to Smith Island, we started taking on water near the shoreline and had to swim the remaining distance.
We were lucky where we were and if this failure happen somewhere else, who knows what the outcome would of been. Shit can happen and it can happen very fast.
Be careful!!!! Damn!! At least you don’t need a tow!! Can just roll it up on the swim step!!!
One thing is evident, my balls are not nearly as large as yours. Surprised they don't weigh your boat down, Kim.
Congrats on the epic journey! And remember, rogue waves suck.
Congrats on the nice fish! Looks like you know what you're doing. Nevermind the haters, there just mad cause it cost them 15x more to get the same fish. Thanks for the report!
Let me know if you want another boat to tag along. I'm in a 14' livingston. Just have to make a few changes to it before it goes that far though.
And I thought I was crazy with my 20 footer.
Awesome job! Do you live in HB? There's someone in my neighborhood with a similar looking boat in his driveway.
No, I live in SD but I really like to know your neighbor. I have to ask him about his boat.Mine has rigid bottom with chambers.I filled it with foam and the bow has a huge block of closed cell foam on top covered for additional floatation.I want to ask hom if how much HP can he place in it.I want to upgarde my motor to 30 or even 40 Hp so that I can travel a little faster
Darwin candidate for sure!
You are a crazy good fisherman.
Must be well prepared AND have real good Karma.
Nice report, nice pics.
Thanks for sharing.
Those models are at skr and rock pile, I would go there rather than sci on that sled.
At least you have a Yami!
Thanks for the report and keep em coming as long as you can.
I just know from many and I mean many days offshore that even on nice calm days with fair weather predictions its changed to flat out brutal!
8 hours from the 1010 to South Island with many waves coming over the bow, I cant even imagine the force of huge whitecapped swells enveloping that boat it would be very hard to hold on!
And fog can quickly come in at sci, 70 miles offshore and not being able to see your hand in front of your face is kinda sketchy to say the least.
absolutely insane! nice work
Very cool. We have all done crazy shit at one time or another. My only comment is, it just take one situation to make it life or death. Was talking to my buddy who had a 25 foot Parker. He was on the trip with 3 other guys and the boat flipped because it was just the wrong combination of things. Only reason him and the other 3 guys are alive is because of a Epirb.
Going to San Clemente island on a 13 foot inflatable is straight up retarded!
Shit goes down hill instantly.
Mother Nature has a way of humbling (or killing) those who lack respect.
And the rest of us end up paying the bill. Plenty of quality fish inshore.
That is fishin hard. Funny how people can hike the PCT or the John Muir trail alone and poeple think that's an achievement and going to SCI in a 13' dingy is insane. There are still natives in some country's that use canoes to paddle farther, no motor, GPS or radio. Sounds like you have an understanding and knowledge of being as safe as possible. Fish on and maybe I'll see you on the water some day.
I have made a few trips in the past from Pedro to Catalina in my 12.5 Achilles. People think that I'M crazy!?!?
I think there's a lot to be said about being in a very small boat and the intimacy it provides with the water. It seems like the minimal noise/disturbance allows getting closer to the fish without the "spooking" effect.
Good for you man! Anyone who has read "The Old Man and the Sea" knows exactly what it's Like! I once had a 50lb+ Mako on that started charging at my boat. REALLY freaked me out, considering what a pissed off Mako might do to my inflatable.
Another time I came across a Great White off of the West End that was tearing "something" apart. When I got closer, it seemed to have more interest in my boat than whatever it was eating.
Be carefull of stuff like this!!!
F---! Damn dude you do have a set.
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