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bowlboy
05-07-2006, 06:45 PM
Oh and did I mention flattying. *Met Pete and headed back out to my super secret honey hole of bass and ring cod. Well I thought it was super secret until this six-pac charter boat ( I won’t mention any names) rolls up and anchors right on top of me. These guys got a boat and the whole ocean to fish and they got to set up right next to me.

Well prior to the rude interruption, the fishing actually started out kind of slow. I drew first blood of the day with a quality smelt on the crank bait DOH! Then follows about 30 min of nothing. Pete answers back with a sweet mackerel on the 3 inch Big Hammer (hey it’s better then a smelt). He quickly redeems himself with a decent Calico and then kicks off into the thick kelp. I head out to my still secret spot (as far as I knew) and did my thing. I was chuckin the 5.5 inch Big Hammer in “Red Calico Hunter” heavily juiced up with the awesome new Pro Cure “Krill” Gel. It wasn’t long before I got a ring from a ling and put a barely short on the tube. Followed that one up with another one and this time as I got it on to the Boga it pukes up a whole baby octopus. It was pretty much intact and after I released the ling, I got an idea. Now you’ve no doubt heard of using squid strips on swimbaits before, but this was taking that theory to the extreme as I hooked that whole octopus on my Hammer and dropped her back down. That thing wasn’t down more then a few seconds when I get slammed and quickly put ling number 3 on board. The sweet part was the octopus was still there. Quick release and down she goes again. One second, 2 seconds, WHAM. Now I’m on with number 4. Unfortunately this one comes undone half way in and steals my sweet little octopussy to boot. Oh well, I hate bait anyway. Just about then my six-pac buddies show up, drop the hook and start chuckin bait at me on lame ass coffee grinders. I basically put my self in between the boat and the prime structure and just kept fishing.

No long after I get slammed on the drop, I wound down and stuck this little piggy.
http://www.calfishing.com/dc/user_files/4943-Calico_1_5-7-06.jpg

About 5 pounds and all head. That’s what she said!

I get a “that’s a nice bass” from the skipper, no sh*t! I continued to work the area over for 3 more Calico’s to about 2.5 pounds, a brown rock fish. and 1 more just short ling. The six-pac boys stuck a couple of short lings and then caught and kept at least 2 tiny brown rock fish. *Pete came over and had stuck 3 sand bass and a rock fish or 2 in the kelp. *We worked the area over pretty hard and picked up another fish or 2, and then the bite died.

We finally moved towards the inside and ended up right on the beach. I looked down the beach and spied some boilers in the surf line. Pete heads over there, tosses out and gets bit right at the tube by what he says is a huge really dark colored Calico, like 8 pounds. Unfortunately it doesn’t stick, but his yell alone gets me over there quick. I toss into the swirling water and get instantly bit. A nice little boiler bass. A couple of tosses later I get slammed again. This time it’s a good one.
http://www.calfishing.com/dc/user_files/4944-Calico_2_5-7-06.jpg

A really nice 5 pounder! That second fish made my day. We worked around those rocks for a couple of more checkers. I look over and Pete is down by the launch spot, trying to figure out how to get in without getting dumped by some building surf. While he waits he’s chuckin the fast trac. As I pull up he gets bit by the right kind and brings up a just legal flatty. Nice way to end it. We both made it in dry, luckily.

Final count:

Me

7 Calico’s with 2 5’s
4 lings all just short
2 brown rock fish
1 bull smelt

Pete

2 calico’s
3 sandies
a couple of lings
2 rock fish
1 flatty
1 mack attack

I can’t say enough how happy I have been with my quality of fish, since I have been using the new Pro-Cure “Krill” gel. That stuff is deadly.

Bryan

triggerfish
05-07-2006, 08:08 PM
Nice calicos bowlboy! *Its been 14 of 15 years since I fished the ventura/S.B. kelp. *Its nice to see that there are a few fish left. It must be nice to be able to fish for rockfish 10 monthes out of the year!

