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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Free Fishing Seminar this Thursday

I'll be hosting a free fishing seminar this Thursday, June 2nd at the Sport Chalet store in Marina de Rey. seminar starts at 7PM, I hope you can make plans to join me there.


Central Cal Fishing Update.

I have never done one of these combo trips, but it sounds like a lot of fun. Here's sone information for you from Patriot Sportfishing.

Rock 'n' Crab Combo Trips Continue Through June

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.

Wednesdays: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/ 22, 6/29.  Thursday June 30, Last Day of the season!

Fridays: 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24


805 - 595 - 7200

800 - 714 - FISH

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Dana Point the new 2011 site of rescheduled WON/ Catalina White Seabass tourney, but Two Harbors remains a check-in/weigh-in option

Projected wind, high swells at Catalina prompts rescheduling to new dates; added to the event is the option of checking in and weighing at the end of the Two Harbors pier and Dana Harbor Fuel Dock. Also, a kayak division has been added! Freedom to roam! Although the coastal check-in is at Dana, trailerboats and kayaks can drive to favorite launch spots, and boats can weigh-in at the island or Dana

You can enter by mail with a check, e-mail at or with cash at check-in June 4

DANA POINT -- Dana Point Harbor is the new site of the rescheduled WON/Yamaha Catalina White Seabass Championship, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5. Two Harbors was not available as an event site for the new dates after the postponement due to weather concerns. Thus, the move to Dana Point.

“We’re making lemonade out of lemons and it’s working out,” said director Pat McDonell. “There were a lot of calls saying we did the right thing in postponing it, and that felt good, event though the weather was not as severe as predicted. Moving it to the coast meant creating, for one year, an entirely different kind of event. It’s been a pain to reverse gears at the last moment and plan a new venue and rules with two weeks to go, but now it’s fun to see what we can create. I hope the venue at Dana and the concept that we’ve arrived at will draw interest. There was no chance for us to reschedule within a few weeks at Two Harbors because it’s a very popular events site, so we adapted. The coastal venue does not mean the island cannot be fished. And we have a few new wrinkles added to the format, the knot tying contest by Berkley, and a kayak division was also added.”

As McDonell pointed out, the rules are all same except those that concern the two-venue concept and the new kayak division.

The three biggest changes are the intro of the kayak division, that trailerboats and kayakers -- after check-in on the coast -- can trailer to their vessels to their favorite spots to fish, and there are two sign-in and weigh-in spots at Dana Point and Two Harbors Pier.

“You can run your boat from, say, Long Beach to the pier at Two Harbors, check-in, and fish, and weigh-in there or run back to Dana to weigh. The same for Dana boats that run to the island. They can fish the island and weigh their fish at the pier. Under the plan, you can also win prizes and awards even if you don’t make it back in time to Dana.”

Here’s more details:
Kayaks: Added to this event is a kayak division, at $100 a person, with 33 percent of the proceeds to go to the first second and third place teams. At this early stage of planning, it is cash only prizes due to the time frame and addition of the division, now that the event is a coastal tourney and weigh-in. Kayakers, like trailerboaters, must sign in at Dana Point and can then fish Dana areas or travel to their favorite destinations. Just be back at weigh-in by noon.
All kayakers will be eligible for drawings, goodie bags, hats, Pfleger Institute event shirts, and lunch at awards at Dana Point. Kayakers can also enter any jackpots. Paul Lebowitz will be the official weighmaster and director of that portion of the event. Note: The first 350 anglers (kayakers or boaters) to sign up and check-in at Two Harbors and Dana Point are guaranteed complete goodie bags with Owner hooks, hats and shirts.

Two Harbors Check-in and Weigh-in at the pier: To accommodate island boats or teams coming from northern areas, a team check-in and weigh-in will be held at the above schedule at the end of the pier. A mandatory boat check at 1:30 will be held for ALL boats who signed up at the pier. Note: You will receive a goodie bag, and all teams who have signed up at Dana Point OR Catalina can weigh-in at either spot. Same schedule. A leader board will be set up at each site as both weigh sites will be in contact with each other.

