View Full Version : Yellowtail are still bighting at San Clemente Island

04-11-2007, 11:21 AM
We were discussing this a few weeks ago but here are a couple of pics from yesterday. Fish were taken on Butterfly Jigs under the bird schools in 200 feet depths.

This one ended up on the dinner plate


There were 21 caught total and a few lost during the steady 4 way hook ups. Fish were 10-16 pounds average. Get out and go fishing!!!

04-11-2007, 11:26 AM

04-11-2007, 12:34 PM

Matt C
04-11-2007, 1:03 PM
Beautiful fish man, I want some!

04-11-2007, 1:06 PM
I'll be on the Enterprise out of long beach for some lings and rockfishes tomorrow. Gotta go test out my new penn international torque 300.:D Very nice fishes BTW. Is that your boat?

04-11-2007, 1:08 PM
MagMaster- Nice fish.

Wondering if you are on AllCoast boards or BloodyDecks etc?

Planning a week 'o fishing come mid-may when I leave my current employer for greener pastures. (With a month in between for vacation of course. :cool: ) Planning on getting a can in avalon for the week and making dailys to SCI.

04-11-2007, 1:38 PM
This was on the Bongos we were out doing some field testing. I also post on Allcoast and Western Bass as bantam 1 and calfishing as magmaster.

I will continue to let everyone here know what the bite is as the info comes to me. One day we all might have to get together and go fishing. SCI should be going strong when you are there 226. I wish I could get away for a few days on that island. It has some of the best Calico fishing I have ever seen excluding Mexico.

04-11-2007, 1:42 PM
Man I'm salivating about the trip now...

And those YT pics made it worse!

In fact I think im'ma take my run about 11' whaler out this weekend for some calico. Mmmm C_a_l_i_c_o. :D

04-11-2007, 4:01 PM
Hamachi in April, Nice!

We had a great trip out to San Nic (Private charter) this weekend, scored on Lings and tons of rockfish, but I'd rather have Yellowtail anyday.

04-11-2007, 6:25 PM

Did you catch the water temp?

04-11-2007, 6:34 PM
Nice yellow!!

hung380 let us know how you like that Penn Torque 300. I had the chance to fondle one at Sav-On yesterday, I may have to sell some crack and buy one!!

04-11-2007, 8:13 PM
58-59 water temps on the backside. Look at the Trinidads instead of the Penn :)

04-12-2007, 1:23 PM
Conditions may have changed after today out there. The buoy closest to the island is claiming 17 foot swells at 9 seconds and 30-40 knot winds :eek:

04-12-2007, 2:36 PM
I was gonna go this past wekend but the day was so crappy i stayed around Dana. I didnt get even a bite. As soon as I get my GPS Im heading to Clemente. I only have a 19 foot boat so thats why my buddies dont wanna come with me.

04-12-2007, 5:41 PM
LOL, i got off the Enterprise today and we were hitting 12-18 foot swells with 35 mph winds. We were on the boat for 4 hours and the captain turned the boat around and back to the harbor we go, With a raincheck for next trip:D
Rorschach, The penn torque 300 has More torque than the shimano trinidads but not as smooth as the trinidads. If you like the penn then get the 200 model because the 300 is freakin huge:eek: I have 3 trinidads, 1 saltiga, 1 penn trq300, and they are all excellent reels.

04-16-2007, 7:17 PM
I have had good luck with the Toriums.. Cast smooth with a good drag for a good deal less than the Trinadad.. Not to much power with the 6.3:1 though.. I have a 20 and a 30..

I am really in love with the Avets though! I have 4.. MXJ, JX, LX 2 speed, and a 4.02w.. The freespool like no tomorrow and the drags are some of the best. Some people don't like the lever drag but that is a big +1 for me!!

The local boats are doing pretty well.. I was out on the Freedom last week and we got 14 yellows in the kelp at the cove at SCI. I got a few 8-10 lbs.. The nexy day the got 43 or something!! It was a real odd bitr though.. We threw live squid at them all day and oly got one bait fish.. They wanted jigs.. And not just any jig.. They wanted a blue and white Tady aa or a Salas 6x Jr. Toss that little bugger as far as you can, let it sink to the bottom and crank like no other.. Didn't matter that the jigs went swiming at that point but spinning.. Thats what they wanted!!

I have been waiting for some deep fish to give the butterfly jigs a shot. I had real good luck with the larger 7oz Wiliamson one in pink / glow.. Got 4 lings on one trip with that jig.. I am not sure if the Wiliamson are as good as the Shamino but for $7 a jig rigged vs $25 unrigged I had to give them a shot! BTW- Sports Authority has the WIliamson butterfly jigs for $6-9..

Will be on the Freedom later this week. Hope this weather stays nice and warms the water a bit..

Happy fishing!
Nate D

04-16-2007, 10:42 PM
I have to say that the Torium and Trinidads have plenty of power with the 6.2:1 gear ratio. I have drilled plenty of fish with them and had zero cranking problems.

The yo-yo is hard to beat when the YT are on that bite!