Fish-on
05-08-2006, 07:35 AM
Float tubes and kelp beds in SB - you got balls. Never personally heard of shark attacks there but I know there are some in the area as well as a healthy population of seal/sea lions. Dude you got a pair!!!

cool_justin
05-08-2006, 08:19 AM
Wow that looks like fun. Nice report. :)

bowlboy
05-08-2006, 08:55 AM
Hey Fish-On,

I have been free diving, scuba diving, surfing and fishing from Jalama to Baja my whole life. I have never seen a white or personally talked to anyone who has. I did although have an incident while surfing at Jalama (just around the corner from Pt. Conception) one day. As I was sitting on my board I felt something kind of brush my leg and felt a big pressure wave go past. I kind of crapped my pants on that one and headed for shore. My friend who was just down from me, saw me scrambling for shore and without even knowing what was going on, headed for shore also. Once we got in the beach, I told him what happened. We stood there for a while and didn't see anything, so we went back out.

I just try not to think about it, It would be a very rare thing to happen.

BB

Marin_Schoolie
05-08-2006, 10:03 AM
I'll be down there with my kayak at El Capitan and also the county park beach at Rincon over Memorial Day weekend...Any more tips for those spots?

bowlboy
05-08-2006, 01:21 PM
Hey Marin,

A couple of things. As far as El Cap goes, you should be able to find some kelp beds up that way and you can also try the next point to the south, that has some nice sand for flatties on the west side of the point and some good rock structure on the east side. You should be able to paddel there no prob in the yak. As far as Rincon goes, your best shot may be to try the rock oil island at Mussel Shoals, the point just south (again) from Rincon. Good bassin there. Either that or try working your way to the west of rincon point, there is some shallow structure up that way.

I am going to assume you will not be fishing bait. Make sure you pick up some Big Hammer swimbaits. Try 4, 5 or 5.5 inch in colors like red calico hunter, christmas tree, sardine for bass or sea wolf, sara's trout or bleeding mackeral for halibut. If your local shop doesn't carry them, you can get them online. Checkout swimbait.com for colors and sizes etc. Then get yourself some Pro-Cure bait scent and juice them up good. Flavors like Calico Cocktail or the new krill are good choices.

Good luck

BB

CenCoast_Angler
05-08-2006, 01:36 PM
Dude!
Nice day o fishin BB.

Also, thanks for sharing so much info. That is awesome. Not everyone wants to share info.
And don't sweat the six-pack. They're just trying to put clients on fish and make some money. They probably don't remember what its like to fish for FUN.

Thanks bro,
PK

Marin_Schoolie
05-08-2006, 01:45 PM
Thanks for the tips. A couple more questions...What size lead heads?? Should I jig them off the bottom? What about drifting them for butts? Regarding Rincon, I'll be hanging on that beach just west of the point (some county park?) with the family and will just be looking to paddle around out there. Is that the area you are talking about?

bowlboy
05-08-2006, 02:54 PM
Just go west from the park up the coast a bit. There is an oil pier up that way for some struture and any rocks or kelp will hold fish. As far as head sizes go, 1/2 oz. or 3/4 oz. for the 4 inch, 1 oz. for the 5 inch and either 1 oz. or 1.5 oz. for the 5.5 or 6 inch baits. The 5.5 inchers are new and swim great. Go with Red, plain (silver) or green heads.

Typical retrieves for bass would be to toss out and freespool to the bottom. Lots of times you'll get bit on the drop. If not, a slow stright grind is fine and then every so often kick it back in to freespool and drop to the bottom again. When you do get bit try to wind before swinging. If you don't stick, kick it right back into freespool and lots of times you'll get bit again on the drop. For halibut you might want to pick up some of the 3 inch baits with a 3/8 oz. or 1/4 oz. head or you can fish the 4 inch. Typical retrieves for halibut are freespool to the bottom and then 2 or 3 quick cranks and a pause, cranks and a pause repeated. Most time you will get bit on the pause. Some times I add a rod twitch to the cranks as well. Some times a slow striaght grind will get bit also.

The only thing I ask is that you release all of the Calico bass, they are super slow to grow and super fun to catch, kind of like large mouths. You will most likely pick up some shallow water rock fish or halibut which is better eating anyway.

Bryan

Marin_Schoolie
05-08-2006, 03:20 PM
Thanks for the quick replies and the detailed descriptions! I'll let you know how I do.

Andy

triggerfish
05-08-2006, 08:43 PM
Throw back the Calicos!!! Especially the 5-8#ers. Way too much fun,to catch! ;) They need to make a comeback.