With our free Irvine Lake tickets expiring today, I took my pontoon out for the first time in something like 8 years. The original intention was to fish here on Sunday but Chul and I decided to cancel that idea and head down to SD to fish the bay with Joseph and Tuck. I arrived at about 6:15 and after waiting in line and assembling the boat I was on the water by about 7am. Armed with my Scott S3S 7 weight loaded with a Rio Clouser floating line and red and black deerhair popper I tied over 15 years ago I started working the weeds. It was not long before I had my first take. The fly simply vanished, the bass just inhaled it. I set the hook and the fight was on. After a headshake or two the fish came off. I suspect the culprit was the weedguard and it prevented a proper hook set. Now amped I blew my load early on my next rising bass a few casts later. I pulled it right out of it's mouth. With the sun burning off the overcast sky I switched back and forth from floating line and popper to a 150 grain sinking line. I managed a few bumps but was unable to get any fish to stay hooked. By 11am I quit and headed back home to get some work done. Frustrating. Chul choose not to come after work when I gave him my morning report.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
|SD Bay has a huge naval presence including warships and the Navy SEALs.|
ASS Fly. In no time I was on fish and managed a few near the bridge. Originally designed for largemouth I wanted for the longest time try this fly out in the bay and it proved its worth.
While fishing this section Chul managed a mystery fish that took him to the backing (at about 3:03 on the video). Having not seen the fish since it broke of we can only speculate what it was. Initially we thought perhaps a bonefish, a jack crevalle, maybe a big spotfin croaker or a white seabass. Afterwards I called Ed to see what he thought given the way it fought, first it bulldogged than ripped line out and once it was put under pressure it bulldogged again. Since it didn't dive during the run and just took line straight, Ed theorized it was probable a white seabass. We'll never know. It would have been nice to have at least seen that fish. After Chul could calm his nerves and a quick smoke, we continued fishing and managed a few more spotted bay bass. None of any significant size or numbers. While it was not a stellar day for the bay it wasn't bad. But we had to earn our fish this day.
The two loverboys on the banana boat managed a few fish a piece on their new fly rods with each adding some new species to his fish list, spotted bay and sand bass for Joseph and a lizardfish for Tuck.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
We got to the water and it was low. Fishing was pool hoping and there weren't many pools. We managed a fish a piece. My fish looked wild. Chul's was larger and fought wild, it must have been hold over that had naturalized. we spent only about an hour before we were over it and called it quits.
Grill Hut for lunch and I ordered the ground beef kabob with rice and salad which was quite good. It was nice sustenance for the hike ahead.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
|Spotted Bay Bass|
|My second Calico (Kelp) Bass of the day. Slam is complete.|
|Punishment for answering the phone on the boat. When its time to fish the girlfriend can wait.|
|A proper monument to a man.|
|Lobster done right.|
|Fish stomach soup.|
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
|One of many calico of the day|
|Tagged Kelp Bass|
For those of you still unsure of whether or not this data will eventually be used by anti-fishing groups to further their campaign against us, all I can say is I'd rather give them actual data to use against us than allow them to manipulate the lack of data by making preposterous and terrifying proclamations about fishery collapse. Those moves helped get the MLPAs established in the first place.Now lets see if I win that $200 gas gift card. At current gas prices that will fill up the Land Rover once. All in all it was a pretty good day despite my lack of sleep. I now know how Chul must feel like fishing after his third shift work days.
