I hope you do not mind me posting the following in your thread. I think it would be helpful to anybody who is going there for the first time.
Gordo beat me to the response. He has everything right except the "overhead casting" bit.
First few times I was there no signs were there to indicate no overhead casting. Then the signs went up. We all got scolded by Gdude for doing so. Last two times I was there, first the “NO” was gone and later all of the signs were gone.
Everybody casts overhead and no one has been cited that I noticed.
There are times when there is a long line of people who are waiting to get on the boat. Also there are curious tourists around.
My recommendation is to be very careful about overhead casting.
LOOK BACK EVERY TIME. Cast at your own risk with outmost caution.
I always go from the Long Beach Terminal in Down Town Long Beach. The parking structure next to the Terminal currently charges $14.00/ 24 hrs.
I do not know if the Catalina Express is taking reservation this early for April, but if you are going over during the mid-week there should not be a problem. However, weekends are busier. You have up to 24 hrs. before the trip to cancel the reservation. My recommendation is to do it as soon as they allow it.
The Hermosa Hotel is taking reservation from now. I highly recommend making one. If you cancel 7 days before arrival, they charge $25.00 which can be applied to future visits.
Within the 7 days, you are charged fully. We have very good relations with them and if they rent the room they may not charge you. Best to talk to the Hotel agents.
Don’t forget to mention you are with UPSAC/PFIC for the discount.
In the past I had brought bait for everyone. It was not used much since everybody brought their own. I am going light this time.
If your time allows stop by Paul’s Bait and Tackle in San Pedro on the way and they have everything including live ghost shrimp.
For bonito---Cast-a-bubble followed with buck tail (feathered hook). I will have rubber band lure after the derby.
For bass--- Squid, frozen anchovies, frozen peas.
For Opaleye---Moss, Frozen peas, ghost shrimp using floating bobber.
For sheephead--- Ghost shrimp, squid, frozen anchovies.
Frozen peas will get you other species as well.
Bring extra 1 ½-2 oz. torpedo sinkers as well as cast-a-bubbles.
Two piece spinning for casting and ease of transportation.
Braid for main line, fluorocarbon for leader. Water is usually very clear.
Small sizes for frozen peas, Kahle for ghost shrimp, #4-6 for other baits.
I am working on a new cart. The ultimate Catalina cart. Pictures and report of actual trip to follow.
I hope the above answered questions for anybody that has not been there. Please do not hesitate to ask questions. Past posts are also very helpful.
This post will be repeated at a later date under a different heading.