That’s kind of my experience too Don. some days I go to a spot and we rail them.some days I go to the same spot and can’t seem to find but a few fish. I’m trying to figure out some consistency here. we filled the boat many many times. but occasionally we get semi-skunked and only get a few fish. it’s always late in the day as we generally halibut fish or some thing first we don’t always have time to fish a lot before the wind comes up. Trying to figure out how to locate the fish and get right on themI've limited and been skunked in the same spot. Like the Jerry Reed tune, when you're hot - you're hot. When you're not - you're not.
Sorry to hear that Greg I’ve had much better success than that but we have had three or four trips where we’ve only caught two or three fish other than that we have limited the boat every time. we’ve caught as many as we want and the fish definitely segregate size wise to deeper the water the larger the fish it seem Rockpile fish are half as large as fish in 500ft of waterI found some once off Charleston when we had some time to kill before the next days planned Tuna adventure. We didn’t come close to limits but 10 fish of that quality was nice enough. Have had very dismal success at locating otherwise. Ive spent a multitude of hours on at least 6 different days with less than a dozen fish total to show for it out of Depoe and Newport.
I will gladly accept waypoints from anyone in a sharing mood for spots to try. At this point I’ve given up out of total frustration. Not sure why the gear still rides around with us.
I wonder if it’s an age group thing? The groups are from a particular year’s hatch? Larger fish are from older hatches? Complete arm chair scientist here…Been fishing LL for a couple of years have found that the schools of fish vary in size of fish small fish stick together large fish stick together don't seem to mix in size
Ive done exactly that. Studied Navonics at home. Transfered waypoints and drove circles around them. Ive also gone to shared waypoints and drove circles to no avail. I guess my long leader luck just SUCKS. Years ago before the closures we would happen upon them. When we did we fished them but I wasn’t driving around for hours looking for something that cant be found in the same place twice Our method was different then and successful. I would drop gear too light for the drift and as it rose through the school it loaded up. Simple! No time spent on the bottomGoing to totally jinx myself here, but we've been very successful and have taken out numerous rookies to fill up their freezer. Spent a lot of time looking over Navionics for structure. Mark a few points then drive over them with the Sonar. Keep circling weigh points until you find them. Don't get hung up on "big" structure, any structure will hold fish. Haven't done it enough to know "why" yet, but sometimes there are acres of fish, and sometimes they have vanished over the same structure. Just move to another weigh point and keep staring at the screen. Don't be affraid to drop on weak sonar returns. Some good fishing has happened from weak returns. Most of our fish have been Yellow Tail, with the occasional Canary. I think the Canary like deeper structure than we fish. We usually fish 250-400' structure