View Full Version : Hunting Giants .... er uh, ok..... HUNTING PERCH! LOL!

09-21-2009, 02:08 PM
It's funny how just fishing with family & friends, makes for a fun day.
In fact, it was a PERFECT day! Thanks Arthur for putting this together ...... as it was nothing short of a great day & a great time!

Now before everyone starts in with the "nothing but perch" stuff...... we saw quite a few species caught this day! Barred Surf Perch, Walleye Perch, Thornback Rays, YFC's and Halibut!....... and yes, it was the hali-master himself that pulled the halibut! :Wink:

This day, just clicked......... I can't remember having such a good time fishing with friends in the surf....... we had some "salad" in the water at times...... but the water eventually cleared and it was beautiful!

Kaity, Brennan, Donna & I arrived about 6:00am to start help setting up and we pulled up to see Wingnut already there!

First order of business....... get the awards set up!


Trophies, Plaques, Gift Cards, Cash and MORE...... ALL from the man himself......... WINGNUT!

In addition to all that.... EVERY participant went home with a FREE TEAM 57 T-SHIRT!

One of the STARS of FNN arrives!......


While its still early......... the "Conejo Kid" offers me up a couple tips as to his rigging.....


More of the participants arrive and get checked in.....


City Dad checks in with Wingnut Pug....... while TroutDog makes sure his name is spelled correctly on the trophy!


TroutDog getting his change back after purchasing his Mexican Waters Fishing Permit........ :Shocked:


In the meantime....... the "Conejo Kid" is on the beach & fishing!


A few minutes later......... the "Conejo Kid" scores his FIRST SURF FISH EVER!..... and grabs the early lead!


City Girl keeping pace!


Trout Only getting ready to become "Perch Only"........



The Conejo Kid bags another one and I move in for a photo op............


Conejo Kid starts schooling everyone on perch fishing........... and now Trolly moves in for a photo op with "the kid".....


and then, it happens...... Trolly pushes the Conejo Kid outta the way and POACHES his spot! :ROFL: ......................... J/K! LOL!


Look at that poor heartbroken kid in the background....... not even wanting to to fish anymore................ :ROFL: LOL! J/K!


Mr. Bendo on his way over to strangle Trollmeister! :LOL:
Pat is wearing the newest "3rd grip" in camo seaweed color!


NoHo Art scores a fish!.........


Thank you Pontoon for finally catching a fish that allows me to see the TEAM 57 logo on your shirt! :ROFL:


Santa Fe Eric gets on the scoreboard with a thornback...........


A quick smile before being released.. lol!


Then.... just as the Conejo Kid is getting comfortable with the lead............ this guy walks down the beach with his latest catch!


JUST KIDDING.......... Im not in the derby!


Trolly adds to the stingray fun..........


Donna is always nice to the fish she catches.........


It didnt take long for master trout angler Mr.Bendo to figure out the perch bite.......


A couple of Legends.......... having fun with a couple of stingrays they caught ............ LOL!


Trout Only working the surf........


While the Conejo Kid and TroutDog make one last charge.......


Just about then I decide to take a break and head for the canopy.........
and everyone in sight has a TRI TIP SANDWICH!


After some intense investigation........ I finally got Trolly to tell me where the tri tip was.........
THANK YOU Chris for the all the tri-tip you brought to the event! OUSTANDING!




This was, without a doubt, one of the most fun events we've ever had......... those of you who didnt make it out, REALLY missed out on a great time!

Im gonna let Wingnut post up his stuff... which will include a re-cap on the BIG winners and what they won....... but three TEAM 57 members went home with some very nice prizes and cash!......... and a couple kids scored too!

What a great day, THANK YOU Arthur for ALL your hard work on this get together....., your VERY generous donations and most importantly, your friendship.



Thanks to my girl Donna for again helping me with everything. I don't know how you put up with all this, but Im a lucky man.

Thanks everyone!

Stay tuned.......... more coming up from Wingnut regarding this event!

09-21-2009, 02:15 PM
Bummed I missed this event. You guys up north sure know how to put together a fishing party!

Looks like it was an event chock full of FNN regulars!! Good times.

