"Cow Cod" Cowboys Tagging Trip

June 2016

OSA Yellowtail Tagging Project Supports UCSD Phd Studies
After the successful calico bass tagging trip, we contacted NOAA-Scripps with the idea of expanding to another fishery. I was introduced to a Scripps Phd student, Noah Ben-Aderet who was conducting a Yellowtail science project, which included tagging inshore yellowtail to study their migration habits.

Noah was introduced to the OSA board and gave his overview of  tagging experience on the New Lo Ann, based out of Point Loma Sport Fishing. The board approved his process and he was invited to join a October OSA club charter and we would try our best to tag some offshore YT.

The club contacted Promar nets and explained what we were up to to and how we thought a net would aid in bringing the fish on board to be measured and tagged. Promar graciously donated a large rubbed coated net for our use.

We have just completed the charter and we were able to tag several very large YT (47" in length) and few smaller models. The net worked perfectly and the stress to the fish was reduced substantially.

We plan on developing a C_P_R program for the 2015 Tuna season and use the net to Catch (C) - Photograph (P) - Release(R) Tuna.

What a great research project. Science and Fishing...Fantastic Stuff.

The Calico Cowboys ventured forth, dawned new Hats for this tagging trip and became the “Cow Cod Cowboys”. OSA Vice Prez, Kris Thorsten headed this detail which was comprised of the following OSA members:  John DeWitt, Peter Rohrich, Edd Robinson, Kelly Kissinger, Maurizo Mangini, Wes Farmer, Hank Mabrey, Greg Thompson, John Tester, and Randall Mattes.  We boarded the OUTER LIMITS, owned and captained by Paul Fischer.  Our lead NOAA/Scripps representative was Lyall Bellquist.

The scientific approach for this tagging operation was to locate, catch, tag, and release cow cod and rock cod species of fish.  Within this platform, the criteria of importance was to catalog, monitor, tag, and record…… the location and dept the fish were found/caught, species and quantity caught of each, look for previous tags,  type of descender used, approximate time required to catalog information and then release.  We used five (5) different descender mechanisms (1) Sheldon, (2) Black Tip, (3) Roklees, (4) Sea Qualizer, and (5) Milk crate.  After the operation was over, we were given Forms for each of us to evaluate and provide our opinions of the descenders used.

The fishing day was very slow.  Calm waters and overcast skies prevailed as Capt. Paul Fischer searched and searched for the bottom fish. “Dirty water” and “Muddy Water” were frequent statements from him throughout the day. Trying to locate good schools of the bottom fish was like trying to drive on a road in San Diego county without and pot holes in it.  We fished up and down the La Jolla coast and as far north as south Del Mar without any real success.  Around 4:00 pm we called it quits and headed back to the harbor.  Lyall reported a total of 71 fish caught, tagged, recorded, and released.  He did not have an exact breakdown of the species caught or the quantity of each when I questioned him; however, I did log that we caught numerous Vermillion, a few Star and Barber pole, one Ling Cod, one green spot rockfish, one Salmon Grouper, one Chucklehead.  Of the target fish……ZERO COW COD.  Lyall mentioned that of the six (6) trips to date, only TWO Cow Cod have been caught, tagged, and released.

Kris Thorsten

Dept. of Interior "Directors Order 219" - Use of Non-Toxic Ammunition & Fishing Tackle 

OSA responds to CA F&G Commission on Depth Limit Increase and Ling cod limit increase

Link to letter sent to DFG Sept 2014

By the end of the 2015 season, OSA released over 150 Yellowfin Tuna using the Cut&Go.

OSA Supports Calico Bass Tagging Project

OSA responds to PMFC Council on Drift Net Monitoring and Control

Link to letter sent to PMFC Feb 2015

                   OSA Conservation Policy & Guidelines
The Oceanside Senior Anglers have always promoted conservation in all of its activities and with all of its members. The club has adopted a conservation policy as a cornerstone of its efforts to learn, educate and communicate the importance of conservation with all of its members.
Our conservation policy is as follows:
The Oceanside Senior Anglers are committed to the conservation of fishing resources in order to maintain and improve the quality of our sport fishing activities. Club members and guest are expected to:

  • Comply with all relevant fishing regulations for club  charters and side trips.
  • Carefully handle and release fish that are alive, either  prohibited by fishing regulations, unwanted, or are not  needed for consumption.
  • Avoid any actions that might have a detrimental effect  on the aquatic environment.
  • Promote good conservation practices to fellow members  and others through education and example.

The intent of our policy is to state a principle and position for the club. The club does not intend to try and enforce this policy, this is not our business. As in most areas, ultimately it is up to the individual to do what is right.
Members can assist by speaking up when you see a member or guest causing a conservation concern. The person may not know there is a problem. If they do know they may not know how to resolve the problem. Set good examples and show other members how to improve conservation compliance by practicing good conservation ourselves. Do it yourself and don’t rely on the deckhand to safely release your fish. If he has time and is willing to help that is great, but each member is expected to be capable of safely releasing his or her own fish. Practice recycling of old fishing line on and off the ocean. Respect the ocean by not throwing trash or other non-biodegradable materials into the ocean.

Please feel free to ask questions and if you know the conservation requirement but don’t know how to achieve it then please ask for help. As a club, we can help contribute to conservation efforts, protect our environment and enhance our fisheries. 

