Last year was a great one and based on what I’m seeing so far, 2015 may be even better.  Although I didn’t get all 10 fish on the Top 10 (missed getting a jig caught cuda), I have no complaints.  Here are the  highlights from a year we’ll all be talking about for a long time…

Extra Saltys


10. Rockfish – after a slow morning bite on seabass aboard the Seabiscuit, I salvaged the day by getting a limit of big reds and chucks, only on artificial baits (Zman Jerk ShadZ)






IMG_41523. White Seabass – this one was my fish of the year.  Cooler yet, I did it while hosting a 2 day Western Outdoor News charter aboard the Ranger 85.  I opted not to enter the jackpot since I was working the trip, but everyone knew who won 😉

The trip report appeared in the paper, but I wrote about this fish HERE




Memorable Trips

DSCF0115After already putting 6 yellowtail in the sack on a local 3/4 aboard the Enterprise, I decided I’d see if I could score a lingcod.  I dropped in a double dropper of sardines, and got picked up on the way down…on my bass gear…and won jackpot!





Local tuna!  An August halfie on the New Seaforth, and a historic 3/4 day ride aboard the Spitfire in September both yielded yellowfin tuna.  Both trips came about when I got a heads up from the respective captains of their plan to do something outside the box.  They had some dope and wanted to give it a go.  Both times I lucked out massively when their info played out.  As an added bonus, I rode my favorite rockfishing boat, the Pacific Islander, in September and caught tuna again!

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I  wrapped up the year with 2 amazing lingcod trips on the Pacific Islander…the annual SCS outing in November and my personal best 10 legal ling trip.  And of course, finally getting #thatdamnfish aboard the Eldorado at San Nicolas was a trip to remember.  The fishing was great on these trips,  but they were also just really fun because of who came out and shared the rail with me.

It was definitely a great year and 2015 is already off to a great start.  See you at the rail.  Tight lines!

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