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wanted to work the south side so made the left towards hunnington/ newport beach out of alamitos. no bait just gonna work the plastics.

headed down the ways and i am seeing tons of life out there. dolphins, birds, and bait schools were everywhere. told myself that this is a very good sign.

started to fish Da Pipe since the water temp was up to 64.1. Loaded with fish but got there at the top of the " low " high slack tide and the current was rippin' so i could not stay in the zone with the plastics. if you would have seen my furuno meter, it was lit up but just no takers.

made the bad decision to head out to the triple rigs to get my 2 newbies some rockcod but that didn't pan out. even with 16 oz. of weigh, it did not want to stay at the bottom. scrath this and headed back to the pipe to work the bottom side of the tide.

return to see the Armada of sport boats just hooking cudas left and right. we would have been there in minutes if we did not move to the outside.

started to chuck the irons just by staying put but that was not working for me. i stayed in the outside mainly because i did not want to mess with the party boats. they deserve to make a living and not have some yahoo get right into thier zone.

i can't tell you the attitude or inexperience that people have when they see you chucking irons then they decide to run their boat right in front of you about 20-25 yards away. i have upheld and tried the rules of the water where you do not get into the zone of another person if you are at least 2 long iron/jig cast away. this way we are not impacting each other or have any chance of tangling.

i stayed at the outside and waited till the cudas would move then i would run and chuck irons at them. my first hook up was very unusual as this fish was just rippin' line off of my trini 20 like i didn't have drag at all. i looked back at my 2 partners and told them that this did not feel like a cuda. i have caught my share in my lifetime and i know the telltale sign of a cuda fight. this one just ripped underneath the boat like a bat out of hell. fought it for about 10 minutes and then it started off again and ssssnnnnaaappp ... it was gone. i was glad for the fight because that just gave me renewed energy.

started to gun the boat again, set up just outside the birds that are looking down and start to sling the irons. burning the iron on the top and seeing the cudas boil on it is very cool to me.

7 hits with the cuda hitting the side of my iron trying to slice up the bait before they come back for the big eat but only brought in 2, with my partner bringing in only 1 with a swimmie. nice one too.

the school of cudas sank out and it was over. this was about 12ish and the fleet dispersed. we headed back to the pipe and once again, metered a bunch but just could not hold the bottom.

why do i not throw the hook? lazy for the most part, don't enjoy staying on one spot on anchor. besides , i hate pulling up the anchor.

newbies went home with enough fish for ceviche for their families and life is good. i don't really keep any fish so thats all good. had a great time on the water and was able to enjoy the company.
 

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AlohaRob wrote:

Nice trip!!

That mystery fish must have left you wondering... Maybe a big bonito mixed in? Maybe even a nice yellow? My personal bet is a WSB that was under the cuda...

Good fun!




Cory wrote:


Well Larry, WSB have been known to hold under Barracuda schools? We will never know. Glad you had a good time.


Rob and Cory,

WSB ... that was my first thought. but typically the first run of a wsb is all that you get and the fish is done.


i was perplexed but ...




Todd wrote:


Nice trip...got me pumped!

Mystery fish may have been a small T. Hooked them last year mixed with the cuda in the same area with similar breakoff results. Gotta love this time of year!


but then what Todd mention is what i thought of next. as we were heading into Davies launch ramp, we drove by the gas pumps and noticed that there was a nice size Thresher laying on the dock....

hmmm... could have been? may have been? in any case, i farmed that puppy to no avail. i admit, been so long stuck in the winter doldrums that it was an eye opener.

i guess if i put it that way... there was 3 newbies on the boat!

oh well ... theres at least a mackeral out there that i can handle...
maybe.


go getum'
 

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If you want to fish the Slime and not bother the fleet troll Rapalas on the outside. Slime can't stay off of them and Bone and Yellows will eat them as well. WSB are often caught on bird schools thick with slime as well. I like throwing the iron with minimum 30lb on bird schools for this reason.
Stay Bent - Rokk n Robb
 

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hey ya Jeff,

i haven't seen you out there lately... where have you been hiding?

the boys must be just rearing for summer fishing season huh? enjoy them when you can, they grow up so quick!

yep, not a big slimer chaser but i would rather fish the plastics any old time.

next time you see me, flag me down. I poured some killer swimmies that i would like for you to try out. i did this after i inspected the stomachs of the 'cudas to see what is out there that they are eating.

definitely gonna be out there again unless the weather goes to pot. i have a family friend from the island that i have to take out fishing. yea! twist my arm to make me do this, eh?

well, hope to see you out there. fishing saturday. PM me if you want to exchange cell numbers.

take care!
 

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re: Runnin' N Chuckin' cudas; Saturday

If you want to fish the Slime and not bother the fleet troll Rapalas on the outside. Slime can't stay off of them and Bone and Yellows will eat them as well. WSB are often caught on bird schools thick with slime as well. I like throwing the iron with minimum 30lb on bird schools for this reason.
Stay Bent - Rokk n Robb



thanks Bro!
 

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Islandah said:
hey ya Jeff,

i haven't seen you out there lately... where have you been hiding?

the boys must be just rearing for summer fishing season huh? enjoy them when you can, they grow up so quick!

yep, not a big slimer chaser but i would rather fish the plastics any old time.

next time you see me, flag me down. I poured some killer swimmies that i would like for you to try out. i did this after i inspected the stomachs of the 'cudas to see what is out there that they are eating.

definitely gonna be out there again unless the weather goes to pot. i have a family friend from the island that i have to take out fishing. yea! twist my arm to make me do this, eh?

well, hope to see you out there. fishing saturday. PM me if you want to exchange cell numbers.

take care!
Hey Larry, Little League has been taking up most of my time. I hope to go out on Saturday. I'll let you know.

I sent you a PM with my cell number.
 
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