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Old 12-30-2017, 06:13 PM   #1
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La Jolla - 12/27/17 - Should auld acquaintance be forgot

Greetings all,

Its been a bit since I have posted anything, so I thought I would share a recent trip.

The launch was flat and glassy and the weather was mild with some decent fog and the moon was in a Waxing Gibbous phase. There was tuna crab scattered around, the water visibility was great and water temp was ~62°F.

I made half a dozen greenbacks fairly quickly and headed out.
In about ~75 ft of water I sent down one greenback on the dropper loop and flylined another behind the kayak. The bait on the bottom was getting a little spooked when all of the sudden the flyline started screaming.

I adjusted the drag on the flyline and reeled in the dropper loop. Right away I knew it was a yellow, based on the run and head shakes. The fish went straight for a nearby lobster pot and then we had a nice back and forth. After a couple solid runs, I buttoned down the drag and got the fish to color. A solid yellow wrapped in rope. I waited for my shot and sank the gaff.

After pulling the fish aboard, I noticed the hook was set through the mouth and next to the gil plate. I immediately bled and gutted the fish and threw it on the back of my Revo 16 and headed in.



I landed before 8am, took a couple pics and was home early to surprise the wife and kids.



The fished ended up at 32lbs after being bled and gutted. I pulled off some thick collars, cut some fresh chunks for dinner and vac/sealed the rest off.

Here is some video action, if you'd like to watch!

Wishing everyone out there a healthy, happy and hopeful 2018!

Cheers,

Todd


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Rod - Lamiglas BL 6640C
6´6˝ 20-40 lb
Reel - Saltist 30

65 lb Braid to 40 lb Fluoro (SPRO Swivel)
2/0 Ringed J Hook
Bait: Pacific Mackerel "Greenback"
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:56 PM   #2
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DOOOOOOOOD!!!! What a toad! Happy New Year!
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:55 PM   #3
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Interesting

Thanks for the details! I always wanted to use a swivel to reduce line twist. I assume that's why you use one? My braid is all twisted up now.

Congrats on the fish!
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:06 PM   #4
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Nice yellow there, great end of the year post!
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:48 PM   #5
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Nice fish. Congratulation.

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Old 12-31-2017, 09:32 AM   #6
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Hell yea brotha

So after talked to you and headed back over towards weather buoy I made a bunch of bait and dropped a dropper loop n flyline, 20yds out of the preserve I started marking, and boom dropper goes off! 2 hours late and half way back to the spot we chatted I surface an easy 150-200lb BSB! Safely revived as I cut my line a foot from his mouth and he slow decended back to the depths! First BSB, unfortunately phone was in truck due to waterproof case being broke( I’ve ruined 2 phones-$200 each in insurance so no pics I was trying to radio you but was a lot of static!

I’m setting up my GoPro for next trip! I’ll give u a shout when the wifey will let out next( toddler time next weekend )!!!

Here’s mine from the 22nd.

Cheers on a big brother.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:27 AM   #7
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Congrats, really nice fish. Went out on the 26th but bait was hard to find after the first greenback With all the pesky dogs around I mostly trolled a Rapala greenback for nada. Saw some good Hali marks but the dog close by made me not want to loose the only live greenback I had.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:44 AM   #8
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What an inspiring post to lead into 2018. Congratulations!
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Congrats! Nice way to end the year.

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What a way to end the year.. Great catch
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:47 PM   #12
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Nice fish and great gaf shot w the rope and all.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:41 AM   #13
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Heck yeah! Love wintertime YT
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:41 AM   #14
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Epic!! Way to close out the years. Here's to Healthy and Meaty New Year all!
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Nice Video, Way to end the year with a health yellow.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:58 PM   #16
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Fantastic!

What an amazing looking fish! Congrats and cheers to a happy New Years!!
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:15 PM   #17
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Right on! Nice way to end the year with a fatty yellow.
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:22 PM   #18
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Good to see.....

Some quality yellow
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Wow! What a nice yellowtail, and a great video. Congratulations!

That's a huge fish to catch on a yak. It's interesting to see how you flung it across the back deck of your Revo 16 behind the bait tank. I'll keep that in mind for my 13.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:56 AM   #20
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Thanks everyone for the congrats!


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Thanks for the details! I always wanted to use a swivel to reduce line twist. I assume that's why you use one? My braid is all twisted up now.

Congrats on the fish!
I do find that I get a little less line twist with a swivel, but I really like being able to quickly switch rigs and just cut the spectra and then attach a pre-tied setup. I just attach the spectra to the swivel. You can also switch from a flyline to carolina rig really easily.

I also like have the shorter leader vs a long top shot, so i can saw through the kelp.

Cheers!
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