Why do you choose to go out?

zadelstein

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Oct 21, 2016
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Zach Adelstein
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None
Why do you choose to go out on a cattle boat on a certain day? Is it because of the counts the previous day, the weather forecast, just because you can't stand to be home anymore? I have heard a lot of different reasons, and it always interests me to hear what causes the most successful guys to get out. From many captains I have heard those that watch the wind and weather patterns will have much better days than those that watch fish counts. So what do you look for when you pick your day to go fishing?
 

cortezpirasea

Pangero
Feb 23, 2012
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la mesa, ca
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Russell
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21 ft panga Sea Moan/17 ft gregor Pirasea II
The day before "fish counts"... That's after calling the fish reports and staying on top of the "bite pattern" everyday for days.
 

Fishingguy

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Apr 15, 2007
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1,701
Orange County
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Billy
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Parker
I dont fish charter boats much but when I do, I fish captains first, not the boat. Meaning, I would prefer the main captain or a certain captain be running the boat that Im on. Cant emphasize how important that is. Second would be counts. I work so I dont get the luxury of fishing all the time so I want to make sure I get the best chance at them. Sure, call me a count chaser, but I do like catching over fishing. Weather would be next. So for me,….. captain, counts, weather. Just merely an opinion.
 

Contractor.aten

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Jul 10, 2016
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Highland, Ca
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Tito Saldana
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Defiance 290
Sometimes you just have to get on the boat.. How many times did the boat you were on just go off????? If conditions are ok just get on it and go. Some one has to be on the boat that stops on the big foamers.
 

tunacraze

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Nov 27, 2006
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Santee
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Steve Brunton
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The Big Ones
Weather and counts, then passenger loads to determine what boat. I have the luxury of living in SD where I can hop on any boat I want at any time. My choices are already narrowed down to a few boats from experience. I always take my son or my girlfriend or both and that is why weather and light loads are important to me.
 

Hismosa

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Oct 15, 2016
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Burbank, CA
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Glenn
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Boat hoe
I usually chase the counts..... sadly that doesn't usually work out to my favor.
 

lilrick

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Feb 6, 2011
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lakewood,ca
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Lilrick
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whaler
You don't have the luxury of waiting til the last minute or a "good count or good weather" when going on multi day trips. Overnighters aren't usually a problem unless it's WFO! So, for me I booked a trip a couple of months ago on a limited load 2.5 er. So, I guess you could say it's a roll of the dice or.... just fishin'.
 

Phat Boat

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Apr 18, 2004
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San Diego
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Jon
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Grady White Marlin 300
Because i hate people. No one in particular just everyone as a whole. When i go offshore on my boat with a couple friends all that goes away. Thats why i go out.
 
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crabdancer

Kook
Apr 18, 2012
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Shannon
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Edgewater
All creatures are connected. When my wife starts losing her shit it usually means the fish are getting ignorant.

Hasn't failed me once.
 

perrorace

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Dec 28, 2011
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loreto
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dan
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perro
Because I can...yesterdays fish are todays rumor..weather ???? No if going to blow 30.. But offshore winds are not ever a perfect GUESS by are weather men.. Pick your favorite boat !! Become a Regular and find out much we dont really Know..
 

998R

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May 22, 2008
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san diego
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M
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Blue Monkey, BM2
Why do you choose to go out on a cattle boat on a certain day? Is it because of the counts the previous day, the weather forecast, just because you can't stand to be home anymore? I have heard a lot of different reasons, and it always interests me to hear what causes the most successful guys to get out. From many captains I have heard those that watch the wind and weather patterns will have much better days than those that watch fish counts. So what do you look for when you pick your day to go fishing?

Random.

I was at Day of the docks. Bought a large beer from pointloma seafood. Then bought another large beer and another large and another. Went back for one more beer, asked if I can have another 22 ounce beer. The guy laughed at me, and said I've been drinking 32 ounces?! Sure, give me another!

Was too drunk to take the skiff out to the kelps. So I decided to hop on the San Diego to fish for the day.

Caught a 119lb BFT.

Dad always had a saying "if you don't go, you won't know!"

Good luck picking your days