07/22/14 Ran east with a crew of five from PA looking to bring home some fresh tuna for their vacation meals. Within ten minutes of setting the spread we have our first bluefin in the box. Another couple passes yield only one bite and that fish misses the hook. Worked a nearby hill that was holding schools of skipjack and managed pull another bluefin out of the skippys for our box. The next hour is dead so I decide to make a 8 mile run to the north. Ten minutes after arriving we have a big bite on our long rigger but the hook pulls. A couple turns later and the same rigger gets crushed and we release a 35 lb. bluefin since we already have our two “unders” in the box. Low on options I decide to run to some inshore gear looking for a mahi or two. After checking a few markers we find one holding a nice 12 lb. gaffer and manage a bite on light tackle adding that fish to the box as well. Today was far from action packed but the charter is very happy since they’ve heard my radio and know what’s been going on, or should I say NOT going on, today. This was the slowest day of fishing the OC fleet has seen so far this season. Many very good tuna boats were still looking for their first fish or in some cases their first bite, at 2:30 when we called it a day.
07/21/14 Every have one of those days when every decision you make is wrong…….yea. Ran to the chunking hill with high expectations with a crew of four from mid-state NY. Excitement slowly turned into board-um when after a few hours we hadn’t had our first pull yet except for a small mahi. All the while I’m listening to a buddy of mine who’s trolling and having a great day. Finally around 9:30 I can’t take it anymore and pull in the butterfish and head for a different area. As soon as we arrive we put another nicer mahi in the box and go one for two on bluefin bites adding a 30 lb. bluefin to the box as well. The next two hours produce…….NOTHING. I call a couple other boats who have been trolling and their bites have stopped too. The crew decides to throw in the towel a little early to beat what looked to be t-storms building to our west. A phone call later in the evening reveals the chunking bite turned on heavy about an hour after we left.
07/20/14 Turned around due to rough conditions.
07/19/14 Our first chunking trip of the season and ten minutes after we set the baits I know it’s gonna be a good one. The bite was hot but the current was even hotter making landing these fat yellowfin super tough, turning what should be 10-15 minute fights into 30-45 minute back breakers. By 9:30 backs and arms are shot and the guys call it a day with 325 pounds of yellowfin in the box.
07/18/14 Hero to zero in less than twenty-four hours. Worked hard looking for fish today for this crew of five but it just wasn’t to be. A quick swing through a small fleet of boats chunking told me that would be the ticket. Even though we didn’t have a huge amount of chunk with us I felt what we did have would be enough to get our final bluefin. With two “under” bluefin already in the box the guys decide against chunking and tell me to stick with the trolling and see what we can find. Looked everywhere but could only manage to add one more to the box, a small gaffer mahi.
07/17/14 Ran east with two dads and two lads looking to bend a rod on some tuna. The morning bite was pretty good yielding bluefin, yellowfin and a 15 lb. mahi. After going nearly 90 minutes without a pull I decide to make a 5 mile troll to another of our favorite bluefin hills since we need one more under to hit the limit. as we’re climbing the outside edge of the hill we get hit and a few minutes later we put our last bluefin in the box. About twenty minutes later I notice some bait on the surface. I swing the boat pulling the spread through the bait and wham; nine rods go down. All four angles are cranking like made and somehow we manage to get eight of the fish to the boat. Back in the slip with three bluefin, one fat yellowfin, two mahi and four very happy anglers.
07/16/14 Turned back after 45 minutes due to building seas and increasing winds.
07/15/14 Rescheduled to September due to weather.
07/14/14 Today’s trip began last evening with a call urging the family to consider cancelling due to the forecast. After 15 minutes of consideration they decide to give it a go. Pulling out of the slip I double check to make sure they haven’t changed their minds, nope. Arrived at the bluefin hill with one of the kids already down. Within 30 minutes we have two more family members down. After an hour in very sporty conditions and with only a white marlin encounter dad decides to call the trip. After arriving back in the slip the family told me “you tried to warn us”. Something I heard one time; If the guy who runs the roller coaster urges you not to ride it, you might want to listen to him.
