Forgot to take my camera 9/11

Discussion in 'LOCAL CALIFORNIA TALK' started by plumbertom1, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    I was invited to go along on a private charter trip on The Mirage out of Port Hueneme Wednesday night. No way I'm gonna pass this free trip.
    Got to the port about 8:30pm and was the second person to arrive. I loaded my poles and tackle bag, then waited for everyone else to arrive.
    Turns out there were only seven people going, none of which had their own gear. Even the person who chartered the boat was using rented gear.
    We left port with a small load of 'dines with a few 'chovies mixed in and headed out to the inside of Santa Rosa Island,
    I hit the bunk for the ride out, had one of the doubles all to myself.
    About 4am I got up with the boat at anchor and the light over the side to try and get some live squid. We were visited by about 5 sea lions that were working our light foe all they were worth so we moved to get away from them. At the next stop there were only three but they kept the squid down and we couldn't jig but one for over an hour of trying.
    So I fished for a while with frozen squid but got no takers one person caught a legal beri.
    We moved out to another spot for a while and and the bite was on for all the good sized white fish you wanted, some 10lbs and larger.I got tired of catching them and told the crew to put out some fin bait so I could try for something else. They did so but told me that spot was predominately White fish. My first drop with a 'dine brought a hammering bite and produced a legal size ling cod. I also caught a couple of just short lings.
    Moved again and we found a mix of nice Chuckle heads (copper rock fish) and reds (vermilion rock fish) and another legal ling for me along with a couple more shorts.
    Another stop or two produced more rock fish, more whitefish and more short lings for me.
    The very light load allowed the two deck hands to provide assistance to all the inexperienced anglers on board so tangles were kept at a minimum and all fish were rapidly dealt with.
    Everybody was catching more fish than they had ever in their lives, I'm sure.
    Boat count was 69 white fish, 1 barracuda, 1 sheep's head, 63 rock fish and 6 ling cod with a bunch of short lings released.
    Sorry no photos, I forgot my camera.
     
  2. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    WOW!!!!!! That is a lot of fish Tom. How many were on the boat?
     

  3. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    Hey, Robb.
     
  4. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Thanks Tom, i missed that. Them are a lot of fish for 7 people. Way to go!
     
  5. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    Robb, fishing the Channel Islands it's not unusual to bag 20 fish.
    The nice thing about the fish on this trip was that they were all good sized fish, no dinks.
     
  6. CatMan(Cali)

    CatMan(Cali) Well-Known Member

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    Way to go Tom. Sounds like a lot of fun. I have never been overnight fishing on the salt. Hopefully that'll be somethin somebody gets together one of these days. Sounds like you'll be eatin good for awhile. How many did you bring home with you? Talk to you later and thanks for the report.
    Tight linez.

    Sean!
     
  7. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    All I was allowed.
    My bag contained fillets from 2 Ling cod, 8 white fish, 1 blue bass (blue rock fish), 1 red (vermilion rock fish) and 8 chuckle heads (copper rock fish).
     
  8. shania

    shania New Member

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    Sounds like fun Tom, like Sean - I've never been on a over night trip on the salt water before - but after hearing a story like that one "I should".

    Way To Go Buddy!!!
    :wink:
     
  9. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    Bert, where you live there is little need for overnight trips. At least for rock fish.
    The fishing grounds from the coastal landings are so close that they can be easily reached by the day boats.
    The Mirage makes about 8-9 knots when fully underway. that makes for a 6 hour boat ride to get to where we were fishing.
    The cooler, deeper water along your section of coast supports good populations of rock fish and ling cod close to shore. I've caught ling cod fishing standing on the rocks at Big Sur.
    From about San Luis Obispo north there is good near shore rock fish. In fact fishing off the pier at San Luis Ray rock fish are a common catch.
    You just have to get outside the bay or fish near the Golden Gate Bridge to find them.
    Check out your local landings fish reports to see who is fishing rock fish if you want to fill up your freezer.
     
  10. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    Thanks for the great story. It sounds like a great day at the office
     
  11. CatMan(Cali)

    CatMan(Cali) Well-Known Member

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    Bert,
    I don't think I have officially introduced myself. Just wanted to say "what's up". Noticed you are from San Leandro, or at least live there. I am very familiar with the bay area. I was born in Fremont and lived there and San Jose for about 6 yrs, up until 2002. I have a ton of family up there and miss all the bay has to offer, except cost of living and traffic. The last time I was in San Leandro I stopped at Rasputin's and picked up some tunes. I enjoy your guys' posts and probably end up meeting up with y'all next gathering. Take it easy.
    Sean!
     
  12. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Sounds like you might have pulled a muscle in you arm with all of that catching, congrats and good luck in the future