Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shot down to the beach late Friday to catch some bait. The sand had been moved and reshaped by the recent storm and I wasn’t sure what I would find. Looks like everything is still in great shape…

Reached the sand well before sunlight and decided to cover as much of Huntington Beach as possible. Layers of clothes in the morning gave way to stripping down as the sun belted the beach. Wow, it’s warm for December…

My buddy Ken and I took our first shot at fish off the rocks. Tides seemed perfect for this spot but bites were slow with only a few walleye to show for it.

We decided to move up the beach to an open area that always holds fish in the summer. Who knows, maybe we’ll have some luck today. First few casts some nice yellowfin and small perch jump on the hook.

The bite seemed to slow as the high tide approached so it was off to our last spot. When we got there things looked good. There were perch, yellowfin and a nice spotfin couldn’t resist our baits. I’m coming back here soon…

Finally we ran low on bait and it was time to head home and work on our holiday chores. Who knows what the weather and surf have in store for us over the next few days—but one thing’s for sure--fish are spread out and ready to bite!!!

This upcoming week may present some challanges if the surf comes up as expected. Otherwise, with just small changes in the weather we should see some nice tides lead to some even better fishing. I hope everyone has a great holiday with time to enjoy your family and do some much needed surf fishing!!!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

After weeks of tortuous seas I’m finally back from my trip down the coast of Baja to the port of La Paz. My ship mates forced me to fish almost every day offshore but I did get two afternoons of surf fishing in along the way. Our first stop was Magdalena Bay.

Inside the point I paddled to shore on the kayak and headed up the point. It was lucky the south swells were down as this beach can have some pounding shore break. I decided to start out with 6lb mono and the lucky craft. In no time I was on to my first fish--one of many 5-8lb yellowtail caught from the surf.

Over the next hour it was a fish almost every cast with needle fish filling in between. Some casts there had as many as 20 needle fish following my bait. Every so often they would be scared away by something huge and new fish would jump on my line.

That evening we set again to the open ocean and made our way down to San Jose Del Cabo. As we waited for the mechanics to fix our motor I had a chance to fish this beach near the harbor.

As the sun began to go down the bite picked up. Here I decided to use heavier line and a bit larger spinning reel. Casting the 3/4th ounce mackerel kroc rewarded me with some quality fish including this 15lb rooster.

Other fish keep jumping on until dark.

Once I get the pictures and video organized I will post a report of our entire trip. Thanks to the folks who gave tips and words of encouragement!

This week, and going through the weekend, we have some great tides for both fishing in the morning (at high tide) and collecting bait at low tide in the afternoon. Now that the surf has subsided the water will become cleaner and the fish should return to their structure areas.

I'll be out in the local waters later this week and will post a new report with whatever I find--until then tight lines and good fishing...

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