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I'm leaving this as a place holder since I didn't get around to putting a post up yesterday but took Dave to Santee Lakes (His first time I think) and we both caught a few nice trout.  Well, one was my PB!  I'll get the post up when I get home from work today.

Saltwater Boat Fishing Reports / Las Cucarachas (Segunda parte) 2/16
« on: February 17, 2024, 05:29:25 PM »
Planned on a bug hunt with Shaun after work on Friday. Unfortunately, he had no bait but I had plenty.  I pulled it out on Thursday to make sure it was defrosted by the time I got home.

I got home from work and started the process of making the special lobster recipes. 

He's been having some good trips of late, so confidence was high.  Only issue was he lost 2 nets on the last trip, so I brought my two eclipse nets to fill the 10-hoop max.  I had some repairs to do as all of my nets were shredded from something.  Wear, Mice, Sun.... maybe all 3.  Not ideal, but Dacron made for ggod repair thread.

We get down to the bay later than expected, but there was a hell of a lot more people than anticpated.  Probably 8 boats in close proximity and a few kayaks.  For the most part, everyone was civil and there wasn't a lot of dropping on other nets.

It was super cool out there as the Bioluminescence was nuts!  Watching dolphin and huge schools of macks swimming in it around the boat made for some spectacular viewing while we waited to pull hoops.

It was a really slow start, and it was hard finding any bugs, so we decided to zig a bit and get away from everyone.  Well, we slowly picked up a legal here and there with SOOOOO many bugs being a C-Hair short!  I'm talking If I had a few beers in me, I could have been talked into them being legal, but they all went back.  At least the legals were DEFINITE legals and surprisingly big for this time of year.

Also, I was shocked on how many rock crab were crawling!  We probably picked up about 80-100, but only a handful were worth keeping.

We had 10 in this net and 7 were 1/10th of an inch short with 1 legal and a few easily smaller ones.

We hooped until 2:00 am and called it quits.  We only ended up with 8 legal bugs and 120 shorts.  Still, the quality made it all worth it.

I have to say I'm sore as sh!t today.  I probably didn't do my hernia any favors, but thankfully have my Sx date set for March 7th.  Time to increase my cholesterol.

I hope to get one last trip out and make sure the freezer is filled before my Sx.  Light duty will prevent any more trips before the end of the season, so strike while the iron is hot!

Thanks for reading and today was a wash for me.  I can't believe how sore I am.  LOL

General Board / Pinoyfisher was Right
« on: February 16, 2024, 05:43:46 AM »
But at least Koga was wrong.

Freshwater Shore Fishing Reports / Tuesday Crew (2/13)
« on: February 14, 2024, 07:16:11 AM »
Went down to Santee Lakes again looking for light line "Whisker" trout... Fish were caught and I'm second guessing using 2# test line now....

Within 30 minutes, the 2# rod doubles over and I see the strike indicator going flying up in the air!  Nothing was jumping, but it felt very trouty.  I wound up getting it to the net and a respectable 17" rainbow.  It's been over a month since they stocked in this particular puddle, so I continue to be amazed.  I started doing some drawing in the cab and looked up to see the 4# rod load up!  Same deal, fought down at the bottom, but didn't feel like a catfish.  Got him to the net and another nice 17" trout.

About 30 minutes before closing and no whisker trout.  I saw the strike indicator drop and ran to the rod!  I saw a trout jump, but there was nothing on the line... literally... No crawler.

15 minutes later and my 2# rod was pinned!  I was for sure thiinking it was a big cat from the sheer weight of it and took my time.  It was fighting a lot different than the cats though and then it surfaced.  I was expecting to see a big bass the way it was coming up, but nope... It was probably a 7 or 8 pound trout!  WTF!?!?  Now I got a little nervous and it screamed out line and then .... Gone.....

2# snapped... Ugh....  By now the Rangers were making their last trip around and I packed it ion with my head held low.  I was stoked to get 2 trout, but went 2/4 on trout while losing a monster and no Catfish.

