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We Couldn’t stop at just flies. now carrying everything but the fish!

Carp'n 4/19

Carp-Fly-Fishing

Made the trip Henshaw over the weekend with some good results. My dad decided to make the trip out as well, which is always fun. We walked a good chunk of shoreline and there was a few fish cruising the shallows but you had to work a bit to get them to bite. I was being stubborn and just fished the dry.  I had three fish kiss my hopper before I was able to get one to eat and man was he pissed. He took me deep into the backing on the first run. The carp gave me a few more runs before he came to hand. My dad was able to get a few kisses but none to hand. The one good thing is that the weather was just about perfect and I got to see my pup with my parents.

Carp-Fly-Fishing-Hook-UpFish On

Carp-Release-Fly-FiahingThe Release

Last Second Charge

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The time is right are the sharks are really starting to move into San Diego. Kory and I decided to head out to find a few finned creatures. The surface temps ranged from 64 to 66 degrees with plenty of life. We dropped the chum and started our first drift of the day. We had birds, seals, dolphins and even a pod of whales but no sharks to the boat. We then decided to advance our slick and move into deep water and still not a shark to the boat. Then we pulled the chum and made a 5 mile run up the bank to even deeper and cooler water. We dropped the chum again and started to wait, again. Right as we had just about give up and dumped the bucket a shark shows up. It was a 100 pound mako chewing on the chum we had just dropped. I positioned the boat to make a cast. On the first cast he was all over the fly but didn’t eat. The very next cast he turned on the fly as soon as it hit the water, I stripped the fly once and it was game on. A couple of good strip sets and hook sets it was shark on. He went to airborne a few times then went deep. I put the wood to her because there was another shark in our chum. I got her in quick as possible and Kory was able to get her off the hook. Now it was Kory’s shot for the blue. We had to tease the blue up a few time before she wanted to eat. Kory set the hook and gave the blue all she could handle. Kory brought her next to the boat and I was able to release her safely to end the day. Just goes to show why you always keep an eye out, even as you leave.

 Blue-shark-fly-fishingDeep Color

Blue-Shark-PainPain Face

Mako-Blue-shark-Fly-fishingBlue to the surface

Evening Session

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   I headed out to Crown Point after work see if there where going to be any fish willing to eat a fly. I had a good incoming tide. So, I threw on my trusted old Brown over Orange Clouser and started to cover water. I took me a few casts to get my first grab and sure enough I trout set and missed the fish. But the next cast I strip set like actually knew what I was doing. It was a decent Spotty that I had to drag out of the grass a few times. I landed a few fish before I got my butt handed to me. This fish railed my fly on the first sink and ripped off about 15 to 20 feet of line. Then she dove into the grass and rolled a bit before she got stuck in the grass. I tried pulling, changing angles and slacking off the line but no success. At least I was able to get my fly back in one piece. Then I had a great sunset to end a good day on the water.

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Tight Lines,

Alex


Mission Bay Shore Style

Fly Fishing Mission Bay

  What to do when you have great tides but you have to go to work around 11 that morning. What to do, what to do. I know what to do! I’ll go hit up Mission Bay from the shore for a few hours. So I grabbed my 6 wt. with a Floating Outbound Short rigged with 12 foot leader and a Brown/white Clouser Minnow. With the good tides I decided to try a new area that I have not fished before. As I looked over the new water I saw rocks and eel grass with a little bit of current but there was no baitfish in the shallows. I still wanted to give the new area a try even though I didn’t see much life. I covered the water fairly quickly with only one miniature spottie to show for my efforts. The conditions were just too good for the amount of action I was getting so I decided to make a move to another area that I know holds fish. Sure enough on the first cast, before I even stripped any line in, I get ripped, and just like that the first fish of the morning on the line. It was a spotted Bay Bass that was just under legal size. I was able to land more 7 fish in just under an hour. As the sun started to break through the marine layer the fishing started to slow down. The sun started to really burn through so I decided to call it a day. The go to color was brown or tan with a little bit of orange or red. Try using the #2 Orange Ghostly Shrimp, #4 Root Beer Foxy Clouser, #1/0 Deep Angel Hair Minnow or the #1/0 Gray/White Clouser minnow. Tight Lines


Night Patrol at the Break Wall

calico bass fly fishing

 Its that time to get back on the graveyard shift. This time I took two of my friends, Kesley and Alex, to help give me a hand. The ride out to the wall was almost glass. I had to motor around for bit before I found the right conditions of tide and push. Alex made his first cast and wwaaaammm.  The skunk was off the boat with a nice Calico just like that. We kept picking up fish here and there. Then I made a couple of fly changes to yellow and the fish were all over mellow yellow. I lost count of how many doubles we had that night. Mainly Calico Bass from 1 to 3 pounds with a few decent Sand Bass mixed in with the Calicos. Then I felt a solid THUMP and I knew I had a good fish. Little did I know how big she was till I came tight to her. Then the battle in sued, I was holding on to the line as tight as I could with out trying to give her any line. I was able to hold off the first surge and get a few quick strips in. Then came the second and third surge.  When I let some line slip on one of the surges I thought she got me into the rocks but I got lucky. Finally I was making some headway and got her to come to the surface. As soon as we got the light on her our jaws dropped at the size of this Calico. Into the net she went and on to the scale. She tipped the scale at 7 pounds. What great night to be on the water with good friends. 

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