I rolled out of bed early this morning (4:30) and had a couple cups of wide awake and hit the road for the short drive down the 405 to meet with Bay Runner Ray (Gilmafam) at his house. When I got there he was out side hooking up his boat so I got out my rods and box and we loaded them up. A quick stop around the corner at Mickey D's for a bite and up PCH we went. A bit up the road and we were at Marina Del Raye, minutes later we were on the water and stopping for bait ('dines) and out the harbor we went. I want to say right here that Ray has his 18' craft decked out to be a real fishing machine. A couple of miles out of the harbor Ray stopped to rig up and do a quick drop. Ray baited his rock cod rig with cut squid and cut sardines, I baited mine with Berkley Gulp 4" red grubs for saltwater, and down to the bottom they went 170'. Nothing was happening so we cranked them up and...BANG about 25' below the boat I got hit and pulled in two macs about 11". I figure at this point we aren't skunked as we got some catfish bait at least. I dropped back down a little ways to see but no more takers. Ray said "let's run out a little further and try the rock pile" and I said "your the captain" Four miles further out we found some willing biters, first I pulled up a couple of 5" chuckle-heads, one of which Ray filleted and added to his bait mix. Another drop or few produced three chili peppers and a salmon grouper, no big fish but tasty ones none the less. Now, while It seamed as if I was going to be the only one that didn't smell skunk Ray was biding his time when WHUMP, he got a solid strike, and pulled up a 23" Ling Cod. Of course it had to go back seeing how it was two inches short of legal size AND the season closed on them the last day of November. After a few more tries and nothing going we ran back inside and slow drift-trolled to see if a flat fish wanted to play but couldn't find any takers so we called it a half day, as per plan, and went in. A good morning on the water and a couple of fish sandwiches plus some fresh catfish bait. All in all not too bad.