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Offshore Fishing

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The past 2 weeks, I have had the opportunity to fish offshore with Dustin Sergent and Randall Norris.  Offshore fishing is pretty new to me, and the feeling of being enthralled about it would sum it up well.  These are the toughest, hardest pulling fish that you can imagine.  You could tie one tail to tail with a Steelhead, and the Steelhead would drown, without much trouble.

Chasing these Pelagic fish takes you miles and miles offshore, following deep water trenches you hope they are traversing.  Often these fish will stop and stage near any kind of structure floating in the water, as they migrate through an area.  Kelp patties are the obvious and most encountered structure.  The first day offshore we headed out in the dark, and were lucky enough to be on not only a patty, but the best kelp patty of the day by 7 am.  Finding a patty is half the battle, and this day we got at it early.  We hammered fish,  after fish,  after fish, for hours on end.  We caught everything you could hope for, including:  Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail, and Skipjack.  The entire morning consisted of multiple hook-ups, two  broken 12 weights, and absolute mayhem.  It was one of the top few hours of fishing in my life.  Eventually multiple boats started to fish the same patty, so we decided to move on.  We had success on almost every patty we hit, but nothing like we had on the first, but still phenomenal fishing.

We headed back out yesterday (a week later), only a little farther South.  The ocean was about as rough  as we would venture out in.  Rough seas make the fishing much harder.  The reason being, it is hard to spot the Kelp patties.  With the higher swells and choppier water, often you are right on a patty before you see it.  Needless to say, we headed out bright and early and spent the majority of the morning searching.  The first patty we located had a few small yellowtail and we managed one Dorado.  We had similar results on all the smaller size patties we found, minus the Dorado.   Not giving up, but starting to venture home as we had a 3 hour boar ride ahead of us, we started to cruise back with an eye open along the way.  Then it happened,  and we found the patty we needed.  A few drifts through, and some live bait thrown in to get em fired up, and we were back on the Dorado.  I have no clue how many Dorado were staging at this spot, but we had to have hooked  12-15 fish from it, and there was still a lot more fishing to do when we had to leave.  Headed back, we made full use of the day, and came home fully whooped just as the sun faded while arriving at Dana Landing.

Below are a few pictures from the past 2 weekends.  These fish are unreal, the amount of pull these fish offer will make a 12 weight seem weak.  The Dorado are absolutely perfect for a fly.  They stay up top, most of it is visual fishing, you can get them on the surface, they leap multiple times when hooked, and a picture will never do them justice as in hand they lose color instantly.  A new fish to me, and all are are among my favorites, but the Dorado may stand out as being my number one. They are truly awesome.

 

The Fish Cannon

Once in awhile you see something that someone has created and you say to yourself "that was my idea" or "how come I didn't think of that''  This is not one of those things.....fighter jet speed flying salmon and steelhead was not somthing we saw coming.  Does this mean sharks with laser beams might be next?

The Fishing is Good

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With the work on our new offshore boat the Rogue being complete, we decided to try our hand at the Tuna fishing recently, which has been entirely out of control.  The warmer water conditions present this year are pushing Tuna and many other species both closer to shore and farther North on the California shore line, than normal fishing conditions dictate.  This is perfect news the Southern California fisherman.   You can read more here:

Kory and John headed out early in the morning, with thoughts of Tuna on the fly in mind.  As always---when you are finally able to head out---the fishing counts on most the charter boats reporting in the area dropped off slightly the previous day with most of the overnight charters catching the majority of the fish. A signal that momentarily many of the fish had moved. On the way out we both could not believe the amount of “life” we were seeing on the water, birds and porpoise were everywhere.  I have never seen so many Dolphins while on the water, the majority of the morning you could see them at any angle in the distance in huge pods.  We tried a few early spots closer to shore, to no avail.  Most the talk we heard on the radio pointed to the successful guys heading out.

