Catalina fishing trip

On Saturday B. Tang, R. Tang, and myself headed up to Long Beach at 2:30 am in order to make our full day fishing trip with Long Beach Sportfishing. We arrived at berth 55 around 4 and met up with J. Choi, H. Choi, and J. Louie where we proceeded to rent rods, tackle, fishing licences, and fish bags. We finally got onto the ‘Liberty’ around 5 and headed out on our fishing expedition. It took an hour to get out of the docks, and another hour and a half to get our bait from another boat, which some took the opportunity to catch the first fish of the day. I joined these proactive fishers and pulled up a yellow croaker on a sardine.

After getting our bait, we set out for Catalina Island, which was a 2.5 hour boat ride. On the way there, the waves were bigger than expected, causing some in our group to get seasick, while the rest slept in the bunks. I tried my hand at trolling, but that didn’t work out.

We finally reached our destination, and started casting our lines to catch fish. The first fish I pulled up was a red snapper that was half an inch short of 12 inches (the legal size to keep), so I had to throw it back. For the rest of the trip, we traveled to 5 different fishing spots and caught a wide variety of fish. We caught lots of mackerel, perch, a few whitefish, some red scorpionfish, some large smelt, a few sheepshead, and a calico bass. After a good 7 or 8 hours of fishing, we headed back to Long Beach. Our group of 6 came back with 65 fish, while the actual amount of fish we caught was much higher. (Fish count: H. Choi – 11, J. Choi – 10, J. Louie – 5, B. Tang – 8, R. Tang – 14, J. Wu – 17)

We didn’t arrive back in San Diego till 12:30 am, and we were all dead tired from lack of sleep and the sun draining our energy and burning our skin. Even though I desperately needed sleep, I decided it would be a good idea to clean the fish while they were still fresh, which took 2 hours, but in the end was worth it.

This fishing trip was actually my first fishing trip on a ‘party boat’ and it was a lot of fun. There were 38 people + the 6 man crew. I was actually supposed to go fishing with the other 5 a few weeks ago, but I ended up going to the Long Beach port, while they were at a Dana Point port. I had actually gone to Catalina Island when I was younger with the Cheng family more than 10 years ago. We camped there for 4 days, and went fishing, hiking, and burned stuff. Going back to the Island on this fishing trip actually triggered a lot of memories that I had forgotten about, like how a Calico bass bit me when we were snorkeling, and seeing the buffaloes on the island.

Anyways, hope you enjoy!

Catalina Island

Snacks were provided by the Tang sisters

R. Tang, J. Wu, J. Louie, B. Tang, J. Choi, H. Choi (taking the photo)

65 fish were brought home

My portion of the catch. 1 Calico Bass, 7 Mackerel, 6 perch, 2 whitefish, 1 rock fish

Our prized catches

Thanks H. Choi for the photos!

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