December 2003


Fished on the KENDAN with Dr. Marty Morris, Ken Okuda and Dave Thompson with hopes of finding some lingering Albacore and who knows what else. There were no reports to work from, the Terrafin charts were showing some nice breaks out by the dumping grounds and the weather looked like it would be in our favor.

Expecting a long run, Marty brought an additional 110 gallons of diesel. The boat holds 300 and we got back without using any of the extra fuel. We left the slip at 6:15, picked up 2 scoops of bait and cleared Point Loma by 7:30pm.

We maintained a speed of 8.3 knots through the night, with the stars shining brightly and a Cheshire moon watching from behind. There were no boats in site for most of the night, but we finally saw a light in the distance at grey light north of us.

We put the jigs in at the dumping grounds at 6:30 am, just after grey light. Around 7:30, there were 2 consecutive splashes about 200 yards in front of us, but we were not able to see what caused them. At 8:30, we found a kelp paddy holding yellowtail at 31-27-936/118-44-408 in 61 degree water. We picked off three yellowtail on bait.

We trolled through the dumping grounds southwest trying to find warmer water. Most of the time it ranged from 61.0 to 61.4. Around 1pm as we moved back to the north west, the temperature moved up to 62 degrees. Couldn't tell if it was due to the warming of the sun or it had maintained that temp from the day before.  Water was smooth and glassy. Occasionally a bird would check us out and one came on us rather quickly and immediately went after a tuna feather hooking itself. Probably not a good sign of the bait condition in the area if the bird was that hungry.

We reached the tip of the elephant bank at 2:00pm and made our turn back to the east, crossing the worm bank at 3:30pm and at 4:00pm we got a single jig strike on a tuna feather. The location was 31-54-638/119-06-456 with a water temp of 61.5 degrees.

We had bait in the water immediately, but no other fish were caught. We boxed the area with the trolling gear. At 5pm, we pulled the lines and headed home. We noted one commercial boat working the East Butterfly as we passed through that area. We arrived at the slip at 12:06am.
 


Harry Okuda


Dave Thompson


Sunrise


Trolling at Sunset


Heading home



Mark wanted to get the SAFE HARBOR back in the water. He pulled it out to clean the bottom. So we decided to fish Saturday, December 6. Rock Cod fishing was limited in US waters and about to close totally on the 9th. Mark brought Chris Park and I invited Al to come along, since it might be his last fishing trip for a while since he is going to have shoulder surgery. We started  at the 'notch', looking for ling cod but only caught a couple of reds. After quite a few drifts and searching the area, I moved us to the old 'red hole'. I had Chris take us to a 'ling cod hole' based on visual bearings and sure enough, He caught a ling cod. We managed to get limits of reds, some starrys, a barber pole, one ling cod, one sheephead, one cow cod and a half a dozen sand dabs. Here's the boat a Pearson's fuel dock.