|I am going on my first overnighter out of Channel Islands Sportfishing. Any advice on etiquette and/or fishing tips?
Overnighter to San Clemente Island: https://obsessiveangling.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/san-clemente-island-on-the-toronado/
Overnighter to San Miguel Island: https://obsessiveangling.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/lingasaurs-in-socal/
1.5 day Tuna Trip: https://obsessiveangling.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/socal-offshore-call-of-the-blue/
Etiquette is pretty straightforward, be respectful of the people around you, and be patient when things get hairy. Many of the regulars and deckhands are abundant in knowledge, so spend some time to get to know them and it will repay you endlessly.
Be prepared and have the right gear, or an assortment of gear to deal with a variety of situations. Timing is critical, when there is a school of fish near the boat, or when they are biting, you may not get a second shot - make it count with a good bait, good knots, and your gear set up properly.
Know your quarry. Call the boat ahead of time to check what the target species is, and what their recommendation for tackle is. If they are being ambiguous (and they often are, if there is not obvious hot bite), then prepare for as many situations as possible. My favorite all around setup is an 8 foot 15-40 lb setup, with a Trinidad 14A sized reel, 50 lb braid. This setup is very versatile, and will work for light irons, rockfish, small to medium pelagics, and just about anything else. If you have the capability, you should also have a heavier and lighter setup, but that's optional... I generally bring a few setups to account for possible gear failure, and to save time for retying if I have a break off or have to cut out of a tangle.
Feel free to email me if you have any further questions.
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