“It’s a tough decision, but it was the right choice, and now it opens up the coast to more boats,” said John Gaebel, whose team finished third last year. “And having a duel weigh-in and check-in at the island and Dana is a great idea.”

For details, check (see the Catalina White Seabass Blog) or call Pat McDonell, director of the event at (949) 366-0030, ext 33 or e-mail him at

The following is the new schedule:

WON/YAMAHA 2011 Catalina White Seabass Championship schedule


Check-in: Teams must check in at Dana Point Launch ramp (you will see the tent) between 9:30 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Entry is $100 per per person, no limit on number of team members. You’ll be getting your goodie bags with sponsors gifts. Most important, you will update or finalize your team roster and your team members will fill out the waiver at the check-in table AND index card that will serve as a ticket for all drawings. We also will take in optional jackpot money — cash only, at $100, $200 and $300 for white seabass, yellowtail and halibut (six optionals total).

Casting, /Knot Tying Contests: Both contests will be held at the parking lot during check-in at the back of the embarcadero/Dana launch ramp parking lot.

Captains Meeting: The lunch has been moved to Sunday due to catering logistics. Likely food will be available, and the marina has a deli. At 12:30 or soon thereafter the captains meeting will be held and by 1:30 .m. to 2 p.m. you will be released to fish. A random but extensive boat check for boats in the water and on trailers, and kayaks will be held. Trailerboats and kayaks can leave by water or trailer after the teams are released.


Weigh-in and awards: The scale area at the fuel dock will open at 10 a.m. and close at noon. Teams must decide which SINGLE seabass, yellowtail or halibut to weigh prior to reaching the weigh-in area, and teams can weigh in one fish of each species only.

Awards presentation: Will start at approximately 1 p.m. and be completed by 2:30 p.m. Don’t miss the awards presentation even if your team doesn’t catch a seabass, yellowtail or halibut that qualifies for prizes or cash. There’s a wad of prizes from sponsors to be given in away in a drawing, so stick around. A hosted Taco Surf (it’s great!) lunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m. is planned, followed by the awards.

NOTE: TWO HARBORS OPTIONAL SCHEDULE: To accommodate island boats or teams coming from northern areas, a team check-in and weigh-in will be held at the above schedule at the end of the pier. A mandatory boat check at 1:30 will be held for ALL boats who signed up at the pier. There is no check-in or weigh-in at Cat Harbor, just the Pier, 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Note: You will receive a goodie bag, and all teams who have signed up at Dana Point OR Catalina can weigh-in at either spot. Same schedule. A leader board will be set up at each site as both weigh sites will be in contact with each other.

Dana Point slips: If you wish to run your non-trailerable boat north or south to Dana for the event and weigh in, it would be wise to reserve a guest slip NOW at Dana Harbor. As of Friday, there were seven 30-foot slips, two 25-foot slips, fifteen 35-foot slips and eight 40-foot slips. They are available from noon to noon the next day. Launch fees for the event are $10. $20 for overnight stays.

