View Full Version : Bullets & Kali at Bolsa Chica (a must see!!!)

05-19-2007, 05:44 PM
Last week I took advantage of Big Fish's pole sale and bought a heavy-duty 10' pole so I could try fishing for sharks the next time I'm at the beach. All week long while at work I was daydreaming about catching a decent-sized leopard shark. We hit up Big Fish and picked up some ghost shrimp (Bullets was going for perch) and some mackeral. We then headed off to the beach and set up at the most secluded-looking spot. I had also brought along another pole for perch, but wasn't getting much love with the Berkley products. After about 15 minutes Greg mentions that the line from the shark setup was moving against the flow of the tide. I grabbed the pole and set the hook. I saw a large piece of seaweed right where my line was and thought it was a false alarm...until the seaweed started to pull back. Fish on!!! It ended up being a 3 1/2 foot or so shovel-nose. I had it beached but a big swell came up, and as soon as the water hit the SNGF it whipped about and broke off. I was a little bummed but oh well. I reset everything back up and cast back out. About 5 minutes later, while fishing with the other setup I notice the pole bending HARD! It bent so hard that it pulled the pole with the holder straight into the sand. Holy crap! I yell and run over to the pole and set the hook. Fish on! This thing fought fiercely. After about 3 minutes of fighting it I see that it's about a 3' leopard shark! As soon as it got to the water's edge the line snapped again! :evil: And so again I set everything back up and cast out. Greg finally lands a BSP and beats back the skunk.


Shortly there after, while fishing for perch, I notice my large pole bending again, and once again it gets yanked into the sand, holder and all. As I'm running over to the pole I see that it's getting spooled like mad! I set the hook and it takes off! Whatever it was was big! I ended up walking a quarter of a mile down the beach fighting it. Here are some action shots:



Finally I get it close enough to see. It's a big leo!


After 15 minutes or so, and a lot of yelling (coaching) from Greg, a pretty nice-sized crowd starts to gather. My arms are completely tired by now, but there's no way I'm giving up. Finally I get it close enough for Greg to grab its tail. Here are some pics of it. My PB fish ever, fist shark ever and first ever leo!

Here's a better view
another pic of the same fish
See that box-looking thing in the background right above the shark's head. That's where we originally were!

After the pictures Greg removes the hook and I release it back. Then I realize that I forgot to take a picture with my 57 shirt on! :evil: Sorry Dana...

Greg and I walk back to our original spot and continue fishing. By now my arms are so tired that I'm not even about to try with my perch setup. Sure enough my large pole goes bendo again. I set the hook and nothing. When I reeled back in I see just the head of the mackeral is left! They're still out there. Quickly I rebait and toss back out. Greg gets another BSP.


As I'm walking back to my pole I see it bending yet again. Fish on!!! This wasn't as big as the last leo, but it still put up a pretty good fight. This time I remember to take the 57 shot.


Can the Bender clan once again take the shot of the week? Only Dana can decide.

After that we called it a day. Greg wanted me to write that he did catch the most fish though (5 BSP)...even though they were smaller than the bait I was using.

05-19-2007, 05:45 PM
beautiful, i love lepord sharks

05-19-2007, 05:53 PM
That was a really good read. You two had a ton of action today.

Nice job on the camera work...it isn't easy to photograph and fish sometimes.

Great looking leo/57 shot too.

Thank you for the great action story!

Would do you figure that big leopard weighed?

I can also show you where to pick up two more that size if you are interested - they seem to stroll in like clockwork.

05-19-2007, 05:55 PM
Nice loepard shark. Those size ones make good steaks. Mmmmmmmmmmmm :lol:

05-19-2007, 06:06 PM
Would do you figure that big leopard weighed?

It felt kind of like one of those 25 lb weights at the gym.

05-19-2007, 06:34 PM
Awesome stuff dudes!

I'd love to get in on that Leo bite! - Nicely done!

05-19-2007, 07:46 PM
nice going guys...thanks for the report..you must've been stoked

05-19-2007, 08:44 PM
NICE JOB!!! After a legal hali, I want to get a leo... or a WSB... or a striper... or actually, ANYTHING legal :D :D :D hahahahaha

05-19-2007, 09:59 PM
Nice leos.

05-19-2007, 10:05 PM
WTG Guys...........Impressive shots of the fish.........and the catchers....Looked like real fun

05-19-2007, 10:27 PM
Those leopards are a lot of fun. Congrats and I will probably run into y'all this summer in Alamitos on the rocks.

Tight Lines.

05-19-2007, 10:53 PM
Wow..... some nice Leo's guys!....... CONGRATULATIONS!



Sea Murda
05-20-2007, 12:23 AM
Nice job Kali!!

bullets, it looks like you got some competition going! :lol:

05-20-2007, 01:05 AM
very nice :appl: :appl: :appl:

05-20-2007, 01:54 AM
:eyepop: WTG, keep it up.

KJ13 8)

05-20-2007, 10:46 AM
bullets, it looks like you got some competition going!

You ain't lying man. He's definately coming into his own. Best fishing partner a guy can ask for.

05-20-2007, 12:31 PM
BoOyAh!!!!!! Damn bro,...non stop hook up action!....I been wanting to catch me a Leo for the Longest :cry:.....I need to do some research and find out a good spot for leo's here in L.A. County......keep them reports coming, looks like you both had a blast....congrats.

Granny Fish
05-20-2007, 02:11 PM
Congrats on the PB Kalidawg! :appl: :thumb:

Guess going for the big rod pays off...

Rumble redo :lol:

05-20-2007, 02:18 PM
Very nice Kali.... Must have been a blast!


05-20-2007, 06:10 PM
bullets, it looks like you got some competition going!

You ain't lying man. He's definately coming into his own. Best fishing partner a guy can ask for.

You could find a better photographer though... I suck at taking them.

ghetto dad
05-20-2007, 06:15 PM
GOOD JOB GUYS!!! thanks for the report, looks like im gonna add "fishing for leopards at bolsa chica" to my long fishing-to-do list!!! peace!!

05-20-2007, 06:18 PM
Congrats Ryan on you new personal best.

And congrats to you Greg on your BSP!


05-20-2007, 07:48 PM
Looks like you had a lot of fun.Thanks for sharing.

05-21-2007, 12:25 PM
That rocks bro......I gotta hit the surf again soon...

05-21-2007, 01:32 PM
Cool, wtg. That looks like the perfect set-up for sharks & rays in the surf. Nice pics, nice story, nicely told.............

05-21-2007, 04:56 PM
sweet leo's kali....nice setup too...my goal is a legal hali this summer, then a leo...

two landed leos in one day on the first time going for them.....cant get any better than that...good job.

05-21-2007, 05:12 PM
Hopefully you guys will invite me along sometime. Would love to get into the surf again

05-22-2007, 03:13 AM
Nice job Kali...always fun causing a commotion on the beach with a surf rod in hand. I am convinced it is the hat my brotha!


05-22-2007, 08:09 AM