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I met Lal at his house in Cerritos at 4:15 am. Picked up some tasty, breakfast steak, and cheese burritos at Carls, before launching out of Huntington Harbor. Cleared the harbor by 5:20 am, beginning our day at Izor?s reef.

There was little wind, with a bit of a lump, and overcast skies. The water temp was 62.2 degrees at Izors, and the meter showed some good signs of fish below. Unfortunately the bass were unwilling biters, with the exception of these couple of 2 to 3 lb. Sand Bass.






After an hour of mostly futile attempts at catching bass, we continued on our journey to Newport Beach, knowing that on Sat. the Barracuda went ballistic! We arrived on the scene to a dozen or more boats, birds making desperate dives on the bait being pushed to the surface by the enormous school of Barries! Barracuda were jumping clear out of the water everywhere, and our jigs were quickly placed into service, with instant hook up on 5 to 8 lb. logs!

We quickly boated 4 good size Barracuda, released another half dozen and within 15 minutes it was over. The fish sunk out, the birds scattered and so did the fleet of about 40 boats, including six sporties. It was mass pandemonium for such a short period of time, with boats racing ahead to the bird schools diving on the bait being ravaged by leaping barracuda. The disappointment for those arriving late was obvious, and even after it was done, another 10 to 15 boats appeared from all directions, including more sport boats.

Lal and myself with some first of the year Barracuda.





We hung around for about an hour, hoping for a repeat performance, no such luck. Talked to a private boater later in the afternoon, and the fish never returned, to their knowledge. We began fishing the pipe, and picked off a few more bass. Returned to Izors and picked some more bass, found a honey hole and released the remainder of our 40 bass day, with 3 lbs. being the top weight.

We called it at 1:45 pm. It was a fun day and th wind was not a factor. Surprisingly water temps dropped down to 61.6 in the afternoon at Izors. It was 63.3 in Newport Beach.

Thanks again Lal, it was an exhilarating 15 minutes winding on the Barracuda, something that pulls back a little bit more than most of the bass we caught. Now we need to add some tail to the counts.

Hook up! Cory
 

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Great report Cory! I saw you guys at the ramp, I was the striper that pulled the boat out to your left right before you. While you were talking to DFG.

We launched about 7:00 made the same run you did with the fleet, but never found the cuda. Lots of porpoise and birds but didnt see a cuda all day. Lots of boats runnin and gunnin.

The pipe was the most productive for us as it kicked out a nice mixed bag to keep my kid happy.:tu:
 

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Nice fishies - Good to see the ng time barries showing. Just a matter of time until the sandies strat spawning.

We'll be chasing them Saturday out of Dana Pooint on our 84 Cobalt.
Will post report next Sunday.
 

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good going guys...

good feeling knowing that you were there right when it took off. we arrived late yesterday and we had the tail end of the bite.

good to see you guys working it...

see you guys on the water next week.


oh ... read newsweek... possible that we could have $200 a barrel petro in just a few months? this is crazy! i wonder how much fishing would be affected if we had $6.00 a gallon fuel? you think we would have the mosquito fleet of past years?

take care Cory!
 

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Great report Cory! I saw you guys at the ramp, I was the striper that pulled the boat out to your left right before you. While you were talking to DFG.

We launched about 7:00 made the same run you did with the fleet, but never found the cuda. Lots of porpoise and birds but didnt see a cuda all day. Lots of boats runnin and gunnin.

The pipe was the most productive for us as it kicked out a nice mixed bag to keep my kid happy.:tu:
Hey Mike good looking boat, sorry we couldn't chat! Best of luck this year.

Cory

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Islandah said:
good going guys...

good feeling knowing that you were there right when it took off. we arrived late yesterday and we had the tail end of the bite.

good to see you guys working it...

see you guys on the water next week.


oh ... read newsweek... possible that we could have $200 a barrel petro in just a few months? this is crazy! i wonder how much fishing would be affected if we had $6.00 a gallon fuel? you think we would have the mosquito fleet of past years?

take care Cory!
Well I'm glad the Rubber Ducky remains economical despite the high prices of fuel. There has got to be a world revolt sometime in the future, this affects almost everyone on the planet, higher prices of fuel means higher prices on almost everything. Inflation going through the roof. Boating is going to be left for only the rich and famous, and MLPA will get their way without much more legislation just by the fact no one will be able to afford to go fishing.

Albacore trips will be mostly a dream, if the fish are 80 to 100 miles out. What we use to do every week during the season will be reduced to a couple of trips a year. Sad!!!!!!!

Please tell me about a break in technology soon to make this nightmare go away. With this kind of pricing, alternative fuels have got to be a reality somehow?

Cory
 

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island bound said:
Great report Cory! I saw you guys at the ramp, I was the striper that pulled the boat out to your left right before you. While you were talking to DFG.

We launched about 7:00 made the same run you did with the fleet, but never found the cuda. Lots of porpoise and birds but didnt see a cuda all day. Lots of boats runnin and gunnin.

The pipe was the most productive for us as it kicked out a nice mixed bag to keep my kid happy.:tu:
Hey Mike good looking boat, sorry we couldn't chat! Best of luck this year.

Cory

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I didnt realize it was you till I saw "rubber ducky" on the side as I drove out the gate. Then I thought hey that was cory!

I'm sure we will run into each other there soon, as I usually launch there unless I tow it south.
 

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We ran all the way to the Newport Jetty where the fish were about a mile offshore. Only burnt 9.1 Gals.-just $38 worth.I like gettin 6 1/2 miles per gal.
Stop rubbing it in !!! LOL I'm happy when I get over 2 mpg :td:

I burned about 25 gal doing aprox the same routine you did.
 

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island bound said:
Tunaslam said:
island bound said:
Great report Cory! I saw you guys at the ramp, I was the striper that pulled the boat out to your left right before you. While you were talking to DFG.

We launched about 7:00 made the same run you did with the fleet, but never found the cuda. Lots of porpoise and birds but didnt see a cuda all day. Lots of boats runnin and gunnin.

The pipe was the most productive for us as it kicked out a nice mixed bag to keep my kid happy.:tu:
Hey Mike good looking boat, sorry we couldn't chat! Best of luck this year.

Cory

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I didnt realize it was you till I saw "rubber ducky" on the side as I drove out the gate. Then I thought hey that was cory!

I'm sure we will run into each other there soon, as I usually launch there unless I tow it south.
Mike, I was out there on my Parker as well. I'm sure I saw you, but all you "Stripers" look the same.

With all the barracuda landed on Saturday, Sunday was a complete disappointment. :td:
 

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Mike, I was out there on my Parker as well. I'm sure I saw you, but all you "Stripers" look the same. With all the barracuda landed on Saturday, Sunday was a complete disappointment. :td: [/quote] What? you mean there was more than 1 striper out there?? LOL I couldnt believe how many PB and sporties were down in that area for NADA . Even boats from Long beach were there, I knew it was dead when I saw the amigo from newport run past me heading north. Too bad i was really looking forward to pulling on some logs, maybe next time. Would be nice to know who is going to be out and where so we can share some info, we should start posting trip planing so we know who will be out??

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Nicd report Cory! Must be nice not to have to take out a loan to pay for the fuel
You got that right Frank, if all my trips were on other boats I would probably being fishing much less. Lal's boat makes it affordable, it's like getting three trips for the price of one. Not a luxury trip on the Rubber Ducky, but it gets the job done, and I'm not picky!
 
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