Saturday, November 29, 2008

Packed the tent and the teenagers and took a road trip up to Jalama to do some camping and surf fishing.

If you’ve never been there, Jalama is a great place to camp and enjoy the ocean. It’s about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. The campground is bordered on one side by Vandenberg Air Force Base and the private Coho Ranch on the other side. This makes it about as pristine and secluded as possible and with very little pressure the beach provides some great surfing and perch fishing.

When we arrived cloud breaks gave way to sun. With calm winds we had some nice fishing for perch.

I had brought a wide variety of bait with me including grubs, mussel, clams and sidewinder crabs. I was determined to try everything and see what worked best. After tying on the Carolina rig to my 6lb main line I was ready to go. As usual it was almost a fish every cast. Jalama is a place where fifty fish days are common. No big ones this time but many in the 8-11 inch range.

Even caught a few walleye perch although this one didn’t have some of the classic characteristics and I still wonder if it might be a freak!

I’ve known for some time that small fish love Gulp, grubs, mussel and clams so that’s why I brought along the sidewinder crab to try for bigger fish. It’s no secret that the last two state records for barred perch were caught on this crab.

Each cast connected with bigger fish in the 12-13 inch range.

As the sun set we sat by the fire and enjoyed talking about our day. The next morning I just had a few minutes to fish before the rain came in. It poured for five straight hours so instead of fishing I had plenty of time to catch up on my reading. Next time I plan to spend more time fishing the sidewinder because I’ve seen the pictures in the Jalama store and I know the 16 incher is out their waiting for me!

Volunteers Needed!
Please help us (and yourself!) on Saturday December 13, 2008

The Talbert Marsh on PCH near the Santa Ana Rivermouth is being restored to it's natural state. Under special permit has been asked to move all the clams from the Talbert inlet (where the marsh meets the ocean) and relocate them inside the marsh. In Janurary the inlet will be dredged of all sand allowing the tidal basin to flood.

Participants Working on the relocation will help with digging up clams with hands and shovels, transporting them by bucket and replanting them inside the Talbert Marsh.

What: Clam Relocation Project for the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy

When: Saturday December 13, 2008 from 12noon to 4pm (feel free to come earlier and go fishing--there's a great morning high tide that day!)

Where: Talbert Inlet, End of the State Beach Parking lot, PCH and Brookhurst (enter also at Magnolia (just 200 yards North of the Santa Ana Rivermouth in Newport Beach)

Details: Parking is $10/car so please try to carpool. You will be working on the sand at the edge of the water. Bring a trowel, cultivator or shovel and a great attitude!

Let us know you wish to attend (and how many are coming) by sending an email to:

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