09-21-2009, 02:16 PM
Well, this event finally came to fruition and I must say, it went just about perfect! The surf was a little rough, but I'm pretty sure that EVERYBODY caught something. Thank you to all that came out for the event, I really appreciate your support. Special thanks goes out to Dana, Donna, Kaity & Brennan... couldn't have done it without you guys! People don't know what kind of support that I get from you guys behind the scenes. The friendly family atmosphere is what I enjoy the most at these events. From seeing Exfactor, Flyngby and Saltman showing at the crack of dawn offering their help to set-up. To being greeted with a bright smile from the Trollmeister and a hearty handshake from Pontoon. A big hug from our newest "Legend" Santa Fe Eric and a "Nice to see you again..." from CAPT'N and Fishyboy. Mr. Bendo calling for directions on which way to turn off the freeway to the nice hello from the coolest father & daughter surf fishing team of City Dad & City Girl. Troutdog, who is always there at every event lending his support for Team 57 and Hakaveli coming out to join the fun. To see TroutOnly in waders for the first time was priceless! Noho Art & Noho Vicki fishing together in the surf... someday I'll be lucky enough to find a fishing soul mate. Thank you Kewlwhip for showing up... once the event was over! Ha ha. The Pirate Crew sent a few of their representatives to show support, Farmacist & Big Red slaying Perch side by side... and of course, my surf fishing wingman, Bones... thanks for all your words of wisdom, support and for just being there. Last of all, thank you Wingnut Pug for hosting such a great event... here's to next year! Please forgive me and shoot me a PM if I missed anybody.

The coveted "Hunting Giants" awards.

Kaity Bug, thanks for being Wingnut Pug's bodyguard all day.

Mikey (Exfactor) ready for action. Mikey got one of the only two Halibut caught at the event.

Dennis (Hakaveli) shows up early, he heard that we were serving up a free breakfast. jk, lol
Steve (Flyngby) busy devising his strategy for the day.

Ram (Saltman) skipped a day fishing at Pyramid lake to join us in the surf.

Tim & Kelly (City Dad & City Girl) ready to go with their secret weapon... lugworms!

Is that really Bob (TroutOnly) in waders?!?

Scott & Arthur (CAPT'N & Fishyboy) shows up to show their support. Arthur skipped a hot date just for the event!

Art & Vicki (Noho Art & Noho Vicki) make a good fishing team. Where's Cujo??? Aaron (Troutdog), like myself is flying solo.

Lucas & Mike (Big Red & Bones) can't wait to get their lines wet.


The "Legendary" duo, Team TrollToon, Chris & Terry.

The current reigning "Legend", Santa Fe Eric.
Dude... that sweatshirt!

Bob with a little gift from Trolly.

And they're off...


Patrick with his state of the art surf gear.

Trolly with his surfer snagging gear!
Thanks for the delicious tri-tip sandwiches Chris.

Friends share their worms...

"I'm hungry... I wonder what these Gulp bait tastes like?"


Brennan's (Conejo Kid) first ever surf fish!

Dana modeling the latest line of waders wear.


Bob with some technical difficulties.

A Legend in the Surf.

NoHo Art getting in the mix.

Mikey was tearing it up!

Ram in action.

Hakaveli shows how it's done... yo Dennis, what is the little net for... Grunions?!?

Steve asking himself, "Why is my Lucky Craft lure swimming funny...?


Quality good time!

Slaying the Perch with Lugworms.

Aaron with his personal best! jk, lol

Pirates represents!


This Perch was so big, Mike had to Boga Grip it!

Yes, it's true... Trolly ate a couple of live Perch. Hey Chris, it's a catch & release event... not a catch & deceased event... lol


I decided to join the action and hopped into the washing machine.

Wide open on baitfish... ha ha ha.

Did manage one of the right kind...

The Derby results! 1st, 2nd & 3rd wins cash, Bass pro Shop gift cards, A Lucky Craft lure and trophies. 4th & 5th wins a Lucky Craft lure and plaques.

5th Place... Brennan (Conejo Kid). Way to go buddy!

4th Place... Kelly (City Girl). Fantastic job!

3rd Place... Chris (Trollmeister). I was nice and didn't deduct any penalty points for deceased catch. lol
BTW - It was surf water in the cup he was drinking.

2nd Place... Ram (Saltman). Excellent job!

1st Place... Dennis (Hakaveli), skillful angling there dude, congrats!

What a fun day!

Until next time... thanks for the great memories.

