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San Clemente Island Mothership Recap

July 7th, 2015 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Mothership Trip, Uncategorized 0 comments on “San Clemente Island Mothership Recap”

Every June we round up the troops to head out to San Clemente Island for 2 long days of kayak fishing. The offshore island offers anglers the opportunity to seek quality bass, sheephead, halibut, whitefish, bonito and yellowtail all from their very own kayak. The journey is met with laughter, big fish tales and perhaps a few cold ones as we load up our gear, kayaks and coolers aboard the 88 ft. M/V Islander mothership a proven multi-use fishing and expedition vessel.

San Clemente Island is a popular fishing destination for the SoCal fishing fleet, but not all the boats are suited to maximize what the island has to offer. The advantage that kayakers have over ALL other boats is that we can go wherever we want. There is no cove too tight and shallow, there is no boiler too gnarly and there is no kelp forest too big for us kayakers. This advantage becomes quite evident when you see the big boats sitting well off the island’s shoreline and we are fishing within 10 ft. of the shore.clementeCalico

As we slowly make our way out of Point Loma we make a quick stop to grab some fresh live sardines and anchovies for the journey ahead. While the deckhands are processing live bait for us we sit down with Captain Jason to discuss the fishing format for the next 2 days. The boat starts to get excited about the prospects of targeting yellowtail and halibut. Our trips always have some die-hard saltwater bass’n anglers that seek the elusive double digit bass.

When you have serious bass anglers onboard you better believe there will be pounds of lead heads and plastics onboard as well. With that in mine the guys over at Fish Village partnered up with Mike Ryba of Reebs Lures and supplied our guests with Reebs Kelp Assassin swim jigs and Reebs Persuaders a beautifully molded plastic weedless swimbait. Mike’s oldest son Dawson came along for the ride to show us old guys a thing or two about how to fish Reebs Lures and land your toad. Not only was he a fine fisherman, but a fine young man as well.

Day one started out with a bang as Dawson snagged up a 2-3 lb calico bass right out of a boiler rock using what else… a Reebs lure. The VHF radios started blowing up with “I need a fish pickup” as the bite got hot. Yellowtail, bonito and bass for days. The majority of bass caught were in the 2-5 lb range making bass fishing a fun way to spend your first day kayak fishing at San Clemente Island. I hooked up to a decent halibut while sight fishing the bottom with a Pink Reebs Kelp Assassin, I actually watched it hover over my jig and inhale it. I had a great hookset and brought the flatfish up about three times before my reel seized due to an un-timely braid knot in my little baitcaster. For about an hour the halibut mocked me from the bottom with that damn pink Reebs lure still in its mouth. Redemption was around the corner though when I was lucky enough to be in the midst of a hot yellowtail bite and landed my first yellowtail off a kayak. I let out a huge roar and a few adult adjectives that expressed my happiness for landing my first yellowtail on a kayak. WOO-HOO!!! Yellows were being caught, but more rats than slugs, nevertheless they are still fun and delicious. Shelby Rothman’s yellowtail (her first on a kayak) was not only her own personal prize, but the day one jackpot as well.

With everyone worn out from the abnormally warm spring conditions and hard fishing, we all gather in the galley to enjoy a fine meal prepared by the chef Rick aka “Geezer”. The guys, Shelby and young man Dawson all shared stories, bragged, teased and bonded while stuffing their face with amazing culinary creations by our good pal Rick. This comradery makes these trips that much more fun and so does the wine, beer and booze… but you already knew that.

