Creature from the deep..

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  1. B8DHOOK

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    So, Butch calls me at 6:30 Saturday morning as I’m drinking coffee and playing with the dog, and he says, “let’s go ! “ I scratch my head and say, “ok ! It’s On ! “ lol. So I take a quick shower and throw the gear in the truck and meet Butch at the local AM PM.. We ended up launching at Shelter Island around 10:00. Got bait and the plan was to just poke around the kelp at Pt Loma and then maybe hit the 9 mile bank and possibly drift the bay later on. We ended up picking off a few Bonito and Calico at the kelp, then we headed out west.. Wind was blowing pretty good at the 9 so we kept getting blown off the spot real fast.. We were just about to call it, and head into the bay, when Butch says, “Hey.. I’ve got something heavy on here ! “ We thought maybe it was a big halibut or possibly a shark of some kind.. He was using a Baja Special 4/0 filled with braid, connected to a stiff broomstick of a rod but the rod was bending pretty good. After a few minutes, he got the fish up and I broke the net bringing the big Ling Cod into the boat. He actually had 2 Lings on a double hook rig. The small one was probably just legal, but we tossed it back.. The big guy went 38” and weighed 20 lbs. We kept that one.. The big one ate a 6 ounce jig with an 8” piece of rebar that were both attached to a bottom swivel. Go figure... Anyway, we put that fish and a few other Boccaccio on ice, and headed back to the bay. We plucked a few Sand Bass to end the day on plastics. ( Bay was tough to fish as the wind and current were opposing each other late in the afternoon ). Here’s a few pics..

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  2. camobass

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    I was waiting to sea a BSB but that is an IMPRESSIVE ling
     
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    Nice ling
     
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    Beautiful fish.. damn, son
     
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    That thing kinda looks like you, just saying...:emoji_grimacing:
     
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    That is a beast. wow awesome catch.
     
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  7. B8DHOOK

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    Well.. I have had my nose broken twice.. maybe that has something to do with it. Maybe I just look like a Dragon Slayer, Slater...
     
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    What time is dinner?:emoji_joy::emoji_joy:
     
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    Insane bucket head! Fish fry later? What are the best methods to cook lingcod??
     
  10. B8DHOOK

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    I cooked a nice chunk of it last night. Rubbed olive oil on it, coated top and bottom with a little herb seasoning that was in the cupboard, salt, pepper, and then a small pad of butter on top and bottom. Baked it at 375* for 18. Minutes. Meat was firm white and real juicy. Rich flavor.. I can see why everyone raves about the stuff..
     
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    That must have felt like a load coming up, all that weight and 2 fish going in different directions...Congrats,great eating.
     
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    Wow, nice fish!
     
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    Raves about it? Freakin ling is king. God if I could get out on some rocks and fish for the better grade bottom critters.

    lmk
     
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    Incredible catch, B8DHOOK . That's the biggest ling I've seen out of these local waters, though that's not saying much given my experience. I have seen them caught in the PNW off rocky shores... I wish that was the case here. Guessing not...
     
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    Another great day out there and awesome report from you Jason. Thanks for the posts stay on em.
     
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    Holy moly. That's a good one for sure. Congrats
     
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    Wow, that’s the biggest one I’ve seen down here in along time. Congrats!!!
     
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    I see pictures of guys catching big Ling up around Ventura, Channel Islands etc but I didn’t know we had them that big down here.. I also thought that they hung out more in the 100-200 ft depth.. We just happened to drag across the Honeycomb Hideout.. I remember looking back at the graph and we had drifted off our usual lines by quite a bit. Need to look back and try to duplicate that drift next time..
     
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    great gator how deep was it?
     
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    These guys were at 400+ feet.. we’ve never caught anything but Reds, Boccaccio, chuckle heads, Starrys etc from this particular area.. The winds that day kinda pushed us off our regular lines and that’s when the double Lings were brought up. Just happened upon a lucky drift, I suppose...
     
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