07/12/14 & 07/13/14 Out for our first 24 hours trip on the new boat. After running south to the Washington canyon we decide to kill some time by looking under lobster gear for mahi while the daytime trolling fleet thins-out. Other than a few micro mahi we nab nothing. By 3:30 boats are starting to leave so we change the spread and go looking for tuna. Our first bite takes less than five minutes but the fish completely missed the hook. The next encounter is a double blow-up and both of these yellowfin miss too. Seems I’m trolling in the blind tuna area. An hour passes and nothing then suddenly we get hit by three at once. One fish never comes tight but the other two find the hook and by the amount of drag they’re pulling both are fat fish. One makes it in the box but the other gets too close too fast and our angler can’t dump the rod quick enough to avoid getting cut-off under the boat. Sometime around 8 pm a buddy of mine tells me to throw some chunks, it’s working! Since our plan was to use the $$ saved by not buying butterfish to cover the fuel required to run 45 mile north overnight to the bluefin grounds I wondering how long we can last with the four boxes of squid I threw on just for any how. Dave ties some chunking rigs and start feeding out two lines. Less than ten pulls later we have the first fish hooked-up. The next few hours provide steady action on super mean yellowfin. The only problem, we can’t go with leader any heavier than 50 lb. or the fish would just not touch the bait. Many of these fish were taking multiple anglers and 30+ minutes to land, very very feisty fish tonight. Shortly after midnight the bite nearly stops. Sometime around 3 am a bigeye tuna decides to grab our chunk bait. Seventy-five minutes and six anglers later we see the fish (125 lb. range) but the light leader can’t take any more and chaffs through with thirty feet left to go. The morning yields only a couple small fish and we wrap it up by 8 am. At the end of the trip the scorecard reads six in the box, four broken off and one straightened out circle hook.
07/11/14 Today found us looking for bluefin at one of our favorite hills. Within thirty minutes of lines in we have both of our “unders”so we put out the big baits and go in search of our “over”. I looked all over this hill as well as three others but couldn’t buy a big bite just a couple more under bites. I even went so far as to scan the radio but it seemed that the few overs that we caught today taken between 6 & 6:30. Bad news since my guys were 25 minutes late to the boat.
07/10/14 Ran north with a crew from Lancaster PA looking for some bluefin tuna. Worked an area for about 45 minutes without a pull and no marks on the sounder. All the while I’m listening to a couple buddies of mine doing very well about 14 miles to our south and through some very rough seas. Thank heaven for the 35 which made the run tolerable. The bite was great with only a few slack times in the action. We put two “unders” in the box rather quickly and release several others. Just before 11 am we get the right bite and put our “over” a 55 inch 85 lb. bluefin in the box. At that point the crew decides to roll home since one guy hasn’t been doing very well since that first run.
07/09/14 Another offshore crew that opted for a day of triggerfish action as opposed to sitting on the beach. The morning bite was steady but shortly before noon the fish shut down completely. Back in the slip a little early with 19 triggers in the box.
07/07/14 & 07/08/14 cancelled due to weather.
07/06/14 Out with a solo angler looking to break a string of bad trips. Frank has been out on three different boat in OC and never had any success. After a 2¼hour run east Dave sets the spread. Fifteen minutes later Frank is doing battle with his first marlin and after a 10 minute fight the fish is next to the boat for pictures. With one species down we turn our attention to tuna. I make a 14 mile troll to an area that I think will give him his best shot at his first tuna. With ¾ of a mile left to go I see a school of tuna rolling on the surface. I make a hard turn and pull the spread right through school. Five rods go down at the same time, and remember, I only have one angler on board. One fish pulls off immediately but the other four are solidly hooked. After 30 minutes of shear chaos, we have all four in the box ranging in size from 45 to 62 lbs. Completely exhausted and one fish over his limit Frank tells me to head for the barn.
07/05/14 Today’s trip was to be offshore for tuna but the big blow from yesterday still had things too rough in the canyons. Fortunately this crew just wanted some fun and were absolutely fine with a near shore trip looking for triggers. After an hour ride in fairly nice seas we set up on one of my favorite triggerfish haunts. During the next few hours the action was furious. The only break was when the spinner sharks would cruise through and we’d try to snag one of them. Back in the slip with the charters limit plus a few we allowed them to throw in the box for Dave and I.
07/04/14 Cancelled due to weather.
07/03/14 Our for a day of wreck with a crew from the island of Trinidad. Pushed our way south in choppy conditions to arrive at my favorite triggerfish area just in time for a couple rain/wind squall lines. After the weather passed we found fair action yielding triggerfish, tog and sea bass. Back in the slip an hour early with a nice mixed bag of fish in the box.
