Hiked in before the gates opened with a buddy of mine. Surprised not to see a single animal that early other than a couple of bunnies. Made it up in good timing, around 6:30. I started on top with a gunfish, gave my first timer buddy a floating rapala minnow. We both hooked up same time 5 minutes in. Both dink dinks but it was a double up. Threw that around for another...hour? No more takers so I set my partner up with a ds and I begin tossing a chatterbait. Got nothing the first 20 minutes or so. Hit up a spot that looked promising. Fire the chatter out and let it sink. I feel a tap tap on slack line, try to set the hook and come up empty. I cast around in that area another 5 minutes until on one cast, I feel a distinctive thump. I swing and connect! It feels good but quickly gets its weight mixed in with a nice clump of grass. As I bring her to my feet she does that dreadful last shake that dislodges the lure. Annnnnd she's off, 2 feet in front of me. I dive for her with one shoe in the water. She squirms away into a hole in the rocks. Only her last third is sticking out. I try repeatedly to get a grasp on the slimyness to save my catch. I probably rubbed off her slime coat before she somehow floated up a little and I was able to slide my hand down over her back and grab hold of her that way. Here's the one that almost got away... After her came a little one on an ika in the same spot. Nothing happens for a while after that and we move spots. At the new spot, since the marine layer was holding pretty well, I ambitiously give the gunfish a couple more casts. Nada. Back to chatterbait, few casts and I'm not getting bit. Change to different color and work that for a few minutes before a fish attempts to steal my rod. I was surprised when an average size ramona fish comes up. Thought it was a ramona pig. Put up a decent fight. No more pictures but my buddy lands 3 on the ds thereafter, while I land one on the same. We both hiked down rejuvenated and content come 11. To recap, 2 guys, 9 fish, 4.5 hrs, fun fun fun.