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Old 01-31-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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Default Rpt Sat. Mo Bass'n-Lots of Calicos

Fishing Sat. 1-31-09 with Lal on his 18’ boat “Rubber Ducky”. We launched out of Davies, in Long Beach, and headed to Palos Verdes to begin the days fishing. The seas were greasy calm, and the sunrise was almost a duplicate of our trip on Weds, cloudless clear skies, and a fiery sunrise.

Catalina was again clearly visible, and it looked like you could reach out and touch it. We began throwing plastics in about sixty feet of very clean water, with temps in the 56 to 57 range. About 200 yards away a Grey whale surfaced, and a few pilot whales were swimming close to the kelp beds, not far off the crashing surf on the cliffs. Is this really January? Just too nice.

The first few hours produced 10 bass, 50/50 Sand and Calico bass, and a few Starry rockfish. From 8am to 10:30am we caught only two more bass, so we headed over to the Horseshoe, hoping for greener pastures. Stopped on some excellent marks and caught a few decent size Copper rockfish, a dandy 4 lb. whitefish, and a five lb. Sheep head Made several moves to more structure and good meter marks, yet the bass apparently had lockjaw.

We continued to explore the shoe, and found a very small stone, loaded with a cloud of fish just above the structure. Lal and I were both slammed on the drop, and each landed a nice Calico Bass in the 2.5 to 3 lb. range. We worked this stone for about a half hour catching 11 Calico Bass, none under 2 lbs. Lal caught the big’n of the day, a 3.5 lb. Calico.

The next several hours resulted in only one more Calico Bass, and it was time to call it a day, as the wind was already up to five knots. We ended the day around 2pm with 26 bass, of which 21 were Calico Bass, a nice change of pace from our usual 90% Sand Bass counts.

All fish were released to fight another day. Clear Red Flake 4” and 4.5” Calico Hunter Plastics, tipped with squid were the hot setups for the day. The weather was simply incredible. With a little bit of current, who knows how good the bite might have been. Water temps were up to 59 in the afternoon. Lots of folks out fishing today, as compared to very few on Weds.

Thanks Lal, another great day aboard the Rubber Ducky.

Hook up! Cory
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