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Discussion in 'LOCAL CALIFORNIA TALK' started by plumbertom1, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    Laid plans....
    I had hopes of fishing an overnight boat to the Channel Islands this Monday but they only scheduled trip I could find couldn't get enough reservations ti make the trip. They require 15 and only had 7 even with my 2 spots, so they called me Saturday afternoon and canceled the trip.
    I asked about a full day trip and was told the cobra would be going out in the morning. Well, I've had that experiance once before and told them there was no way I would ever go out on the cobra again. That has to be the most uncomfortable boat on the west coast.
    I called across the Harbor to Capt. Hooks and signed up for the Aloha Spirit's all day trip leaving at 5AM.
    Out of bed at 3:00AM, a cup of coffee and a cup to go, hit the road at 3:39 for the drive to Oxnard and got there at the landing at 4:35. Man I hate early departures but at least there was no traffic to contend with.The boat left the dock at 5:15 and we were on the way.
    Shortly out of the harbor the cook fired uo the grill and I had a Bacon and eggs sandwich on sour dough toast. Better than most boats.
    As the sky changed to daylight we stopped on a deep water spot a couple of miles off Anacapa Island and found a few willing bottom grabbers, no big one but fair sized fish. Turns out this was the best stop of the day. While we hit many stops with mixed results it was slow over all with smaller fish to be had.
    After fishing deep all day around the out side of Anacapa, the boat was moved in close to fish for shallow whitefish. I flylined a live squid for a while in the shallows to see if a Yellowtail might find it interesting but all I got was a Blue bass (blue rockfish). By then it was time to head in and I was more than ready. Clear skys for the day made it pleasant with a light breeze in the lee of Anacapa kept the boat cool with out too much movement. The trip in was had a little rock due to the wind waves blowing across the normal wave pattern but wasn't bad.
    Only took a couple of photos, the Anacapa lighthouse, the small arch between the Islands and my fish when they were being cleaned.
     

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  2. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    least you still made the water and got fish. way to go.
    gary
     

  3. fshnutz

    fshnutz New Member

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    Glad to hear it Tom. Man, I havn't hit the salt water in a long time. I need to get out there. Thanks for the pis.
    Linz
     
  4. fshnutz

    fshnutz New Member

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    I meant thanks for the "pics".......:embarassed:
     
  5. Jedi007

    Jedi007 New Member

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    Have you ever been on that island? My wife won a trip to Oxnard through her work and one of the free tours they offered was to that island. I figured that would be fun. Maybe some shopping, a nice meal, whatever. I was game.

    We got off the boat at about 1:30 pm. We were given the 10 minute safety briefing about how to preserve the birds. We were told we had approximately 55 minutes to walk around the island (To dodge the birds) and we were also told not to be late coming back, otherwise we would have to wait for the next boat.

    If you have ever been to this island, you know what I am talking about. There is nothing but birds, bird crap, and a lighthouse on that island. I have since named the island, Anacrapa Island.

    Needless to say WE WERE NOT LATE FOR THE BOAT.

    Wish the fishing would have been better for you. As always, thanks for the report and the pictures.
     
  6. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    I've never had the desire to go ashore on Anacapa. Maybe Santa Cruz for overnight camping while fishing the area.
    I've been on Catalina many times but usually just for dinner or a little bar hopping when I moored in Avalon overnight.
     
  7. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    i had a lotta fun on catalina one weekend. i was camping with a former gf. it was actually pretty kool. nice scenery, decent food, plenty of drinks. but, other than that i think i would rather be fishing.

    at least ya cought somethin tom.
     
  8. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    When fishing the Channel Islands it's almost impossible not to catch rock fish.
    The only questions are which ones what size and how many.
    You'll notice while fishing a flylined squid up near the surface I caught a blue rock fish, basicly a bottom fish.
     
  9. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    I've only been to Catalina one time that I wasn't there to go fishing
    It was with a group of guys for a friends bachlor party.
    We walked Avalon from one end to the other stopping at every place that served liquor. Somehow we managed to get ejected from all of them except The Marlin Club where they seemed to think our dollars were worth more than our disruption. Once we left the Island on the ferry back to Dana Point we had a Coast Guard escort and were met on the docks by the O.C. Sheriff Dept. to make sure we left the area promptly. Pretty good party. Only one near fight and that was when a woman on the ferry clouted one of our guys when he wasn't looking and some of our guys thought another man did it.
    Fortunately I saw what happened and was able to take things in hand. By the way, she hit him for no reason that I could discern other than the fact that he was being loud. He wasn't even being obnoxious and wasn't talking to her.