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Friday, April 29, 2011

Here's a fishing update for Central CA

I thought I'd pass this along to you all, If you have never fished this part of CA you should try it sometime, I've enjoyed fishing there and up in the Bay area for many years.

Rock Cod Season Opens, Sunday May 1st.
We will be running both boats on full day (10 hour) trips Sunday. Visit our website,, or call us at 805-595-7200, to book a trip or for more information about trips and schedules.
Rock 'n' Crab Trips

The crew will be pulling up crab pots on select rock cod trips. The crab will be distributed equally among the anglers. Check the dates to the right.

-Thank You

Patriot Sportfishing

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ensenada Fishing Report.

The follow is a report that a friend of mine did about his fishing charter business out of Ensenada. Fishing with him is along time friend of our fishing show and owner of the Gail Force, Danny Salas.

With reports of yellows in our backyard Dan Salas owner of the Gail Force and his son 7 year old Christopher decided to take the plunge and charter the It’s 4 Reels despite reports that the weather could be up. We headed out of my slip out of Cruiseport Village around 6:30AM and headed to the bait barge. Still no live bait available in Ensenada. No worries we were armed with every size and color jig that was ever sold as well as the ever reliable frozen squid so if we ran into yellow we would get ‘em. Wind was down but there was definitely a large swell and we made the rounds, South of Todos Santos water temps were 58-59 with a few birds working but no signs of surface fish, North Todos Santos (Punta Norte) cold 53-55 degree water and few birds, North of San Miguel Reef 52 degree water and on down to an area off the tuna pens off Salsipuedes bay. We did not find any surface fish but we did find, with the help of my trustee Furuno FF, a nice reef that we hammered for limits of nice reds that averaged 5-6 lbs, chuckleheads, browns, lingcod, salmon grouper, 1 sheephead and 1 small whitefish. I was using a heavy pink jig and I was ripped twice on fish that took line and I was not able to turn them on straight 65 lb. spectra. Maybe a yellow or a big ling. We’ll never know. Regardless of that we still knocked them dead and the best part is we never fished more than 150 feet of water. We made several passes on the reef and Dan was bringing them up 2 and 3 at a time:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Keep Fishing Fun

I often hear from people that they don't want to go fishing unless they see 1000's of fish on the daily fish counts, if all you want is fish to eat then go to the market, its cheaper and faster, but if you want to live longer and enjoy life better then get on a boat and go fishing, even surf fishing will make you feel better, it works for me. I love to go fishing, I don't care if its on a lake or far offshore chasing tuna or marlin. I just like to roll of the water and the smell of the ocean, I find peace when i'm on the water that I can't find anywhere else. Fishing should be fun, it should be relaxing and it should passed down to kids too.  I hope I see you out on the water soon!

Upcoming Cooking Segments

Here's a short behind the scene look about the cooking segments we filmed this week for you.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tips for White Sea Bass Fishing

Here's a tip for you to use on your next white sea bass fishing trip.


Filming this week

This coming Friday we have our second filming fishing charters for the year, I think we still have one open spot left. The fishing up in the Channels Islands has been hit and miss this year for White Sea bass, the rock fishing has been great. I'm hoping we get a few sea bass and halibut on this trip and then fill our sacks with nice size rock fish. I'll let you know how we do.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cooking Fish Today

Today we are filming new cooking segments using my Bradley Somker, you're going to really like these dishes, they are simple to make and taste great! Everyone should own one of these smokers, they make somking fish or game so simple.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Our Travel Fishing Trips For 2011

Here's a short video blog about our travel fishing trips for 2011, I hope you can join us, let's make 2011 a better year!!

I'm now offering private fishing charters

Starting next month I will be offering a limited number of private fishing charters. for more information please visit my website at and look under charters, Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Upcoming Kids Fishing event and TV Charters

Here's a little video blog about some of the events we have coming up over the next few weeks. I hope you can join for some of them.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Now Offering Private Fishing Charetrs

I'm now offering private fishing chartrers aboard both of by boats, so if you'd like to go on a private fishing charters with me please go to my website and check out all the details. I'll be doing a lot of calico bass fishing and on my Skeeter and plan to target sharks, marlin and other fish on my 31 footer later in the season.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day at the Docks

We are here in SD and ready for the huge day at the docks event, make sure you stop by our booth and say hello.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

White Sea Bass

seversl boats are reporting good counts on the WSB today at the Channel Islands. I have not heard yet what they are catching them on, but I'd guess they are using B 52 bucktail with a whole squid. We have room a our fishing trip up there on the 29th of this month aboard the Pacific Dawn, go to our website and sign up today to join us, you don't want to miss out on this bite.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Day at the Docks

The Day at the Docks event in San Diego is this Sunday. Make plans to come see this awesome family event, it's free! I'll be doing a fish dish with fish I smoked in my Bradley Smoker. I'll be doing it aboard the Indian out of H & M Landing. You don't want to miss this event. I'll see you there.

More White Sea Bass

Here's the fish count for the Channel Islands today. 9 white sea bass! The boats in Central CA are getting salmon too, it looks like the best season those two areas have seen in years. Let's hope it stays that way. 

9 Whitefish, 941 Rockfish, 1 Wolf Eel, 13 Sculpin, 4 Lingcod, 10 Sand Sole, 9 White Seabass, 1 Halibut, 50 Vermilion Rockfish, 30 Sand Bass


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kids Fishing Club

It looks like my youth foundation is going to be starting up a kids fishing club at one of the local lakes here in the LA area. We plan to start out working with kids from 11-14 years of age, I need some ideas what call this kids fishing club, do any of you have any ideas?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

World Record White Sea Bass!

Check out this story about a recent world record white sea bass taken here in southern Cal.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lingcod Fishing

I have getting a lot of e mails this week asking about lingcod fishing, I'm guessing it's because the season just opened on 4/1. Lings are a very aggressive fish, they like to chase down their prey, for that reason I like to use a MM2 heavy jig, such a 10oz MM2. I let it fall all the way to the bottom and then wind it up fast for about ten cranks and then do it over and over until I find a hungry fish. try this method it works.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tips for Yellowtail Fishing

With yellowtail starting to bite up and down the coast I thought you all might enjoy some tips on yellowtail fishing. if you need more help you might want to order my how-to yellowtail DVD.

I went surf fishing today

This morning I spent a few hours surf fishing. The weather was a little cold by LA standards, I'm sure the rest of the country would of thought it was warm. I spent three hours fishing at two different beaches, I caught most of my fish at Huntington Beach. Even though it was slow fishing it still was nice to be out fishing, I like surf fishing because it's so simple and I enjoy walking in the water. Maybe next time I'll catch more fish, but for today it was good enough.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dan talking about when you need to down size your tackle

Dan talking about when you need to down size your tackle.

fishing with bucktails

here's a video about using bucktails.

Here's a short video for you about why I like using bucktails.

B-52'S-1/2oz Green/Yellow


Not sure if you all heard the news, but several boats fishing out of San Diego caught a bunch of yellowtail over the weekend, last year the yellow showed up year too. in the old days we used to catch them all the time in April and durning the Day at the Docks fishing event, yellows were what everyone fished for. keep checking the fish counts, it might just be a early season this year.