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Thread: Fitting end to the 2017

  1. #1
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    Default Fitting end to the 2017

    Well, it was nice evening and my folks who are visiting were all for a walk on the beach for an hour before the sunset. I knew it would be flat and low tide and it was very peaceful indeed. Of course I brought my rod and tied an old LC to it.
    The water was clear and warm but shallow waves turbidity and sun glare made it hard to see and I stumbled on a couple shovelnose and almost tripped on log-size leopard, who apparently was annoyed with reduced visibility too. Some ash floating on surface and usual grass under it.

    Found some rocks in a spot I haven't fished for years and began getting hits and short-lived bendo's: the signs of smelt , finally got a couple to take the full ride as the school continued to hang in the area. Next, I hooked a heavier fighter that turned out to be near-legal sandy and the last-before-sunset cast produced near-legal hali at 21".

    This was the story of this year's season: short sessions with plenty of bites and almost all shorts. I haven't been out in the surf often in 2017 but got a mess of fish with a just few legals. In previous years it was more quality and less quantity. Maybe we get nice winter storms to create habitat holes , maybe there will more food for fish to eat and grow and fewer fish taken out in 2018..those would be my wishes for next year.
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    Great report, thanks!

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    Nice way to finish the year, a walk with your folks and some fish to boot. Tight lines in 2018

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    Nice way to end the year! So close on that near legal flattie. Reading your report reminds me of how much I miss surf fishing. Hope you find the quality you're looking for in 2018.

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    Just a couple more things for year's end summary:

    1) no squid used this year with great action nevertheless on just plastics; however rockfish catch rate went down but not for bass.
    2) my 5 year old reeled her first BS perch just a day ago to the delight of visiting grandparents (let alone dad). It was a ~10". And she digs her own sand crabs! I 'm hopeful for 2018. Over the years I kept reading about getting kids on fish (and wondering when us?) and now it happened!

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    Quote Originally Posted by efishent View Post
    Just a couple more things for year's end summary:

    2) my 5 year old reeled her first BS perch just a day ago to the delight of visiting grandparents (let alone dad). It was a ~10". And she digs her own sand crabs! I 'm hopeful for 2018. Over the years I kept reading about getting kids on fish (and wondering when us?) and now it happened!
    Ahhhh a proud Daddy moment! Can't wait to get my girl on her first fish. Don't think she'll ever be digging for her own bait though. She's too much of a princess

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    Quote Originally Posted by efishent View Post
    2) my 5 year old reeled her first BS perch just a day ago to the delight of visiting grandparents (let alone dad). It was a ~10". And she digs her own sand crabs! I 'm hopeful for 2018. Over the years I kept reading about getting kids on fish (and wondering when us?) and now it happened!

    Awesome, nothing like fishing with the kids

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