Islands and 9 mile fun

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  1. B8DHOOK

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    So, I met Butch at 4:00 am, at the AM PM in Escondido and parked the truck ( Those little cheeseburgers hit the spot on the ride down to the ramp ) along with those small yellow hot peppers.. We ended up launching at 6:00, got a half scoop, and then dropped sabikis trying to get some mackerel to go along with the sardines. No dice.. Not sure what’s going on with that, but a couple years ago, we would catch 4-5 Mack’s on every drop. I can’t catch a single one now, to save my life.. Anyway, we headed for the islands, and got fishing at around 8:00. Water temp varied between 59-63 degrees with snotty seas and big swell.. We picked off a few critters on 60 gram colt snipers but overall the fishing was kinda slow there for us. At one stop near middle grounds, I made a long cast and got slammed and hooked up to a bigger fish. Nice solid hook set and the fish made 3 long runs taking half my spool of line. I fought it for 2-3 minutes before my line went limp. Reeled in, and it looked like it was cut with a pair of scissors.. Damn.. I really didn’t have that much pressure on the fish when it went limp, so I’m wondering if it may have been a mako and not a yellowtail. At round noon we decided to make our way to 9 mile bank.. Sea was pretty rough at that point, so it was slow going. I had pre made some dropper loops with home made shrimpie flys the night before so we dropped those down with 20 oz. weights. Butch brought up several doubles of nicer grade Reds and Boccaccio, and I squeaked out a couple nice Reds to end the day. Here’s a few pics..

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  2. Larry M

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    Looking good there.
     
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    Thanks for the report , seems the 9 is producing some good quality . Going out tomorrow but heading north , hope we can do half as well . WR
     
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    Way to getem!
    Funny, last week macks were pretty much unavoidable at the barge. Kinda annoying but the beds only produced 3 fish for us so any bite was fun on the lighter tackle lol
     
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    The barge is a strange place Gabe. We’ve pulled up to get bait on many occasions and I’ll throw a Kroc spoon for fun, and catch both mackerel and short barracuda one after the other.. We’ve also had wide open 50/50 mix of both Sand and Calico Bass on Kroc spoons while making drifts between the docks there. One afternoon was absolutely WFO for 2 hours, every cast, just before sunset.. The last several trips, I’ve really wanted to use bigger Mack’s on the dropper loop at several places by the Islands, but we just can’t seem to catch a single damn mackerel lately ! Lol.
     
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    Felt with scent and a grub?
     
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    lol.. yes, it’s a strip of felt from a tennis ball that my dog chewed off, cut into strips, and then a cheap grub attached. Those Reds and Boccaccio aren’t picky.. Once you’ve found them, they’ll eat anything that fits into their mouth.
     
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    They eat tuna crabs, so orange and red colors seem to work best.
     
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    Seen east coast people use synthetic leather strips that are dipped in scent.
     
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    Geez, well I’d rather have the problem of slaying the rockfish and having tough luck with macks lol. whatever the heck you’re doing is working great.
    I’ll trade ya some of my juju for some of yours hahaha.
     
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    No catfood to get em going?
     
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    Nice work man, always enjoy reading your posts. Know I'm itching to get out again
     
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    We’re going to give that a try next time out. We actually talked about that on Saturday.
     
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    Thanks man.. I always enjoy reading your postings as well.
     
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    Jason.... Not "your Butch", but I appreciate the post ... Nice fishing, and great eats...
    Butch
     
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    Thank you Sir.. much appreciated my friend.
     
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    Wow! i know i'm not the only 1 drooling over that taco :emoji_yum:
     
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    Looks good there Jason. Thanks for the report.
     
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    Heart break might have been one of those big bonito that I've seen some pics of. Up to 15 pounds I have heard and you know that fight starts out like a freight train. Great write up as always.
     
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