Fishing Channel Islands 8/29

Discussion in 'LOCAL CALIFORNIA TALK' started by plumbertom1, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

    Eugene, Or.
    My friend Joe and I left for Channel Islands Sport fishing about 9pm Tuesday for our free ride on-board the Pacific Islander for a overnight trip that was chartered by my son-in-laws office. This is the same trip that was canceled by the landing last month.
    We got to the landing and signed in then we were obliged to wait until 10 minutes before the scheduled 11pm departure time before boarding. What's up with that? Are they afraid your gong to get a few extra minutes on-board time?
    All the other charters I've been on will let you board and put your gear away when you arrive if the boat is ready. Instead we got to watch the crew stand around and shoot the s#!t.
    Talking to the boat captain, he said it was his intention to make bait (squid) when we got to the Islands about 3am and then move in for a try at some WSB and maybe some Halibuts on the fin bait, then round out the day with rockfish.
    The best laid plans of mice and men, things didn't go quite like that.
    The seas were choppy going out and of course we were headed straight into it, this forced the boat to slow down so our crossing was not only a rough ride it took a lot longer to get there. When we arrived at the squid grounds at 5am there was little time to make squid before sunrise even though they put out the lights and I jigged along with 8 others. There was a current blowing below the boat that was unbelievable took 8 oz weights to get to the bottom and when you did you were a long way from being below the lights. So no squid for us meant rockfish was the main target.
    By 6am the boat was underway and heading for the first stop, I didn't expect it to take 2-1/2 hours to find it, first drop wasn't until after 8:30am.
    Now, I don't know the Pacific Islander as I never been on it before but that boat did not seem to lay to the wind in a manner that was conducive to rockfishing. Each time they would set up for the drop the boat would drift in such a way that the lines would be running along the rail instead away from it, result, massive tangles on every stop.
    Never the less, there were plenty of willing bottom grabbers to be caught even though they were for the most part on the small size. I did catch one very nice Copper Rockfish in my full limit but I didn't catch any fish outside the rockfish bag limit. On the boat rockfish limits were the rule and there was one legal Ling Cod taken along with a couple of Sheepshead, one of which took the jackpot at about 10lbs.
    At 2pm the boat captain called an end to the fishing and started back.
    For an over night trip it seemed like he cut it short by a couple of hours. Not everyone had filled their limit by then and you are now allowed to fish for the Boat limit.
    After the 4 hour ride back to the harbor I felt they could have easily stayed out for two more hours instead of offering no more fishing time on an overnight-er than on a full day trip.
    A drive home exhausted and pack the fish away in the 'fridge for the morning.
    Overall the trip was good, the crew worked hard to try and keep up with the tangled lines and getting the fish in the bags, trying to help those that were inexperienced and just being as helpful as possible.
    And after all it was a free boat ride for me.
  2. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

    Little Rock, AR
    There you have many of the reasons I preferred to fish out of my own boat when I lived in Santa Maria. I'd set my throttle to run 22mph because that's about as slow as I could go and dependably stay up on plane. But, I could maintain that speed, even with 12' swells with 4'-5' wind waves behind them. Of course, that did get a little rough.

  3. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

    Southern California
    That's too bad that your trip didn't turn out a little better, sounds like conditions were not the greatest. That seems strange to me too that they wouldn't let you on the boat to start settling in, I've never heard of them making you wait like that. I guess every captain has their own way of doing things, some better than others. Sounds like you made the most of it though, glad you came home with some fish.
  4. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

    Clovis Cali
    Sounds like a "sweet/sour" trip. All i know is I love reading you reports. You make it like I was there:wink: Thanks brother Tom.
  5. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

    Tom, thanks the post on the Channel Island experience..... Sounds like you need to get out to a new place to fish from..... Your experiences have been un-acceptable from the stand point of other landings.... I know that you have been out of 22nd street landing before......I'd give them the chance next time.... when do you take off for the "canyon lands" trip? Can't wait to here about some of that fishing.....

    bayrunner ray
  6. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

    Eugene, Or.
    I think the next time I want to hit the Channel Islands I'm going to go to Capt. Hooks (Cisco's) or Port Hueneme.
    I also think there was a recent expansion of the area that is closed to fishing at the Islands and that could have added to the difficulty of the boat finding better fish. Less fishing spots translate into smaller fish as more boats are fishing the same spots. I wasn't faulting the boat for the size of the fish, at least they found good numbers and most of the people on board did not realize how small they were and so were quite happy with the catch.
    I tried to set up that charter to be aboard the Freedom from 22nd St. Landing as a freelance trip to Catalina or Clemente but it was nixed by the Company President as he wanted a mainly rockcod trip due to the number of greenbacks that would be aboard and he was probably right. I think with me included there were only 4 mossbacks.
    Maybe considering the problems with this trip he may listen to me next year. After all the Freedom can fish rockfish and does drift properly for doing so.
    My planned departure for the National Parks tour is the 8th. We will be covering a great deal of highway in a limited amount of time so I don't know How much fishing time I'm going to have. I do want to sample what I can and especially Yellowstone Lake. Fishing permits for the lake are $15. per day.
    Other than that I haven't really checked for fishing spots along my intended route because this is mainly a sightseeing trip similar to last years trip up US Highway 1. I will be taking many photos along the way and will share them with those that are interested via Email when I return. If I can figure out how to make up a photo presentation with a link I'll post it along with a description of the trip.