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Old 04-22-2014, 07:10 PM   #1
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4-21-14 LJ Ding Dong Ling


Short report:
Weather- kinda sucked. Gloomy, windy, and very choppy beyond the point.
Water- 60-61, clear.
South-southwest current, a bit strong but fishable.
Bait- Mini-macks, iron and squid

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Hit the shores with my friend and his new PA in hopes of finding some big game fish. Unloaded my kayak and realized I forgot my mirage drive... Sucks but I wasn't gonna call it a day just because of that, so I drove back to Carlsbad while my buddy made bait till I got back.

We saw some bird activity but they appeared to be liars. No marks or bites.
Went over some great structure and rock fish marks in 180-230ft. When life gives you rock fish, fish for rock fish.

Current, swell, and wind was getting nasty but we were able to pick up a few. I was hoping for a ling and have been trying to get a respectable one out of la jolla for over a year. So I dropped a mac down while my friend pulled up rock fish with frozen squid. Eventually I got tired of no hits and wanted to pull in some more fish so I grabbed the biggest squid I had and sent it down. Almost immediately I got slammed and the thing pulled drag... could it be Felt like I was reeling up a bucket and then I saw a mouth lol.

The ling was 30'' and weighed a little over 8lbs. PB ling for LJ
-pictures on the water didnt turn out good :/ This one doesn't do it justice but oh well.

Coughed up a big octopus. I tried using it for bait during a few drops later


Dinner:
My friend and I harvested one of the large spanish mackerel for sushi, never tried but figured why not.

It was awesome!

The spread: mixed rock fish and ling


I call this the Trifecta: Ling, barber pole, and vermillion- in one taco

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Old 04-22-2014, 07:22 PM   #2
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:49 PM   #3
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Excellent and timely report, thanks.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:40 PM   #4
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Sounds good. I need to get back out to my rock pile.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:05 AM   #5
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Hell ya Zac! Nice ling!
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:46 AM   #6
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Looks like a good day to me, nice Ling!
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:28 AM   #7
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Way to go man!
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:37 AM   #8
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congrats on the the ling .
one day i will catch a legal
thanks for sharing your spread .
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:44 AM   #9
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awesome ling! How did the mac taste? A buddy was tellin me on the water to filet it and eat it on the spot. I was hesitant and still didn't do it.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:10 AM   #10
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The Spanish Mac was awesome! It's gotta be the same species they use in the sushi restaurants. Not oily or too fishy like the greenback. I will be loading up on a few of them next time. Might even bring a tube of wasabi and soy sauce for a OTW snack
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:18 AM   #11
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It's aji aka jack mackerel; family Carangidae.
Not sawara aka Spanish mackerel; family Scombridae.


Nice spread.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:46 PM   #12
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TT! Tasty Tacos man! I knew that was your report just by the pictures of your kitchen counters and beer before I even noticed your username. Never would have thought to try that mackeral sushi though... We will have to try that this weekend!
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Looks like enough for Taco Monday thru Friday! What's the best way to drop a Mac down that far?
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:40 AM   #14
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nice!! wondered about those spanish macs
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:32 AM   #15
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I have had them and they can be good. But I definitely recommend bleeding them when you first catch them helps them have a nice mild flavor not real fishy. Trim off any "dark meat" and your good to go!
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Glad you got something. Nice to meet you on the water. Another example of persistence paying off.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:22 AM   #17
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Nice catch!
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:07 PM   #18
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my mouth is watering and I just ate!
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:20 AM   #19
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Looks like enough for Taco Monday thru Friday! What's the best way to drop a Mac down that far?
I used a squid but put the mac on a dropper loop with a 8oz torpedo.
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