It was an early 3 o’clock alarm that began the day, Me and John Whitaker carpooled south to meet our good friend Rich Kanner at Newport Landing. A forty minute, 5 mph motor through Newport Harbor to the bait receiver, we loaded a mixed scoop of sardines and anchovies and off we went headed for an hour run straight to Catalina. Light wind and calm sea made the crossing a breeze. I never get tired of seeing that large rocky mountain appear out of the grey light as you get close to Catalina, a welcome sight. Rich had me pumped up since he got into some big yellowtail the prior week on bait and fly up to 17 pounds. On our first stop we had a party boat to the south, banging big yellows with many seals all around them, so they picked up the hook and left, we decided to do the same. The next stop we witnessed the same party boat doing a number on these nice grade fish, often four or more rods getting bent at once. We watch a couple of anglers handing these fish off to the mates to land, they were getting their asses kicked. We threw the hook. I threw long and sunk out my fly, immediately got picked up and the fish took off like a bat out of hell straight down, unbuttoning me on the fall. Good sign were were in the right place. We threw the hook, Rich flipped out a dine and got picked up, fought the fish like a pro and I gaffed it after a 10 minute battle. Fresh hamachi is a good thing. We steadily picked away at small calicos, bonita. The smaller fish around the boat often attract the larger fish, so patience is a virtue, and then after sinking out his fly, Rich got the right kind. The fish took off and ran right. I gave him the right of way, as he fought the fish towards the bow. I followed him with my camera. The fish went for the anchor line and Rich immediately made a great move by threading the rod under the anchor line and over as the fish stayed free. He was in for an epic battle, the rod bending straight to the butt section. He was using a 10 weight with forty pound tippet, not messing around with these bad ass fish. Fifteen minutes later we got color and she spiraled to the surface where John was waiting with the net, she barely fit. She weighed a solid fifteen pounds and was caught on a black/white clouser tied on a Gamakatsu heavy jig hook. Rich proved himself to be the yellow slayer…he didn’t give that yellowtail an inch, an awesome catch on a fly rod and a fun day spent with fishy friends…
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Last year I had the good fortune of running into fellow fly angler, Steve Horgan at the airport in Oahu prior to flying to Christmas Island. Steve prides himself on going after multi-species on fly. Steve just returned from another epic journey and slammed many exotic species on my “Beach Bug” fly pattern. Thanks for letting me share these great pics Steve! I hope to join you someday, Beach Bugs on me, grin…
Really cool futuristic underwater carousel opens on August 2oth
Me and my buddy Jim Solomon had the good fortune of joining our buddy Glen Ueda on his 20 foot Edgewater and heading across the big blue pond to Catalina. Glen is one of the most seasoned, fishy guys I have ever been around, the dude is on it like white on rice. It was non-stop fly action from the moment we started flipping live anchovies. The boils began and the calicos and bonita were on em. Once things started to build and heat up the small yellowtail were around the boat and eventually they succumbed to the fly as well. I can’t tell you how many fish were caught in the 5 hours we soaked flies but my rod forearm was spasming from lifting bonita and yellows over the rail. It was a fun day with great company and a welcomed fix after getting the bird from those damn corbina last week. LOL
I love to shoot photos as many of you already might know, but it is an honor when a great photographer takes your picture and makes it look easy. This shot was taken last week while I was sight fishing for corbina by my good friend Titano. Thanks for freezing that moment, the ones that we are fortunate to experience and never forget.
We had fish all around us for about forty minutes, last friday during the corbina magic hour. There were some bruisers mixed in. I threw everything at them, got bumped three times but had nothing to show for my effort, however I looked to my right to see my pal, Glen, rod bendo as this fish took off for the outer trough. It was another beauty on the fly! Simply Awesome!
this is a really cool product. I just got mine a week ago and love it for wash downs after surf fishing… Check out the website and video RinseKit
it holds about two gallons, doesn’t require batteries or compressed air, just fill it up with your garden hose, throw it into the back of you car and your good to go. Retails at $89. Here’s the ticket, go to Sport Chalet, if they are out of them, special order it, they will ship it to your home for free.
Bluefin Tuna and Tuna Fillet-at-Sea Regulation Changes
Effective July 30, 2015, the following regulation changes are in effect for bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis):
Subsection 27.65(b)(11) – FILLETING OF FISH ON VESSELS.
(b) Fish That May be Filleted: No person shall fillet on any boat or bring ashore as fillets any fish, except in accordance with the following requirements: …
(11) For all species of tuna filleted on any boat or brought ashore as fillets south of a line running due west true from Point Conception, Santa Barbara County (34° 27′ N. lat.) each fish must be individually bagged as follows:
(A) The bag must be marked with the species’ common name.
(B) The fish must be cut into six pieces with all skin attached. These pieces are the four loins, the collar removed as one piece with both pectoral fins attached and intact, and the belly fillet cut to include the vent and with both pelvic fins attached and intact.
Fly fishing the surf this morning out of Oceanside, our good friend Dustin Sergent nailed his PB halibut from the surf on one of my surf fly patterns, the Qs Beach Bug. Way to go Dustin!. “The halibut hit on the third cast into a lateral trough. Slammed it!”
As soon as I am comfortable with how this fly swims I will post a step by step. Still working out the kinks… :)