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alantani
05-21-2009, 01:11 PM
last week i went through all of the electronics on the boat and ran the engines for about 10 minutes each. *i also wiped off a couple of layers of dust. *after all, it had been sitting idle all winter. *everything checked out fine. *so yesterday when i tried to hook it up to top off the fuel tanks, i found the trailer jack seized up. *off to west marine for a new one. *i'll have to fix the old one later. *the fuel flow meter said 66 gallons and the main tank took 64 gallons. *i'm happy with that. *ready go to!

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my parents and a friend arrived in the late afternoon, and dad crawled straight off to bed. *apparently he had spend all of the previous night at one of the indian casinos near fresno. *my younger kid has a real sense of humor.

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we left the house at 4am and made it down to monterey at 5:30, in the water and underway at 6am. *meet the crew. *here's us army major taro asami (ret.)......

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yukio tani.......

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dr. theodore deffinger .......

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and marvin nunnenkamp.

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we headed out around the point and took the run down to manny's spots just north of the "no fly" zone at point sur.

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add up all of their ages and the top out a 310 years!!!!! *it was just about as bad as fishing with the kids - cutting bait, baiting hooks, tossing fish in the box, untangling lines, complaints when they weren't catching and complaints when we had to reset. *i had a blast!

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the guys were having a little trouble working the iron, so i actually ended up switching them over to shrimp flies. *midway through the morning, they decided to take a cigarette break so there was an open rail. *i grabbed the last rod left with a 6 ounce megabait and literally nailed this bocaccio on the first cast. *i weighed it out at 9 pounds 2 ounces. *once again, i rule!!!!!!!!!!!

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MontanaN8V
05-21-2009, 01:15 PM
Who was on diaper duty? lol Well done.

żżż
05-21-2009, 03:42 PM
Always a good read from you Alan, as you never disappoint your passengers! Nice looking Boccacio! What was the tally for the day?

alantani
05-21-2009, 04:03 PM
5 limits of rockfish and a ling. on a more concerning note, i also cleaned limits of rockfish and a ling. the bocaccio had large half digested sardine in his belly. all of the other fish had empty stomachs. yes, you read that correctly.

please understand, i am not a marine biologist, nor do i pretent to have any special knowledge of rockfish, but i believe that these fish are in trouble. i am concerned that the bait fish (herring, sardines, anchovies and squid) are in short supply. this is the first time that i have cleaned so many fish and have had every single stomach absolutely empty. i think they are starving.

elgallo
05-21-2009, 05:41 PM
Great read there Alan!

żżż
05-22-2009, 09:23 AM
5 limits of rockfish and a ling. *on a more concerning note, i also cleaned *limits of rockfish and a ling. *the bocaccio had large half digested sardine in his belly. *all of the other fish had empty stomachs. *yes, you read that correctly. *

please understand, i am not a marine biologist, nor do i pretent to have any special knowledge of rockfish, but i believe that these fish are in trouble. *i am concerned that the bait fish (herring, sardines, anchovies and squid) are in short supply. *this is the first time that i have cleaned so many fish and have had every single stomach absolutely empty. *i think they are starving.

I'm not an icthyologist either, but if you were reading pretty cold water then there's a good chance that bait has not moved across that area yet - still holding further offshore. So you may have been fishing during a transitional period for them.

Now if you gutted 50 fish in the middle of July that were all heads and no body with empty stomachs, I'd be worried (and pissed!). ::)

I couldn't see a temp reading in your photo of the fish finder. What was the temp out there?

alantani
05-22-2009, 03:26 PM
the temperature is the line across the screen. it's just a shade over 52 degrees....

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