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Old 03-30-2016, 07:35 AM   #1
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Got 99 problems but YT aint one - Road Trip

First Time at La Jolla:

So last Friday my fishing buddy and I decided to take a road to trip to finally try out this legendary "La Jolla". We both had work, so some sick days were in order.

We met up and loaded up at 3 am and got on the road from the Malibu area. It took us about 2 hours to finally get to La Jolla.

Lots of kayakers getting on the water. We made the nice smooth launch around 6:30 at first light.

Made bait very quickly. Bait boils everywhere, Biggest bird school I've ever seen chasing bait. Couldn't catch up to them, no luck.

Worked 120' most of the time, then started paddling till I found shallower water. Fished 90 ft of water with a greenback on a dropper loop. Saw a mark at 60 ft and reeled the bait up to 60 ft. Saw the mark come back and HOOOOOOOKUP! yelled it loud with no shame!.
20 minutes of getting towed around of a 30lb mono setup. I get the fish to the gaff. Miss the gaff 4 times and then the 5th slides inside the gill plate and out the cheek. Perfect Gaff, no meat ruined.

Fish on board, I had a really friendly boater take an on the water photo of me and the fish as it was landed close to his Bayrunner. Nice to meet you Garrett.

Fish Measured in at 42" and 26 lbs bled out and dehydrated.

Boater traffic killed the bite pretty good, lots of people out. Didn't see fish landed after 8:30AM

The funnest part was the 4 hour drive back. NOT
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:37 AM   #2
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Congrats dude, nice! Glad your drive was rewarded.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:44 AM   #3
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Great job and nice first trip to la jolla.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:57 AM   #4
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Nice fish and way to hold it so it looks 35#+! I have to learn this trick...
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:55 AM   #5
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Nice! Been thinking about making that drive too, the return trip is the killer!

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Old 03-30-2016, 09:57 AM   #6
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Awesome!!!!!
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:26 AM   #7
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Hell ya Dennis show them how us boy up north do it
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:29 AM   #8
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Congrats man! Never been to LJ, can only hope to be that successful on my first visit.
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:06 PM   #9
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Very cool Denis, I am sure you are glad you made the drive.
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Old 03-30-2016, 01:48 PM   #10
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Killer Denis! The 2 trips and 4 days I put in last year netted zero so far. Good work and great timing!

PS - Leave after 6pm for the drive home. I have done that trip 25-30 times staying with family.

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Old 03-30-2016, 03:03 PM   #11
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Excellent report and fish! Congrats
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:02 PM   #12
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Nice job! Well worth the drive!!
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:16 PM   #13
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Good for you on getting a nice yellow after a long drive.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:04 AM   #14
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I have those same waders.
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:11 PM   #15
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I have those same waders.
Sick! They're the women's ones. No shame, its not fashion contest. Plenty of good fish juju on em.

Digging the pink embroidery
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:28 PM   #16
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Congrats

Most guys get skunked for the first twenty trips . Would one of those ninety nine problems be that you they ran out of your size in men's waders ? No slack in groan . . Good report .
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:18 PM   #17
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That is a beauty.
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