At least now, I have a full load of trout to smoke up!

Thanks for reading and until the next trip down to the puddles!

Fishing Talk / Santee Lakes
« on: February 14, 2024, 05:45:16 AM »
This is getting too addicting only having to drive 30 seconds away and door to fishing spot in less than 5 minutes with baits in the water.  The BFT better show up again soon so I can switch it up....  lol

General Board / Super Bowl
« on: February 12, 2024, 05:50:49 AM »
Good game, but I really was hoping the Chefs weren't going to win.  I didn't have any skin in the game, but it was fun to watch anyway.

Freshwater Shore Fishing Reports / Freaky Friday (2/9)
« on: February 10, 2024, 08:58:41 AM »
I finished up my last work meeting at 1:00 and left about 30 minutes early to start the weekend.  I knew they planted the puddles yesterday, so I planned on hopefully repeating the session I had a few days ago. 

It was weird weather.  Sunny spots, then howling rain on the trip home.

I grab my rods from the garage and head down.  This annual pass thing is awesome.  It should pay for itself by the end of spring!  I see everyone packed around the stocked lakes and decided to zig from their zag.  I was in a rush to claim my little patch of shoreline and didn't put my boots on first.  As I walked out to set my rod holders in my slides... well that's what I did in the muddy grass.  f@ck....

I lost a sock in the mud, so had to put my boots on with one sock and one bare foot.

I brought my net this time so I know I probably jinxed myself.  That and only having one sock on seemed really wrong for some reason.  It was an hour of nada... and I started to feel the curse of remembering my net.  I even talked to Dave for 20 minutes trying to talk me into a bite.  I told him his dark cloud was literally over my head, but he denied that was his cloud.  One thing about the net.... I left it in the truck.

I decided to change things up and just make a "Sasquatch" lob cast instead of bombing it out there.  Well, I'll be damned.  It wasn't 5 minutes after the lob cast and the strike indicator literally goes flying up into the air!  This was on the 2# rod, but knowing I had a net I put a little more pressure on it.  I reached for the net and Son of a BITCH!  I realized it's in the truck bed and no way I can get to it! I reach down to lip it as the line snapped and it was another fatty Blue Cat!

The damn thing clamped down on my thumb and I only got 2 quick pics before it was gone.
I then found myself short and long casting looking for the rogue trout and/or another big blue cat.  I realized if I got bit again, I was going to be more patient fighting it because 2# test is unforgiving and the 4# rod doesn't go off nearly as much.

Another hour plus rolled by and nothing else, not even a turtle nibble.  There was a little over an hour left until closing when my 4# rod gets pinned!  I knew right away it was a blue cat!  They don't do the back-and-forth roll like a channel but fight more like a big trout.  Big screaming runs, but never really come to the surface.  I played him well and only took what it could give me until I landed this butterball!!!!

I re-tie and re-cast when I hear flopping at the surface.  I look over at the 2# rod and the strike indicator is gone!  Trout on! 

There are so many bird watchers with big telephoto lenses at the lakes these days, it's not hard trying to find someone to take my picture for me.  This damn little 1.5# trout was all wrapped up on a branch and towed it as I was fighting it.  I can't believe the line didn't break, but a gentleman was kind enough to grab a quick picture for me.

Just as I dropped him in the cooler, the 4# rod was SINGING!!!!!!!  This was a crazy 30 minutes of fishing already, but I knew this one was going to take a bit longer to get in.  It felt BIG, but at least was on the 4# gear.

I played it really slow, and it took like 15 minutes to get it to the net, but HOLY MOMMA!

I need to bring a scale with me to see how big these things really are, but 3-foot catfish in this this place just boggles my mind!

I was super satisfied with 3 big cats and the Rangers were on their last drive around kicking everyone out.  As I was putting away the 4#, I heard splashing again and saw my 2# doubled over!  Another trout at 5:00 on the nose!  A little bigger, but maybe 2# and I dropped him in the cooler before rolling out for the night.