09-21-2009, 02:46 PM
Wingnut told him that the LEGAL BUTTS were in the shallows....LOL


Had a great time Arthur and Dana!
It was a blast to get to see all of the Old School guys get blasted by the surf. This little event had the "Family Feeling" of the old days for sure.
We really got to do more of these quaint little get togethers. It doesn't take much to have a good time at the beach here in socal. Lots of eye candy and Trolly eating perch....LOL

Definately a good reason for regulars here to join the private forum!

Keep up the good work Team 57!!

Arthur....Kudos to ya my friend. You are truely a class act.....You really went out of your way to make this event a success and all of the stuff you donated is very appreciated.


09-21-2009, 02:49 PM
Man that looks like it was one hell of a fun outing. Thanks for the play by play Dana! Wish I could've made it but was grounded that day.

Thanks again


09-21-2009, 03:06 PM
I had a great time out there with everyone. By far one of the nicest days I've spent at the beach in a long time. Thanks again Arthur & Dana!

09-21-2009, 04:43 PM
Had a great time fishing and meeting everyone . LETS DO IT AGAIN !!!! hahaha

murrieta angler
09-21-2009, 05:19 PM
Hopefully I'll be able to qualify next time you all get out to the surf. The report and pics were nice and trolly always looks like he is having a blast..:Big Grin:

09-21-2009, 05:27 PM
Man wish I coulda been there. Looked like an awesome event. Too bad my mom keeps me on a short leash...

09-21-2009, 05:30 PM
I waited for this event for so long, cancelled the first time. I had car packed thursday night in anticipation of getting into the surf again and hanging with T57......Felt a little funny friday night as I got off work and thought I would just turn in early. After all, I was just tired, worked butt off all week and you know, just needed to relax......wow, surf in the am I am so excited.......Woke at 4:40 am as planned.....sniff, sniff, cough, cough, uh oh, go to the head, oh no, dizzy, feel chills, damn have a temp....well, maybe if I just lie down for awhile I'll be ok.....6am..not OK, maybe if I take a lil nap I'll be ok..........woke at noon, sweaty, coughing, sneezing, dizzy........I missed it, I can't believe I waited so long for the event and missed it.......:Bawling: Feel a little better today, cough is less and managed to stay up for a few hours. Don't know if I'll make it back to work tomorrow or not. I am depressed, didn't get to fish with T57 in the surf....bummer. Thanks for the great reports and pics, it helped a little, sort of........Hope you do this again Arthur, I'll be there no matter what next time......sniff sniff........OFG

Ray Lopez
09-21-2009, 06:11 PM
damn too bad i missed it.

i need to pay more attention to the boards.

looks like you all had a great time

City Dad
09-21-2009, 06:32 PM
I don't mean to sound corny... or maybe I do... but that was life-long memory stuff there. Kelly and I had an absolute blast. Great example of sportsmanship and good, clean fun for the kids to see. A cool group of folks. We're looking forward to the next one!

09-21-2009, 07:02 PM
Wow, what a great looking event Art. If Phuong wasn't on vacation and left me in charge of the shop, I'd be there with you guys. :Neutral:
Congratulations to all the award winners. :Big Grin:

09-21-2009, 07:07 PM
First of all, I'd like to thank Dana and Arthur for putting this together. I got to finally meet some of the people on this board whom I have been living vicariously through this year. Normally when I go surf fishing, I'm in search mode for the good water, and good conditions to maximize my chances. I decided to hang with some of the group instead, to check out how the south coasters fly. As it worked out, I was next to the 1st and 2nd place fishermen, and I enjoyed shootin it with them while tossing out my offerings. The small perch were there, but my MO is to go for glory, or go home, so I stuck with my plan, and didn't drop down to gulp for my 10. I caught a nice wiggles that I hooked in the pec fin that gave me a good chase down the beach, and bones made a good grab for me at the end, as I couldn't pull him toward me very good being hooked like he was.
I learned that you don't put your digital camera in the ice chest with blue ice, hence the foggy pics.
As the tide came in, conditions got progressively worse, with grass or kelp on most every retrieve, but hell, I've come all the way from Santa Barbara, so I keep at it. The kid catches a nice thornback, and I do grabbing and pic honors.
I keep slinging my LC, and then it's my turn.
I know the pics suck, but you get the idea. I called it at 11, and visited with Arthur and Dana's family until tournament end. Got to see trolley's antics, and visit with bones and "the legend" a bit before trophy's were awarded, and said my good byes. A good time for sure. Bones, hope you got my pm. hehe