With rising winds and seas the captain decides to start day two tucked away near Pyramid Cove. This gave us the opportunity to target halibut, yellowtail and those grumpy ol’ bass. With my first cast of the day into a boiler rock, I snagged a 3-4 lb grass rockfish, my first one. I had to ask the deckhand what type of fish it was. Even though the weather wasn’t quite cooperating, the fish were biting. Within an hour of everyone getting on the water, Wayne Johnson hooked up to a nice halibut and landed it successfully. The yellowtail bite was slow and steady, if you put your time in trolling the waters you got a few nice yellows. The big yellow of the trip was landed right next to the mothership by Pete Wilk which just happened to be the biggest fish caught on the trip and jackpot for day 2. As the sun began to set the bass bite got really, really, really good. If you placed your kayak in the danger zone near the boilers, you were rewarded with high catch counts and BIG bass… I mean a 4-7 lb average with hookups about every 7-8 casts. You had to work to position yourself right, you had to cast into the foam… but if you did, you got a whopper on the other line. At that time you could throw any color plastic with any color head tied directly to white braid if you wanted and still get bit. My buddy Charlie and I laughed and screamed each time we hooked up another whopper, our thumbs were bloody and our voice was just about gone… what a way to end the trip.

The fishing might be over, but the fun and games continues until everyone is fed and asleep. That means Geezer has one more trick up his sleeve and knocks it out of the park with some amazing tri-tip followed up by vanilla ice cream over fresh baked brownies… what is not to love? To those that earned it… some fresh fish buttholes were served up before their main entrée. Let’s just call it a badge of honor and a little stupidity… nevertheless hilarious! To understand one would have to be a kayak angler!

This trip was a huge success because of multiple people, companies, conditions, gear, cooperating fish and a bit of luck. Fish Village (http://www.fishvillage.com/) is a company that serves the fishing industry both the angler and the trip provider. We helped anglers book and prepare for this trip so that they can get the most out of their adventure. Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak Center (http://www.danapointjetski.com/) connects kayak anglers of all ages and offers up their place as a meeting point for Hobie kayak sales, kayak fishing tournaments, outings and trips. Reebs Lures (http://www.reebslures.com/) stepped up and supplied our guests with some of their amazing product custom to their fishing style, target species, location and let’s not forget that Dawson Ryba was there to lead the way for Team Reebs. And last but certainly not least Islander Charters (http://www.islander-charters.com/) for being the professionals you are, for your fine crew, fine boat and fine food!

2015 Mothership Trips Scheduled

May 2nd, 2015 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Local Events, Mothership Trip, Uncategorized 0 comments on “2015 Mothership Trips Scheduled”

Dana Point Jet Ski and Fish Village teamed up this year to bring SoCal kayak anglers another
opportunity at big island fish on a limited load 2.5 day kayak mothership trips aboard the
Islander. This trip targets nearshore favorites such as calico bass, sand bass, halibut, sheephead,
leopard shark and sometimes even yellowtail.
The Islander begins loading kayaks and gear at around 5:00 PM and will leave Fisherman’s
Landing in Point Loma around 7pm. From there we fuel and bait up and make a slow and steady
course for San Clemente Island. We fish for two full days and begin the journey home the last
evening returning to dock early in the morning at about 6am. The price includes live bait, food
and sodas. Not included are beers and tips. Because of space limitations, no Hobie Pro Anglers
will be allowed.
What: 2.5 day trip
How much: $625
Depart: Friday June 5th @ 5:00 PM
Arrive Back to Dock: Monday June 8th @ 6:00 AM
Where: Boat leaves Point Loma, San Diego, bound for San Clemente Island (conditions
permitting).
What: 2.5 day trip
How much: $625
Depart: Thursday June 18th @ 5:00 PM
Arrive Back to Dock: Sunday June 21st @ 6:00 AM
Where: Boat leaves Point Loma, San Diego, bound for San Clemente Island (conditions
permitting).
If you’ve been on these trips before, you know that there is no better way to fish from a kayak.
The maximum amount of kayakers on this trip is limited to 18 spots. Trips fill up fast. A $200
non refundable deposit (cash, debit, credit and checks) will hold your spot with the balance due 6
weeks before the departure date. Once paid, the fare is non-refundable, unless we have someone
waiting to take your spot.
Get your deposit in early to guarantee your spot.
If you’re not familiar with the Islander, check out their website. I can speak from experience, the
boat and crew are exceptional and have the reputation as the finest mothership boat on the west
coast.
Come on kayak anglers, jump on this!

Contact Mike Ponce for details (714) 658-4089 or email me at mike.ponce@fishvillage.com.

