So me n the lil bro decided to try our first attempt at SARL for the overnight thing.
We showed up around 615ish with a TON OF MACK, fresh mack. Headed over to our regular spot, the 3 rails. It was taken, so we set up about 20 yards to the right.
Was slow the first hour and the guys in our spot got one fish.
After about 90 minutes they packed up and left, we proceeded to take over the spot.
Brandt aka Cliffey07 and Drews from this board met up with us.
The bite wasnt wide open and the oens who were biting barely ran with it, at times they just took it a few feet and sat...couple fish i didnt know i had until i started reeling it in.
From around 7-11 in our spot, me n the bro managed 6 fish...all flylined off mack and shrimp. Brandt and is buddy took 4 fish home and left at 11.
Around midnite,the bite went wide open for a few hours. Most were hitting the mack but we did manage a couple off shrimp and one off a night crawler.
We used the normal set up, cast about 15-20 feet out and leave the bail open. The few 3 and 4#ers would grab it and just RUN, the others fiddled with it and the runs were small and slow.
There was an old man next to us and he couldnt set the hook if his life depended on it...from about midnite to 6am...we got 14 more fish and he managed one. Then the bite died again. They guy left around 7 am and we gave him a couple to take with him.
Around 8am we packed it up and moved to the docks, NOTHIN. Moved to the Net area...Nothin, then back to our spot, NOTHIN. Left around 2pm without a bite for the last 5 hours. SUCKED IN THE DAY TIME-
I wasnt pleased, but people were acting like we were stars when they seen our stringers. Offered to buy some, i gave another 5 away....no way im able to eat all those...so its cool.
When we went to clean them i noticed one of our bigger ones had came off the stringer, then another one popped off and i was sure the gill had ripped and he free'd himself. Word to the wise, dont use those crappy thin stringers with 16 pounds of fish on it.
Overall, it was a fun nite...i was disappointed in sunday not catchign anything at all from 8am on...but i guess thats why i always see the 24 hour guys leaving around 7 or 8 in the morning. Although, i talked to another guy who landed 11 that day....right spot, wrong time i guess. I didnt sleep a wink and now am paying for it with this 2 day migraine ive had. (please pray for me if you talk to God, it really is painful) ALso, one of the fish i landed had some sores around his mouth and a few worms coming out...obviously didnt keep him.
Our total was 33# of catfish, gave alot away at the lake and cleaned the rest.
Keybaits were Mackerell and shrimp again, had only one bite on M&M and nitro biscuits.
Farmed about 15 fish
and lost a couple that ran like hell and snapped my 14 LB test line. These fish were actin weird and alot of times, just stopped runnin with the bait...therefor, the farming was kinda irritating at times.
Best times were from 12am to 5am- WIDE OPEN BITES.
Was very fun for our first 24 hour session, but i think the next time illbe alot more prepared and RESTED-
Most likely be heading back out this friday or saturday for a night session, Irvine still isnt hot enuff for me. Id rather catch 20 stockers than HUNT all day for a bite.
If anyone wants specifics on the spot, send me a PM. Dont mean to be paranoid, but i posted alot of reports on a nother forum and since then my spot ahs been taken everytime ive been out. Luckily they dont fish it rigth and leave an hour later.
Hope this helps someone
PS- took some pictures of the last couple outtings...as soon as i get em scanned ill post some.