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Old 09-13-2018, 12:28 AM   #1
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San Clemente Trip and boat size

A buddy of mine is asking to put together an overnight trip to San Clemente for a shot at the bluefin. We fish offshore a lot and have experience down to the Coronados and out about 40 miles so not totally newbies. We always bring a Garmin GPS that has the emergency alert signal beacon, make sure radio is always working, and have vessel assist.

The boat is a 22í Triton with a 200 hp 2-stroke and a smaller 4-stroke kicker motor. It is well maintained.

Iíve read that itís not a good idea to make the trip in anything under a 26í boat. Granted I know weather conditions dictate all, but is it crazy to make this trip? I have been offshore enough to know not to mess around and have gotten caught in some pretty bad conditions before.
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Old 09-13-2018, 04:21 AM   #2
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Re: San Clemente Trip and boat size

I used to go over in my 21 foot Parker all the time. Just make sure you have VHF and enough gas and you should be good to go. Check the San Clemente Buoy here: https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_pa...?station=46086 The closer the waves are to the times of the waves, the rougher the ride. The best place to toss your anchor is at Fish Hook cove about a mile up on the leeward side. Call ahead to make sure they are not bombing and monitor Chanel 16 to be sure. Have fun and post some pics!
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:36 AM   #3
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Re: San Clemente Trip and boat size

you are fine, you just have to pick your days. For example, the next week is not going to be good. Look for wind variable under 10kt on the forecast and a long period swell. plan on coming back early afternoon if the wind kicks up as it often does.
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Old 09-13-2018, 01:26 PM   #4
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Re: San Clemente Trip and boat size

cool thanks for the info guys. we will definitely be checking weather to see how things develop. the tips on what to look for certainly helps.

if conditions permit us to go i will def post some pics!
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:35 PM   #5
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Re: San Clemente Trip and boat size

Don't forget to check to see what parts of the island are closed due to Naval operations...you don't want to be running the channel back to Catalina in late afternoon or evening if you can avoid it...Scisland.org/schedules/usage/useage.php….also, a high powered battery light so you can see the cliffs and swell at night in case you get pushed off the anchor by weather...south swells over 3' can cause havoc down both sides of the island..This weekend, the Clemente forecast is wind to 30, short period swell of 7 seconds and 7 to 9' waves....me, I am heading for Catalina tomorrow, hoping some of the green water on both sides, has dissipated to blue....

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Re: San Clemente Trip and boat size

been checking the forecasts and although the wind is up now, looks like it will be dropping thursday and friday. i think we may try to drive out wednesday evening depending on how bad the wind is that day. heading out in the dark thursday at like 2am would not be my preference.

any suggestions for keeping ice for longer than 24 hours? the boat has 2 insulated fish holds up front but i'm not sure on how well insulated they are. normally we have one setup for ice and fish and throw wet blankets on the catch when we throw them in the hold.
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Use big blocks of ice. Keep it in the cooler until you need it for fish. Break off what you need with an ice pick.
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