Dean left me a phone message to call ASAP
and I thought maybe we'd be trying for halibut
in San Francisco Bay - The last thing on my
mind was salmon fishing. Well much to my surprise
it was a shout out to go after king
salmon out of Moss Landing.
I rolled over to Dean's at 5:15 am and we
towed his recently repowered boat down to
launch. While paying the ramp fee we discovered
a cell phone someone had left. I didn't want
to risk leaving it there so we brought it
along and I left a contact note in it's place.
The ocean was somewhat jackass but we were
able to deploy the down riggers and started
fishing around 175'-200'. A few boats were
reporting fish but it was not a wide open
bite. Dean had the first fish hit his rod,
which was rigged with an anchovy, at around
10 am. He played it towards the boat while
I steered into position and had the net waiting.
At the last minute the fish took a wrap on
the down rigger clip and I thought we'd lose
it but I swung the net and we managed to get
the 16 pound fish in the boat. One down, three
Since our weather had greatly improved and
reports of fish at shallower depths had been
reported we adjusted the troll depth to 150'-
175'. Humpback whales were breezing through
and we had 3 striped baits before fish number
two rang in on Dean's rod.
The jellyfish were thick today and we had
to reset lines often and just before noon
I opted to drop down a green Lhur Jensen Krocodile.
A little while later I was rewarded with a
25" salmon (approx. 6.5 to 7 pounds).
Around 1 pm the wind kicked back on and we
turned in the direction of the landing. Dean
boxed the last one about 15 minutes later
after a minute or two of trying to decide
if it was a line fouled with jellyfish or
an actual fish. When we cleaned the salmon
they were all plugged with anchovies.
Back at the ramp, DFG said we were the 4th
boat to have limits and most had 1 or 2 fish
counts per boat. As Dean went to get the trailer
the "lost" cell phone rang and we
were able to reunite it with a guy who'd been
fishing on another boat. KARMA rewarded us
After my first visit to Lake Mead a couple
of years ago I swore I wouldn't return without
a fishing rod. So when my sister, Marilyn,
and my bro-in-law in training, Bob, gave me
a nudge to come visit I went the extra mile
and booked a guide. Captain Mark Edison runs
private charters through his web site Adventure
in Angling and I had a chance to make
some inquiries with him via email to get a
feel for how he rolls. He was very forthcoming
on sharing information and answering my questions.
Marilyn and I booked an afternoon trip and
we met up at the Boulder Harbor launch ramp
as Mark was bringing his morning group in.
The sun was shining and the lake was calm
as we set out in the 2017
Pathfinder 2600 HPS. Mark had this vessel
specially built and as someone who has fished
off her fair share of boats, I was impressed!
We headed off to make live bait and Mark let
me maneuver while he threw the cast net. Marilyn
helped with the assist on getting the bait
out of the net and into the bucket. Mark has
several "wells" so he can hold baits
of several sizes to prolong their fresh state.
From there we went hunting and on our first
drop both Marilyn and I had striped
bass hit within seconds of each other!
I have been stoking my sister's renewed interest
in fishing and Mark was attentive to teaching
us the tactics in working the lake. A day
on the water with local knowledge is worth
it and I soaked up as much as I could for
future reference. The bite was not red hot
but the lake hadn't turned and it was unseasonably
warm still. We wound up keeping 3 stripers
and released the others. Mark really impressed
me with his experience and friendly attitude.
It's no wonder that he's one of the most popular
guides on the Lake.
Of course we got to talk about a lot of fishing
stories on the salt pond too. I'd also love
an opportunity to fish with Mark sometime
on saltwater. Who knows? Maybe we'll cross
paths down in Baja someday.
Well who am I to turn down fishing for rockfish
in January... At Ano Nuevo to boot! Wouldn't
you know, the students participating in the
studies at CCFRP
needed their trusty volunteer anglers to come
out to fish today. Dean got into the program
and he made the cut to go too sdo I picked
him up on the way to Pillar Point Harbor to
board the Huli
The weather was awesome and the fish were
biting. I was up on the bow while Dean fished
the stern. He was truly amazing today as he
caught 4 yelloweyes. He got
a pair of tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
for that cool trick too.
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