 

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6 Day San Felipe Kayak Mothership Trip

April 22nd, 2014 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Mothership Trip, Uncategorized 0 comments on “6 Day San Felipe Kayak Mothership Trip”

Fish Village has partnered up with Tim Boyer from Dana Point Jet Ski to offer a one of a kind kayak mothership trip out of San Felipe, Baja California for the most adventurous of kayak anglers. We will be fishing with the pioneers of Baja mothership fishing aboard the Tony Reyes of Tony Reyes Sportfishing Tours out of Orange, CA.

The Tony Reyes is a 107’ steel hull boat with air conditioned staterooms. Your catch will be well taken care of using theirice hold, flash freezer and commercial vacuum packing machine capable of sealing 5 bags at once. The Tony Reyes has 6 heads, 4 showers and a modern galley to enjoy your meals.

The fishing format will be a mixture of panga and kayak fishing so that every angler gets a chance to experience what Tony Reyes Fishing Tours is all about. The pangas are situated with live bait tanks, rod holders, ice chests and a fish holds. With 3 anglers and a guide per panga, you never have to worry about rubbing elbows and not having enough space to fight fish.

We will be targeting big fatty yellowtail, dorado, pargo, grouper, cabrilla, triggerfish, red snapper, white seabass and sheephead.

  • 4.5 days of fishing, 6 days out to sea
  • $1,095 per person, $300 deposit
  • Guides, fish cleaning, filet service included
  • Meals included, beverages are not included (OK to bring beverages such as alcohol, soda or water)
  • Coolers are allowed (please keep them to 86 quarts or less)
  • Final payment due July 13th, 2014, payment plans are available with Fish Village (up to 6 payments)
  • Bring your own bedding (pillow, sheets, blankets, etc.)

Departs San Felipe on Sunday Oct 26th, 2014. Anglers must arrive the day before and stay on the boat (at no additional charge) or get a cheap motel room for the night. We will be caravanning down to San Felipe so that no one has to drive alone.

Deposits hold spots, get this trip in the books before someone else does. Please make checks payable to Fish Village. Checks can be mailed to 1142 S. Diamond Bar Blvd Ste 337 Diamond Bar, CA 91765.

For booking information, contact any of the following:
Mike Ponce (714) 658-4089
mike.ponce@fishvillage.com
Steve Ponce (949) 533-9505
steve.ponce@fishvillage.com
Tommy Ponce (714) 916-4968
tommy.ponce@fishvillage.com

2014 Islander Mothership Trips Scheduled

February 27th, 2014 Posted by Kayak Fishing, Mothership Trip, Uncategorized 0 comments on “2014 Islander Mothership Trips Scheduled”

We are excited to announce our Islander kayak mothership fishing trips for 2014. Because of increased demand, we’ve added a second midweek trip in June. If you like to fish San Clemente Island when none else is around, the midweek trip is for you. The boat will leave Fisherman’s Landing in Point Loma on departure evening around 7pm and will return early arrival morning at about 6am. Two full days of fishing are planned for each trip. The price includes live bait, food and sodas. Not included are beers and tips.

What: Weekend trip
How much: $515
When: June 12 (Thur) – June 15 (Sun), 2014
Where: Boat leaves San Diego, bound for San Clemente Island (conditions permitting)

What: Weekday trip
How much: $515
When: June 24 (Tues) – June 27 (Fri), 2014
Where: Boat leaves San Diego, bound for San Clemente Island (conditions permitting)

If you’ve been on these trips before, you know that there is no better way to fish from a kayak. There are only 22 spots available on each trip and will fill up fast. A $200 non refundable deposit(cash or checks only) will hold your spot with the balance due 4 weeks before the departure date. Once paid, the fare is non-refundable, unless we have someone waiting to take your spot. Get your deposit in early to guarantee your spot. Because of space limitations, no Hobie Pro Anglers will be allowed this year. If you’re not familiar with the Islander, check it out at islander-charters.com. The boat and crew are exceptional and have the reputation as the finest mothership boat on the west coast.

See you on the water