Made a plan to get out Sunday with visiting New Orleans kayak fisherman Josh, a new guy named Matt who just moved here from Florida to go to the Naval PostGraduate School, my buddy PK and my buddy Bryan.
Bryan, Matt and I would dive and Josh and PK would fish from above.
$10 side bet for longest fish.
Viz was HORRIBLE inside but cleared up (a little) once outside, but was still pretty darn murky.
Whales all over and huge schools of bait as well.
Started at one of my favorite reefs with high hopes of finding Matt his first Ling in a crack I know.
Took a bit for me to get oriented with my navionics app, but after circling around for about 5 minutes I dropped my marker weight/float line right on the crack.
Nobody home in the target crack, but decided to spend some time exploring the area because it is a pretty fishy reef...
Took a few olives, Matt took a few blues and black and yellows, and Bryan worked on his equalization and getting down to the top of the pinnacle at 20/25 feet.
Right about when I was thinking it was time to move Matt pops up with a grin and says "Is this what I'm meant to be looking for?" and lifts up a FAT beautiful bright blue Ling!!
He found it chilling out in the open outside the crack! So stoked for him!!
After some high fives and hoots and hollers we head to another area closer to shore with more varied depths...unfortunately the surge was really strong here and made hunting shallower pretty hard.
I did find a decent grassy which I took...lol!
After we all started getting tired and thirsty we jumped back on yaks, paddled over to Josh who had a limit of blues, kelpies, gophers and BlackAndYellows and his first Ling!!
While checking out Josh's fish I see a familiar looking kayak with no one in it...
Paddled over and sure enough I recognize fuzz laying in the water...holler at him a few times but he doesn't hear me so I block his snorkel with my paddle and he about jumps out of the water.
Chat with him for a bit and show off Matt's Ling, then we all paddle back to shore.
Once we land we have a few beers, let the tourists check out the fish, and take some pics ourselves.
Run into severel local divers, and chat with them for a bit.
Then some local yak anglers I know show up and bust out fresh salmon sashimi!!
Matt's ling taped out to 33.5 inches and 15 pounds. Gutted and gilled it, and it had an empty belly and no eggs and still weighed 13 pounds after all guts and gills out. Super meaty fish!!!
PK and his buddy came in a bit later and they didn't have any bigger fish so Matt also won the side bet $$!!
Matt tried to give me the $$ for the hospitality and beers, but I refused...I didn't refuse the beautiful Ling fillet he generously gifted me though!!
Matt and I both gifted Bryan all the rockfish we had taken.
Awesome time showing new friends around, and a quality chill session after!!