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Change of Scenery (6/26)
« on: June 27, 2020, 09:35:58 AM »
Working weekends is the norm now, so I get out when I can see an opportunity in the weather.  I was thinking of checking out the 9-mile, but heard there was the WON tuna tournament, so didn't want to be outside with a mess of guys tourney fishing.
Plan B was to hit LJ and catch some mack and slow troll.  Unlike last week, the macks were hard to find and come bye.  I managed 5 and slow trolled around, but there were a butt-load of boats and yakkers all over which made it pretty tough to get a consistent trolling line happening.  I needed peace and quiet so ran up to some patch of water that I don't fish as often as I probably should.  Great seeing the scenery from the other side.



I was up and tight to the beach in 12 feet of water slow trolling macks.  The mackerel were everywhere here and almost a pain in the butt!  LOL



I tried different depths and had dolphins literally following me the entire time.



I found a little structure a little deeper and trolled around it.  My bottom bouncing rig was good for catching big mackerel.  I can't believe they got that big ass hook in their mouths!  At least my livewell was filled!

My dropper mack gets slammed near the structure and I missed it, but pulled up this mess!



I lost 4 mackerel before finally getting a lingcod to the surface.  As I was uncorking the gaff, he came off and swam back down, but he wasn't the only one here.  I'm not sure if they migrate this way, but there were a bunch and they weren't right on the structure.  I picked up 4 more and got to use my newly wrapped virgin gaff to lip hook 3 and actually gaff one!  Four of them were 23-24.5" and I got one bigger unit at 33.75"!    Not bad at all!  I kept my first two and released the rest.



I made the run back before the wuind started in and tried drifting for halibut since I had a bunch of live macks left.  Only got a few bass hit and not much else to speak of and called it the day.  Lot's of stuff to get to at home and it felt good to make a few kills that were actually bigger than a boot. lol

I got some shark bait now!



I also learned a ton from my halibut guru commercial buddy who really enlightened me on bounce balling techniques.  I am literally stunned and need to readjust my method now as he catches more big halibut then anyone I know.
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Re: Change of Scenery (6/26)
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2020, 12:56:43 PM »
Nice lings.

More jealous of the macs.

And the intel.

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Re: Change of Scenery (6/26)
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2020, 08:20:34 PM »
Good eats!

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Re: Change of Scenery (6/26)
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2020, 06:16:11 AM »
The smaller gaff was perfect!  Now I just need a reason to pull out the big gaff and test that one out.
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Re: Change of Scenery (6/26)
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2020, 07:27:08 AM »
That's cool that you were able to hone in on the lingcod like that. One of my buddies and I were just talking yesterday about heading up in that direction next time to avoid the armada of other kayakers.

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Re: Change of Scenery (6/26)
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2020, 03:27:48 AM »
Two nice lings and shark bait too boot, it's a win win Tom   8)
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