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Old 06-17-2017, 03:35 PM   #1
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06/17/17 LJ Yellowtail

2nd trip to La Jolla, First YT! Launched at 515 to exactly like predicted (1-2ft)... for once they got it right. Bait was pretty easy to get just outside the reserve. Got 12-15 solid greenbacks and started fishing. Hooked up at 630 on flyline, it started ripping line out then broke me off. Had it on for 15-20 seconds. 65lb braid/ 40 flouro. I tried a new knot, the loop knot, for live bait. I've heard guys have had success with it because it lets the bait swim more natural. Maybe I didn't tie it right, maybe it's not a great knot. So I go back to the old trusty knot I know that works for me. Hook up again within 5 minutes. It was probably one of the coolest experiences I've had on the water. I saw the fish hit the bait but missed it the first time. Slapped it probably a foot out of the water then turned around and got it the second time. I watched all of this 20 yards in front of the yak. The fight was on. He made probably 25 hard runs before I softened him up enough to gaff. I've caught amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico before but damn these fish fight hard out of a kayak. Had one more good hit around 8am but just got my mack, no hookup. Awesome day on the water! Can't wait to get back out there. Shoutout to a couple guys that helped me get a sick pic of the fish, thanks dudes!
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:45 PM   #2
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Congrats

Congrats on your 1st YT.
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Old 06-17-2017, 04:48 PM   #3
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Congrats on a nice Yellowtail, especially lucky on the second trip.
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Old 06-17-2017, 05:52 PM   #4
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That's pretty cool. I've never had my bait out forward of the boat, let alone watched it get hit on the surface. You trolling backwards? jaja. Nice fish.
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:29 PM   #5
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That's pretty cool. I've never had my bait out forward of the boat, let alone watched it get hit on the surface. You trolling backwards? jaja. Nice fish.
Haha nah I was actually rigging another rod up, just going with the current
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:41 PM   #6
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Now that what I'm talking about.

Sweet!

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Old 06-18-2017, 10:26 PM   #7
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Yellow tail

Nice snappy what rod reel were you using .
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:15 PM   #8
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Nice snappy what rod reel were you using .
Thanks man! Rod used was Diawa eliminator 7' MH with a Diawa Sealine 40
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:46 PM   #9
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Happy to shoot the photos for you. That was a good catch! I take it that you got the fish in without an over-zealous dog stealing it from the side of your kayak. Time for a kill bag so you can get your next yellow chilled down to keep that meat fresh for the Bar-B. Congrats!
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:08 PM   #10
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Happy to shoot the photos for you. That was a good catch! I take it that you got the fish in without an over-zealous dog stealing it from the side of your kayak. Time for a kill bag so you can get your next yellow chilled down to keep that meat fresh for the Bar-B. Congrats!
Robert, yep had no problem. Thanks again!

Anybody using a game bag that is decently priced and durable?
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:51 PM   #11
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Surf to summit. 43" long I believe.
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