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Catch anything today?

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Are there any fishing groups from Santa Cruz to Pacific that meet (face-to-face) weekly or monthly? Looking for some new friends as my fishing buddies just moved to Colorado. 

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Been spending some time staring at sand, and have found a few tasty hidden treasures...

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Can you see the fish in this pic?

 

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This one was less obvious...until I shot her.

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Still no luck with shooting a striper in the surf this year, but I'll keep trying.

 

: )

 

Sincerely,

 

Jim

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On 5/11/2018 at 10:25 AM, rweverett said:

Are there any fishing groups from Santa Cruz to Pacific that meet (face-to-face) weekly or monthly? Looking for some new friends as my fishing buddies just moved to Colorado. 

Try Cali Coast Surf Fishing on Facebook...

 

Butch

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Hit the beach this morning, about an hour after low tide.

Pretty slow plugging for 90 minutes, but then it started to pick up. 

They were a little spread out, but I had good steady action for at least an hour.

Was a satisfying morning to be sure.

 

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Are there any fishing groups from Santa Cruz to Pacific that meet (face-to-face) weekly or monthly?

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Long time lurker, first time poster here; Finally got my first stripe from the surf!

Got out to the beach around 4 am and fished the outgoing. After two hours of throwing a 1 oz metal and a Sardine pattern SP minnow, and with only 45 minutes left to fish, I decided to try soaking sand crabs. I'd just finished tying on a sliding sinker rig, when I noticed gulls bombing about 200 yards out, just as it became light enough to see. Figuring that there was probably bait in the area, I ran back to my tackle bag, and rigged up a 17 lb mono leader with a TA clip. I clipped on a larger metal because I figured I'd need to make some long casts. After a few casts with the spoon, my intuition and the cloudy skies above told me to go with a topwater bait. Two casts after tying on a 6 inch pencil popper, the gulls started making their way inshore, diving at my bait. A couple of casts later and a large striper slammed my lure about 20 yards in front of me. It shook the hook a few moments later, and I was a combination of heartbroken and more excited than I've ever been about a fish. About ten casts later and I hooked up this nice 23". This fish has been a long time coming.....two years of skunking every time I hit the beach.  Turned out to be a delicious breakfast. 

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4 hours ago, rweverett said:

Congrats therealkdeezy. Nice Fish!!

yeah--nice one!! your story proves the old adage... you gotta put your time in.

 

and use the right tool for the job when the opportunity arises!

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19 hours ago, therealkdeezy said:

large striper slammed my lure about 20 yards

Gotta love when they follow it in on top and then WHAMMY! Going out on a Rockfishing trip today in Monterey, will report back later on. Glad you finally got one therealdeezy, gotta warn you though, like Lays potato chips, bet you want another one.

 

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