Cabrillo Mole 1/7/22

fish-ninja

Active Member
#1
I went out to have my first fishing of the year 2022 at the mole yesterday.

No dancing after the new year festivities at Avalon for me. Just a regular day of fishing that's all. :) Tide was smallish maxed at 12:20pm. Overcast most of the day but no typical strong wind. To my surprise though, the mole was really busy with full of bonito anglers casting out babble and sabikis.
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All of us started to fish for bonitos immediately after landing. Kelp was growing even more since December. Fishing for uptide. But those who managed to rig up quick were rewarded with a stay-over school of Bonito up to 20 inches to the total of 4-5 landed despite the kelp. I took time to rig up but had a hook up. Unfortunately I lost it to the line of my next neighbor. After that bonito-fishing became slower and slower as time goes by. I did not bring my baits with me but my neighbors took me in and shared with me some squids. I rigged a single dropper quick to entice the regulars.
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The ferry schedule was not great, last two boats were to take off at 3:55 and 8:30, one too early and the other too late. With subpar bonito fishing, I decided to stay over for a night bait fishing as my neighbor also stayed. I continued the single dropper and caught some nice size whitefish which I donated to the neighbor. Calico's bites are continuous as usual. Had numerous of them up to 13 inches, all shorts. My neighbor landed a nice Kelp Rockfish. I had two short scorpionfish.
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fish-ninja

Active Member
#2
For bonito, I ended up with two A-grades. They were caught with 40gram metal jigs from mid depth. The larger one was a fat 25 incher that gave me a headache to coax through the kelp. I demonstrated Ikejime technique to my fellow anglers nearby with it. For the middle of January, I rate this a success!
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Mahigeer

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Thanks for the post and nice fishing there.

Now that I am retired, I go to Mole during weekdays to avoid lots of anglers.

However, this was on a Thursday, right?

I think the news of big bonito has gotten around to a point of anglers spending $78.00 (round trip) to fish for them.
 

fish-ninja

Active Member
#8
Thanks for the post and nice fishing there.
Now that I am retired, I go to Mole during weekdays to avoid lots of anglers.
However, this was on a Thursday, right?
I think the news of big bonito has gotten around to a point of anglers spending $78.00 (round trip) to fish for them.
I think you are probably right. It was Friday though not Thursday. That could make a difference.
 

Ken Jones

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Staff member
#10
Somewhat amazed at how crowded it was. As for the cost, it is an issue although it's also expensive to go out on a cattle boat and I'm not too sure the results would be all that more productive.
 
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Somewhat amazed at how crowded it was. As for the cost, it is an issue although it's also expensive to go out on a cattle boat and I'm not too sure the results wouid be all tht more productive.
Yes, Ken. This was one of the most crowded mole outings I have experienced. Boat fishing is also not happening during these winter months as bites slowing down and boat rockfishing closes as you know. Maybe that was a part of the reasons? Not sure.
 

Mahigeer

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#12
One problem I see in picture #1, is the rail "hogging". Too many rods, reserving space at the rail.

Since only two rods can be actively used, many of those rods should be removed from the rail.

Harbor Patrol or sheriff's office may be called for assistance.
 
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One problem I see in picture #1, is the rail "hogging". Too many rods, reserving space at the rail.
Since only two rods can be actively used, many of those rods should be removed from the rail.
Harbor Patrol or sheriff's office may be called for assistance.
I agree. What was not shown in the photo was people outside of the frame, taking a break. There were that many anglers and I believe mostly they had max two rods each so I did not see too much of rail hogging going on. Harbor Patrol did come out a few times and checked our catch once. I do not think they found any foul plays that day.
 

Ken Jones

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Staff member
#14
It's hard to say on the number of rods. If they were all casting for bonito they would only cast one rod at a time so perhaps set up with different rigs? You can have more than two rods but only two in the water at a time.
 
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It's hard to say on the number of rods. If they were all casting for bonito they would only cast one rod at a time so perhaps set up with different rigs? You can have more than two rods but only two in the water at a time.
Yes, that's what I saw. A few might have had a third rod rigged with a bait setup, which gets a little rail haggingly. But, overall, I saw no violation of rules and we all fished together sharing the rails respectfully!
 
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I am glad to hear that the Harbor Patrol was there, and no poaching.
I was very glad to see the warden last time I was there.
My neighbors were well-seasoned anglers but were not well-studied with current regulations. After they learned that I am up-to-date, they showed me each of their catches and asked me if they are legal or not. They were delighted to learn that the information they sought was right in front of them, thanks to @Mahigeer who set that regulartion rule board up. I told them about you and the stories about your overnight fishing and hoop netting at the very spot..... :)
 
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#19
Thanks for the report and pics. I've never been to Catalina but from all the reports I've read here throughout the years I've never seen it so packed. Reminds me of Pacifica pier in the Bay Area. Glad you had fun.
 
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Thanks for the report and pics. I've never been to Catalina but from all the reports I've read here throughout the years I've never seen it so packed. Reminds me of Pacifica pier in the Bay Area. Glad you had fun.
Thanks. Fun I had for sure! I have been to Pacifica pier a few times so I understand what you mean. Cabrillo Mole is much smaller the Pacifica. Loved tossing a dungeness snair from it.