yellowtail saturday

hankhowi

Newbie
Nov 22, 2010
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San Pedro, CA
Name
Hank
Boat
Farallon 25
I caught my first yellowtail on my whaler, and it's thanks to all of the killer ideas I've gotten from this forum....so thanks to all that post. I ran out of Dana Point to the 209 and back on Saturday, nailed the 22lb one at the 209 and the 12lb 9.4 miles on the last paddy outside of dana. The smaller was caught on a dead sardine after it was lured out from under the paddy on a rapala......killer day (at least for me).....oh...and my whaler will be for sale soon, I need a bigger boat.
 

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hankhowi

Newbie
Nov 22, 2010
158
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San Pedro, CA
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Hank
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Farallon 25
I forgot to explain the urgent care photo, I almost cut my thumb off fileting my fish....regardless, it was a great day! I duct taped my thumb, wrapped my hand in a plastic bag and kept fileting.
 

hankhowi

Newbie
Nov 22, 2010
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San Pedro, CA
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Hank
Boat
Farallon 25
My wife told me the same thing..."why didn't you buy the gloves you were looking at bass pro"...blahblahblah...anyhow, my next purchase is a left handed filet glove...damn I've been fileting fish for over twenty years and never came close to cutting off my thumb...and I was sober.
 

la vida

Now I love our Prezzz!!!
Jun 28, 2006
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El Cazonn
Name
Frank F
Boat
Boat-less (Sad)
Good job!!!
Be careful with the knife, OUCH!!!
 

hankhowi

Newbie
Nov 22, 2010
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San Pedro, CA
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Hank
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Farallon 25
Thanks! I grew up in North Florida killing redfish out of a canoe, so a yellowtail in the open ocean is a really proud moment for me...I wouldn't have posted this, but it's been two days and I'm still stoked and greatful to all those that post on this forum for their great fishing ideas!
 

Barry Chew

Hookuuup!
Aug 18, 2007
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Artesia, CA
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Barry
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Non-owner
Congrats on your first yellowtail, Hank! Lots of good info on this site. Careful with the filet knife!
 

gved823

Member
Sep 12, 2009
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Lakewood
Name
Gary
Boat
Sold
Congrats Hank, seeing happy fisherman perked up my day (seized motor for me), I was the guy that loaned you the scale. Nice seeing your buddy in war paint too.
 

Beaner

Newbie
Aug 22, 2011
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Chino Hills
Name
Brandon
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Hunky Dory
congrats on the yellows! Out of curiosity, what is that cut-out for on the side of your boat?
 

hankhowi

Newbie
Nov 22, 2010
158
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18
San Pedro, CA
Name
Hank
Boat
Farallon 25
Beaner: Thanks, my Whaler is a Guardian 22 Divemaster from Whaler's commercial line, they come from the factory with a dive door...if I ever catch something too big I plan on dragging it through the door. For now, the door is used it to get in from freediving and surfing.

Gary: Thanks for loaning us the scale, and sorry to hear about your engine troubles, what a bummer.
 

kingcrab

Newbie
Dec 26, 2006
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clairemont
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brent jr.
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F/V Optimist. 24' Skipjack Open, diesel
Sorry about the hand injury.
If i am fishing with someone else then we fillet offshore.
If i am solo then I wait.
A knife wound offshore can be deadly.
The fillet glove is mandatory equipment.

Been there.......
 

hankhowi

Newbie
Nov 22, 2010
158
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18
San Pedro, CA
Name
Hank
Boat
Farallon 25
Kingcrab- Yeah, besides a bigger boat, a new glove is in my future. I went to Johnny's in Pasadena this week and they are ordering some large ones this week...I'll be first in line when they come in! Damn, I've been stitched up so many times for doing stupid things, and this time it wasn't so bad...they have this new kind of chemical/glue stitch, looked like a two part epoxy called durmabond...I'm going to get some of that too and add it to my first aid kit along with some benatine to irigate the wound. Everyone on this board is right on about being careful and wearing a glove while using a filet knife, I got lucky and didn't do any permanent damage, but I could see it happening really fast if not careful or wearing a glove.
 
Nov 1, 2004
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Yorba Linda
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Gary Nordyke
Boat
48 Pacemaker Gunslinger
Great report and post. Thanks Let me know how the bigger boat deal works in 15 yrs. Your Whaler caught them. Gary