Cattle Boat trip in San-Pedro may 26th

#1
My son wanted to get me out on the water for an early Father's day gift, I'm kinda set in my way's, my son likes to try "new" things, so we ended up on a boat to fish Catalina. Now, I'm not gonna (BAD) mouth anyone or thing, and the boat was large/spacious/n/comfortable, kinda unique it had a rounded stern which was kinda neat! We had a good bait tank full of some really nice sardines, the deck-hand cut up a box of squid on the way out, we had about 30 passengers on board, (not the hard-core fisherman type) you understand! Anytime i'm out on the water "fishing" i'm hav'ing a GOOD time, and I was really hoping to catch a nice yellow-tail, so I fly-lined sardine's all day long without even a nibble, most all the other ( i don't really wanna call'em anglers) "people" were fishing dropper-loops-n-weights catching 8"-to-10" white-fish. All in all it was a pretty sorry trip! But I had fun flipping 'dines and dreaming of a screaming drag!
 
#2
Always a good time anytime you can get out. Unfortunately cat has been up and down bitewise this year with the constant weather changes.
 
#3
That sounds about typical for Catalina party boats. A little trick when the yellows aren’t around and there’s nothing but little bottomfish is to chunk up some sardines and drop them down on a dropper loop with a sz 1-1/0 hook and fluorocarbon leader. The nicer grade sheephead will be all over that.
 
#4
Yea, that sounds like wise Info, the fact is a 4lb sheephead took the jackpot! The deckhand seemed to have his hands full so I wound up "helping" several (patrons) get tied up to fish, I guess I looked like the OLD PRO to that bunch of tourists! It earned me a few beers anyhow!!! Always happy to help, he, he, he, only wish karma woulda let me snag a nice yellow! There's always NEXT TIME!!!!!!!!!! i hope.
 

Red Fish

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#5
Yea, that sounds like wise Info, the fact is a 4lb sheephead took the jackpot! The deckhand seemed to have his hands full so I wound up "helping" several (patrons) get tied up to fish, I guess I looked like the OLD PRO to that bunch of tourists! It earned me a few beers anyhow!!! Always happy to help, he, he, he, only wish karma woulda let me snag a nice yellow! There's always NEXT TIME!!!!!!!!!! i hope.
Thanks for the report! I have been looking at a lot of the trips with Dan Hernandez on TV. Some are good to decent with firecracker yellows, calico, and bonito fishing right around Catalina. Others, not so good, where they are catching sculpin, barracuda, and small calico.
Gives me an idea what to expect on the day trips from LB.
 

Mahigeer

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#6
I learned a lesson last time (several years ago), I went from San Pedro to Catalina to fish.

The trip was called a ¾ day (12 hrs.) trip and it was $75.00.

Well the captain was driving so slow that at one point a small dingy with a small outboard was passing us.

3.5 HOURS ONE WAY. NO TYPO HERE.

That made 7:00 hours of driving round trip. Then another 2:00 hours or so of positioning, dropping, lifting anchor, etc.

So basically I paid $75.00 for three hours of net fishing.

No yellow is what I remember, but cannot remember the other catch.

No more cattle boat trips for me, unless I an afford the long range ones.
 
#7
I apreasiata any and all comments, I say "a bad day fishing is better than a GOOD day working!!! Really tho, I learn something on every trip I go on. Sometimes more than once...…! "if ya know what I mean"
 
#8
Well i hope to change that, i could use the $75, heheheheh
im planning on going at least three times a month, so if you wanna go. also might be fishing the horseshoe, heard big barracudas hangs out there!!

keep them tight!!!