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Default Delayed Report - Marlin / Swordfish

Left Thursday afternoon (about 4 hours before the outage, naturally!) on big HOOKER to fish the King Harbor Marlin Club annual marlin tournament. Made bait just outside of Angel's Gate and picked up a mooring in Avalon. Friday morning headed to north end of San Clemente Island - incredibly flat! Quite a difference from Victory at Sea the weekend before. Unfortunately, the fish had amscrayed! The wind was out of the south, and I suspect it sent the fish elsewhere. Since only one fish had been taken in our tournament, we were looking for somewhere else to try. Then we heard WILD BILL fishing on the 277. Now, they wouldn't be there unless they knew something, so we headed there at flank speed. About 5 miles SW of the 277, we spotted a prime sized (~200 lb) swordfish lazing on the surface. Despite repeated mackeral offerings, he just wasn't interested. Oh, for a squid popsicle! A few minutes later, we repeated the performance on a pair of tailers, with a similar result. While we didn't get the job done, it was clear that this was the spot. Several fish were taken there on Saturday, and more on Sunday. I doubt these are the same fish that had been off SCI - I'd expect to find them to the north. The Classic should smell 'em out!

You cannot be a sportsman and not care about the fish. You can be a fisherman, but not a sportsman, and no self-respecting angler should settle for being just a fisherman.
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