|Scott fishing in front of an "audience"|
|Bass Thumb, a sign of a good day. Even taping my thumb didn't help me.|
|A Colorful Calico but not the trophy we were looking for.|
|Scott's Carp belt buckle that he CNCed himself.|
|Just some of the flies I was tying like mad the night before.|
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The owners of Rainbow River Lodge in Alaska have purchased Bob Marriott's Fly Fishing store from Bob. While Bob will stay on board there will be many changes. Some are already in effect such as increasing inventory. Others scheduled for the future are a complete remodel and the return of the Fly Fishing Fair. Vendors and fly fishing celebrities have already been contacted. It should be exciting times.This group has also purchased Grizzly Hackle in Montana and Kiene's in Sacramento. All three of these stores are expected to be premier fly shop destinations if they are not already.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Despite having it for months, I finally took my Glock 19 Gen 3 FDE out for the first time at Handgun Challenge last night. Groupings were great despite not having sighting it in after changing sights to Trijicon HD night sights. I was a bit shocked how well the groupings were since I haven't shot the pistols since last summer. A LAPD vet even asked me what I did for work. He was shocked when I told him what I did, I guess he thought I was in his line of work. One thing I still need to work on I need to stop my support side thumb from glancing the slide release so the gun can go into slide stop after the last round. This Glock 19 actually shoots better than my other one.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
outing a few weeks ago. Since Chul managed a bass on topwater and I missed two bass on my last two casts I have wanted some revenge on this lake. Just like the last time we were harassed by Ricky Rangers that if they did not have a book of regulations their life would have no direction. I have been on that pram more than half a dozen times when Ed owned it. Our buddy Kyung has been on it a hundred times when Ed owned it. Never had we ever been harassed about the decal colors or numbers on the boat, registration or anything like that. And we've made thousands of drifts directly in front of the Coast Guard station at NHP. Never once did the Coasties who happen to be staring at us give us a hard time and yet the Ricky Rangers on this lake (who have no law enforcement capabilities) give us grief. Fishing was poor despite seeing several good bass and monster carp. None were willing to take a fly. Chul missed a couple and I only had one strike the whole day that I missed. I did have one eyeball my bluegill pattern a while but refused to even make a charge. What a waste. I rearranged my schedule and Chul missed out on sleep for this crap. Never again. I don't care if fish are jumping into the boat, I shall not return.
We hit Bruxie Waffle Sandwiches for lunch afterwards and while it was okay it was hardly anything to write home about. My sister raves about this place and goes to the one near my house every time she visits California. I really don't know why. It wasn't bad but hardly impressive.
|Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich.|
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Even though I took a hiatus from fishing this water, I know this water. I really know this water. If I call any water a "home" water, I suppose it's Newport Bay. Last year I fished it twice and it disappointed me deeply. Those 20-50 fish mornings I expected, those that Yosh and I experienced years ago didn't materialize. Earlier this year I asked Capt. Bill Calhoun what's the deal with this place now and he let me know that the dredging screwed up the fishery pretty good. Since last year's outing and hearing Bill's comments I've been somewhat skeptical of this place. Nevertheless we decided to take the pram out to check it out. Tides were not optimal but adequate. The skies were overcast and it was somewhat cold. Water temps are around 50 degrees. Not at all optimal conditions.
Now drifting through the moored boats my rod went heavy again. And again I thought I might have hooked up on some eel grass and as I stripped line the rod finally shook. I knew by the fight it must be a halibut. I pulled him up and finally saw the 15 inch halibut. Every time I tried to land him he ran. He eventually turned the boat and Chul's line and mine crossed. Right after I shook Chul's fly off my rod the halibut came loose. After leaving this section and drifted near the Sherriff's dock I managed another halibut this time of smaller dimensions. I managed to land this one.
Chul and I fished some more and missed some nice fish before calling it quits after our casting deteriorated to crap. After loading the pram into the truck we headed to Crow Burger Kitchen on the way out for a Crow Burger and duck fat French fries.
|The Crow Boy Burger|
|Duck Fat French Fries|
Thursday, April 11, 2013
|Not even Ganesha could help us.|
|A nice trout that refused everything we threw at it.|
|At least someone is getting some action...|
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
|USB port can be used to power the light|
|Fashion forward looking lantern|
|The look at the light.|
|In table top mode|
|At 100 lumens the lantern does well lighting up a room|
- Bright and at 100 lumens, it lights up a tent or campsite brightly.
- Unique design.
- Can be powered by a mini USB but not rechargeable in this mode (which is a con).
- Made in Japan.
- Hanging hook allows more hanging options than most lights. Can be hung on branches, doorways among other places.
- The silicone shade can come off easily particularly when turning the light off and can be somewhat a pain to put back on properly.
- One button for all settings is a pain. I prefer simple on and off buttons, not ones that you need to tap, hold down, etc. to turn it off is a turn off for me.
- The bottom open face exposing the bulb means if I'm hanging it from my tent when laying in a tent and look up I'll be blinded by a light at 100 lumens.
- Candle mode maybe more gimmick than practical.
For me the jury is still out whether it's worth the price tag.