Jed Welsh: It’s time to try some freshwater

first_imgIt looks like some of you anglers with boats moored in the Bay could spend an evening catching a load of squid and head for the Channel Islands or find a likely spot in the Bay. You all know where ever the squid are located there has to be silver giants near. With the local saltwater fishing being so poor you might check out the freshwater action. Reports from the lower Owens River say the fishing is finally picking up as the releases from the dam have leveled off but you still have work to find the fish. The trout move around very little in the cold water of winter. Reports are that this time of year 90 percent of the fish will congregate in 10 percent of the water. Rapala and Irvine Lake present a Red White and BLUE PRESIDENTS DAY TROUT TOURNAMENT. It will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Two boats heading for Catalina turned around because of the conditions and made a feeble attempt at local fishing. One single boat made it to the sand dab hole and caught 2,720 “dabs” for 13 anglers. Commercial sources are revealing that there is lots of white sea bass activity at the Channel Islands and the word’s also out about the Santa Monica Bay teeming with live squid. Anglers can win all kinds of daily prizes from free boat rentals to rod and reel combos and lake passes. The daily tournament entry fee is $10. Per day. There are also daily cash jackpots for the single big trout weighed in. Irvine Lake will be stocked heavily with lunker trout. 976-TUNA Rod and Reel Club are putting on a Albacore Seminar with Captain Rick Hayes at the helm. Topics are “Albacore on the Iron”, “Private Boat Strategies”, “Where to Find Them”, “Bait Fishing” and “Albacore On the Plastics”. The seminar is Thursday, March 1 and starts at 7 p.m. at the National Sports Bar in Torrance, 3210 West Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance CA. Phone (310) 328-8426. The Fly Fishing Show will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Pasadena Center, 300 E Green St., Pasadena. Admission is $14 per day or $24 for both days. The two-day event features seminars and demonstrations by some of the finest fly-fishermen, fly-casters, and fly-tyers in the nation. Contact The Fly Fishing Show at (800) 420-7582 Mike Goodwin of Lake Havasu City, AZ, caught two bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces to win $125,000 in the $1 million Wal-Mart FLW Series National Guard Western Division tournament on Lake Havasu with a four-day catch of 15 bass weighing 37-13. The catch gave him the win by a solid 1-pound, 5-ounce margin over Mike Phua of Chino, CA, who caught a total of 18 bass weighing 36-8 and earned $48,841. Just a few days away, the beautiful, pink-meated Lightning Trout will make their 2007 debut at Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake. The colorful trout will be stocked three consecutive weeks, and plants will include trophy-sized Lightning’s along with more plants of huge rainbows. All of the fish will come from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms in Red Bluff. The first Lightning Trout will arrive on Valentine’s Day night, Feb. 14, and they will be planted the following two Wednesday nights as well. If you’ve never caught these trout, you’ll fall in love with them during one of these three Lightning Trout weekends – Feb. 15-18, Feb. 22-25, and March 1-4. Don’t forget the Tundra & Lightning fishing tournament at Corona Lake Sunday, February 25. The Tournament offers free raffle tickets and thousands of dollars in prizes. The single big fish award wins an all expense, 6 day paid fishing trip, to Cabo Lucas for two. Fish tale In 1922 my adventures continued on Catalina Island as a 12- year-old kid patrolling and fishing the beachfront around Avalon. Bait for certain kinds of fishing was very difficult to get. The grown ups got most of it and left us kids with nothing. Once I saw a school of anchovies panicking in the water off Pebbly Beach as some very large white sea bass were on the attack. The anchovies were pushed to the shore and some were actually jumping up on the beachfront. I put one on a hook and threw it out and immediately got spooled by a 40-pound sea bass. After that we searched the beaches for the anchovy schools and once in a great while they showed up the same way and we always hooked up on nice white sea bass but it was far in between schools so naturally I got impatient. Looking for another fishing method I cut six inches off my mother’s kitchen broom, painted it dark blue and white (anchovy colors), screwed a treble hook into the end, walked the beach constantly casting and retrieving. We used to catch everything with that plug. We caught calico bass, barracuda, halibut, sea bass and we didn’t have to wait for the anchovies to jump up on the beach. Unfortunately, all the brooms in Avalon seemed to disappear. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img On Tuesday February 5, the Sportboat City of Redondo had two seabass hooked up and while one angler lost the bigger of the two, the other smaller one was landed and it weighed in at 63 pounds. The City also had limits on the sand bass and sculpin. But after that the saltwater local fishing took a major dive as the storm front did its damage and most sportboats at every landing were stuck in their slips. last_img read more

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