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WSB via kayak at Rockaway? Anyone see photo?

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2 photos popped up on my FB feed over the weekend and now they are gone. It was a guy with a 5' long white sea bass taken from his kayak. Literally, the fish the was as long as the guy was tall. 

 

Fish of a lifetime. ****, fish of several lifetimes.

 

 

 

 

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The post with the photo is gone. Wayback Machine does not work for FB.

 

I'll keep this up for 24hrs then try to delete.

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7 hours ago, Mike Fixter said:

Did they look like these? All between 50 & 60 pounds.....................

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Too bad they don’t come into the beach. Nice catch. 

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The guy was Asian, but the fish was as long as he was tall. 5' fish +/-.

 

Cool pics Mr. Fixter. Thank you!

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Posted (edited)

Awesome, Mr. moocks.

 

Thanks for the photo.

 

 

Edited by plinker
forgot a "c" in Mr. moocks name

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On 8/29/2022 at 6:09 PM, Mike Fixter said:

Did they look like these? All between 50 & 60 pounds.....................

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Dang Mike,

That's amazing! I'm astonished. For some reason, I didn't know they were that prevalent or got that big. From what I hear and read from SoCal surf fishers, they're kind of rare, especially legal size. Call them ghosts. I suppose that's just the situation with them in the SoCal surf, not necessarily everywhere, obviously.

Thanks for posting those pics.

JD

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JD,  those fish came from a boat a couple miles off shore in Monterey Bay.  We were fishing at night on a big squid spawn.... We were live lining fresh dead squid.  We landed 6..... all around 55 pounds.  WE could have caught a BUNCH more, but 3 each was plenty of great eating fish... There has been a couple of times I have seen good numbers of legal sized WSB within easy casting distance from shore.  I once was in a huge school of small WSB at New Brighton State beach & they were busting through pin head anchovies.... I casted to them for a least 2 hours & never got a touch... I think a fly fisherman presenting a small pinhead anchovy type fly would have scored.... I do know a guy in S Cal who used to get them occasionally from shore casting stuff like SP minnows.... I think his biggest was around 20 pounds.  He also would do really good on Calico's.... I fished with him a couple of times & I really got taken to school.... The WSB fishing around Monterey bay (at least to my knowledge)  has been very slow the last few years.... Even when there was lots of squid..... I'm not certain what the reason for this is.  Mike

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Posted (edited)

I’ve gotten a number of WSB so far this year from shore. . Only 1 legal but 2 just short at 27”

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2 hours ago, Fishjerk said:

I’ve gotten a number of WSB so far this year from shore. . Only 1 legal but 2 just short at 27”

Nice!

Such cool looking fish.

Are they generally around kelp, reefs or mixed bottom?

JD

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4 hours ago, jjdbike said:

Nice!

Such cool looking fish.

Are they generally around kelp, reefs or mixed bottom?

JD

All of the above, although I have caught random small ones on sandy featureless beaches. 

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