Left with the decision of running more miles than we had planned offshore, or dropping back a little to prime mako water, we opted for shark.  This was by no means a rough decision, the decision for the day is tuna or mako, you already made the decision of the day by putting yourself on the water.   All things aside, you will never convince Kory to not go shark fishing, so shark it was.  With a late start under our belt we got on them as soon as we could, and 30 minutes in, the first mako was in casting range and hooked up within seconds of announcing his arrival.  The day basically proceeded along the same lines, with very consistent fishing and makos steadily finding the slick.  All in all we went 5 for 5 on mako sharks, which would be a good day to begin with.  The highlight of the day was as always the one that got away.  Hands down the biggest shark I have seen personally ( I am new to the game) and one of the bigger sharks John has seen as well ended up being a giant blue Shark, that snuck in later in the day.  The blue shark ate very soon after having a debate of wether we took a photo first and hooked the shark second or vice versa.  In hindsight I made the wrong decision, with more concern for casting than filming, but no regrets as we were able to hook that blue twice, but failed to get the hook to hold.  The site of that fish alone, made the day that much more exciting.  Ideally this coming weekend involves the same Sunday morning decision of Tuna or Shark???  Check out this video to see what this shark fishery can bring. 

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Lake Crowley Eastern Sierras Fishing

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There are many lakes, rivers, and streams to fish in the Eastern Sierra's, but because of the low water conditions, Lake Crowley is probably one of your best bets right now. Located 25 miles north of Bishop, Lake Crowley is a man reservoir used to supply water and power to the Los Angles area. Crowley may not have the beauty of the high mountain lakes in the area, but what it does have is fat hard fighting trout. With a huge population of chironimids (midges), the trout done freely on these aquatic insects and grow to healthy proportions. Even 12 inch fish look like over inflated footballs. If that's not enough to dine on, the lake is also home to the Sacramento perch. The perch spawn in late spring/summer and their fry hatch in late summer thru September. This is a good time to strip a perch fry imitation or a leech pattern for some arm straightening action. The fish at Crowley hit the streamer so hard that if your not holding on, they will take your fly rod right out of your hands. There have been a few anglers that have experienced this bitter sweet event. While stripping streamers is my favorite way to fish Crowley, midge fishing is certainly the most popular and productive method. Using a floating line, indicator, two midges, and a leader anywhere from 12 to 25 feet depending on the water depth. This method will keep you in the fish for some exciting battles. If you happen to hook a Crowley rainbow these fish love to jump and get some air. Nothing like a fat 20 plus inch bow catching some air, they sound like 2x4's slapping the water. Popular midges include red blood midge, zebra midge, tiger midge, and when the hatch starts switch to white or grey. If your looking for a change of pace and want a few fish for the table, hook a few perch. The perch will hit midges and streamers so no need to change your set-up. They get big in Crowley and a couple of deep fried perch fillets with some cold IPA's from Mammoth Brewing Company is a great way to end the day. Now that your armed with info head up to this jewel of the Eastern Sierra.

Carp Throwdown Prizes

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We have one of the best prize pools you will ever see for a fly fishing tourney!  Get your wife, get your brother, get your mother, get anyone you know out here fishing in this tourney.  Not only is it going to be an absolutely awesome weekend with the festivities, camping, cabins, and comradery;  but we are gonna have the three B's...bbqs, boneheads, beer.....add in some mountains and what's not to like here.  This is gonna be the best year yet and as always egos are persona non grata, so the first person to start getting vaingloris gets a carp in the mouth. 

We have some awesome sponsors who have gone above and beyond to blow this thing up.  Thanks to Abel, Orvis, Scott, Patagonia, Yeti, Simms, Rio, Dyna-King, Catch, CarpPro and more, we are going to really be able to have a top notch competition.

Here are some of the Prizes

1st Place Wade -  Orvis Helios 2 9' 7 wt Carp Special Edition 1 of 1

1st Place Boat - Abel Super 7/8N carpped out in a rad design

1st Place Boat -  Scott s4s  9' 7 wt Custom Inscribbed

2nd Place Wade - Orvis Mirage Reel

2nd Place Boat - Yeti Cooler

2nd place Boat - Simms Headwater Pack

 

Biggest Fish - Patagonia Stealth Hip Pack

Most Fish  -  Rio Carp fly line

Biggest Trash Fish -  Catch Fly box with a buzzilion Flies

Raffle Prizes to all entrants including a Patagonia Black Hole Duffel with also be going on

 

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