Calico Bass

Kelp Bed Calicos

I’m still looking for that PB calico in San Diego (a calico bigger than 8 lbs). I know these bigger fish are out there. A number of times that I’ve fished the kelp beds, as we were reeling in smaller fish, they were followed to the boat by much larger fish. We’re talking 10-12 lb.

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Freshwater

Poway Lake Trout Stock 11-29-2017

Found some old footage in my camera of a trout stock at my local lake. Poway Lake is one of North County’s most productive bass lakes and this is the reason why. Each fall/winter, the lake gets an injection of small to medium sized rainbow trout. The bass stage under the dock and feast for

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Calico Bass

Ocean Beach Kelp Bed Calicos

Headed out on my friend’s boat for a morning run out to the kelp beds just south of the Ocean Beach Pier. Loaded up on bait, and began to catch a few dozen Calico bass, a few sand bass, and an assortment of rockfish. While they were mostly shorts (10 t0 13 inches), there were

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Freshwater

Poway Lake Spring Bass

Poway Lake in the Spring is an incredibly productive body of water for a few species including rainbow trout, channel catfish, and of course, largemouth bass. I’ve already caught my personal best bass from the lake this year, and I believe the winter rains are a big reason why.  For the last 7 years, the

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Freshwater

Personal Best LMB

I have been fishing Lake Poway for going on 40 years, and while I have caught a lot of bass, I still haven’t managed a double digit bass. At the beginning of the year, I decided one of my goals would be to break the double digit mark on Largemouth Bass. Come hell or highwater,

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Saltwater

Torrey Pines Yellowfin Croaker

Another great walk with pole in hand. Fished the incoming tide and stayed through the high water mark. Lots of nibbles, but they didn’t seem capable of handling the behemoth sandcrabs I was throwing (slightly larger than my thumb). Started catching a few here and there, but they were all under 10″. This specimen was

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Private Boat

April 2018 Yellowtail Fishing off La Jolla

My next door neighbor who has a boat invited me out on Saturday. Having mostly fished from larger “cattle” boats, it was a different experience fishing on a smaller (21 ft) boat. Conditions weren’t horrible, but i felt every bit of the swell. Here’s the view looking east from Mission Bay toward University of San

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Saltwater

The long walk rewarded…

After living on Maui for a few years, eating too well and too often, I found myself well over 200 lbs for the first time in my life. I decided to go on a diet and begin more frequent exercise. Full disclosure, I’m not fond of the gym (too many people, and many of them

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Offshore

First Yellow Fin Tuna

Up until this past year, my experience fishing aboard a party boat was limited… Though I had gone on a number of half-day trips, I hadn’t experienced longer range boats like 3/4 and overnight trips to fish in Mexican waters for pelagic species. At the start of the summer of 2017 decided that I really

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Barred Surf Perch

Torrey Pines Low Tide July 7, 2017

Got out this morning for the low tide at TP and found the fish willing… usual suspects in numbers (4 YFC and 2 teeny corbina), but of particular note was this little guy… I’ve caught a few since the spring, but they have been under 5″ in length… this one came to play and was

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Saltwater

Torrey Pines Stiper

It isn’t everyday you can pull out a striper from a Southern California beach! Not a huge one, but it fought above it’s weight class for sure! While I can certainly target certain species from the surf, the rarity of stipers in our waters makes them hard to fish for specifically. This little guy decided

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Knots

Ode to the FG Knot

When I first started surf fishing, I sort of looked around for various knots… I settled on the palomar for tying my leader to my hook… and then a uni knot for tying my leader to my swivel. I have yet to have a knot fail as a result… I also used a uni knot

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