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About Slappy

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    Fishing, fishing and kayak fishing

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  1. Cod, cunner, pollock, striper, mackerel and squid. Tons of life and dozens of fish, couple of the cod were bigger than the stripers I was catching
  2. Lot of variety on the north shore. 6 different species including one that is extinct (released of course)
  3. Anyone from Southern CA can vouch for the effectiveness of the egg/fly combo, we called it splasher and feather. The key to make it work is to use the splasher as an attractor, little tunas all respond to splashing and the fly trailing behind gets their attention. You have to try every retrieve, as mentioned burning it across the top gets hits and those hits can be absolutely spectacular, but a moderate, steady retrieve with the occasional splash often works best for me. I've taken many different tunas this way, albies, yellowfin, skipjack, bonito, mackerel, spanish mackerel, cero mackerel, etc.
  4. Put me down for wool too, I fish year round and they're the only ones that work well
  5. yup, big plastics on jigs are great for trolling. If the fish are up top, go weightless.
  6. I use the Kokatat Portage Booties until the water gets to the low 40s. You can wear extra socks and they go right over your dry gear. Once it gets really cold I use muck boots and seal them with my drysuit. Once it gets below freezing, you need rubber boots and not neoprene because the ice will crust up on them.
  7. I used to catch the occasional octopus from a pier that I fished on in CA, one of my friends made me promise to never throw one back. If I caught one while he was there, he would take it home and eat it right away, put it in the pot while it was still alive. Their grip was amazing, hard to get them off you.
  8. the great thing about plastic is that there isn't one best way to rig or fish them. I often rig the 14" Hogys with a swimbait hook and that works extremely well plus it catches multiple fish. In some spots my go to is a 13" with a jighead. For retrieves, you have to figure out what the fish want--for one part of the tide it may be skipping them on the surface and for another it may be cranking as slow as you can go, usually it is somewhere in between.
  9. I recognize that move. Seals used to do that to bonito in Redondo harbor. They slammed them and threw them across the surface ripping them apart and eating the pieces, the sea gulls loved it. I never saw anyone get hit by a flying bonito though.
  10. Definitely fun. But some of the plastics guys resent the pogies because of how they change the behavior of the bass. This was a strange year with so many unmolested schools of pogies around. Several times we found schools of pogies with nothing on them, but nearby was a very sedate school of large bass, maybe full from an earlier foray.
  11. It doesn't feel as good as the Stradic because of the wobble. I'm switching to a sustain 5000. Shimano is on the ball and will fix the wobble issue, but they lost me on this reel. Other than the wobble, the reel is pretty bulletproof, good for bait guys.
  12. I got one this fall. That wobble will prevent me from buying another. It just isnt exactly balanced.
  13. He might be the guy that catches the 20 30# fish though... I've heard the splashes coming from that guys kayak!
  14. So are you suggesting that The Riddler doesn't catch enough big fish?