06-09-2002, 10:07 AM
All of them on the bayside in June...
Hustled out to the breach at 4:30am. Water was already too low and not much activity. Another guy fishing out there got a couple of micro's. My ideal for this spot would be about a 7:00am low. Seems that's the best timing to see fish grubbing for sandeels as the sun rises. Scouted around a little bit then made my way back for an early departure for the ball and chain. Stopped at the aquarium for a few casts and got a take. Over the next 45 minutes picked up 5 fish, the last two on supposedly last casts and both were keepers. Didn't like the tides last weekend either but had similar results. Think I'll stop the whining and just fish.
06-09-2002, 04:29 PM
I should have fished with you.:(
06-09-2002, 07:26 PM
Fred - funny thing, my father-in-law and I fished a certain bayside beach, popular among the 4WD camper set. Got to parking lot at 4:30. Water was dead calm, no surface activity. He'd never been there and I commented to him that my 'favorite' time was about a 7 am low - same reasons as you. We were walking along the sandbars and just as we're about to cross the first river of water I said to him, you should probably take a cast 1st. He looks at me like I'm nuts; there's all of 12 inches of water,max. He steps in, 2 huge wakes motorboat out of there. He looks at me w/ a 'you've got to be kidding' look. Boy, I love that.
While our morning wasn't quite as large as yours it was fairly prolific. About 25 fish between us, largest only 26" but still lots of fun. No surface activity and boy that water is chilly!
06-09-2002, 10:11 PM
John, I was going to pm you but I was uncertain about weekend plans and they got more uncertain towards the end of the week. I plan on hitting it hard next Friday and Saturday, with the kayak if weather permits.
Tod, re. 7:00am low, must be the stripers know the sandeels are going to emerge from thier sandeel condos and they still have access to those shallow channels. At 5:00am this morning it was very quite and still in the creek- didn't dare to enter the water.
As good as it was for me this morning I had to leave just has the tide stage was approaching optimum for the specific location I was hooking up at.
Ah... the fraternity of the eel grows ever stronger :devil:
Sounds like a great outing Fred!
06-10-2002, 09:18 AM
Speaking of sandeels...
Been using the same fly and leader for 3 weeks. Havn't retied. Been working on calibrating the pressure I put on fish, pretty much trying to bust one off. The fly is a deep eel, about 4 inches, white under, pearl body braid, sparse blend of white, lavendar and chartruese and topped with a blend of olive and a little rainbow angel hair (a little polar fiber tinsel between layers). Very slim profile and made with Unique Hair. Jury is in for me - I like the Unique Hair.
When the feed bag is on there has been no hesitation with the takes. when casting to sighted fish I've lined them, bumped them on the head and whatever other sight fishin sin you can commit - they just turn on the fly and take it. I know I won't get away with some of this stuff in another couple of weeks.
Isn't it about time for that Bayside Yak Clave we've been talking about?