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Bass and rockfish but no bonito -- Avalon 4/26/08
Posted by dompfa ben (Posts: 4754)
on Apr-27-08 4:53pm
Last weekend, my family was unable to attend the Catalina get-together (newborn and all). Now that Nathanael is a week old--and since a couple of my brothers and their girlfriends are finishing their dive certification at the island this weekend, Brandy thought it would be a good idea to join Mom, Dad, and the rest of the crew for a day at the Mole.
Never one to be threatened by a good time, of course I was in.
If you're considering taking a baby to Catalina, do note that the Catalina Express charges $4.00 for a round-trip infant ticket. Also interesting for me-- since there is a modicum of planning that must go into taking a baby (and fishing gear, for that matter) anywhere, we opted for the 10:45 boat from San Pedro.
When we arrived, my mom and dad were fishing with brothers Dan, Zach, and Jonny. Mom had already caught a 15 inch grass rockfish--one of the biggest I've ever seen--fishing straight down with a hi-lo, 6 lb. test Daiwa El Cheapo combo, and a strip of squid. Dad added a monstrous treefish, to which Mom responded with a smallish kelp rockfish, making it a Sunday Sebastes Sabbatical of sorts.
After trying in vain for bonito, I switched to fly-lined peas, using size 10 Gamakatsu live bait hooks and 4 lb. fluoro leader. I caught numerous opaleye to about 1.5 lbs. and plenty of blacksmith and blue perch to boot.
After a noon-time lull, the current picked up with the growing Santa Ana winds, the kelp lay down, and the calico bass bite turned on in a big way. The family caught numerous bass including several legals and a few bigguns in addition to the usual 6-11.999" models that frequent the Mole. All were caught on sliding sinker rigs, using a bead and a small live bait hook baited with a long strip of squid. Definite early Spring set-up for calicos.
The bonito were strangely absent this trip, and one local said that they haven't seen them since "a big group was here last weekend and grabbed a few big ones."
Brandy spent the vast majority of her time attending to our newest addition, but Nate seemed to enjoy his first fishing trip to Catalina (not bad for a ten-day old) although he stayed in the shade most of the time. I taked him out into the sun for a family pic.
At $60 a head for a round trip ticket, this isn't the kind of place I'll fish every weekend...it's an expensive pier trip. Still, I suppose you can't put a price tag on good times spent with family, and once again, Catalina delivered.
|Bass and rockfish but no bonito -- Avalon 4/26/08 dompfa ben - Apr-27-08 4:53pm|
|Oh, one other thing... dompfa ben - Apr-27-08 5:07pm|
|Ah Ha! scooterfish - Apr-28-08 11:10am|
|If we had live squid... dompfa ben - Apr-28-08 12:40pm|
|Good to know... scooterfish - Apr-28-08 1:01pm|
|BTW... scooterfish - Apr-28-08 1:10pm|
|fresh dead squid is as good as the live stuff... dompfa ben - Apr-28-08 1:42pm|
|Sunday Sebastes Sabbatical of Sorts???? gordo grande - Apr-27-08 5:16pm|
|here's my tree dompfapops - Apr-27-08 8:23pm|
|I caught a few of those.... gordo grande - Apr-27-08 10:51pm|
|Re: Bass and rockfish but no bonito -- Avalon 4/26 corbinaman1 - Apr-27-08 9:55pm|
|Nice Pic of Nate and Slug Calico! corbinaman1 - Apr-27-08 9:56pm|
|Not bad - 1wk old for first fishing trip gyozadude - Apr-27-08 11:19pm|
|Nice, fat calico... and baby! Salty Nick - Apr-28-08 11:19am|
|Re: Bass and rockfish but no bonito -- Avalon 4/26 frozendog - Apr-28-08 11:50am|
|Great report! Sin_Coast - Apr-28-08 4:35pm|
|Less Drama... More DOMPFA... dompfa ben - Apr-29-08 9:29am|