07/02/14 Ran south in heavy seas with a great group of guys all guards from Allenwood Prison in PA. Didn’t figure we’d have any problems putting fish in the box based on yesterdays trip….wrong. Arrived at the honey hole with three other boats and set out the baits. Hours go by without a pull. Finally around noon we have a double header of tuna.. but they’re both very small yellowfins. One makes it, the other gets tossed back. Try as I may, I could not get a bite the rest of the day. While everyone had slow fishing I have no excuse. Two of the other boats had three in the box and Capt. Mark had five. I really prefer catching as opposed to fishing
07/01/14 A day of tuna fishing with a grandfather and his sixteen year old grandson. We were gonna look for some mahi but decided to push through the seas and head south to try and get Nick his first yellowfin. Lines no longer hit the water and we have our first fish of the day, a small mahi. Arrive at the yellowfin hole and start to mark circles like the other 30 boats are doing. Sometime around 11:00 two yellowfin blow-up on our sreader bars, one comes tight and 10 minutes later Nick has is 45 lb. tuna in the box. The next couple hours produce three more yellowfin, two blt’s (barely legal tuna) and one solid 50 lb. fish.
06/29/14 Ran east with a crew from southern VA looking for some action. Shortly after throwing the lines in I notice something in the distance, weeds, and lots of them. Less than 45 seconds after entering the “hay field” we have our first mahi on the line. A couple fish later a white marlin crashes our long rigger and Ben’s joins a select club who can hold that marlin release flag. Spent the rest of the day picking away at the mahi, with a couple nice gaffers mixed in too.
06/28/14 Last minute cancellation.
06/27/14 Pushed east with a crew of six looking to catch their first tuna. Dave no longer get the spread set and our middle rigger get nailed. A few minutes later we put a small yellowfin in the box. A few minutes late a nice gaffer mahi hangs himself on our long rigger. I swing around for another pass and this time we have another mahi bite that doesn’t come tight. With high hopes I work the area for another thirty minutes without a pull so I decide to push over the edge and see what’s there. Several miles of trolling and I see and hear of nothing so I decide to head back to where we had the morning action. With less than a mile to go the wind suddenly starts ripping out of the north. In no time the ocean had gone from flat slicky calm to choppy whitecaps and building. Work the area for about an hour before I decide we need to get while the getting is good. Thank heaven for the new boat. The extra size and weight made the ride home fairly comfortable in very crappy conditions.
06/26/14 Today started last evening with a phone call offering to take this south for trigger action as opposed to the scheduled 8 hour bluefin trip. Reason for the offer, simple, I don’t know of any bluefin on our inshore lumps yet. The crew decided to stick with their initial plan realizing we might end up with the dreaded “skunk”. Looked all over a couple of our favorite bluefin haunts but never had a pull or marked any fish/bait. Luckily we did find a couple mahi (3) so we didn’t have to face the skunk.
06/24/14 Another day of trigger action on a different wreck but in the same area as yesterday. Bite was as good as I’ve even seen it with triggers everywhere. Missing today were the spadefish, one one in the box. Back in the slip early with 40+ tasty triggers ready for the blackening seasoning or deep fryer.
06/23/14 Ran to my favorite triggerfish hole with a crew from PA for a day of fun. The bite was awesome with a mix of triggers, spadefish, tog and a big sheepshead. With a box full of fish, the guys called it a day early.
06/21/14 Another tilefish trip with a super great crew from D & D Auto Body of Frederick, MD. Bite was off the charts good although we didn’t see as many goldens as yesterday. However, we did get one 25 lb. golden and several jumbo blueline. Sometime around noon we hit the magic number so we throw out a makeshift trolling spread and point toward the barn. Back in the slip with 35 tilefish in the box and ready for Avak’s grill.
06/20/14 Today’s deep drop trip started off with a little trolling while heading toward the tilefish hole. It figures, the day we’re not really looking for tunas we get nailed. Before even arriving at the drop site we have four nice yellowfins in the box and several others that missed the hooks. The tilefish bite was red hot with a nice mix of goldens & bluelines. Back in the slip with four yellowfin and thirty tilefish in the box.
06/19/14 Took my best buddy and some of his buds from PA out for a day of fun fishing. Bite started slow but after our 3rd move, we hit the jackpot. The next few hours was crazy with triggerfish, spadefish and a very nice 7½ lb. sheepshead landed by Evan G. Back in the slip with a cooler full of fish ready for the evening fish fry.
