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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:08 pm
Ken Jones


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Location: California

Went over to Avalon with Hashem on the 6 AM boat Wednesday and returned on the 7:30 PM boat Thursday night. Wednesday saw fishing at the Green Pleasure Pier while Thursday was devoted to the Cabrillo Mole.

I was mainly seeking out variety and mainly caught smaller fish but did catch a sheephed that was about six pounds, many, many smaller sheephead, some decent-sized opaleye, several bass that just missed the 14" legal size and many large garibaldi that of course were released. I also caught two more largemouth blenny, a new immigrant to our California waters.

A quick summary but I will post a full story and pictures later.

Green Pleasure Pier
December 20, 2017
Hours: 9.25
Fish: 78

43 Rock Wrasse
12 Jacksmelt
8 Kelp Bass
5 Sheephead
5 Opaleye
4 Garibaldi
1 Ocean Whitefish

+ 1 Octopus

Cabrillo Mole
December 21, 2017
Hours: 6.50
Fish: 69

24 Garibaldi
13 Kelp Bass
9 Sheephead
5 Blacksmith
4 Rock Wrasse
3 Striped Kelpfish
3 Giant Kelpfish
2 Opaleye
2 Largemouth Blenny
1 Halfmoon
1 California Scorpionfish
1 Senorita
1 Jacksmelt
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:08 am
red fish


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Location: Berkeley Pier

Nice fishing Ken! Hashem mentioned you guys were going there. I was wondering if you catch sardines this time of year or if you can buy live sardines on the island? Question being that I am watching episodes of “Dan Hernandez Sportfishing” and they are Fishing off of Catalina Island using live sardines for calico bass and firecracker yellowtail. I suppose it’s gotten too cold for yellowtail in this last month?!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:59 am
Mahigeer


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Only frozen bait on the island and sometimes none.

I did used to see live squid sold from a boat out of the bay.


I caught one large bonito and lost one to sea lion.

I also caught a limit of opaleye.

All fish givenaway.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:57 am
EgoNonBaptizo


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Location: Somewhere over the rainbow

red fish wrote:
Question being that I am watching episodes of “Dan Hernandez Sportfishing” and they are Fishing off of Catalina Island using live sardines for calico bass and firecracker yellowtail. I suppose it’s gotten too cold for yellowtail in this last month?!


Generally you are going to have to catch your own live bait. Sardines aren't super common, but there are plenty of jack mackerel, regular mackerel, and scad. The big calico also like the big topsmelt/jacksmelt that are pretty common. The problem is the water is so clear that sabikis aren't really an option. I usually flyline a small piece of shrimp or anchovy using a size 10 hook and 4 lb fluoro. As for yellowtail it's probably too cold, but there should be bonito and barracuda that hang around.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:42 am
Ken Jones


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No mackerel or jack mackerel around this trip. Actually in looking at my records Pacific mackerel show up less than 50% of the time.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:54 am
Ken Jones


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Location: California

Robert,

I've made 54 trips to the Green Pleasure Pier and caught 2772 fish (21 species) but only show 41 sardines and all were caught in 2003.

I've made 41 trips to the Cabrillo Mole and caught 1663 fish (33 different species) but only show 9 sardines — 1 in 2011, 6 in 2012, and 2 in 2013. None since 2013.

There are often smelt around and sometimes small jackmackerel but overall it's not a great area to catch live bait (at least the kind we normally use).

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