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swimbait
9879 posts
June 21, 2007
Water:
Clarity: 1 foot
Level:
Wind: 0-5 knts
Baro:
Red tide and black sea biscuit
Tried for a repeat of yesterday. The bad thing was that the red tide had moved in completely and covered all the water in the cove I almost didn't even launch. But figured what the hell and went out.

It was much tougher than yesterday. I had a fair number of short biters, lost one small halibut and caught two shorts, like 16-18 inchers.

Brian #2 and Brian... we'll just call him Brian #3 for now - they came out in the dinghy again and Brian #2 caught a short right away before they motored off to try around the point and stuff (which was even worse red tide and crappier fishing apparently).

While they were gone adventuring around the point I hooked something big on the sink in about 8 feet of water. At first I thought white seabass because of the head shakes but it didn't really run very far. Then it laid down and acted like a really... really big halibut. I thought I had a 20 pounder for sure. I was fishing 15lb and just took my time with it. A good 5 minutes later I finally got a look at it and was very surprised to see a black seabass Very cute little guy, probably 8 or 9lbs. I was amazed a fish that size pulled that hard. Everything I caught was on 5" #13 baitfish Big Hammers. I sometimes wonder why I bring any lures besides that lure in that color for ocean fishing

http://www.calfishing.com/files/Images/daily_reports/6_21_07_blackseabass.jpg

swimbait
9879 posts
June 21, 2007
Water:
Clarity: 4
Level:
Wind: 0-5 knts
Baro:
Waking up at Goleta
I told myself I wasn't going to try inshore fishing for two weeks, but this week the water crept up to 60 degrees and I was feeling bored so I headed out after work to catch a few hours fishing before dark at Goleta.

Launched my float tube, paddled just past the 1 foot high surf and on my second cast I hooked a halibut and lost it. I was fairly surprised but this was a good sign of things to come. There was thick nasty red tide out in the cove but right along the shore the water was good. It turned out the good water close to shore was loaded up thick with small halibut.

I wound up getting a ton of bites and catching 7 shorts and 2 legals in about 2 hours. The legals were small, like 23" apiece. I kept one fish for the barbecue and released the other one. Brian #2 came down with his buddy (appropriately his name was also Brian). The two Brians caught 3 shorts while I was there. They were still fishing when I left.

Of the fish I caught, two small ones came on 3" rainbow trout Big Hammer, one was on 4" #13 baitfish, one legal was on 5" everclear, and the rest were on 5" #13 baitfish. The 5" made you miss a lot of fish but when you hooked them they were better sized. It was a fun little trip, there's something about inshore halibut fishing that is utterly addicting to me. Grilled up some fish for dinner tonight, mmmm delicious

http://www.calfishing.com/images/daily_reports/6_20_07_halibut.jpg

swimbait
9879 posts
June 10, 2007
Water:
Clarity: 4 feet
Level:
Wind: 10 knts
Baro:
Chilly day at Goleta
Waves were small today so I decided to try goleta beach from my float tube around 4:30pm. There's been a few changes since I fished there 10 years ago like the roundabout at the entrance, the speedbumps, and the utterly confusing parking situation.

Since there was a cop right by the parking lot I asked him politely what the deal was. He told me he had no clue how the parking situation worked because he didn't enforce it. Ok, thanks for the help buddy... The signs made zero sense, so I tried to pay by credit card, and the machine wouldn't authorize it. Retardation! Dug up in change finally in my truck and got what I hoped was the right pass.

Anyway, I paddled out there, made a few casts and caught a short halibut That seemed promising. A few casts later I had another one bite the tail off my 3" Big Hammer. I fished around then headed out to try to get a calico or two off the kelp. Only one bite out there, most likely a bass, which cornholed me with 5 feet of line out.

The water was freezing cold and there was a little 10knt type breeze going so I headed back toward the launch. Pretty soon a fog bank rolled in and the swell picked up a little so I took that as my queue to leave. The newspaper says water temp in SB is 58 degrees. I think it needs to warm a up a little before things happen. I took cell phone pics but of course my card reader is packed away for that memory card. Gotta work on that.

I think next month inshore fishing will improve. I'm going to try a little more in the mean time.

MountainBass
973 posts
September 17, 2007
Water:
Clarity: 7-9ft
Level:
Wind: 5-10mph
Baro:
9-17-2007 - Berryessa
Fished the docks around Markley cove for a few hours to kill time and decide whether to fish this side of the lake again. I don't think I will anytime soon. I had one follower about 4lbs and that was it.

Note to everyone fishing Berryessa: The new price is to launch at Markley cove!


swimbait
9879 posts
September 13, 2007
Water: 76
Clarity: 2-5 feet
Level: 739.10
Wind:
Baro:
Tough Bite at Naci
Fished Naci 7/13 from 7:45am to 7pm. Fished most of the day with my new buddy Ryan from my MBA class. Real nice guy.

Water was supremely low. It's maybe 250 yards across the lake from the marina to the far side of the lake. You have to drive way down in to the pit to launch the boat. Temps 76 degrees. Clarity up to 5 feet in places, mostly 2-3 feet greenish brownish.

Ryan caught a keeper spot on his first cast on a wacky rig senko. That seemed like a good sign. I saw fish busting here and there in the morning. Things slowed quickly after the first 30 minutes.

So summarize the day:

We caught about 45 spotted bass and 1 hand sized white bass.
7 of those 45 fish were keepers
The best 5 weighed 4lbs 7oz on my scale (that is not a typo)

Spook bite was probably the best thing going. I caught a lot of fish on the spook in the afternoon. Shakey head and c-rig were easy bites around fish. I missed one spot on the spook that was probably 2lbs, then an 8 incher grabbed it on the next twitch. That was as close as I came to catching anything worth a darn.

Pretty much fishing at Naci is brutal right now. We ran the whole lake, I really tried for a 2lb+ fish, and it did not happen. I located 4 areas with good numbers of fish and really worked them over. I watched my meter closely and really hunted all day. We caught the fish on the meter - and they were all small.

I made some nice moves on top during the day too, laying super long casts on busting fish and catching them, pulling up on a single patch of nervous bait in the middle of the lake, firing, and catching a keeper spot on the spook in 70 feet of water. The bottom line is that Naci is just plain tough right now and I have no clue how to catch good fish there.

To put it in perspective, one of the spots I caught was over 15 inches long and weighed 1.00lbs.

Why am I there? - To see if I could get on anything for the WON team tourney in October. I may still fish it just for the challenge :) If someone gets more than 11lbs for 5 fish in that tournament, I will be stunned.


 
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