06/17/14 Out with a family from western PA for some tog & triggerfish action. Bite was red hot with a mixed bag of ½” under tog and an occasional triggerfish flury. Sent the family back to their condo with pure white fillets from 14 triggers.
06/16/14 Two half-day trips found surprisingly good tog & triggerfish action over some very sticky bottom. Sent both crews home with some very tasty fish for dinner.
06/15/14 Spent today with the boyz of Denlinger Fisher Builders from Strasburg, PA. We wanted to run for tuna but the NW winds that nailed us yesterday we still puffing offshore so we hung close to the beach and played with the tog & triggerfish for a few hours. The bite was good and held on for most of the five hour trip. Sent the guys back to PA with enough fish for a company fish fry.
06/14/14 First tuna trip of the year finds us pushing east in light seas and a favorable forecast. Set the spread and the hunt begins. About 15 minutes later there’s a huge boil behind the one spreader bar but the fish never comes back. I swing around and after two passes over the same area we have something playing with a rigger bait. The mate drops it back but the fish just keeps toying with it. After the teasing stopped I assumed it was a micro mahi too small for the hook. Suddenly my bridge rod is being messed with so I feed the bait and throw up the drag….got him! Sure that we have a mahi I’m shocked to see a white marlin jumping behind the boat. Ten minutes later Trevor pulls Tim’s first marlin into the boat for a couple quick pictures before being released. Fifteen minutes later while working the same little area we have a another rigger bite that doesn’t come tight. Made another couple passes and wham!!! We get jumped on by four yellowfins. One pulls off almost immediately but the other 3 make it in the box. While this was all happening the winds, which were not to be bad at all, have gone to 20 -25 knots out of the northwest and the seas are building fast. Unfortunately a few of the anglers who battled the tunas aren’t feeling so great and they ask to head back.
06/12/14 Today was to be a full day sea bass trip but due to the lack of keeper size sea bass we decide to do a 5 hour tog trip instead. Fishing was a little slow for the first 30 minutes but then the tog must have had their first cup of coffee and the bite took off, well, at least for some of the crew. The others, well , lets just say the fish ate very well that day. Managed to put a couple keepers in the box the largest was Rich’s at just under 5 lb.
06/10/14 Out for a half-day tog trip with two 13 year old boys and granddad. I guess the late night and early morning combo didn’t work for these two youngsters from WV. One was fast asleep in the cabin, the other joined him after about five minutes of fishing. This left granddad as the only angler. Unfortunately, knee & foot issues only allowed him to feed the tog for a few minutes at a time between breaks. After a couple hours it was clear the boys weren’t gonna wake up so granddad told me to head back.
06/09/14 First deep drop trip of the year started with much discussion about the forecast prior to leaving and a deposit refund offer. After a boat ride which made me very happy I’d bought the 35 when set up for a drift in slightly shallower water on an area I’ve always wanted to drop on. Two drifts and nothing prompts me to head deeper. Set up on one of my favorite golden tile holes and sent the baits down. First couple drifts produced bites but no fish. Moved to a second deep hole with the same outcome. Now it is early in the day and clouds are hiding the sun but come-on fish. Our third deep stop sees fish on every rod….finally. As they break the surface I’m kinda surprised to see black belly rosefish hanging from the hook, and nice ones at that. Spent the next two hours picking away at the rosefish with a nice 25 lb. golden thrown in for good measure and then it happened. The current started running so hard out of the north we couldn’t hold bottom, even for 10 seconds, with 48 oz. in anything deeper that 600 feet, to shallow for my golden holes. Ground out the rest of the day but we were kinda screwed from noon on with the current. Wonder if the guys wished they’d have taken that refund offer??
06/07/14 Out with one of my favorite couples, plus one, for a day of tog action. The bite was great and hung on through most of the day. Sometime around noon the bite slowed to a grubby pick. Hauled anchor a few minutes early with a limit of tog headed back to Frederick MD.
06/06/14 Pushed east with a crew of four looking for a big shark. The first two hours only produced two bite neither of which came tight. Our next encounter has a small shark screwing around with a bait, finally he takes it. When we get the fish boat side we are surprised to find that we’ve just landed a small white shark. Yes, as in great white. About an hour later we finally have hooked the fish we’re looking for, a very big thresher shark. After 90 minutes with some very impressive tail action we have the fish boat side. Back at the scales we’re thrilled to see 610 lb. on the display.
