Well, two of our local South Bay anglers, John Whitaker and Don Bell were the recipients of a guided trip donated by my good buddy Hogan Brown from this past year’s Double Hall Ball. The boys averaged 20-30 stripers a day. Don Bell landed this 24 pound beauty on a olive/yellow jig hook-style Clouser minnow. All the more reason to come and buy some raffle tickets next year. All the proceeds from last years DHB raffle went to support a great organization entitled: CastHope.org
I am taking over Kernville! Not quite. LOL. What an honor to be able to design a bunch of cool logos for my pal, Guy Jeans and his new neighbor, Melissa Campbell who just recently opened a deli entitled Fremont Deli. She wanted her logo to resemble the old National Parks vintage posters of old, so that’s what i delivered. Now when I visit my buddy Guy’s fly shop, there’s a fun place to grab lunch and get fly materials. Please drop in and support them if you are in the neighborhood. Cheers – Al Q
My buddy Jim made the call, we picked a new destination and stayed with our plan. The day before we both dropped a few fish due to the poorly set up sloped beach.
He was spot on. This new spot was set up good, with lots of deep structure easily viewed on the minus low, incoming tide. The incoming water starting to fill in the deep sand freeways with hungry fish. The sightcasting window was short, the magic window which I refer to the proper amount of water on the flat that allows the fish to tail and dive into the newly tide covered sand crab beds had unfolded. Fish were coming in like cord wood on conveyor belts. Getting your fly to lineup properly required many repetitive casts. Finally I rolled one through a gang of seven fish, slow strip, heart pumping, big blowup and one confused Corbina running frantically to Catalina with an injested merkin in its crushers. Shortly beached and completely hand stripped in, (faulty reel drag) cpr, catch, photo, and released!
Shortly after I decided to take a long walk down the beach and I found some new productive real estate and repeated, hooking a second fish in a similar group, hand palmed the reel and slid the fish up on the sand. Ended the session with a double.
Started and blanked with a pink merkin, I switched to a grey Surfin Merkin after my buddy Jim had a strong take on the grey, which I credit to hooking both fish. I had three other short takes on grey. It was a good move to switch flies. Moral of the story, don’t be afraid to change flies.
This is a cool trailer/boat concept that is manufactured in Germany. Unfortunately you can only get one if you drive up to Canada and drive it back. Wish the platform had a casting deck and pole, then we would be talking! grin…