Sunday, April 24, 2011
Mike is hosting a Spring Cleaning Sale at the shop next weekend on Saturday April 30 from 6AM all day long. The shop will be blowing out some old stock at bargain basement prices. Please stop on by and check out the goods. Thank you
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Aloha Spirit Sportfishing Update
We have had some really good rockfishing so far and our first LINGCOD SPECIAL we ended up with limits of rockfish and we were 4 fish shy of limits of lingcod as well. We are open party lingcod special on the 11th and open party freelance on Tues. thru Thurs. You can call CHANNEL ISLANDS SPORTFISHING CENTER to make a open party reservation for any day we are open at 805 382 1612. If you would like to book a private charter call me at 805 844 5566 We look forward to a new season from our new home and getting you all back out with us.
Other special trips we have are our AVET REELS sponsored trips with a new AVET REEL raffle on each trip. The trips are as follows:
We have the WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS SHOOTOUT on July 21st. To make a reservation on this trip call Ben Babbit at 1 760 277 4849 to get your spot early, the trip fills quick.
Look to fish with you soon, Shawn Steward
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Janet and I were out on the Rogue the last day of March to see if we could get a keeper (hatchery) springer because they really eat well.
Again, our pro guide neighbor, Rick Howard, picked us up early for the one hour drive south to the Rogue. On the way down, we picked up Rick's long time friend and our contractor, Jack Napier, who we had to hardly try to talk into taking a day off and go fishing with us. Launched in the dark and headed for the spot for the day. Arrived at Rick's chosen spot, anchored up and got the rigs in the water. The river was higher than the last time, around 17000 cfs, but the color was pretty good.
Rick decided to go with three rigs with spinner blades and one straight bait. Bait of choice on the Rogue is anchovies which Rick rigs with a Gamakatsu treble in the rear and a Sealy type through the lips with a clip to keep the mouth closed. The treble is attached to a 20# leader with a loop that is needled through one side of the chovy with the front hook on a slider snell to enable pulling on the leader to put a slight curve in the bait to make it spin. When properly rigged, the chovy will spin in the current by itself.
It took a little while before there was any action. The first fish we saw hooked was by a bankie that was barely fifty feet down from us. After they landed the fish we waited a bit before one of the spinner rigs got short bit, then the straight bait went off. Janet grabbed the rod. Rick, Jack and I cleared the other three and we slipped the anchors and went after the fish. Janet got it close where it was ID'ed as a wild, non-keeper and subsequently released. Too bad, as it appeared to be at least 25 lbs.
A little later, the straight bait went off again and away we went with Jack on the fish. This time it was a hatchery about 28# and ended up in the cooler. After a short wait the straight bait got bit for the third time in a row and I got to pull on it for a while with it going under the boat and heading for the beach. A noble but futile effort as this one was also a hatchery of around 30# and got konked and iced.
By this time it was apparent that the spinner blades on the other baits weren't earning their keep, so Rick switched to straight bait all around. A tip here, Rick showed us that the spinner blades slow down the spin of the bait as they deflect the current from around the body of the chovy.
After the switch, a different rod went off and Janet worked on it for a while as it seemed to be pretty big. When it got close we saw that it was a wild one and it was put back. This one was larger than all of the others for the day, maybe close to 35, nuts!
Overall, it was a good day on the river, no rain with sunny afternoon and a couple of the best tasting salmon anywhere in the box.
Keep your rod bent,
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I got to fish a few days down at Las Cruces and the yellows were chewin'! The first day was a little tough but we caught a few, and the next two days were pretty epic, Cedros style with bird schools and packs of yellows chasing bait. They were biting the yo yo and the surface jig and were a really nice grade from 25# to 40#+.
We didn't catch any pargo or grouper, but my brother in law. Chip, had a marlin eat his jig about 30' from the boat and it put on a show for a little while.. There was also a big mako cruising around and it would pick off a fish now and then. It was pretty cool to see some guys who had never fished like this before get dragged around the boat by these fish.
Date: April 2, 2011 9:59:14 PM PDT
To: Sukebe Anglers
slightly breezy when we left the docks, but flattened after midnite. shot straight to Miguel and it was on like Donkey Kong! Tsuj was probably first to be done & took JP honors nosing out Kent by ounces at 7lb 12 oz.
after gettin' it done by 10:45, we moved into the shallows to screw off on light tackle and to finally call it a day.
great food with fried rice in the morning, pulled chicken sammiches, for lunch, and fish tacos for the ride in...
no complaints about this trip for sure!
Thanks for the Report Paul
Date: Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Subject: 3/22 Casitas
To: Bob Hara
Taking a break from work, Iv'e got time on my hands to hunt bass this spring. Greg joined me for a 6 hour session on Casitas. A weather window between storms, we arrived to find the lake up 4ft. A quick run from the launch- found a stretch of stained shoreline where the bass were chewing. Greg swung a bass on the Champ in 3 minutes. We plucked around a dozen bass off this one stretch of bank - senkos were the ticket. Cool time fishing Greg's backyard lake, time to get you out for some springtime bassin'.
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Saturday, April 2, 2011
TODAY WE HAD 19 ANGLERS ON A CHARTER AND HAD FLAT CALM WEATHER AND GREAT FISHING TO GO WITH IT. LIMITS OF REDS, CHUCKS, BANKIES, AND A FEW LINGCOD. WE HAVE OPEN PARTY TRIPS MONDAY THRU THURSDAY. CALL CHANNEL ISLANDS SPORTFISHING TO MAKE A RESERVATION.
|April 1, 2011 We have had good fishing still with reds, chucks, bankies and other misc rockfish and we had a few lings today to go with it. We have a LINGCOD SPECIAL on Monday and we have open party on Tues. Wed. and Thurs. To make a reservation call Channel Islands Sportfishing Center at 805 382 1612. Come and fish out of the only landing in the harbor that supports your right to fish as all of the boats and the landing are members of the SPORTFISHING ASSOCIATION of CALIFORNIA. We look forward to seeing you on the water. Shawn and the crew|
Thanks for the reports Shawn
Fishing with Shawn last week on the Aloha Spirit, we were talking about how the internet has really made an impact on our day to day lives. Shawn talked up Iwindsurf.com and told me to check it out. After a quick look, I have put up the website on our weather links section.
Thanks for the Weather Dope Shawn!