1st time, deep(er) waters

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  1. Gabemorales

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    EC402B0B-5771-487C-B25A-B43C122DEA0F.jpeg 8AFE7545-D888-4411-A8DC-6601ECE273B1.jpeg 8B826EC1-0F2D-451C-B1E1-2929008DB299.jpeg 4DDE35C4-FCCD-4FF9-9953-650FF5BE3CC5.jpeg Finally mustered up the Huevos to go into 150+ feet of water. Got some great knowledge and advice from a fellow member on here, and played around the Point Loma area. Did some homework on Google earth, and managed to find a few spots that held decent fish. Main target was anything on the surface… But almost 0 Water movement and surface activity in the morning made me change the plans and go for the bottom.
    Got on some cool species, and even some reds and coppers in the more shallow water! Treefish, Johnny Bass, this hog of a rockfish (can anyone ID it?) that my buddy caught, dabs, and this tank that pulled drag on my gear and straightened out my hook (the unknown). So bummed but so much fun!
    And yes, I used HUBs. Bite me. Won their giveaway a while back so why not utilize the tackle I have lmao.
    Next stop! La Jolla :)
     
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    Nice , What is your boat? Just getting used to towing mine around and going to the lakes, The idea is to also , get a bait tank and some huevos , one day and hit the kelp, or rock piles.
     
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    18’ Bayrunner. What’re you running?
    Got a buddy that goes out to the kelp on his 14’ Klamath or Gregor but on perfect days.

    My advice is to fish the bay, head out to Zuniga and get familiar with the area and get very familiar with your boat. The bay/channel are by far much more rough than the open water. BY FAR.
    I’ll throw out the offer of buddy boating once you’re able to get out and feel comfortable doing so. Tag along on yours when I take mine out.

    I fish shrimp/frozen bait or jigs for the most part. I catch live when I do use it, but that’s on rare occasions.
     
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    Wow, thanks for the suggestion. I like what you are doing there, Step by step.
    Alternately I was thinking about getting a skipper to show me the ropes a little sooner in my own boat.
    I have a 16.5 deep v multi - species all foamed up.
     
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    Nice work Gabe!
    looks like a lake behind you. Check windy.com the night before and be ready to do a U turn if it looks snotty. Its really that simple. 18' Bayrunner is a great boat for local inshore, that high bow works great to keep the waves on the outside. The Mission channel is a little harder to navigate (near the end) with some swell as you want to time your entry to come in at the same speed or it can get a little squirly if you just floor it.
     
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    Baby steps, gets you familiar with your surroundings, the water and how it acts, and Zuniga produces some good fish. It’s a win win.
    Ah honestly, only so much can be taught. A lot of it was learning on my own. It’s definitely a comfort level thing.
     
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    Oh I know haha. I mean bending around PL is a longer trip (mile wise) and I do it a lot. Idk what it is. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’ve fished the jetty during king tides and know what it can get like lol. But thank you! I appreciate the advice!
     
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    FYI, you’re set for kelp fishing on that 16.5’! Deep V is the way to go! So much fun, cuts through the swell nicely. Definitely a wet ride though lol
     
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    Nice Gabe , La Jolla next ? . That is some nice recon you did . WR
     
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    I was wanting to go on Saturday (I should have! Water was lakelike…) but chickened out haha. La Jolla is up next forsure, got a good feel for it all. All bait was swimming up at the top, zero surface action so I’m assuming it was like that all throughout. Didn’t realize how close the canyons are from shore. Literal drop offs not even 2 miles from shore.
     
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    Make sure you know your MLPA zones
     
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    Got that covered and mapped out. No no fishing zones for me before windansea haha. I think that might be another thing holding me back from fishing the area!
     
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    The drop offs in the La Jolla canyon area can be just a few hundred yards off shore . Particularly out from scripps pier , where you cant fish , the old days were pretty cool . WR
     
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    Unbelievable. I bet the area yields some amazing fish!
     
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    It’s also a love hate relationship with fishing anting over 100’…. Such a pain in the nads but the meat is so worth it… sometimes
     
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    Hell yeah brother! That hog might be a quilllback or weirdly colored copper rockfish. It's not a brown because it doesn't have that black spot on its cheek.
     
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    Not an identifier, sadly, especially on bigger or deep water fish. My money is on brown there, but positive ID is not possible from this photo (my experience only, there are better guys at it out there) from what I can tell
     
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    Maybe.. but many , Werf. I would agree with Brown as well.. caught one very similar last year and was identified by another angler as a Brown rock fish.
     
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    B8DHOOK .. if we had anal fin for confirmation or gill rakers, we could be a lot more certain
     
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    Unfortunately I don’t have a better pic than this lol.

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