09-21-2009, 07:24 PM
Dana, Thank You, Donna , Kaitlin and Brennan for your hard work and dedication to Team57. It was definitely another fun outing with Team57 hitting the surf. I really thought I was wearing out a little too fast that day. My feet were feeling like lead wieghts as the day wore on But, I did feel a little lighter on my feet after I dumped the water out of my leaky waders.:Confused::LOL:

Arthur, thank you again my friend for hosting another fun Team57 event. Seeing you with the halibut has kind of rekindled my interest in hitting the surf again. Any chance you give lessons?:Thumbs Up::Thumbs Up:

09-22-2009, 01:19 AM
man was this a fun event or what:!!!:
i would like to thank every one that maid this event happen:Worship:
hanging with cool people, getting your line wet and non stop comedy
what more can you ask for.
vicki and i can't wait for the next surf event hopefully i'll be more prepared for surf fishing :LOL:

09-22-2009, 07:37 AM
WHAT A BLAST,,,,,,,,,,,,t/o

Santa Fe Eric
09-22-2009, 01:24 PM
This was one of the best in my book. Everyone was easy to access and talk to while fishing. How great it was to go to a team 57 event, fish, socialize, eat food, and still get home in time to spend quality family time.
Arthur, this was the best!
Congrats to all the winners.

Santa Fe Eric

09-22-2009, 02:37 PM
and still get home in time to spend quality family time.

... watching football. lol j/k

Good seeing you out there, even though you did try to steal Trolly's thunder a la Kanye West. lol Classic!

09-22-2009, 03:09 PM
WHAT an awesome day in the surf with my Team57 buddys, I can't wait for the next surf event! I really enjoyed the fact unlike many other kinds of fishing, walking the surf gave me the opportunity to be mobile, still fish and chat with a bunch of great people....I think thoughout the day I at some point I fished with Farmy, Bones, BigRed, Dana, Donna, Brennan, Trolly, Pontoon, NoHoArt, CityDad and CityGirl, Flyngby, Santa Fe, TO and Mr Bendo.

Arthur, Dana, Donna and oh yeah Wingnut Pug thank you for making the day happen....I had a BLAST!


09-22-2009, 03:33 PM
Now that looks like alot of fun. Nice day at the beach with family and friends and getting in some good fishing too, priceless. Have to see about getting myself to the next get together. Well done Arthur and Dana, you guys always put on some topnotch events. :Big Grin: Good job to all those who won the derby awards.

Granny Fish
09-22-2009, 05:23 PM
Mike ended up having to work and for some reason I completely forgot the event was last weekend until about 12PM Sat.

I've been waiting anxiously for the report. It looks like I missed all the fun again. :Crying: Thanks for putting such a great event together for the group Wingnut. Looks like everyone had a blast.

09-22-2009, 05:26 PM

This was a great event. Low key, friendly, and fun. The best time I had at the beach all summer.

The "SWAG" was really a surprise, as I am sure you guessed, fishyboy has already absconded with the LC you gave everyone.

Dana, nice to see you and Donna, always a pleasure chatting with you, and Donna. Thanks again for the t-shirt.


Mr Bendo
09-22-2009, 05:32 PM
Thanks to everyone for holding another great fun event!!!! Thank you Dana for the tips of surf perch fishing. Thank you Arthur for the LC and the tips you gave me.

bam bam
09-22-2009, 06:17 PM
bumbed I missed out, was too tired from the striper slay from the day before. Good to see the "CREW" was representing. The event looked fun, miss the small events of the past, we should do more of those.

09-22-2009, 07:09 PM
That was a fun little event i can't wait for the next one it was good to see everybody on the wide open perch bite. Thanks Arthur and Dana for making this happen and every one else who came to the event.


09-22-2009, 09:02 PM
A few more pics...

Hunting Giants base camp.

Guarding the "Goods".



Trolly's tackle box. :Shocked:


Trolly asking, "Is 25lb test for Perch enough...?"








The party's over Kewly! :!!!:

Did anybody happen to see this amazing flag display at Pepperdine? :Big Grin:


09-22-2009, 09:08 PM
The flag display at Pepperdine is to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Donna & I saw it on our way home from Hunting Giants and it was incredible........

One flag for each of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that tragic day.
They'll be on display until the 24th........

09-22-2009, 09:10 PM
I thought this was Trolly's LUNCHBOX.......... :ROFL:


Native Gal
09-22-2009, 09:14 PM
That looked like another xlnt Team 57 get together. Just the look on everyone's face says it all, TEAM 57 events = Good times.

