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Old 06-20-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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2.5 day to SCI on the Islander

I was lucky enough to go on a 2.5 day trip to San Clemente Island on the Islander. It was on June 7-10 with the NCKA crew for their annual Islander trip.
The weather was incredible. The crew was outstanding. And I had a lot of fun! We fished the front side on Saturday then fished the back side on Sunday. The skipper, Jason, said it was the first time in 5yrs that they took kayakers to the weather side. Like I said, it was FAC.
There were some fat halibut, a nice wsb, and tons of calicos, sheeps, whitefish, etc. It was my first time yakfishing in SoCal and definitely a different ballgame. The techniques & tackle is different, but also the culture is different too. thought I was in heaven when I saw all those sweet yachts docked in Fishermans Landing. Fishing in shorts & flipflops was plush too, for sure. I can't wait to get back down there again soon.

On Saturday evening I was trolling a huge Rapala as I paddled back to the boat. Almost back to the boat (and kinda exhausted), I hooked up in about 100FOW. it towed me over 2 miles in about 1.5 hours...out past 1000FOW. As it got dark we had to call out the skiff, then I climbed in and foght it from there. The fish was tail-hooked with the trebles solidly embedded near the tip of its tail...and never jumped. So we didn't know what it was til we got color = thresher!
She measured out to 8ft 9in and approx 130lbs.
The stupid look on my face is me trying to lift that sucker haha!

Thank you to the crew and especially Jason! I had a great time and I'm stoked to do another trip soon!


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Old 06-20-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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WTG !!!! Good eats baby killer let it go and catch and release . Sorry I had to say it before some douche says it now they can't give u crap ha
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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Nice fish. Sounds like it was a blast Congrats! Teh Islander is the best there is!
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:30 AM   #4
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Nice fish. Sounds like it was a blast Congrats! Teh Islander is the best there is!
Shane and the crew of the Islander the best....
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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Thesher's are amazing fish. Watching them unleash on unsuspecting bait fish is quite the sight. Excellent tablefare too! Enjoy!
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:35 PM   #6
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Haha no worries H2ofishfo! I'm familiar with the C&R theory on threshers. And totally agree with releasing the pups. But this one was pretty damn big and fed about 15 guys :-) And made for one hell of a fish story too.
One last glory shot.
Also forgot to mention I got it on a 6'9" Shimano Teramar rod & Abu Revo Toro reel w/50lb PowerPro.

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Old 06-21-2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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Nice one read the report on the NorCal board.
Good stuff
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:11 PM   #8
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Nice going and welcome to So.Cal.


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Old 06-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #9
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I bet you got some nice steaks off of that sucker.
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #10
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Absolutely awesome fish on the Toro. I heard about this from the Allens. The Islander generates great fish stories.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:32 PM   #11
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It was hilarious watching Sin Coast get towed. Looked like he was halfway to Catalina Island as the night crept in.
There were a lot of really great fishermen onboard this trip. I learned a lot from these guys. Calico's were the mainstay, couldn't keep em off the hook, no matter what we dropped.
I was using a Big Hammer in about 25' OW. I think I had a halibut on,, but it charged straight into the kelp and snagged, right about then my other rod (which had a live squid on ) went bendo pulling me away from the kelp. That snapped the line on the first hit,,, I got a nice lil sleigh ride, only to come up with a ray....
The Islander crew was great. I couldn't belive the yak side service they provided... Snacks, Beer, Live Bait !!! It don't get any better than that.
Pat, you still owe me a shark steak
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:52 PM   #12
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Epic on that rod reel combo. Congratulations man.

I'm going to be coming up to Monterey the 10th-14th. Bringing the yak with me. Probably fish friday and saturday possibly at stillwater. Come out and join me if you can. Anyone on here in the MB area is welcome and encouraged to join. The more the safer right?
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:11 PM   #13
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Stillwater is good for lings / rockfish, but your timing couldn't be better for salmon that recently have been showing up close in to monterey. Mooching has been delivering the best results.
Halibut finally starting to make a show there too !

I'm in.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:34 PM   #14
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Better angle on the 2nd pic, congrats on the catch!
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:50 PM   #15
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Haha no worries H2ofishfo! I'm familiar with the C&R theory on threshers. And totally agree with releasing the pups. But this one was pretty damn big and fed about 15 guys :-) And made for one hell of a fish story too.
One last glory shot.
Also forgot to mention I got it on a 6'9" Shimano Teramar rod & Abu Revo Toro reel w/50lb PowerPro.

what a feat bro revo !!!! Hope u changed those drag washers out after that I've caught tuna Abu Garcia 3100??? Old school had to throw them in the trash spool and everything was smoked
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:08 PM   #16
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beautiful fish! I should have gone this year, I have to stop waiting......you nailed it!!!!


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Old 06-20-2014, 01:02 PM   #17
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Love Thresher Shark Steaks!!!!!!! YUMMY

Congrats that's a big fish to land on the a kayak
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