Presidents day weekend (actually valentines day) yellow

So for the past few weeks i've been hearing that the yellows have been chewin' hard. red crabs, warm weather, clear viz, lots of yo-yo catches, all that. haven't really had the time to get out as much as I wanted to, but I got the chance on valentines day. now usually during this time of year, i'm packing light and only bringing my yo-yo setup. tho night before I figured with all the warm water, surface actions bound to be happen. so i tie together a light sliding egg rig, bring along my sabiki and bait tank with the yo-yo setup. arrive at the launch to 1ft "waves", and head out to make some quick bait. put together maybe a handful a nice candy bar greenies with one spanish. nose hook a greenie and we start to make our way out to some pots. stop at a few places to drop the yo-yo on some marks but nada for quite some time. flat calm water with no wind and seals abound. water temp slowly crept up to 66 degrees, fricken warm for this time of year. seals kept snatching my bait and I was down to my spanish. tied that on and let it down deep. made the slow troll back to some friends and hooked up to a beast! went straight down to 185' and fought it back up to meet my gaff.

30+lbs bled. nice fish for my 1st yellow of 2015!


  1. I'm seriously considering a Jackson Kraken 13.5. Does anyone know what is the longest rod that will fit inside? There are not many reviews out there other than by sellers. Rod-length storage would be useful information for those who launch through surf. Also, how tough is the seat? Will I have to buy a new one if I get caught by a wave at the beach—it is bound to happen eventually, and anyone who surf launches knows this. Where are the real reviews?

    1. 12knowy, I have the 15.5 and have had no problems fitting in 7'6" poles (up to my 8') from the front hatch. It gets tougher when the reels are kept on. not sure about the 13.5 but you should still be able to fit 7' poles in there.