John rigging up for the trip

As I state in Who Is SoCal Salty? I’m not an expert angler by any means.  I’m getting proficient at hooking up certain types of fish here in So Cal, and I’m working hard at expanding my repertoire 😉  Luckily, I’ve been fortunate to meet people who are very proficient So Cal anglers.  One of these people is John Anjard.  John has a rich background fishing.  He’s commercial fished in Guam.  He has his 100 ton Masters license, and he currently works the Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing in San Diego.

Yeah...lots of gear.

I’ve fished with John a few times now.  The first thing you notice about John is that he brings A LOT OF GEAR on the boat.  Part of it is that he likes to keep the rest of the crew happy, so he brings gear for them to fish. The other part is that he has a plan for the day and is prepared to alter that plan based on conditions.  My challenge has been to learn what he’s looking for, and how that affects the plan.

Aircraft carrier: John C. Stennis was in port

Last weekend, we were deep drift rockfishing.  So while the rest of the passengers were enjoying the sights in the San Diego Harbor, John was showing me how to read the clouds, the implications of those readings, and what that meant in terms of how to rig our lines….what knots to use, size and

Squid skirt, around a bead, against a rock cod plate.

type of hooks, how much weight etc.

Not enough time or room to get into great detail today.  John and I plan to bring you a series of instructional posts (video too?) that will give you detailed instruction for certain types of fishing here in SoCal.  For now, I’ll let the results speak for themselves.  Last week I posted a video of me bringing up 3 rockfish in one drop.  I was fishing John’s gear and he was coaching me thru as I used it.  Below is what John had to show for the trip.  If you happen to see John on a boat.  Introduce yourself, ask questions, and listen to what he has to say.  If you do, you will end up with more and bigger fish in your sack.

The right gear, in the right situation, fished properly, yields big results!