After working about 13 out of the 16 or so days before the trip while going to school in-between, it seemed like the high heavens opened up and bathed me in its warm sunlight when I clocked out on Friday afternoon.
"Peace out everyone, I'm going fishing!"
After scrambling to pack and load the car, I managed to peel out of Irvine at about 5:30 PM. I called Kenji and let him know I was on my way to pick him up. It took me a while to hang up on him because he wouldn't stop going off about how much he was looking forward to fishing with me because I am such a fine and upstanding gentleman with a real knack for catching fish.
After picking up Kenji, who was sporting more of a beard than I'll ever be able to grow, we made our way through little traffic to Pierpoint Landing. The Pacific Star was out on an overnight and wouldn't be back until eight o'clock, so many of us elected to grab a bite, a beer, a beer, or a beer at either Bubba Gump's or Hooters.
Many wings, boobs, and pitchers later, we found our way to the Pacific Star and began the fight for premium rod spaces and tackle box real estate. For a spring 2 day, we sure had a lot of gear onboard.
After the usual galley business and the "oh crap, I forgot your name" banter, we rolled out into the fog to go catch some fish.
We started the day off doing some deepwater drifts for rockfish. Our plan was to load the killbox for fish tacos and chowder in the morning, and spend the rest of the day filling our bags.
Ben with a couple of nice Rojos.
Vic was on fire! I think he decked the first two Lings of the trip.
Leonard showed him up with a NICE Ling that ended up taking JP Day 1.
Larry and Ben with a bunch o' Rojos. Like father like son!
Brad couldn't quite decide on how to hold up his fish.
Managed to squeeze a smile out of Kevin.
Oh look, I got one!
Kevin with a fat Barberpole.
The mother of all Reds...Taylor absolutely slayed the big fish this trip!
Diana (age 11) with her first Ling!
Still can't quite decide on the fish grip...
Jimbo showing off the effectiveness of the Uranus jig while Spize photobombs with two of his own Reds.
Lots of fish in there!
Henry was stoked to have his daughter on the 2 day. He was as stoked as a Dad could be when Diana brought up her Ling.
I wonder who that is...
What's up, Patrick?
We started off Day 2 doing some Halibut drifts at San Clemente Island. Not much was going on until...
Leonard nabbed the 20# Halibut to take JP Day 2 in addition to Day 1!
We spent the rest of the day drifting 6-20 fathom hard bottom areas near kelp lines.
Alex with a nice Rattler
I caught this Sheephead. No really, I swear I did.
Most of the day was a slow pick on the Sheephead, Sugar Bass, and some Calicos here and there. However, it did go wide open
ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH TACOS!
I only ate six of them