For those of you who haven't experienced a get together you are definitely missing out. Everyone is fun to meet and you will have a good time, so get on out to a 57 event.

Congrats to Wingnut Pug, Wingnut and Dana for another great event.

Congrats to all the winners.

I am looking forward to my next Team 57 event I can attend, I had a blast at the Legends event.

Thanks for all the great pixs.

:Big Grin:

09-23-2009, 01:50 AM
Sounded like a blast out there..

Hopefully I can make it to the next one..

Also wingnut, for some reason your pics aren't showing for me? But other pics posted are showing..

Good times!

09-23-2009, 03:38 PM
nice work out there everyone, looks like a fun filled day with all the conrads at arms..

I'll be sure to make the next one, I'm glad trolly actually saw water this trip out, it's about time he had a bath.

Huge congrats to ALL the participants and and even bigger hats off to the winners but it's clear to see that everyone was a winner by enoying the day in the surf.

Bob in the surf ?????

Hmnnnn....can you cast an umbrella rig ? ha ha ha ....j/k Bob

Glad everyone had a great time and everyone was safe (from Trolly-ha ha ha)

Let me know about the next one and when that will be.


09-23-2009, 04:09 PM
Sounded like a blast out there..
Hopefully I can make it to the next one..
Also wingnut, for some reason your pics aren't showing for me? But other pics posted are showing..
Good times!

If you happen to be viewing the thread from work, or school.... some employers, etc. block PhotoBucket ......

09-23-2009, 04:19 PM
I got the chance to down load the photos ( 80 % of them ) last night. :LOL:

Looks like everyone had a great time that went. I really wanted to go Arthur but Mothers Birthday weekend prevented me from attending this event. I really want to get my feet wet so to speak in surf fishing. Never really did it. I knew this would be a great opportunity to learn from some of the best. Thanks Arthur for putting on this event and sponsoring it :Cool: .

09-23-2009, 04:29 PM
Got to hand it to you Art, when you do something, you do it right. First class event all the way. :Big Grin: Work is the only thing that kept me from joining the fun. The smiles on everybody's faces says it all, escpecially on the kids that won the awards, priceless. :Cool:

09-23-2009, 04:35 PM
If you happen to be viewing the thread from work, or school.... some employers, etc. block PhotoBucket ......

The wierd thing is it wasnt showing at my work comp and home comp lastnight but now I am viewing it from my work comp and it is showing..

Anyhow great pics thanks!

09-24-2009, 07:15 PM
Looks like it was an awesome event. I wish I had been there so I could have had a chance to meet a lot of you guys at once. Also, I haven't targeted my namesake in a long time, so that would have been fun.

Any plans for another one?

09-28-2009, 08:13 PM
What a great way to enjoy a day off after 3 very intense weeks at work!

Thanks!!!!!!! Wingnut, Dana, and all the Team 57 Members that were there for a fun time in the surf.

Things did not look good for me to attend the event then at the last moment I thought I would just show up and Surprise Wingnut and assist with whatever was needed. Then the night before it became reality that I would be able to get down to the event only to see the participant list shrinking by the moment!!!!:OMG!:

I signed up and did some quick recruiting to get Saltman to join us at the last moment!

Ram and I arrived in complete darkness thinking we were early and looking for the area and a familiar vehicle that I would normally associate Wingnut to be in but he was riding incognito!!!!!!!

The first clue that I got was the Host Wingnut Pug in a white mini van with paws on the door frame and the classic tongue out of the mouth pose!!!! :ROFL: It was then that I spotted the small crowd standing behind the van! Thanks Wingnut Pug for getting my attention and pointing the way!!!!!!

The day of fun, friendships of new and old, learning new tricks in the surf, the comedy, battling mother nature in a different way will stay in my memory banks for a very long time!!!!!!!

Here are a few pics I took!

Wingnut making sure everything is PERFECT!!!!!
Arthur, They are all in perfect alignment! Are those Carrot Sticks part of the Prizes????????
Dennis and Ram were probably first to get a line wet and got off to the early lead that they never surendered!!!!
Some of the other early birds!
Scott and Arthur joining the action with there secret strategy! What is in the bag Scott?????
Ram with another!
Scott with his first!
Arthur with a small Batray!
Me with my first and Ram with his Limit!!!!
Part of the Pirate Crew!

I can't wait for the next get together with all the great Team 57 Crew!!!!