Friday 28 November, went fishing with my cousin Trisan and son Mark off Point Loma, California. You might be surprised but we were targeting Rockfish. We were testing a new fish descender for both small and large fish. We are hoping to get the price way down if possible. The testing went well, but we realize the new design needs more modifications for the bigger lips on the larger fish. The fishing was great, we only released 6 fish, mainly Bocaccio. We kept limits of Vermillion Rockfish, but their size was smaller than expected. The fish were 14″-17″, (1.5-3lbs), we are hoping it was just the location.
Saturday Dec 6, went fishing with my cousin Tristan again. This time we got limits of larger Vermillion Rockfish, they were 16″-20″, 2-4 pounds. We tried out Tristans’ New South African Fishing Reel. This reel is 8″ in diameter and has no gears. We easily released a 6 pound Bocaccio, our biggest of the day using his RokLees Fish Descender on his release rod. We used 2 lbs of weight to get the fish down.
You can check out the below link on YOUTUBE to see the video of the Release using the RokLees Fish Descender by EcoLeeser
We will be attending the ICAST 2014 Show in Orlando, Florida July 16-18. We will be in Booth 1401 and will have our new RokLees Big Fish Kit. Come on by and visit us if you come to the show! We are hoping to try our device on some of the bigger fish that suffer from barotrauma in Florida. If you have any recommendations on a place to catch Snapper or Grouper that have Barotrauma let us know as we look for fishing opportunities
I know the post is late, but we are back from ICAST and wanted to share this. This is a Bluegrass Band from Las Vegas Nevada called “Out of the Desert”.
They were a refreshing break from the hectic day of doing business.
I wanted to write up about the trip I took with some Scientists I met through this process learning about Barotrauma. We have met scientists from both the West and East Coasts. Some of the research scientists from Florida were out to San Diego for a conference and we were able to hook up to get out fishing. On the trip we used the RokLees as well as several other methods for descending fish. John Stevely, Brian Fluech, Chuck Adams, Louie Zimm and myself went fishing that day.
Brian showing a Vermilion Rockfish
We left the San Diego Yacht Club on Louie’s boat early in the morning. We headed north of the Coronado Islands in Mexican waters. We targeted Rockfish with very light gear in 300 foot water. The light tackle was alot of fun. We used 20 lb test with medium size Shimano Lucanus Jigs. Louie had a great milk crate fish descending device. He used chain around the open end to weight the box. See photo
John releasing with Louies’ Milkcrate
We also used the RokLees and the Seaqualizer to release fish. It was pretty much a release trip for fish with Barotrauma only a few were kept for dinner that night. Fish released back at depth of capture or at least 1/3 depth of capture have a very high survival rate. You can check out videos on http://www.ecoleeser.com to see the RokLees in action
Today Butch, Jason and I headed south into Mexican Waters as we heard that the Yellows were biting at the Islands. Butch caught this 22 pounder around 10AM.
We caught several lings, reds and one Cow Cod which was released with the RokLees and 5 lbs of weight. The Cow was about 10 lbs, we didn’t need the 5 lbs, but wanted to be sure we could get it down to the bottom. It was released back to depth of capture. Too bad we forgot the video camera, we would have shown the release!