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Old 11-14-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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Question El Nino 2010

Sounds like this El Nino, IF it happens, will be of a smaller-scale? I'm wondering what we can expect to see around Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands with a mild El Nino. What if it was a severe El Nino?

Anyone care to share what previous El Ninos have produced in terms of unusual species and diving conditions?

I'd love to hear some stories from those who were spearfishing locally during the last significant El Nino. Thanks
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:00 PM   #2
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Re: El Nino Conditions

the 1/2 boat in sb got a trigger today
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:20 PM   #3
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Re: El Nino Conditions

for fishing.... el nino conditions..... we've had the good --warm water in summer - with exotics..... I dont know about this year but when I dove Santa Cruz a lot - I remember one el nino with dorado thick on the back side of Cruz....................

Winter el nino............ lots and lots and lots of rain - stormy - muddy water......... it sucks. I think in 1969 the flooding took out part of Ventura marina.............
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Old 11-15-2009, 12:46 PM   #4
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Re: El Nino Conditions

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I remember one el nino with dorado thick on the back side of Cruz....................
Now THAT's the kind of spearfishing my dreams are made of right there.

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Winter el nino............ lots and lots and lots of rain - stormy - muddy water......... it sucks. I think in 1969 the flooding took out part of Ventura marina.............
We've got some old aerial pics of that here in the department archives. Basically the river came up so far it changed back to it's natural course, and took the harbor out to sea with it. Impressive.
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:02 PM   #5
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Can you post those pics up?
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:09 PM   #6
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Anacapa El Nino:1982
The sea was covered with pelagic red crabs. Calicos were so stuffed with them that they had a hard time swimming. The birds colored the rocks red with their red crab waste.
Huge schools of yellowtail began to show up in late March and were everywhere in April.
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Bluefin tuna were seen frequently at San Clemente, Santa Barbara Island, Tanner Bank and Cortez Bank. I saw 4-400 lb BFT at SBI and even connected with a shot to the gill plates on one.
I would love to see those conditions again. That was the same year I landed a 98 lb BFT on Cortez. The bait was so thick on Cortez that the bottom was covered with 15 feet of solid bait.
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Anacapa El Nino:1982
The sea was covered with pelagic red crabs. Calicos were so stuffed with them that they had a hard time swimming. The birds colored the rocks red with their red crab waste.
Huge schools of yellowtail began to show up in late March and were everywhere in April.
Elsewhere:
Bluefin tuna were seen frequently at San Clemente, Santa Barbara Island, Tanner Bank and Cortez Bank. I saw 4-400 lb BFT at SBI and even connected with a shot to the gill plates on one.
I would love to see those conditions again. That was the same year I landed a 98 lb BFT on Cortez. The bait was so thick on Cortez that the bottom was covered with 15 feet of solid bait.
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holy shit... 400lbs at SBI

Edit: what happened when you connected?
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Can you post those pics up?
They're in some old photo albums in a closet somewhere, but I will see what I can do.
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Re: El Nino Conditions

two prior el ninos had 40 lb albies just off Pt. Fermin, dorado/ yft in the Catalina channel, a marlin off Alaska and triggerfish common off LaJolla to Malibu...and an 82 lb albie up by Morro Bay...wouldn't surprise me to see a wahoo up here one fine fall day....
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Check out this link: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/1...ning-strength/
Its on the way!
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Check out this link: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/1...ning-strength/
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Re: El Nino Conditions

Everyone loves to have exotics local but El Nino is very bad for local fish. It jacks up kelp and WSB and Sheephead are no where to be seen.
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El Nino 1982
We got YT off the beach at Treasure Island in Laguna. One was in that little cove where the pier used to be. My buddy's kid got a 318# Sword and 18 ft GWS a week apart a mile off Laguna in a 17 ft Boston Whaler
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Anacapa El Nino:1982
The sea was covered with pelagic red crabs. Calicos were so stuffed with them that they had a hard time swimming. The birds colored the rocks red with their red crab waste.
Huge schools of yellowtail began to show up in late March and were everywhere in April.
Elsewhere:
Bluefin tuna were seen frequently at San Clemente, Santa Barbara Island, Tanner Bank and Cortez Bank. I saw 4-400 lb BFT at SBI and even connected with a shot to the gill plates on one.
I would love to see those conditions again. That was the same year I landed a 98 lb BFT on Cortez. The bait was so thick on Cortez that the bottom was covered with 15 feet of solid bait.
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