Call (949) 496-6137 for slip fee reservations. Ask for Wendy. Or look on-line at

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hey guys I always hear people in here say we need new people in our sport and we need more kids to going fishing. For the past 22 years I've been hosting and producing my weekly fishing TV program trying to get new people into our sport that we all love. Ten years ago I started a youth foundation that had gotten ten's of thousands of kids to try fishing.  Now I need your help. I just committed myself to start up a kids fishing club at Legg Lake in So El Monte. this is personal to me. This is the lake that as a kid growing up in Montebello I rode my bike to three to four times a week just to go fishing, it's the lake where I learned to to get a fish to eat a jig and a bluegill to swallow a red worm. it's the lake where I targeted bass and pretended I was fishing in Mexico, Alaska, or Central America chasing trophy fish. some of the best fishing moments in my life happened at this lake, I hooked my first bass here fishing with my younger brother and I learned from my dad how to tie a fishing knot here and how to catch monster size carp that we used to say, " I bet a TUNA doesn't pull any harder than this" This lake to me means fishing, it's where I tuned my angling skills and its where I learned that fishing was more than a hobby to me, fishing was what I wanted to do the rest of my life, I know some of you are not fans of me or my TV show, but I believe you all want to see more kids fishing and now this your chance to make that happen.
The lake has given me a small building to use as a club house, I will be there and so will a few of my board members for my youth foundation, but I need really support from people like you if I'm going to make this work and teach kids the basics of fishing. Sad to say I have no support from the fishing industry for this project or even my TV show. Our first meeting is planned for June 18th at 9AM at Legg Lake. if you can help, please call my office at 562- 865-3764 so we can run you though Live Scan,everyone, including me and even my parents has had to go though this to have the right to work with kids, there is no cost to you and it only takes ten minutes.
Out of all the hundreds of TV shows in the country, I'm the only person that has their own 501 ( C ) 3 non profit foundation, I give back because this sport of fishing has been very good to me and I want to see kids everywhere, kids of every color getting a chance to try fishing. I hope you feel as I do and you take this opportunity to make a difference. I need your help and there are hundreds of kids out there that are hoping you'll take the time to teach them how to fish, I hope you can help me and that you make that call, 562-865-3764

Mirage Fishing Trip Report

Today I had a another charter to Santa Rosa Island, this time we were aboard the Mirage out of Channel Is Sport Fishing. We fished Rosa and fished the same are where to took all those huge halibut last saturday abroad that Apollo. We did land two nice halibut, but the wind was really blowing and we couldn't really halibut fish. We ended spending most of our day rock fishing and because we had to battle all the wind we couldn't rock fish where our skipper wanted to fish. We did end the day with limits of nice rock fish and lots of reds, we also picked up a few barracuda too. I'd like you all to know that the crew of the Mirage was awesome. they were quick to gaff fish and help out with any of our anglers needs, the galley cook was great too. If this wind ever stops look for this island to kick out a lot more halibut.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pacifc Dawn Trip

Here are some pictures from our trip last weekend aboard the Pacific Dawn, it was great fishing and we limited out on both rock fish and ling cod, I caiught most of my fish on B 52 bucktails.

We are Starting a Kids Fishing Club at Legg lake

My youth foundation is going to start up a kids fishing club at Legg Lake in S. El Monte. First meeting will be on June 18th at 9AM, to start out kids will need to be from 10-14 years of age. you can call out office at 562-865-3764 for more details.

Private Fishing Charters

I'm now booking fishing charters on both of my boats. This is a pictures of my 24 foot Bay Boat, it's prefect for fishing along the break wall or heading to the island for calico, yellows and sea bass, you can see my charter rates on my website. Come out and join me for a day on the water.

Monday, May 23, 2011

More Halibut Pictures!

If you'd like to try to land one of these monster halibut, call the Apollo today! They plan to target them all week. JJ runs a great ship, you'll really enjoy fishing with him and his crew. 

Gail Force Fishing Report

Today we had our last fishing trip of the long weekend, we we're aboard the Gail Force out of LA Harbor, we planned to fish Catalina, but the skipper suggested we head to SM Bay for the barracuda so we did. Fishing was ok, not great, but for 16 anglers we had around 45 barries, most were nice size fish and only one had to be released. The new skipper of the Gail Force is Chris, his dad has been around for a long time, running the City of Long Beach and now the Matt Walsh, Chris did a great job and I'm looking forward to fishing with him again. I did hear that one of the boats also landed a few white sea bass in the same area, most of the boats were fishing right in front of MDR. Most of our fish today were taken on live bait and light line.
It's been a long and fun three days, to trips to Santa Rosa Island and this trip to SM bay. Tuesday i'll be getting on the Mirage and heading back to Rosa for more halibut and white sea bass.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Epic Day of Fishing Today!

