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Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Re: Fun Evening
« on: Today at 06:03:33 AM »
You are both admirable and honorable for doing the hand off, Verne!  Big props to you!

Congrats on getting some shark action up there finally.  It's been a long dry fall and winter down here, so hopefully things start picking up from here on out!

Fishing Talk / Re: 33 lb challenge
« on: January 24, 2020, 12:57:14 PM »
Here is their publication on what is out there. Because it is a full trip the limit is now 50 lbs.

When's your trip?

Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / He's Back!!!! (1/23)
« on: January 23, 2020, 09:20:16 PM »
So, after a ton of unsuccessful attempts to get out  after a crazy month, I pick a terrible day to get back out in the surf.  Magic Seaweed said 2-3 feet surf... I like to say they are usually a foot or two off, but they were about 3+ feet off today.  The surf was huge and pumping!  I drove up and down a few beaches, but decided to try a beach that Sasquatch and I were talking about for a few months.

I pinned on a whitefish head and cast into the 4-8' surf with the biggest sputniks I own.  Seriously 10 minutes after my cast and I had a totally shark hit!  By the time i grabbed the rod from the rod holder, it flopped off.... f@ck...

I pin a second on and it mysteriously disappears...

I switch to a Johnny Bass head and get picked up again!  This time I stick the bastard really good!

Up and down the surf as the current was grabbing it.  It felt like a huge one, but every time it surfaced, it looked a lot smaller than I was expecting.
The damn bastard found this mushroom shaped reef piece and wrapped onto it.  i tried to get it free, but it busted the line and I lost everything.

I retied the shock leader and rebaited with some of my last bonito.  I had a few hits, but nothing obvious.  A few hours went by when I saw my glow stick doing the electric boogie!  No drag peeling, but just the glow stick dancing back and forth over and over again!

My shoulder is killing me, so I took my time.  I was pretty sure I was going to lose it, but the big swells and surge subsided when i got it to shore!  This never happens, so i did what i could to beach it.  I took a picture right away in case it slipped my grip so I had my picture!

I started dragging it back to the gear and it twisted like a MoFo!  It bit itself and even bit my waders, but I think i might have escaped total damage.  It kicked my ass just trying to deal with the rod and shark with the bum shoulder.

It was 78 inches, female, incoming tide.  I think it was bigger than 78, but I was totally not prepared and way out of shape to deal with it and the big surf.  Bonito made it stick though!!!!

f@ck!  It feels so good to get this little girl!  I was starting to think the sharks were all going away!!!!
Thanks for reading!

Contest & Events / Saturday Night Bat Fight XIII
« on: January 23, 2020, 07:05:15 AM »

Saturday Night Bat Fight - XIII - Rules and Sign Ups

Well, we are on year 13 already and have continued to be a fun and successful event throughout the years.  This is a fun and free event that only has bragging rights at stake and great for anglers of all ages.  The rules will be the same as in years past and listed below.  Try your best to follow the rules which will make it easier deciding the winner.
This year’s event will take place on March 7th, 2020... rain or shine!

The Rules:

-The only fish that counts toward the ultimate winner is Myliobatis californica… aka the Bat Ray. All other species will only count as individual bragging rights.

-Widest wingspan measured over the top of the Ray (Taut Tape) with corresponding pictures. No loose or flat laying tape on the entire body and wings.  (loose tapes will be prone to losing some inches)

-CPR (Catch-Photograph-Release) only. No gaffs or landing tools that cause direct injury to the fish permitted.

- The main area for each county will be picked by the Team Captain and any satellite groups must make sure they post their results by the given time of 11:59pm on March 7th, 2020

-Shore Fishing Only from the Surf or Bay.  No kayaked baits, shore casting only.

-You can fish in any county you’d like, but the fish you catch will be recorded for the county you caught the fish in. (example: If you are from LA fishing in SD, the bat will count for SD).

-Start time for the event is very dependent on when you want to get out and fish. The opening gun will sound at 6:00am on the day of the tournament and will end at 11:59 that night. This is just the window of time that the tournament will count for any bat rays. This will allow people who work or have prior engagements to get out and participate in the event in a generous time window.

-Photos must be posted by no later than 11:59pm Saturday, March 7th. Any Photos posted later than that time will be disqualified from their entry. (So be VERY time conscience)

-This is a picture/honor system, please no fudging or cheating. A few times now, the winner won by a half an inch. This made for a great photo finish and great trash talking.

-Everyone is required to have a good time!

A clarification that came up during SNBFVIII and the most commonly asked questions are listed below.

•   No yakking baits out (or Drones)– This is a shoreline casting event.
The reason for this is to show off your casting skills and/or improve on them. SoCal Big Game shore fishing style.

