View Full Version : 3 day Odyssey

09-15-2011, 02:30 PM
White Cap aka AL and I headed out to Bodega Bay last Monday about 7 am for some Rock cod, Salmon and Halibut fishing. Transferred WC’s gear in the boat and MH then headed out.

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Arrived at Westside Regional Park about 10 am, secured a spot then drove next door to the launch for a half a day’s fishing.


Not knowing the area nor did we know where the restricted fishing areas were so we decided to head north where we saw a bunch of boat trolling. Then I heard over the VHF someone calling my name, and it turned out to be CJ a fellow forum member that I met at Fort Bragg in early August during a mini Salmon fest.
He asked if we wanted to follow him up to the Fr Ross area… we did where we targeted Rockfish. Wind was pushing us a little too fast and both Al and I were snagging and lost several rigs but still managed to boat good size Rocks and Lings.

The next morning we met up with CJ again at the same area where we trolled for Salmon. Action was very slow for Al and I so after we boated an eight pounder, we broke away from the Congo line and headed south to the Bird rock area and drifted for Rock the rest of the day. The wind was much lower and we were able to boat our Ling limits and several Rock cod, all good size and quality fish.

Afterwards, we put in and being that we were out of bait, we hunted for and found tray bait for the next day hunt.
Early the next morning Al and I headed out to the same area where we trolled and was the only boat there. Probably due to the weather forecast that called for high wind. Fortunately, the wind wasn’t bad but the swells made it difficult to move around in the boat’s cockpit. An hour in the troll, Al hooked a 30#-er that peeled line out like crazy.

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We were “bit” a lot but no sticks but then much later this Gull grabbed my bait while I set the downrigger. It hooked itself then flew way until I put the reel in gear. I brought it down, reeled in and released it unharmed.

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Al again gets bit, boating in a 10#’er. Now we have about three –four boats trolling the area where on several occasion we all ended at a cross point that caused several of us to change course rather quickly. On one such turn, Al jumped up quickly, grabbed his rod from the holder and started reeling in frantically. In a split second his line headed towards the bow of the boat and taking line fast. Downriggers raised and balls cleared we followed the line where, as mentioned, the line is peeling …almost smoking the reel…no stopping what ever it was. Al fought with it for a good 15 to 20 minutes with his 9’ Ugly Stik trolling rod coupled with a Shimano TR200 filled with 25# mono but during his battle, the reel was not so full, LOL

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This thing was luring us out to the open ocean!! Al yells, "We need a bigger boat"! Then about that precise moment, the thing gets unbuttoned. I think if Al was a drinking man, he would have popped opened and drank a couple of cold brewski but he isn’t so a cold Pepsi was in order. We worked the area hard.

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After Al’s battle and being that the swells had gotten bigger we decided to head closer to the harbor to try trolling for Halibut but unfortunately no love there. We called it a day about 3 pm.

Got back to camp, grilled our dinner and watched the boats return…


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got a good night sleep then this morning headed back home.

Three days for great fishing with a good friend…what more can one ask for.

09-15-2011, 02:54 PM
I think Seon was a snake bit, he was getting some good hits, popping the clip, they took the bait but they just didn’t stick
Seon and I think it was a big shark, there were a few Thrasher sharks caught out there lately
It was a good fishing trip with a great friend, thanks again Bro!

09-15-2011, 04:26 PM
What an awesome report. Sounds like it was a great trip!! Nice work retirees......!

09-15-2011, 06:21 PM
Sounds like you boys had a great trip!!!:mat: Thanks for all the details and the great pics...:fire0dw: So Jealous!!

09-19-2011, 03:35 PM
Great post and a great trip. Nice fat salmon. I wonder if the peeler could have been a WSB.

09-19-2011, 03:46 PM
Having not caught a WSB, or Thresher shark before, and a few sharks being caught in the same area, I’m leaning toward the shark.

09-22-2011, 02:01 PM
Talked to a buddy who was fishing California City earlier in the week and hooked something that pulled 200 ft. of braid and got into the mono backing. He said it hit harder then the 60 pound white seabass he had caught earlier in the year but when it jumped it was round and silver. He believed it was a 50 pound plus salmon that eventually bent the hook. I hope what he hooked and what you guys had on were part of a big school of salmon moving through.

Bigg A
09-22-2011, 09:41 PM
Nice report!!!! You guys slay everything.....:bananatiedie: