Fishing Report 2009 #6

REWARD TRIP 9-25 to 9-27-09

Meetings:

We hold our meetings every other month starting in January and ending in September and hold our annual luncheon normally the last Saturday in October. Meetings are held at 7:00 PM


Citibank Community
Meeting Room
2350 Honolulu Avenue
Montrose, CA

 

The Meeting Room is at the rear of the building in basement area.

 

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REWARD TRIP 9-25 to 9-27-09

LEAD BY CAPTAIN KEVIN RHODES AND CREW THE 2009 REWARD TRIP FOUND DAVID RHODES ( KEVIN'S DAD), LYNN ADAMS, PETER VAN HEST, JIM NEGELE, AND STEVE PETIT ANXIOUS TO GET IN ON THE GREAT YELLOWFIN FISHING.  THE BOAT LEFT THE DOCK AT ABOUT 9:00 PM FRIDAY PICKED UP BAIT AND THEN MADE THE LONG TRIP SOUTH TO THE 1010 TRENCH AREA ( 85 MILES SOUTH OF POINT LOMA)WE SPENT THE FIRST MORNING LOOKING FOR KELP PADDIES AND FOUND TWO PRODUCTIVE FOR DORADO ( SOME OF ROD BREAKING SIZE), SMALL YELLOWTAIL, SMALLISH YELLOWFIN AND LOTS OF SKIPJACK.  DAVE RHODES HOOKED A LARGE DORADO ON ONE OF HIS PET FLY PATTERNS TROLLING PAST ONE KELP.  HE HAD THE FISH TO THE BOAT WITH LEADER IN THE ROD TIP.  THE BOAT ROCKED, THE FISH LUNGED AND POW, INSTANT MULTIPIECE ROD.  THE FISH WAS SEEN SWIMMING AWAY WITH WHAT LOOKED LIKE A SATISFIED SMILE ON IT'S FACE. 

 

 LYNN ADAMS AND STEVE PETIT PICKED UP TWO DORADO OF FAIR SIZE ( 12-15 POUNDS) TROLLING PAST THE SAME KELP.  THE FISH DIDN'T SEEM TO WANT A CAST FLY EXCEPT WHEN YOURS TRULY CAST A FLY AND GOT A BIG BIRD'S NEST WITH SOME NEW 50 LB MONO RUNNING LINE.  WHILE SITTING AND MESSING WITH THE KNOW A DORADO SWAM BY, PICKED UP THE DEAD DRIFT FLY AND I SOON FOUND OUT THAT 50 LB MONO KNOTS DON'T SLIP THROUGH THE GUIDES TOO WELL.  THREE SNAKE GUIDES POPPED OFF BEFORE THE TIP SECTION PULLED OFF.  WE RETRIEVED THE SECTION IN QUESTION BUT THE FISH WAS STILL TO HOT TO HAND LINE SO IT POPPED OFF.  THE REWARD CREW DIDN'T QUITE KNOW WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THE FLY ROD BOYS AT THIS JUNCTURE.  I WAS ABLE TO FIX MY ROD BY STEALING TWO SNAKE GUIDES FROM  DAVE'S BROKEN ROD AND USING A SPARE THAT I KEEP HANDY.  IT WAS NOTHING THAT 20 LB MONO, DUCT TAPE AND A LITTLE UV KNOT SENSE COULDN'T HANDLE.  IN ANY CASE THE ROD WAS UP AND RUNNING , CATCHING FISH THE REST OF THE WEEKEND.   THE FISHING WAS FAIRLY STEADY ON THE DORADO, YELLOWTAIL  (SMALL 3-5 POUNDs), YELLOWFIN ( MOST 10-15 LB).  MOST FISH CAME TO THE BAIT STICKS BUT EVERYBODY CAUGHT FISH ON THE FLY CASTING TO KELPS AND USING NOT QUITE IGFA TROLLING TECHNIQUES.  THE BEST BITE CAME JUST BEFORE DARK ON THE FIRST DAY WHEN ALL TROLLING RODS WENT OFF CRUISING PAST A KELP.  WE WERE ABLE TO HOLD TUNA TO THE BOAT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR.  I MANAGED ONE YELLOWFIN AND ONE SKIPJACK CASTING FROM THE BOW.  AFTER DINNER THE FIRST NIGHT KEVIN DECIDED TO TRAVEL NORTH AND WEST TO THE 415 AREA, ABOUT 10 TO 15 MILES FROM THE 60 MILE BANK.  WE AWOKE AND FOUND OURSELVES ALL ALONE ( AS APPOSED TO DAY ONE WHERE MULTIPLE PARTY BOATS WERE AROUND US MOST OF THE DAY). WE SOON WERE INTO MORE SKIP JACK ON THE TROLL WITH SOME COMING AFTER THE STOP.  LYNN ADAMS PICKED UP A NICE YELLOWFIN ON BAIT AT ABOUT 20-25 LB RANGE. 

 

A FEW MORE NICE DORADO WERE CAUGHT ALONG WITH MORE SMALLISH YELLOWFIN.  FROM THE FLYFISHING STANDPOINT, THE FISH WERE THERE.  I TOOK 5 YELLOWFIN, 1 DORADO, NUMEROUS SKIPJACK.  PETER VAN HEST, DAVE RHODES , LYNN ADAMS ALL TOOK SIMILAR NUMBERS ON THE FLY ALONG WITH LOTS OF BAIT CAUGHT FISH.  I BELIEVE THE FINAL TALLY WAS 31 YELLOWFIN, 8 DORADO, 5-6  YELLOWTAIL, AND A BOATLOAD OF SKIPJACK.  THE LATTER WERE PURPOSEFULLY KEPT TO SUPPLY A LOCAL LOBSTERMAN WITH A SEASON'S WORTH OF BAIT FOR HIS TRAPS.  

 

   SO THIS WAS ESSENTIALLY THE YEAR OF THE SKIPJACK.  A FISH THAT  ONLY A FLYRODDER CAN LOVE.  THEY PUT UP A TERRIFIC FIGHT BUT COME UP A BIT SHORT AS A TASTY FOOD FISH.  THE CREW CLEANED ALL OUR FISH, PUT IT IN THICK BAGGIES IN MEAL SIZED PORTIONS, DIVIDED IT INTO FIVE .  SO ALL WE NEEDED TO DO WAS OPEN OUR COOLERS.  THE FOOD WAS TERRIFIC, BUNKS NICE, AND THE CAPTAIN AND CREW WERE OUTSTANDING AS USUAL.  SO , THINK ABOUT THE TRIP NEXT YEAR.  EVERY YEAR IS A BIT DIFFERENT, BUT HAS  BEEN PRODUCTIVE FOR EACH OF THE PAST 4 YEARS. 

 

STEVE PETIT