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fishing the pens…

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For those ambitious anglers trying to target a bluefin on fly this article on saltwater sportsman will outline the drill. click here! You need to find the perfect window, with calm seas to make that long run possible and more economical on the wallet. If you put in the time, make the commitment, and stick to our plan, it can be done. Make sure you have your Mexican fishing license. It is a known fact that the bluefin like to circle those pens in 6o feet of water so marking fish deep and setting up a chum ladder, throwing some live bait will get those bad boys going if all the stars are aligned. I hope we see a few on fly this year…

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variety is the spice…

I am glad some of my fly fishing buddies are knocking down some fun local species on fly last week…

Peter Koga lands a nice calico with John Whitaker and Al Q. Photo by Al Q

Peter Koga lands a nice calico with John Whitaker and Al Q last Saturday fishing in the southbay. Photo by Al Q

Glen Ueda nails a bunch of nice firecracker yellows off Catalina last friday on fly. Photo by Glen Ueda

Glen Ueda nails a bunch of nice firecracker yellows off Catalina last friday on fly. Photo by Glen Ueda

Zino Nakasuji sight fished his first corbina on fly last week in the OC. photo by Zino Nakasuji

Zino Nakasuji sight fished his first corbina on fly last week in the OC. photo by Zino Nakasuji

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awesomeness…

nice night time calico bass landed by Glenn Ueda. photo by Glen Ueda.

nice night time calico bass landed by Glenn Ueda. photo by Glen Ueda.

This was a post my buddy Glenn wrote (below) and he pretty much summed it up…  i will add Glen is a class act, a great fishing partner and fly fisherman.  Watching him sub do this beast in hostile conditions (rocks, kelp) was a thing of beauty! it was good times and their was no luck involved, experience always pays off. I was glad I was there to share this great moment with him…

“Under a rising moon, cutting through a persistent yet manageable wind chop, it wasn’t long before we were speed drifting our beloved wall, peppering casts between kelp lanes, with Al’s “Thin Lizzie” doing damage early. Then it slowed with intermittent flurries, to break up long periods of laughter and storytelling, as the bass geared up for their nightly assault. Drifting further east under calming conditions and with the Bee Gee’s “Night Fever” thumping from the Queen Mary, things switched ON. Shouts of, “BIT ON THE SINK!” and “THERE’S A DOUBLE” covered the Edgewater for the next ninety minutes. It was good, REAL GOOD. Eventually satiated and with reddened bass thumbs and big fat grins on full display, we blasted home at 5,000 rpms under the orangey glow of the harbor lights. Thank Al for a fun-filled evening of calico bass on the fly.”

 

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quick release…

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Here’s an cool video from our friend John Whitaker who helped raise these juvenile white sea bass at the SeaLab pens in Redondo Beach Harbor. 9000 white sea bass were released on August 2, 2014! This is where some of our California fishing license money goes. Good stuff!
Click here!

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trough of dreams…

photos courtesy of Glenn Ueda.

photos courtesy of Glenn Ueda.

This year’s poster child and corbina savant Glenn Ueda with corbina number 24(left) and 25(right). Glenn is having what we call a dream season, sort of like when Ted Williams batted .403!
It ain’t over! I think he still has a little fire left in his stick and a few more to be caught before this season starts to slow down…couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! Way to go dude!

 

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the sushi robots have landed!

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Click Here! to have your mind blown… less workers, less skills, better price and perfect sushi with no waste! it’s getting tough to be a fish these days, I can relate…

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this one is especially sweet…

a nice sight-cast bean by Peter Koga. photo by Zino Nagasuji

a nice sight-cast bean by Peter Koga. photo by Zino Nagasuji

Well, this morning I got an email from our good friend Zino and this photo popped up on my screen. All I could do is smile. Our good friend Peter Koga (who is a fly fishing machine) has recently experienced some bad luck with a few health issues, has been side-lined and cancelled many fly fishing trips over the last four months. He has been a real trooper though, staying positive and walking the beaches sighting corbina for all of us. I know it was killing him not being able to throw flies at them. We all all pulling for him to get well soon, so he can do what he loves best, fly fish. Well as you can see, Peter had a fly rod in his hand this morning and got a beauty off the beach on a grey merkin. I hope this is the beginning of many more days on the water pal, great job Peter! That corbina represents the power of positive thinking…you have inspired all of us!

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cool permit footage…

image from trapper rudd.

image from trapper rudd/youtube

Click here to view some up close sweet footage of permit doing their thing in their natural environment.

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weekend beans…

 

photos by glenn ueda

photos by glenn ueda. the man is having a banner season and continues to tear it up! 

photo by jacob ginter

photo by jacob ginter

 

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spanish fly, rip…

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Click here to see see Jose’s boat in all it’s glory! I was very fortunate to meet Jose many years ago and share fried chicken for lunch while our flats skiffs were tied together off the Northshore of Montauk while sight-fishing for stripers and bluefish. Jose was a neat guy and bigger than life. When I used to fish the keys I always saw his SeeVee in the racks down at the Keys boat launch, it was always a  familiar site. After Jose unfortunate passing years ago due to a terrible low pressure system incident during takeoff in his personal plane, the Spanish Fly was later sold to a Julio Mesa in Mexico.

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Julio Mesa’s 39′ See Vee Spanish Fly totaled by fire

Recently the Spanish Fly just went up in flames in Mexico while it was being stored in dry dock.  A sad end to an amazing boat with many fish stories…

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