View Full Version : Rpt-Sat-1-29-11-San Clemente Island.

01-29-2011, 09:49 PM
Fishing with Dave Robinson, on his 28’ Farallon “Hooked”, with friends Bill and Enrique. We left Dave’s slip in Newport Harbor at 4:30 am Saturday morning. On Tuesday, Dave had found a fantastic Squid float just outside Newport Harbor, so we got setup for hopefully another shot at the live Squid. Where did they go, not to be today. Fortunately Dave had picked up some 30 pounds of fresh dead from a friend who made Squid on Friday.

Dave set a course for San Clemente Island, just as grey light approached. We headed off to the East End, continuing down the backside past China Point. The skies were clear, we encountered a wind chop outside the fourteen mile bank, about 10-12 knots, with the seas having a uncomfortable bump, still allowing us to cruise at 20 knots. The forecast called for under 10 knots of wind most of the day. Once we rounded Pyramid Cove, it was solid white caps. So much for forecasts?

We set anchor about a ˝ mile past China Point, where Dave and crew on Tuesday had a great shot at the Calico Bass. It was a big rock, surrounded by hard bottom. The Calico Bass were not very hungry, yet all the other critters went Ballistic!

The Sheephead went off, here is a picture of Enrique and Bill with some quality Sheephead.


We caught about 15 Calico Bass at this spot, most were under one pound, Dave probably caught the biggest at two+ pounds. Lal and I set a parameter, if they aren’t at least three pounds, they are not picture worthy?

Despite the crappy weather conditions the fishing was excellent for all the critters. We caught on this spot Calico Bass, Sheephead, Sugar Bass, Rock Bass, Chocolate Rockfish, Tree Fish, Starry Rockfish, Whitefish, Johnny Bass, Perch, and Sugar Bass. How sad it was that we released some real good eating Critters!

One of my many Sheephead caught.


Dave moved us around and we found many hard bottom spots that held fish!

We caught some very good size Whitefish, and Bill caught the Jackpot Whitefish today, closing in on six pounds.



Enrique caught the biggest Sheephead of the day, approaching seven pounds.



Our targeted species, Calico Bass didn’t co-operate today, however, the fishing for quantity and different species was unreal! It was a very fun trip, and I’m sure many fishermen would have been thrilled with the catch, although most fish had to be released?

Catch totals for the day for four anglers!

20 Calico Bass, most released.
25 Sheephead-all released
15 White Fish-all released
25 Tree Fish-all released, some real good size, about two pounds, that’s big for Tree fish?
25 Starries-all released, some over two pounds, big guys!
25 Perch-kept some.
10 Sugar Bass-all released
10 Chocolate Bass-all released
Three Sculpin-all released
Three Johnny Bass-all released

Well over one hundred fish caught today, not too shabby!

We called it a day at 3:15pm. Back at the dock at 6:15 pm.

Thanks Dave, you always put us on the fish, too cool!

Hook up!

01-30-2011, 09:32 AM
Hi Tunaslam,

Did my usual second read and sorry to not read of any 'photo-worthy' (phrase coined as a corner in my moo-moo reports years ago) Calico-type fishys !? I ain't gonna say what size standards I had then but readers will notice less and less fishy pics in my all my reports !! ha ha...... sad !

Goats and Whitefish gotta be fun to catch and sadly for guys that enjoy eating the fish have to release too. Isn't it interesting that so many of the Rockfish also have 'Bass' in there common names..... and vice versa !? Even in the DFG site's species lists !! I don't guess the DFG would accept one's insistance on calling one of the fish in their 'groundfish' group a 'such-and-such Bass' to escape a ticket !!

Still...... all that variety of species had to be a great start to your list of caught species this early in the year. Maybe you'll be able to list all the usual Tuna species this year too !! I hope so and for Tailman too.

Await your next adventure,


01-30-2011, 06:21 PM
Thats ALOT of Catching Cory.
Thanks, DR

murrieta angler
01-31-2011, 05:10 PM
Thanks for the report Cory.
I am looking forward to hitting SCI at the beginning of March.
Reports like these keep the juices flowing.

02-02-2011, 08:00 PM
Some of those goats look like they didnt make it.

Did you guys de-pressurize them before the release?

02-03-2011, 06:32 AM
Hey Cory, I was wondering why Dave seems to hit the same spots during the rockfish closure ? Instead of going shallow and targeting bass and halibut. Just curious why you guys don't go shallow.

02-03-2011, 06:37 AM
Some of those goats look like they didnt make it.

Did you guys de-pressurize them before the release?

These guys are Pro and know what they are doing.
Cory, when are you going to write a book ?

02-03-2011, 03:18 PM
not hating or anything, just alarmed when I saw some pop-eye goats.

some people use weighted crates to sink the fish until the gas disperses..