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Left the office about 2pm on Friday and headed down to Torrance and picked up Earl ?The Pearl? McVicar. By the time we got the car loaded and on the road it was a little after 3:30pm and we both carpooled down the Fisherman?s Landing for a 2 day trip on board the Islander. We didn?t arrive at the landing till a little after 6:30pm and there were already a few people lined up waiting to go. We made our introductions, also along on our trip was Big Gabe and wife Betty (littlered). Just a little after 7pm we got the go ahead to start boarding. Being this is my first time on this boat let me tell you, for being an 88' x 24' boat it?s got a lot of room. Sleeps 30 comfortably, holds 250 scoops of bait, air conditioned staterooms, very comfortable galley, all day soda bar and coffee and ice maker. This is one boat that I will definitely love to come back and fish on.

Once we got everyone checked in and all the paperwork squared away we left the dock and headed for the bait receiver to take on some nicely cured sardines and anchovies. Crew consisted of Captain Jason, Deckhands Matt, Greg, John Joseph, Paul and Cooks Chris and Rick. During the time Captain Jason gave us the rundown of the game plan. The Albacore and BFT were about 180-240 miles out, well out of our range so that was out of the question. We would head down the line about 60-70miles and in the morning get the jigs in the water and start trolling and looking for kelp paddy yellowtails. If that didn?t pan out then day two we would head back up the line and fish closer inshore and see if we can get on some rockfish, ling cod?s and bass.

Day 1: Woke up and weather was not the best. Wind?s blowing; heavy swells now and then, lot?s of whitecaps. I got to give credit to the crew, they spent the entire day looking for kelp paddy?s all day in those conditions and they found them but unfortunately either nobody would be home or if they were there they did not want to eat or at least eat what we were throwing them. Pretty much the entire day was trolled around, came upon a paddy and nothing and continued looking. Ended the day about 120 miles south and had 1 yellowtail and a handful of bonito. Sat down to a nice dinner of marinated tri tip, for those that could eat had a great dinner, and for some just skipped it entirely. The ride back up the line was a real rollercoaster ride for sure. A few times I was sliding back and forth in the bunk and I?m pretty sure there were at least a few times I caught air and came back crashing on my bed. Luckily come morning no real injuries.

Day 2: Wow what a day a difference makes on the water. Still just a bit of wind but not that big of a deal, sun came out, swells were little and if there were some big ones it was infrequent. We started fishing close to shore for rockfish and lings. Most of the mornings we would pull up on a spot and Jason would meter fish but they were lock jawed and would not want to bite, and it would continue like that throughout the morning and early afternoon. Things started to pick up after we made a big move and after lunch. Jason put us on a couple of spots where we got to drift over them several times before we hand to move somewhere else that produced some nice reds, groupers, sculpins, and other misc bottom fish. One spot I?m calling Lingcod city, as soon as you hit bottom it was instant bendo and for some it was double hookup?s of lings. Lots of short lings but there were some beauties coming up too.

We finally called it a day a little before 6pm and we finally made it back by about 8?30pm. Conditions were rough and really tested everyone but everyone stuck it thru and all in all everyone had a good time.

Meals by far were great, they kept us fed all day long and was excellent eating. Lunches were cheeseburgers with pasta salad, and penne pasta with meat sauce with garlic bread. Dinner was teriyaki marinated tri tip with veggies and rice with fresh baked bread. I didn?t catch what breakfast was, I skipped breakfast both times. In between meals we had coconut walnut muffins (delicious), egg rolls, coffee crumb cake and potstickers.

I would like to thank the crew of the Islander. It was a rough trip but they worked their tails off on trying to get us on the fish.






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Ray, I'm sure you liked the boat, me too. Now come fish one of the Rice Bowl trips and really have some fun. I'm out with a few friends again this year on a Rice Bowl charter, 8/14-17 for a 3 day. Might be some openings. Check it out at:

http://ricebowlcharters.com/index.html

I ran into a guy today and we were talking fishing. He said his brother was going to be looking for a trip this summer, and without hesitation, I recommended the Islander.
 

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Steve K said:
Ray, I'm sure you liked the boat, me too. Now come fish one of the Rice Bowl trips and really have some fun. I'm out with a few friends again this year on a Rice Bowl charter, 8/14-17 for a 3 day. Might be some openings. Check it out at:

http://ricebowlcharters.com/index.html

I ran into a guy today and we were talking fishing. He said his brother was going to be looking for a trip this summer, and without hesitation, I recommended the Islander.
Thanks for the info Steve. I've been looking at those Ricebowl charters for some time now and was thinking about getting on one of those trips, but I think it will have to wait till next year.
 
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