There were 3 ranger trucks rolling around making sure everyone left and soon as I dropped it in the cooler, I saw them waiting for me so they could push me out.  hahahaha

I was home in literally 3 minutes... this is like fishing from my sofa!  LOL

Thanks for reading!

Freshwater Shore Fishing Reports / Needing Payback (2/7)
« on: February 07, 2024, 07:56:42 PM »
Work hasn't lightened up one bit and I just have to take whatever time I have to get some fishing in.  With all of this weather, the easy thing is to hit Santee Lakes.

I just wrapped up my last meeting of the day when I saw I had 90 minutes before the lakes closed.  I bought my annual parking permit, so I figured it probably averaged $6.50 an hour to spend it soaking some baits.  I only brought the bait sticks this time and forgot my net.  This was going to suck if I caught anything, but I have to admit expectations were low.

I drive by from the outside to see my spot is wide open.  By the time I pay and cruise around, there is a guy literally fishing my rod holder holes in the ground.  I was a little bummed out at first, but decided to keep driving and check out a new lake.  I had no idea if there was anything in here as the last time they stocked it was about a month ago, but I put out the 2# and 4# bait rods.  Pinched inflated crawlers was my bait of choice.

I was literally texting Steve that I was fishing when I heard the SCREAMING of a reel!  Holy sh!t!  The 9' 2# rod was doubled over and I could feel this thing had a lot of weight to it. 
I lost track of time fighting it since I didn't want to lose it, but figured it was a cat even though it was fighting unlike the usual channels I catch there.

I then get a flash in the muddy water and was like WTF?!?!?  I somehow hot it next to some shoreline with its head wedged just on enough shoreline to bear hug that bitch onto the shore! 

35.25" and I'm pretty sure it was around 20#, give or take a couple.  What a butterball!

I literally cast out again and within 5 minutes go bendo!  This time it was definitely a better grade trout!  If I didn't know better, it was a Nebraska Tailwalker from all the jumping it di, but I slid it to the only spot I could grab it and got the first trout on the board!

I cast out again and immediately get bit!  I kept trying to text Sasquatch, but the damn fish were getting in the way!  Another trout jumping all over the place!  I get him close to the spot to scoop him, but he only stayed in net range and I had no net.  He made one last run and was off... Oh well, still a blast.

Then I finally get to text Squatch a barrage of pics when I see the strike indicator go flying off the line and full bendo!  This time on the 4# rod thankfully!

I knew right away it was a catfish and another big one.  I got eyes on it and it was a huge Channel Cat!  Nowhere near as fat as the Blue, but super respectable none the less!

It's now 5 minutes to closing and I make one more cast with the 2# rod since it layed quiet for 20 minutes.  By the time I put the strike indicator on, it went tight and another fish on!  At the bell, I got a decent 2.5# rainbow!  WOW!  I was expecting nothing and was not impressed with the spot I was fishing, but I love surprises!

Thanks for reading my puddle reports!

Freshwater Shore Fishing Reports / Back to My Nemesis...
« on: February 06, 2024, 02:45:29 PM »
Man, it was perfect out after work.  raining, but not too bad.  I set up right where I saw some fish caught the day prior.  I had 2.5 hours to get me some trout!

White Pelicans were chasing trout around the entire lake.

I look out the window of the truck to see the strike indicator in the water and line slack!  I ran down and started reeling AND.... No One was home.  Worm was a little chewed up, but weird.... Strike 1

A little while later and my other rod has the strike indicator pinned but there was only a slight bend in the rod.  I ran down and felt something, but not sure what it was.  I set the hook and no one home... Strike 2

5 minutes before closing time and this time I see the rod go full bendo!  I ran to the rod and just as I was reaching to grab the rod from the holder.... Gone....  Strike 3 and I'm out...

Oh well, I actually had a lot of confidence on this trip, but that's what I get for thinking I figured out the SL Puddles...

Next time....

Contest & Events / SoCal Striper Contest
« on: February 06, 2024, 07:57:50 AM »
So my buddy Roger has ran into some guys the last few months that caught some SoCal Stripers.  I know Jeremy has an itch to scratch that one off, but Koga's not here to lend a helping hand so here it is...

