Why I Love Fishing & My Techniques By: Danny Uribe Bass Pro Shops Rancho Cucamonga I have loved fishing since I caught my first trout as a four-year-old. My fishing journey has taken me from trout fishing in the lakes and streams of the Sierra's to bass fishing competitively on the WON and FLW Pro Circuit, to traveling the East and West coast in search of the most prized sport fishing experiences inshore and offshore. I have accumulated over 24yrs of fishing experience as well as 6yrs experience in reel design and manufacturing. Over the past 7 years I have focused my efforts on Southern California Offshore and Inshore fishing to develop new presentations and techniques to help myself and others become more successful on the water. I’m happy to share with my knowledge, products and techniques I use to make your fishing experience a memorable one.
With California Yellowtail dominating the inshore and island scene there is no better time to get geared up and hooked up with one of these hard fighting Jacks. Up and Down the coast from Long beach to San Diego we are seeing great counts for all the landings. Inshore Fishing On my recent trip to San Clemente Island aboard the private vessel Provider we fished off the north end of the island. Needless to say it didn't take long before we started marking fish. I started off with my Accurate Fury 500, Offshore Angler 7' 15-30lb Extreme Rod, 50lb Magibraid, and offshore angler extreme fluorocarbon 30lb. leader. I rigged with a flyline Offshore Angler O’Shaughnessy 2/0 hook and the combination proved deadly. Instant strikes on the butt hooked sardines! For the next hour we slammed the yellows one after the other keeping a few and releasing the rest. After getting over the addiction of being picked up on the live bait I moved over to the artificial, mainly the Tady surface Iron. Again the same results, every cast being obliterated by 12-20lb class fish, not the giants, but defiantly a worthy adversary.
Although on this particular trip the colors didn't seem to matter, the standard white/blue and scrambled egg colors seemed to do the trick. Within 3 hrs. we had finished our Yellowtail beat down and were ready to do something a little different. So being that it was a clear, flat seas kind of day we put the outriggers out, dropped the Marlin Jigs back and proceeded south towards Pyramid. Although our efforts for chasing Marlin didn't bear fruit this time we had our fill of yellows and it sure beat being at home and wishin' I was fishin” Offshore It’s that time once again. With the "super" El Nino upon us and water temperatures reaching upwards of 68 degree's offshore with some great temperature breaks showing around the 43 up to the mackerel bank, it’s just about time to start prospecting for pelagic. Gearing up for early season tuna, dorado, and yellows I like to come prepared with a arsenal of tackle. My 2 favorite setups are going to be an Accurate 500dpx2, spooled with 50lb magibraid and topped off with 6ft of Offshore Extreme fluorocarbon, and a offshore angler extreme 7' 15-30lb. This setup will cover my entire basis for live bait and larger casting lures and vertical baits. If the fish are acting finicky and not easily enticed I'll go to finesse tactics, something that I been refining for the past couple years. For this I'll arm m self with a Penn Conflict 6000 spinning reel loaded with 20-30lb magibraid and 10-15ft of 15-20lb offshore angler extreme fluorocarbon.
For rod my choice is a offshore Angler Ocean Master 7' 12-30. This setup allows me to fish small live baits and artificial lures while being "stealthy". Small hooks like an Offshore Angler O' Shaughnessy #4 are a must. Creating less drag and allowing the bait to move freely has been the key to getting bites. All the signs are here that this will be another epic offshore season so make sure you head over to Bass Pro Shops so our experts can gear you up properly and offer sound advice on rigging, how to think outside the box, and how to help you be more efficient on the water.
Don't miss out on what is sure to be the best offshore season in decades!!