•   No fishing off Piers, Bridges, Docks, Bulkheads, Jetties.  (Boat Ramps are OK as long as you are allowed to fish there and/or not impeding any boat traffic)
There are a few reasons for this, but the most important reasons are for YOUR Safety and the Bat Rays Safety.  Fishing the rocks during the day or at night for Mud Marlin is not a safe bet for you or the fish.  You can fish for them 364 days a year that way if you like, but on the Bat Fight, it’s all about safety  and all of these structures have a high danger limit to them when dealing with big gear, rods and fish.  It was never allowed in the past and will not be allowed in the future Bat Fights.

•   Buddy System – For many reasons, it must be on a buddy system.  There are going to be a bunch of satellite groups out there, but there must be two fishermen at every location.  Unless you have 4 arms to hold the tape taut over the bats back and take a picture… you need two people.  To keep ‘em honest and to add as another safety factor.

All of the rules are pretty straight forward and I will make them clearer in future events, but I wanted to clarify the ones that I am being asked the most… or at least being brought to my attention.

The summed-up History of the Bat Fight (work in progress and will continue to evolve into the full story):

Contest & Events / Re: SNBF-XIII shirt possibilities
« on: January 21, 2020, 05:45:59 AM »
I'm going to contact a possible new screen printer today and see which one he says will work out best.  I think that will be the "design plan" for picking this years logo since Kyle's bat ray is on black background and tough to truly get rid of. (Idea is the shirt will be black and only need white to overlay on it).  Just in the slim chance that Kyle's bat can't be screen printed or converted to vector easily, I'll work on that for SNBF-XIV to have it ready for print in Jan! 

I miss the days when my cousin ran a screen printing business and always hooked us up with great products at a great price.  Now I'm like every shlep and have to pay retail (or their version of discount)

Contest & Events / SNBF-XIII shirt possibilities
« on: January 20, 2020, 07:28:20 PM »
I have a bunch of uncompleted work that I was not really digging.  I finally came up with something that was okay...

When I came across Kyle's artwork he submitted either last year or the year before.  i tweaked his art to fit on a shirt and came up with this one (with Kyle's blessing)

Let me know what you think....

Saltwater Boat Fishing Reports / Chasing Gold (1/18)
« on: January 20, 2020, 08:01:54 AM »
Finally got out hoping to catch some bass and hunt for halibut.  Morning started off wonderful and I was back in my happy place.

I saw tons of birds out there and chased them to just find tons of small dolphin raiding the meat balls of bait.  I was just about to switch up to go with my original plan when I saw some big yellows shooting through the water!  I was throwing the big YoZuri Hydro minnow when all of a sudden, I almost had the rod yanked out of my hand.  It was only a 2 second burst of drag running out when it finally pulled the hook.

I chased those f@ckers the following next few hours before I decided to call it quits and just look for some bass.  Bass fishing wasn't fast and furious, but it was steady action of calico and sand bass. 

I started with a big Sandy.

I caught 14 Calico, but nothing bigger than 14.5".

I moved around and kept a steady amount of bass coming over the rails.  I even got a double header of Sand Bass while having a swimbait hanging over the side while I was fighting one.  Both were grumpy S.O.B's!

I had a party to get too, so I called it quits after a half day.  Considering I went off script to chase yellows that I didn't realize were still around, I had some decent bass fishing.

Thanks for reading!

I love that bloody beak!  Great action shot Joe!!!

Reel Repair & Maintenance / Re: Accurate Magnum 4/0 Build
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:43:09 AM »
Wow!  Amazing work, Chad!

General Board / Re: T-Minus 2 days
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:44:08 AM »
Thanks guys.

Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Re: The Naked Guns (1/5)
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:43:40 AM »
Binh wants to fish with Roger! He said he'll leave his pants at home.

Can’t decide if I want to see pics or not.

That's a big negative... Maybe I can photoshop a pantless Binh on a shirtless Roger?  <shiver>  Forget I said that....

Salt Water Shore Fishing Reports / Re: Solo sesh (11Jan2020)
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:42:15 AM »
I'm trying tonight if all goes right.  Hopefully you chummed them close to the surf and they are still staying close by for me to catch up.  8)

General Board / drakesndrum
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:40:42 AM »
Looks like more cheaters got caught in baseball’s cheating scandal...  We had one stolen from us with Houston, and now Cora is out.  Bummer because I was looking forward to the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry this season. 
I'm really glad you're not a Pats fan.  They seem to cheat all the time and nothing ever really happens to them after they are caught red handed.

I'll just leave this Easter Egg out there to see if you come across it.  ;D

Fishing Talk / Re: Skishing
« on: January 14, 2020, 04:57:41 PM »
I'll text you in the morning if you are up for Wednesday fishing.

Fishing Talk / Re: Skishing
« on: January 14, 2020, 04:56:42 PM »
Last night my parents are around (in town) and taking them to dinner.  I'm going tomorrow for sure.

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