Fishing Report: 10/31/15
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Duration: 1.5 day
Boat: Pacific Queen (Fisherman’s Landing)
Bait: Small anchovies and very limited amounts of small sardine
Location: Cortez Bank
We departed around 830 and headed to Cortez Bank. We had the Shimano Swag Raffle once we left the harbor (the numbers drawn were 8, 9, and 10, weird). There were 26 passengers (33 was the max), and everyone seemed eager and in good spirits; no obvious jerks.
The trip out there was rough, lots of swells, and we were preparing for a wind-filled, swell-filled day! We arrived at Cortez Bank around 6am and the Royal Polaris and the Tribute were there with us looking for a spot to fish. The weather was beautiful and would stay that way the entire day!
Our first stop, we anchored and picked away at some school-sized yellowfin. After that, we spent the rest of the day looking for life and trolling between stops. When things slowed, we got word the yellowtail were biting in shallower water, so we headed that way; however, about half way there, we spotted multiple, gigantic breezers of skipjack that we just couldn’t pass up. It was beyond wide open. We captured fish on almost every cast.
We fished a LOT. The percentage of fishing vs driving around looking was extremely high. Great times!
All fish were captured on Shimano jigs (save for one on the troll that was a Yo-Zuri).
All totaled, I captured 20+ tunas and some bottom critters. Seven were yellowfin, and the rest were skipjack and salmon grouper (they will not leave the Flat-fall alone!) My fishing buddy Shane, had about the same number and variety of fish.
It’s always great getting back to Fisherman’s Landing in the early morning. The place is abuzz with boats coming and going, fish getting weighed, and jealous anglers wishing they were going on the five day to Guadalupe.
Fun story: A teenage kid was fishing jigs on the bow with us and wasn’t hooking up, so I traded rigs with him (he got my Tranx + Terez + Flat-fall) and he captured a 16lb bonito on his first cast! That fish ended up being the jackpot. He was stoked and he and his father went to buy some Shimano gear as soon as we landed 🙂
- Terminal tackle connection: I used the Springer knot instead of the San Diego jam knot.
- Treble hooks: I switched all my jigs’ hooks from treble to singe and noticed the hook-up ration was much higher.
- Leader connection: I lost a Waxwing because my Alberto knot came unraveled during the retrieve; not because of a fish, simply by fishing the jig. I think I figured out why this happens: because I cut the leader tag too close. One way to test if this knot will hold is to give both main lines several quick jerks/pops (after you cut the tag ends). One downside to the Alberto knot is that the leader’s tag faces up (away from the reel), meaning it hits the guides when casting, but that’s still better than losing a jig. Thus far, my favorite braid to leader (fluoro) connection is a Bimini twist to a wind-on leader but that’s too expensive to be practical. The uni to uni is good, but it has to be tied outside the guides which means it’s generally less than six feet in length; I like a 25 foot leader so I can quickly change jigs to see what works.
Goals for Next Time:
- I want to catch something on the Waxwing. Even when things are wide open, I still have no luck with that thing.
- Slow down and take time to properly bleed my fish; the end product is much better.
- (1) Tranx + Terez 8’ H + 65# PowerPro + 50# fluoro leader (wind-on) + 200g Flat-fall in phantom squid (Springer knot)
- (2) Talica 12II + Terez 8’ MH + 65# PowerPro + 3-way swivel + 12oz sinker + 2’ 40# leader + 1/0 ringed circle hook (Springer knot)
- (3) Talica 8II + Terez 8’ M + 50# PowerPro + 30# fluoro leader (wind-on) + 3/8oz egg sinker + #6 ringed j hook (Springer knot)
- (4) Trinidad 12 + Terez 8’ ML + 40# PowerPro + 20# fluoro leader (wind-on) + #6 ringed j hook (Springer knot)
- (5) Trinidad 16NA + Trevala 6’6” MH + 65# PowerPro + 40# fluoro leader (wind-on) + 240g Flat-side in blue sardine
- (6) Calcutta Conquest 400 + 9’ Teramar MH + 50# PowerPro + 30# fluoro leader (Alberto knot) + 80g Flat-fall in phantom squid (Springer knot)
- (7) Saragosa 8000 + 7’ 6” Terez MH + 50# PowerPro + 30# fluoro leader (Alberto knot) + sinking pencil (Springer knot)
- (8a) Talica 20II + Terez + giant marauder (loaner from Shimano)
- (8b) Talica 20II + Tallus + Yo-Zuri diver (loaner from Shimano)