Today I fished aboard the Apollo with friends from a fishing club that Larry and I belong to. The boat left the dock at 10PM last night and headed to Santa Rosa Island. The day before Larry and I had been to the same island for a filming fishing trip for my TV show, yesterday we fished aboard the Pacific Dawn, it was a great fishing trip too and I'll post pictures from that trip tomorrow.
Today's trip was one of those once in  lifetime days on the water, we landed 41 halibut up to 45 pounds! also four white sea bass and some rock fish. I landed two nice halibut and a the largest white sea bass of the day. I'm glad to tell you I landed my largest halibut today on a B 52 6 oz bucktail, I'll give you more details later in the week. I just wanted you to know about this epic day, I have to get to sleep because tomorrow we have another filming / fishing trip, this time out on San Pedro aboard the Gail Force.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Todays trip aboard the Pacific Dawn

Today I fished and filmed aboard the Pacific Dawn out of Ventura sport fishing, we fished around Santa Rosa island. We had a good bite on rock fish in only 70 feet of water, then we moved out to 200 feet. There we found awesome fishing for both lings and rock fish, everyone on ny charter limited out on both, I took all my fish on 8oz magic metal jigs and the rest on 6 oz B 52 bucktails, I'll try to post pictures durning the week, I did post the jackpot ling picture on my face book page.
Now I'm on the Apollo right now heading back to Santa Rosa this time we're planing to drift for halibut and then go ling cod fishing. Sunday I'll be filming on the Gail Force chasing barracuda. It's a busy weekend for me.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fishing report from Ensenada, Mexico

Below is a short fishing report from a friend of mine that runs a 4 pack fishing charter boat out of Ensenada, Mexico.

Myself and friend Angel left the slip at Cruiseport Village around 6 am in search of yellowtail. The fish have been showing just outside of the Sauzal area which is 3-4 miles north of Ensenada. We trolled a blue mackerel mirro-lure and an x-rap but saw no signs of barracuda or yellows. Decision was made to work the San Miguel Reef area. The trollers went out and we worked the outer edge of the reef when the mirro-lure gets slammed. Pulled in a nice 22.5 lb yellowtail in 58.2 degree water. No other fish seen or hooked here although there were plenty of bottom fish showing on the fish finder. This was the calm before the storm, and I mean that literally, so we headed out looking for kelps along the 500 fathom curve. Found one kelp with nobody home. Water was clean and a nice 64.5 degrees. Finished off the day, in the rain, at Salsipuedes for a nice load of rockfish and one lost mystery fish on the troll outside of the Marina Coral. It was most probably a yellow or white sea bass.

Fishing with Bucktails

I've been getting more questions about why I like to fish with bucktails and how do I fish them. So here's a video blog where I answer these questions.

This weekend I have two fishing trips up to the Channel Islands, I'm hoping we'll run into some white sea bass on one of these trips and I plan to fish with B 52 bucktails to hook the sea bass.

Tonight i'll be speaking at the Sport Chalet store Oxnard, seminar starts at 7PM I hope you can join me.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Last blog from Chollas Park

Here's a recap about our free kids fishing event at Chollas Park. check our our website for our next free kids fishing event.

Video Blog From Chollas Park

Here's a video blog report from our kids fishing event at Chollas park last weekend.

Pacific Dawn Trip This Friday

This Friday we have a fishing charter aboard the Pacific Dawn, it's one of the best boats on the coast. We plan to target white sea bass, yellowtail, halibut and then rock fish.  We have about 9 open spots right now, cost is $165.00 per person,  just go to our website at to sign up.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Free kids fishing event at Chollas Park

Here are some pictures from the event last saturday at Chollas Park in San Diego, it was an awesome event!