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Topic: Santa Cruz report 6/5  (Read 667 times)

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JoeDubC

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Met Paul and Scott at the lot this am. Met Nowhere Man heading out of the harbor. Winds were calm with a good sized swell. Bait was not cooperating and it took awhile to get a couple mackerel. No action for quite awhile as I bounced around East and then past the red buoy up to lighthouse reef. Wind came up a bit after 10 am but mostly on the outside. At one point traded a 10oz weight for a 13Ē Greenling - not a fair trade. Had a few other bites and scratched baits but no halibut, no lings, no rockfish ( didnít really try for RF). Off the water around 12:30. Bite was just not there today.
When I got back my new fish cleaning table had arrived from Basspro. Iíll have to wait to put it to use. Maybe jinxed myself ordering it.
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Not sure why photos post upside down.
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I started moving toward my halibut spots and searching for baits.  I couldn't get any live bait. 
Around 9 AM, I got a bite. I reeled in slowly and noticed it was a 24-25" halibut. I was debating whether to use a gaff or net, but suddenly, it started running like crazy and pulling my drag. It was pulling so hard I could not stop even after I engaged my slow gear. It stopped pulling once it got to the bottom, but I could not pull up. I circled around, and I could feel the weight, but my fish would not move.  I finally pulled hard and broke the leader.  I guess that I provide breakfast for a seal.
I got another bite around 11 a.m., and it was a small halibut. I measured it. When it opened the mouth, it was a keeper, but it was only a 21.5" shaker when I closed it.  Both bites were around 60 FOW, and I was using purple hoochie and frozen herring.

The wind started blowing, and I moved into 40 FOW and caught two smelts. I trolled around for another hour, but there was no bite.

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Thanks for the report gentlemen!  Iíve been having a helluva time making bait in Santa Cruz as wellÖ.  Itís just not there yet.  Joe, Iíve got a similar fish cleaning table.  I hope yours works better because mine is garbage.  Water leaks and sprays, super messy, twas a waste of money to say the least.  I use it as a filet table now and hose off the after mess. 
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Thanks for the reports and pictures guys.
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Not sure why photos post upside down.

Fixed.
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It was good to see/hear everybody today.

When I launched, there was not much wind. After a couple of hours, I was getting so toasty pedaling up the coast, that I figured that I'd soon need strip off everything inside my drysuit. But then at about 9:30, a good breeze came up out of the west and it really cooled things down. I spent another hour tacking back and forth, trying to get past Natural Bridges, but was making little forward progress, so at 10:30, I turned around. Coming back, even with both sails furled, the drift was too fast, so just east of Steamer Lane, I quite fishing and unfurled my sails, taking an indirect route back to the harbor. My total distance was 10.3 miles in a little less than 5 hours. Fishing-wise, the total catch was 6 rockfish (2 nice olives, 1 decent verm, 3 small blues) and 3 underlings (2 of which were probably close enough to measure, but I didn't bother). No halibut sightings. One sea lion did eye me for a while, but he left me alone.

After I got back to the harbor, I put away my fishing gear, and took a leak standing up (so much more pleasant than the Gatorade bottle method). I then went sailing for an hour, covering a distance of 5.2 miles. That was fun, very wet sailing.
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Donít knock the Gatorade bottle!  :smt005
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Thanks for the report. Any sighting of squid or squid boats?
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Thanks for the report. Any sighting of squid or squid boats?

I didn't personally see any signs of squid, but I heard that there was a squid boat out in somewhat deeper water. I also talked to a boater who had gone to Rio Del Mar looking for squid (he said they had been there a couple days earlier), but couldn't find any.
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Yeah, bait has been crazy slow all year. I managed a single spanish mackerel one trip and a few jack smelt another, all kinda off the radio towers. Got my first SC halibut of the year in 50-ish FOW in that same area but have gotten all others more in the pier, Steamers area.

Felt like I had a few hits on my squid jig this past weekend (6/8) but no hook ups.


 

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