Thomas “Bo" Bolender—Conservation Chairman

Seabirds and Plastic Pollution

Releasing Black Seabass with SeaQualizer

Salmon Recovery and Climate Change

​OSA members who contributed: Bo Bolender, Greg Thompson, Hal Reeser, Bill Woodcook, John DeWitt, Wes FArmer, Len Pincus, George Maynard, Peter Fruendlich, Asa Mori, Dave Nordquist, Hank Mabrey, Ed Dennis, Kris Thorsten, Lee Wood, Don Rogers, John Delaurentis, Kelly Kissenger & Manny Ontiveros

OSA Line Recycling Program

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Pelagic Prototype Release Tool Tested
The clubs first pelagic release tool was successfully tested on a recent 2.5 day trip. 14 YFT and 1 Skippy were released without being pulled from the water. This is the first time the tool has been tested on commercial sport boat with free boards greater than 4 ft. 

NOAA will not place Pacific Bluefin on Endangered Species List

On our OSA Wounded Warrior trip of yesterday, July 2, 2014 we caught and released four previously tagged Calico Bass. I logged the Tag data which is included below.
Location:  32° 50.5' N - 117° 18.3' W
Time: 1100 - 1130 hours
12" Calico, Tag #6371
10" Calico, Tag #5625
13" Calico, Tag #9618
13" Calico, Tag #919

​            How Old is That Calico Bass?
 Chart Courtesy, Milton Loves "Certainly More Than You Want to Know About The Fishes of the Pacific Coast. 

OSA responds to proposed Bluefin Tuna closure

Link to letter sent to NMFS Sept 2014

Bluefin Tuna and the Endangered Species Act

​Our Wounded Warriors did it again this year. Yes, they caught a tagged Calico off of La Jolla while on our last WW trip of the year. A call has been placed to NOAA about the tag. As of Sept 9, I have not heard from the NOAA Lab. Will keep you posted on the details of when the fish was tagged and by who (What tagging trip)​

AB-2787 Lead fishing weights and sinkers ban

California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigation (CalCOFI)

Committed to the Stewardship of Our SoCal Fishery

Enhancing Sustainable Fishing Through Cooperative Education

CPR Breeder Bass 

Catch - Photograph - Release

Running Results of OSA Mono Recycle Program
Total = 168.0 miles

2014 - April-5.71, May-9.88, July-4.8, Aug-3.34, Nov 21-5.6
2015 - Feb -7.42, April-6.23, June 3.65, Aug 15.44, Sept 21.06
2016 - April 17.65, Nov 12.33 
2017 - April 15.82 - Dec 13.68

2018 - April 12.84 - Oct 13.0
Shipments in Miles

             On the Water Report: Use of the SeaQualizer Release Tool 
On a recent rockcod trip OSA members gave the thumbs up to the SeaQualizer descender tool. Our clubs chartmaster bags now contain 3 Seaqualizers and a gangion that can be used on the designated Barotrauma Release Pole.

A three station gangion was configured using Nylon Braided Twine, with four 500lb snap swivels to attach the SeaQualizer units and the sinker. It should noted the Seaqualizer unit comes with a compression snap that just didn't quite work to our benefit, thus the snap swivels were attached with 24" spacing. Some of the fish released were quite large. The descender sinker needed to be increased to overcome the buoyancy of the fish. Five pounds seemed to do the trick. With small fish, it is possible to double up on each tool, thus releasing 6 fish at one time. 
After a few demonstrations on how to properly load the fish and descend, members of the club actively helped. The crew also jumped in and it wasn't long before we had a streamlined process in place.  Overall, the tools worked great and loading - descending was very easy.
The Great News: We released over 100 undersized fish or species with filled quotas. 
On our 2nd Rockcod trip to SCI, our OSA anglers eagerly supported the release of over another 100 undersized or species with filled quotas.
As a club in just 2 rockcod trips we have released over 200 fish. Great job guys and gals....Your leading by example. 

2016 Update: Our club has adopted the tools, the processes and we consistently release many undersized or at the limit rockfish on every RC trip. No doubt over the last 3 years we have released thousands of Rockfish, several Black Seabass and a number of huge cow Cod. Our club is committed to the concepts and principles of supporting a sustainable fishery.

 Facts from Monterey Bay Aquairium
Egg production differs with each species, and canary rockfish can produce as many as 1,000,000 eggs at one time. Fertilization is internal for all rockfishes, and the females supply nutrients internally to the developing larvae. Four to five weeks after fertilization, females give birth to larvae about the size of an eyelash. 

CDFW Implements Electronic Tracking to Aid in Law Enforcement & Catch Tracking

South Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring Report 2011-2015 

Legislative Involvement

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​Nick Wegner, NOAA Fisheries Biologist with OSA President John Dewitt and VP & Conservation Chair Bo Bolender. Nick educated our club on his field studies of catch and release techniques of rock fish. His studies have proven releasing rockfish at depths deeper than 50 fathoms is possible and has a high survivor rate. 

Original Order has been Stopped!!!!

With the help of Berkley, we turn used mono into fresh water fish condos.

As an angler, are you aware Kelp Bass (Paralabrax clathratus), also referred to as Calico Bass, Grow So Slow? We have all been told that our heroes of the kelp are slow growers, but this chart hits home with a visual Length, Weight vs Age. 
Remember, Practice CPR. Catch - Photograph - Release. Our club presents handsome pins to those who release breeder bass.  You can help.

Releasing Tuna While Still in the Water

NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service [Habitat Assessment Improvement Plan]

Radiocesium in Bluefin Tuna Validates New Tracer Technique

Offshore Yellowtail Tagging Project with NOAA-UCSD