Giant lobster at the Island

Guys are getting limits of big legal lobsters on the front side of Catalina, especially in deeper water- 150 to 200 feet close to structure. One of the tricks to having a successful trip is having a lot of weight. Try securing a flat 5lb weight to the bottom of your Promar hoop net. This will help get it down faster. The extra weight will also prevent the current from moving it or carrying it away. Make sure you always have an extra 50 feet of rope with you than the depth your hooping at (Promar has these at your local tackle stores).. it might be the difference of not losing your gear. The best bait to use is oily fish- sardine, mackerel, salmon heads & tuna heads are great examples. To secure your bait, I suggest using- Scotty Bait Cages or Promar Crab/Lobster Bait Cages and they’re seal proof. These items can make or break your trip if a seals get a hold of them! Remember… the first crawl can be one of your best sets, so get your traps out early, just before dark!

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9th annual Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat, and Travel Show at the OC Fair and Event Center February 16,17,18.

The 2018 Season will kick off with the 9th annual Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat, and Travel Show at the OC Fair and Event Center February 16,17,18. This year will bring the largest selection of top fishing boats and tackle our show has ever seen. Names like Boston Whaler, Parker, Defiance, Grady White, Thresher, Robalo, Klammath, and Power Skiff to name a few will be on display. Tackle dealers will be showing their new gear and having the best deals of the year. If you are looking to travel to Mexico, Alaska, or British Columbia we have you covered with some of the top lodges around.

If your game is to come learn from the pros and get the info to change the way you fish this season then our show is the place to be. We have compiled the top producing captians for giant bluefin tuna this last season. Captains Duane “Diego” Mellor, Jay Krist, and Greg Trompas will light up the stage Saturday and Sunday giving you insight on how to consistently catch these big bluefin. We have teamed up with Traeger Wood Fired Grills to give away a Tailgater Grill Package at the end of each of the bluefin seminars(must be present to win).

Have you noticed that toward the end of last season there were a handful of Swordfish caught by recreational anglers deep dropping off Catalina, one angler got two in two trips? Well the techniques have been mastered and we are flying Captain RJ Boyle out here from Florida to let the cat out of the bag on tackle and techniques. Joining him on stage will be Captain Todd Mansur a multi generation commercial Harpoon captain to teach us how to locate the waters these swordfish are feeding in and how to approach them on the surface.

For our local seminars we will have a Bay 101 that some of the top competitive Bay Anglers will give you insight on making a day in the Bay top notch. John Doughty of JD’s Big Game, Capt. Gerry Mahieu, and Bobby Martinez have you covered from all angles from live bait to tossing plastics its all there.

Those of you who love Catalina will be in for a big treat with Captains Joe Barian and Mark Wisch tag teaming the topic. Bring note taking materials as these guys have more combined experience at the Island then anyone! Another local favorite will be our Local Coastal Hidden Spots seminar on Friday will be Erik Landesfieind and Todd Mansur give out some local hot spots and how to approach and set up on them, priceless info. Sunday it will be Jimmy Decker and Dave Hansen on the same topic but with a different twist.

Come out and join the fun, first 50 through the door over 21 each day will receive a free beer coupon. Also there will be goodie bags for some early show attendees as there will be Bomber Polarized Glasses for the first 5 through the door as well as many other great items. Each day we will have an end of the day raffle, Friday we will be giving away a gift package worth over $2000 at 6:15 (must be present to win). We will also be raffling off a Pro22 Grill Package each evening Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 (must be present to win).

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Bluefin still stacked up on the 60 Mile Bank!

The bluefin bite hasn’t stopped yet.. they’re not the giants, but ranging anywhere from 10 to 30lbs. The go to set-up has been a 25 to 30lb rig, but when it starts slowing down, try dropping down to a 15 or 20lb fluoro top shot and a smaller hook, such as: #2 & #4. Fish hard when they start to bite.. because the bite usually ends before noon. Keep sending in those reports, thanks!



Yellowfin Off Pyramid Cove

A great report came in yesterday evening.. a grip of yellowfin were caught a few miles off of Pyramid Cove. Also, the bluefin are still stacked up out on Desperation reef. The season isn’t over!


Great Fall Marlin Fishing

Reports are coming in over the past week of marlin stacked up on the Osborn Bank. Guys are releasing double and triple hook ups. It’s about as good as it gets so late in the year.


Limits of Yellowfin

There is a good size school of yellowfin around the 226, 302 & 371 area. They are the schoolie kind, not much in size, but  lot of fun on little line. Guys are reporting finding them by watching for bird schools, and blind jig stops. When you get hooked up, don’t forget to keep chumming with chunk and brailing bait to keep them around the boat. The water temp has been 72-73 degree. Good luck, and keep sending in your reports, thanks.


Dancing Dorado Showing Up On The Kelps

We’ve been getting reports over the weekend of guys catching dorado off the kelps.. Capt Rob on the Rusty Hook, reported a nice size paddy a few miles off  Newport holding a big number of dorado. Rob and his son Bima bagged 5 up to 13lbs, all on sardine.. they were using 40# mono & 25# fluoro.


Big Bluefin Eating the Kite & Poppers

The reports over the weekend from guys with the most success on bigger grade bluefin were on the kite & yummer flyer.. also the popper was working well. The best action has been around the 302 with a nice volume of fish over the 100 to 200 mark. It’s important to pay close attention to the slack tides. This is when you have your best shot at the bigger grade of fish, especially when they’re up foaming! Keep sending us your reports and good luck.



Barracuda Are On The Flats

There has been a lot of cuda action this week with some big logs pushing over ten pounds! Most of the action has been on the surface iron- Salas 7x and Tady 45! Keep yours eyes peeled for bird schools and keep watching your meter. Good luck out there, and keep posting those reports!


Yellows Stacked Up Below The Border

There’s been a huge volume of smaller grade yellowtail caught just below the border. While guys are searching for the big bluefin, and coming across kelps loaded with yellows, and limiting out. It’s been a wide open bite the last few days. They’re eating everything from fin-bait to the iron. This is definitely a good sign of what’s to come!


Big Coastal Threshers On The Chew

The bigger threshers pushing over 300lbs have been showing up off La Jolla and above Dana Point for a solid week or so.. with the biggest concentration off of La Jolla. The reports we’re getting are a few guys are tail hooking them dragging Rapalas, but most of them are slow trolling macks using circle hooks and downriggers to mouth hook them to watch the aerial show, and be able to release them.


Coastal & Island Seabass

It’s that time of year when the big tanker seabass start showing up along the coast and islands. There’s been good fishing from Newport reef down to the golf balls, some fish coming in at over 60 plus pounds. They’re inhaling the live mackerel on a 30lb drop loop set-up. The backside of Catalina has also been doing very well. Guys are getting them in tight to the beach in the milky water. Your best chances are using live squid.


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