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Nov 24
Breaking News / Reports

4:51 PM Breaking News / Reports: 3/4 day boat out of San Diego just called in from their offshore trip with 80+ yellowfin on the boat! The fish are in the 15-40 pound range. I guess the season is on!

4:47 PM Breaking News / Reports: Marlin- They're still a getting them! There's a small pocket of marlin off the fishing grounds above Santa Barbabra Island. Amazing, and it's two weeks before December!

2:58 PM Breaking News / Reports: Below Newport, on #2.. there are still small yellowtail and cuda around. All caught on sardine, anchored 20 yards off the kelp line. They were fly-lining dines while chumming the dead ones to bring them in. They had a great day on the water.

Site Admin Bill DePriest-Editor/Publisher
May 20 "OC Sportfishing Show" May 30th and 31st Orange County Fairgrounds
Free Ballast Pt Beer to the first 100 through the door each day ..........Saturday we are giving away a Hobie Kayak at 4:30 and Sunday at 4:30 we are giving away a trip to Crocodile Bay Lodge in Costa Rica trip for 2......just fill out the back of your ticket and drop it at the PCS booth......must be present to win

Site Admin Ryan Lawler
November 13
I got to see our cutter in action as the weather laid down and the fishermen came out. We came in contact with a fishing vessel which had not been inspected at sea in over a year and was actively fishing. The OPS sent out a boarding team on "Shark 1", our cutter's "over the horizon" (OTH) small boat. This OTH was crewed by a boarding officer, two maritime enforcement rated petty officers, and boatswain's mates for the handling of the "Shark 1". In the Coast Guard, those ranked petty officers and above are federal law enforcement agents. This boarding of the F/V was done quickly and easily. OPS told me that the Coast Guard wants to make the boarding as low impact as possible for the fishermen, so she checked with them over VHF first to make sure they had completed their set of gear before the team inspected them. The catch on the F/V was sablefish and assorted rockfish mixed with some spiny dogfish and skate by-catch. On this particular vessel, there was an observer from NOAA, so the risk of illegal fishing was low.

Before we could meet other fishing vessels, the fleet had headed in because of an impending storm. All day Sunday we had a gale blowing, giving us 10-18 foot seas and driving rain. In the Pacific Northwest, boarding windows come and go, as the ability to launch the small boats is impaired by the fickle weather.

Site Admin Erik Landesfeind - SWBA Tournament Trail
October 3
Marina Del Rey played host to the 6th and final regular season tournament of the 2012 SWBA Tournament Series, the LA Chase. The event attracted 44 teams that had 8 hours to fish the waters between Point Mugu and Point Vincente in an attempt to bring in the largest 5 fish bag of bass. This event was open to all three species (sand bass, calicos and spotted bay bass) and offered a 5 point bonus for any team weighing at least one of each species.
Site Admin Capt. David Bacon-Charter Captain/PCS Senior Editor
September 22 Central Coast Fishing Update

Tuna fishing continues with albacore catches from the Rodriguez Seamount, Arguello Canyon and the Davidson Seamount. In some central coast areas, longfins are smacking trolled lures just 10 to 15 miles from the beach. Fish are running to 30 pounds, with 20 pounders the average size. Channel Islands fisherfolk are finding sporadic bites of white seabass around the east end of Santa Rosa Island and the southeast portion of Santa Cruz Island. Bounce-ballers are boating halibut from Chinese Harbor, Smugglers Cove, Christy's Ranch and Bechers Bay. Along the mainland coast, halibut are active near Rincon Point, Padero Lane, Goleta, Ellwood and Gaviota. Thresher shark are on a roll near Rock Island, Goleta, Naples Reef and Gaviota. Pier anglers are hooking into a few T-sharks along with other species of shark, they are hauling up a few halibut, scoring well on surfperch and nailing good quantities of mackerel.
Site Admin Alan's Workbench
October 18
Screaming Reels!
Question:  The problem I have at the moment is driving me crazy!  I am having a bit of bother with one of my Penn 525 mags. It's the original one that I have had for a good few years but has been well looked after and serviced by myself.  Basically the last 2 trips out it has started screaming intermittantly through the cast! Some casts not at all and other casts it will start halfway through as it starts to drop out of the sky.  It's sounded like the ratchet vibrating on or engaging.  At first as when I fiddled with the ratchet button mid cast it would stop the screaming. Problem solved I thought !  I sanded the ratchet pawl down to nothing so that it cannot engage but next trip out exactly the same.  I am using braid on this reel and I know It does not come off as smooth as mono so this may well be making things worse ? However I used it all last year with no bother at all with the same line so it's not the only cause.  Bearings are fine and everything else looks to be Ok so what could it be? It can't be anything bad like a bent spindle or else it would do it all of the time.  Could the bearing inners be turning on the spindle maybe?  Could it be the nylon bearing retaining clip/ratchet cog catching on something?
Regulator 28: A Great Sportfishing Heritage
July 2:

I have always been a huge fan of the custom-built, East Coast boats. The Carolina flair and classic lines of a Merritt, Rybovich and Buddy Davis are the “Holy Grail” of sportfishing boats in my book. When I got my first look at the Regulator 28 idling down Newport Harbor—from its proud North Carolina design and that pair of twin Yamaha Outboard F300C 4-stroke engines on her stern—I knew this sea-trial assignment was going to be like no other before it.

Prince Edward Island: Home of the Real Giants by Bill DePriest
October 15:

When we think of bluefin tuna out here on the West Coast we often think of nice 30 to 40-pounders with the occasional 100-pounder and that’s a nice fish--don’t get me wrong. When the guys on Prince Edward Island think of a nice Bluefin, they are thinking something in the 900 to 1000-pound range.

When my thoughts turn to those giants I have semi-fond memories of my trips to Morehead, North Carolina. Then the weather was extremely rough, blowing 25-30 knots daily, 15-foot plus seas and on some days the guys even shoveling snow out of the cockpit in the morning. I can remember a chill in my body that wouldn’t leave even after getting in my hotel room. Our last trip to North Carolina for giants was in 2008 there weren’t many fish caught and they typically averaged around 400 pounds. We thought we were chasing giants--until we heard about Prince Edward Islands giant bluefin.

I had heard the rumors of this fishery for years, “The land of the giants,” they would say. But with two new kids I just could not get up there. This September, though, I finally got my shot!


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