06/04/14 PM trip. This half-day trip was to run tomorrow but due to expected winds and rain and the flexibility of the crew we moved it to this afternoon. Ran to another near-shore tog wreck and immediately started pounding on the tog. The bite was epic at times fair at worst. Dad and two sons just couldn’t keep up with sister Sarah. This twenty some year old from Iowa showed no mercy to brother & dad out fishing them 3:1. Sent this crew back to DE with sore arms and a nice tog dinner.
06/04/14 Out with a crew of grandfathers, son and 8 year old granddaughter for a day of near-shore tog fishing. Flat calm conditions and hungry fish made had spirits high. Unfortunately what seemed to be a drug reaction between medications and sea sickness pills forced us to bring one of the senior members of the crew in after about 2 hours. Back out with father and daughter and the hungry tog were waiting. Spent the rest of the day watching Hadley crank on fish after fish.
06/01/14 A few hours of tog fishing with a couple from MD. Conditions were kinda sporty and I’m a little worried tog might not bite. Wow was I wrong. These fish chewed the bottom off the boat grabbing the bait before it ever hit bottom. Cathy put on an tog catching seminar for the entire trip landing one right after another.
05/31/14 Broke the inlet with a bachelor party crew of six out for a day of fun. Slightly worried about the guys from what I’d overheard at the dock about the previous nights antics I offer them a shorter trip hanging closer to the beach for tog. After a quick discussion they decide to push east and look for sea bass. Arrived at the ground, set the anchor and immediately had a beautiful chum slick behind the boat. Over the course of the next three hours I don’t think we ever had more than three lines in the water at any given point. At one point I actually had more people hanging over the side of the boat chumming than people fishing. The guys took it in stride and like all guys do seemed to really have fun busting on the poor sucker who at sick at the moment. Finally the groom to be had enough and called it a day. Sent them home with enough fish for a fish taco dinner.
05/28/14 Out with a crew of college age Mountaineers (think WV) for a day of sea bass action. The bite was very good all day with only one little lull in the action around noon. The problem today was the size. Fish after fish hit the tape at 11¾ to 12¼ and finding a 12½ fish seemed nearly impossible. Worked all my little haunts and tried every trick I know of but nothing seemed to make a difference. Out of what I’m sure was well over 200 fish only about 20 made the cut.
05/26/14 A short notice 4 hour trip with a family of four from Clarksville, MD. Set up on a nearby tog wreck and sent down the green crabs. The bite was great with everyone getting in on the action. Josh, age 13, was showing mom, dad and little brother how its done catching one right after another. With 20 minutes left in the day and everyone else taking a break, I decide that with just a little coaching younger brother Matt might just surprise everyone. His 12th fish of the trip is also the largest tipping the scales at nearly 5 lb.
05/25/14 Today found me running east with a bachelor party of four looking to have some fun with sea bass. Drifted one of my favorite areas during the morning with moderate success and even some keepers mixed in with the throw backs. Shortly after 10:00 I decide the conditions may allow us to anchor over some of the most sticky bottom areas we fish, old cable piles. The bite is red hot and the size, best we’ve seen so far this season. Normally I shy away from this area except for with the most experience crews since the chance for epic amounts of sinker loss can quickly send the trip into the red. Today wasn’t too bad and by the time the guys had enough, a respectable box full of fish was headed to the fish monger. The real shock was finding the guys only wanted a few fish which made several people around the marina VERY happy including the captains family.
05/24/14 Ran east with a crew of four from Crofton, MD looking for some sea bass dinners. NOAA is up to their old tricks promising light winds and slight seas only to be smacked in the face after 10 miles. Today’s plan was to drift but the 15-20 knot winds wouldn’t hear of it so we threw the hook and hoped for the best. The bite was sporadic, they’d chew for thirty minutes then shut down for thirty. The numbers weren’t huge but the fish we were seeing are better size than in previous days. Back in the slip with about 40 in the box.
05/22/14 Made a big run north to an area that was very good to us last season. The day started off great with several nice sea bass going in the box as well as a few jumbo ling cod. Sometime around 9 the wind turns the fog/rain roll in and the drift goes completely bananas. Worked all over this area but could only pick one or two keepers per piece. I think the water up here might even be colder than what we’ve been seeing down south based on the ling cod and the absolutely stupid numbers of dogfish sharks. With a couple hours left in the day we decide to run inshore and set up on a tog wreck since no one in this crew has ever caught a tog before. The bite was good for most, excellent for one. Added a couple tog to the box and lost two pigs that had the rods doubled-over and pulling drag. Back in the slip with mixed bag of fish but no huge numbers.
