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Old 10-30-2012, 06:53 AM   #1
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Glorious All-Reds 10/28

I ventured out to some of the sub 100' reefs off San Diego on Sunday, and
the vermillion rockfish were willing biters. So I've almost got these things
wired and have got to perfect the style and technique before the
closures on Jan 1. Experimentation. I released a number of fish including a
24" lingcod and some 2 lb reds.

It was truly spectacular weather and felt empty out there - so I'll put up
some visuals for those in landlocked, or colder climates.

Glorious bright sunshine, 80 degrees, and not a gust of wind all morning!

Almost November ......






























Well, OK there is a Starry Rockfish in the mix.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:59 AM   #2
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:21 AM   #3
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and quantity.

IF anyone wants to do a good deed. . . pm me with some rock fish areas near/around dana point.

looks good.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:29 AM   #4
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Nice haul Larry
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:09 AM   #5
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Nice catch...

Well done sir.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:12 AM   #6
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Nice bendo, thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:39 AM   #7
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DANA PT
If I launched at Dana and was forced to go fish for rockfish, I would
paddle straight out two miles to 130' and look for bait balls near the
bottom around this area:

33° 25.895' N
117° 41.770' W

LOL - hope I'm not giving up anyone's secret spot, but there is no reason
they should not be around there, feeding in the upwelling.

Disclaimer: I just eyeballed that one on Google Earth in about 14 seconds,
and have never fished there on a kayak. I typically target 120' into 170'
deep with 4 to 8 ounces, drifting or slow trolling, depending on current.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:52 AM   #8
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very nice size and quantity!!! rockfish closes in jan1? i'm not sure why i thought it was november. i need to catch up on my rockfish regulations. lol
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:27 PM   #9
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Very nice! I really enjoyed the photos!
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:32 PM   #10
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Nice Larry! Are you tipping your jigs with squid or just using them straight up?
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:33 PM   #11
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Love those eats, well done.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:19 AM   #12
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DANA PT
If I launched at Dana and was forced to go fish for rockfish, I would
paddle straight out two miles to 130' and look for bait balls near the
bottom around this area:

33° 25.895' N
117° 41.770' W

LOL - hope I'm not giving up anyone's secret spot, but there is no reason
they should not be around there, feeding in the upwelling.

Disclaimer: I just eyeballed that one on Google Earth in about 14 seconds,
and have never fished there on a kayak. I typically target 120' into 170'
deep with 4 to 8 ounces, drifting or slow trolling, depending on current.
thanks for the idea. I've been trying to broaden my horizons!
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:55 AM   #13
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Always a great post from you Larry.


I need to go down there and crowd your spots a little, its way too easy for you. Lets see how you do with a little crowd around you.



Great photos.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:29 AM   #14
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I love the last picture, nice mess o fish you caught there, thanks for sharing...
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:44 PM   #15
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Blitz - There are tradeoffs both ways, the plastics/bucktails will certainly
work with no scent or bait added. I always want the 'bait profile' to be as
large as possible when down "in the zone", but adding squid strips slows the
sink rate. I can't even decide what my preference is here, it really
depends.

As I usually mention, once you get finding rockfish basics down, I think
the key to good local rockfishing is not hooking/reeling/catching the little
ones. Sounds simple, but its not always easy. I use bigger baits (or 2, or
3), bigger hooks (8/0, 10/0), and especially have tons of patience before
setting the hook - really ignore the nibblers and tail-nippers - wait for
that big headshake "thump" of a solid fish.

I'm still doing a lot of experimentation and change up rigs depending on
the depth and the current. Its usually a dropper loop rig with a big circle
hook and 6 oz torpedo, or, a 2-6 oz bucktail or plastic.

I have a video in the works but its pretty boring, so I may just skip it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:10 PM   #16
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awesome, did you fish bucktails with squid or what pm me answer
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:59 AM   #17
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Quality fish and report, as always! Thanks man.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:17 PM   #18
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and quantity.

IF anyone wants to do a good deed. . . pm me with some rock fish areas near/around dana point.

looks good.
Next to the red bouy in front of the point. Usually the 1/2 day parks there.that area is good for sheep head, rock fish, and bass. Good luck
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:41 PM   #19
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Video Up

A couple hours on Lake Pacific, finally finished the editing on this short
rockfish video, so thought I'd post .... to go along with my other 4 kayak
rockfish videos :

http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...EPIC102812.mp4


Would you believe that circle hooks and plastics can be mixed!

The lingcod splashes my not-so-waterproof old Canon camera in this one .... !
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #20
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Thats great i love rockfishing!
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