Quick Report from Catalina Cabrillo Mole Pier 5/2

evanluck

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#1
Took the 6:30AM Boat from Long Beach. Arrived at 7:40PM rigged up two poles with hi-lo, size 6 bait holder hooks and one larger setup with a 2/0 Circle hook on a dropper loop.

Bite was on the slow side today but slightly better than our last trip. The one new situation was that squid was far less effective bait than on previous trips. I rigged up a whole squid on my larger setup and that would get consistently nibbled at until it had soaked for 10 minutes or longer and then the bites would slow down and eventually I would change the bait and the cycle would start over again.

This means the game today was trying to hook fish on the softer baits we had which was market shrimp and blood worms. A new trick we tried today which was effective enough that we will continue to do it is we would squeeze the orange stuff (hepatopancreas) out of the shrimp head and coat our cut pieces of shrimp in it before casting. This scent was more effective at attracting committed bites and many of the bigger fish I caught today were caught using this technique.

I ended catching 4 keeper sized sheephead with the largest being 17". I also caught a 15", 14" and released a 13" fish. My girlfriend caught a 14" sheephead but in general had a very slow day because she was unwilling to continue to rebait her hooks and her ability to set the hook on the smaller bites is not as developed. She ended downshifting to soaking squid with a bell on her rod but that produced very few bites and even the occasional ones she got did not commit.

Here is a video of my girlfriend landing her sheephead. She gets some nice applause from the crowd waiting for the next ferry.

I tracked my total fish count which was roughly
12 Sheephead (4 keeper sized and 8 shorts)
10 ocean white fish (all but two were small)
8 Calico bass (all shorts and small)
4 garibaldi
1 blacksmith
1 sculpin
1 tree fish (first time catch for me)

Did not see any bonito or opal eye caught from the Mole although a group of guys that came in the late afternoon had fished the green pleasure pier earlier and reported an excellent bass bite including a couple keeper sized fish and a 14" Opal eye as well as a couple trigger fish.

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Mahigeer

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#2
Thanks for the report.

Some would say 37 fish is not a slow day.

I will be there 5/25-27 staying at Catalina Seacrest Inn.

If anyone wants to join me.

Lots of videos with a new setup to be recorded.
Plan to record with camera looking down and mark where it was recorded on a map. That way we can avoid some rocks and other gear snagging locations.

Will see how it works.
 

EgoNonBaptizo

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#3
Man you are killing the sheephead! Leave some for the rest of us lol.

In all seriousness that is some good May fishing at the Mole, minus the absence of the bonito. The sport fleet is still getting them around Catalina, so it should only be a matter of time before they swing back around to Avalon.
 

evanluck

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#4
I would agree. I guess it just felt slow cause my girlfriend had such a slow day.

The bite was definitely on the slow side and the fish that we did not keep were all very small.

I felt different after I added up the fish count as compared when we were fishing.
Thanks for the report.

Some would say 37 fish is not a slow day.

I will be there 5/25-27 staying at Catalina Seacrest Inn.

If anyone wants to join me.

Lots of videos with a new setup to be recorded.
Plan to record with camera looking down and mark where it was recorded on a map. That way we can avoid some rocks and other gear snagging locations.

Will see how it works.
 
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evanluck

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#5
I’ll try to plan my next trip around a desirable tide schedule and dedicate much more time and focus to try and get some bonito.
Man you are killing the sheephead! Leave some for the rest of us lol.

In all seriousness that is some good May fishing at the Mole, minus the absence of the bonito. The sport fleet is still getting them around Catalina, so it should only be a matter of time before they swing back around to Avalon.
 
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