05/21/14 Out with a crew looking for some sea bass dinners. Bite starts off OK but by mid morning slows drastically. Bounced around an area 16 mile east of the inlet but never could find any good numbers of keeper size fish. I think the main biomass of our sea bass might still be offshore due to the very cold water. This would also explain the large numbers of dogfish sharks we’re encountering.
05/20/14 Pushed east today on a standard 8 hour trip with a crew from Mt. Airy MD looking for sea bass. The bite was very tough and the current….CRAZY! Worked hard hitting little pieces all over but found way too many 12″ fish. Back in the slip with 38 fish in the box.
05/19/14 Out for the opening day of sea bass with a crew of four on a standard trip 8 hour trip. Decided to run slightly north to a wreck that was holding some nice bass two weeks ago. With 5 miles to go I see a boat steaming from the north much closer to the wreck than we were. I throw the coals to the new engines but his proximity was too much to over come. Now I’m at Plan B before the day even begins. Set up on a small piece inshore of our intended target and turned the guys loose. Bite was OK but lots of fish ¼inch under the limit. Worked hard all day to scratch out a catch moving among the smaller inshore wrecks. Finally with an our left in the day the other guy pulls off the big wreck and we’re there. Unfortunately, the current turned from the east and the bite slowed everywhere. Back in the slip with 40 fish in the box. 20 more would have finished our day.
05/18/14 A day of tog fishing with a father and son from the DC area. Like the last few trips the morning was slow but sometime around 9:30 someone turned the switch on. Bite was great over the next couple hours. Their limit was reached and several nice fish were released. Back in early allowing a better drive home for the pair.
05/16/14 Cancelled due to 30 kt. winds.
05/17/14 Two half-day trips found very good tog action from late morning on. Both crews were completely new to tog fishing but caught on quickly especially Tom from the afternoon trip. He proceeded to put on a tog catching clinic for nearly 45 minutes, one right after another. Sent both crews back to their motels with plenty of fresh tog just waiting for the deep fryer.
05/15/14 A last minute half-day trip with a crew of twenty year olds from Gettysburg down for the hot rod weekend. Bite was exactly like yesterday, slow in the morning much better after that. These kids had a ball all except for one. I think his old friend buddywiser was still with him from the night before. Sent the crew back to their condo with plenty of fresh tog for a fish dinner.
05/14/14 Out for a day of tog action with three super nice guys from PA. As we cleared the inlet it was painfully obvious NOAA’s forecasting ability hasn’t improved since last season. We decide to hang fairly tight to the beach and knock the trip down to five hours. The bite was slow the first two hours but really turned on the last half of the trip. When it was time to haul anchor we were two fish shy of our limit.
05/10/14 Pushed south through some fairly choppy seas with a crew of anglers most of whom are new to tog fishing. The first two hours are fairly slow except for the sea bass bite. Mark, one of the guys who has been toggin before did manage to drop what looked to be a double digit fish during the fight. During a late morning snack break I hear the mate yell “oh no”. Yep, the long evil fruit makes its first appearance of the year. In short order he convinces Mark, the guy who lost the big one, to throw them overboard. Now mind you, we’re not superstitious on the Fin Chaser. The rest of the day was spent feeding tog. Felt so bad that this crew of super nice guys just couldn’t get the hang of hooking these crafty fish, I discounted the trip a little. Big fish of the day was a 5 lb. white chin.
05/09/14 Steamed NE with a crew of five completely new to ocean fishing. Our first drop found steady action…speedy sea again. Made a three mile move but it seemed the sea bass followed us there. Ran in to very shallow water knowing there wouldn’t be any SB to devour or crab. Spent the last two hours of the day bouncing to three wrecks but couldn’t get any kind of a bite going. FYI..the first mako was brought back to OC today on a boat fishing fishing 65 mile off the beach.
05/07/14 Our season finally begins with a crew from NY looking for monster tog. First wreck produced some super nice fish, unfortunately, they were sea bass. These buggers were so veracious I don’t think a tog had a chance at getting to the bait first. Second stop had the same outcome with a few more tog mixed in. Made a big move to number three stop. Bite started off good just not a lot of size. With 45 minutes left in the day, the bite completely shut down. In our slip four fish shy of our limit.