Bragging Rights and maybe a little prize pack for the first guy to land a shore caught striper (from SoCal).  So Far...

JRodda: Big Fat Zero

Roger: Big Fat Zero

Squatch: Roboworm Monster

Latimeria:  Two Torrey Pines Linesiders

Kogahead: Dreaming of lipping Pinoyfisher

Freshwater Shore Fishing Reports / Once My Nemesis.... (2/1)
« on: February 02, 2024, 04:41:46 PM »
Now my friend...

The only thing I used to be able to catch consistently in Santee Lakes was carp.  The past 3 years, I've been down there more often trying to mentally cope with family, work, etc.  Ironically, I started figuring some things out and now I kind of know the flow of things.

I finished work and decided to head to the Lakes.  I bought an annual parking permit that doesn't cover holidays and major events, which saved me 40 or 50 bucks, but now I can run down whenever I want!  I also bought some new rain gear so needed to give it a try.

It was pouring rain and I like it that way.  I looked around the lakes and picked my spot.

I kept with the pinched crawlers since I usually get bit on meat over the powerbait.  It gave me some time to start planning some changes I'll have to make in order to keep my sanity.

Well, about 30 minutes into the sit and wait, I saw my rod double over!  I ran down to slack line and no one was home.  Worm was still on there, but deflated.  Recast out...

30 minutes later and I see my strike indicator drop like a lead ball!  I ran out and no one home.  Grrrr.... what is going on here...

Then I see the 2# rod and the strike idicator is in the water, so I ran down and someone was home this time!  It was fighting weird, but I could feel a lot of weight....  WTF?!?!?

Not exactly what I was expecting!

A Biggun!

It even looks like it had Old English style writing under it's shell.

Well, I was planning on that being possibly my only "Catch" of the day, but then my 2# rod was doubled over and screaming out line!  I was so hoping for another lightning trout, but I felt the telltale signs of a cat... and it was a Biggun too!

Well, the skunk was definitely gone now, so anything else would be a bonus.  It was literally 8 minutes to closing and the Rangers were just driving by when I saw my 4# rod finally doubled over!  It's been just the 2# lately...

I thought it was another cat because the line was ripping out until I looked up and saw a trout thrashing and jumping!  WHOA!  The Ranger's watched as I fought him in.  This thing was full of piss and vinegar!  The trout here fight much better than those Jennings triploids.  This one literally had some shoulders on it!

Big one for the cooler and went home with some red meat!

So not too shabby.  I caught 3 different species, and all were quality models. 

Santee Lakes, well, I stopped thinking about all of the bad stuff for 3 hours today and it's right down the street.  I just wish I figured things out here the previous 15 years I've been living here.  lol

Thanks for reading!

Fishing Talk / Surf Striper!
« on: February 01, 2024, 11:23:38 AM »

(well back in 2005)

Hunting Board / Arboreal Lobster
« on: February 01, 2024, 06:45:19 AM »
Hunting these elusive Arboreal bugs is a dangerous job.  They sometimes jump from the tree at their unsuspecting prey, and they go straight for the neck!   Animals 100x its own size are not safe.  Keep your peepers peeled for these dangerous and tasty critters.

The last images of this party going to slay the beasts...

General Board / Firing Up the Smoker before the Rain
« on: January 31, 2024, 07:38:00 AM »
Man, I see rain on the weather map for the next 10 days, so I pulled out the rest of my BFT and started to marinade them.  I also deboned a bunch of the trout and have that prepped also to fill up the chamber.

I'll will be firing up the pit when I get home from work today!  Meanwhile while the fish is smoking, I'll be doing rain gutter repair and building berms to run the water away from the house.

Pics to come later!

General Board / Bivalve ID?
« on: January 30, 2024, 05:37:58 PM »
So one of the bass puked up this bivalve.  I've seen this one before, but yet have to positively ID it. 

Anyone?  It looked like a pearly that was puked up.

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