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OT: Fishing

bryanbryan Member
edited September 2008 in The Pub (Off Topic)
We had an awesome day yesterday fishing. 1st half of the day, 4 of us caught about 75 bluegill- all good sized on crickets and mini-jigs.

2nd half of the day we targeted Largemouth bass (all catch and release of course!). I got 15 of them as well as my brother. Our friends only got 5 between them. We got them on bass assasins, Zara Spooks, Hard jerkbaits, and No:1 killer was flylined 3" plastic worms shad colored on 6 lb test medium light spinning outfits. The fish were busting the water all over. The water was literally boiling!

Snuff of choice all day? Of course- the best snuff to take when outdoors in the mountains...no other choice will satisfy! WE Garrett! At one point, I also took a nice Chaw of some Levi Garett Chew. It's pretty good, and the flavour really lasts, but it's a little too sweet for me. I also had some Ettan Snus. I really prefer natural tobacco flavour in my mouth. Ettan SNUS really hits the spot sometimes. With the Ettan in my lip, WE Garrett in my nose, and my fishing pole, I was pretty much in heaven all day. I even had a nice little swim in the lake.

It was a great day in Santa Barbara, California. That's 3 great weekends in a row fishing, and I intend to do the same thing tomorrow. I don't know why I love Garrett snuff so much in the mountains. At home, it tastes really strong to me, but in the mountains, it tastes just perfect.

My friends are from the deep south. They were telling me all about their grandmothers dipping Garrett snuff with a spoon, so it brought back good memories.

At one point, a buddy got stung by a bee and he's allergic. He was glad I had the garrett snuff, because (a little trick his Grandma taught him) he immediately put some Garrett snuff on it, and he said the burning was instantly gone!


  • I go surfcasting for stripers and blues. Do you do any ocean fishing out there on the left coast?
  • I had a terrible year fishing this year.
    The biggest fish I got was a 3 lbs large mouth.
    I'm thinking about starting up fly fishing next year.
  • That's about the average size we caught this weekend. Thats a nice chunky one. Yeah, the last two weekends in a row, I've been fishing Newport bay on rented skiffs for halibut and spotted bay bass, but not doing to well.

    I plan on finally learning to fly fish this trout season.

    I haven't tried striper fishing, but my brother does and they do pretty well on medium sized ones. They get really big around here.

    Next weekend I'll be fishing the bay again for spotted bay bass mainly on live sardines. For some reason, when I ocean fish I do enjoy medicated snuffs. It's about the only time I do.

    Does anyone else notice that this site "spell checks?" I think it's great!

    Do you ever use yamamoto IKA's? That's probably my favorite bass bait, but right now, they're suspended around here or on topwater really good.
  • Here's some pictures all in the last couple months. In case anyone's wondering, WE Garrett was in my nose in every pic.
  • For bass I have great success ripping the Yo-Zurri crystal minnow series minnows. They work great for brown trout as well. Also I have fun with the 12" & 7" AC Plugs at any bass lake that has trout in it. And split shot worms. In the winter, the bass around here love black or purple bass jigs with a yamamoto twin tail grub trailer bounced slowly off the bottom. And if I'm on the boat & want to relax a little, I'll switch to the live crawdads.

    bryan, I love it when your in the right place at the right time to be in the middle of the bass boiling. I remember a few years back I was fishing this cove when the bass started busting the shad hard. Every few seconds you would have a bass that actually jumped on shore & would flop back in. It didn't really matter what you threw out then. When I go striper fishing on the local lake, we actually chase the boils. Nothing gets your heart pumping like a striper boil.
  • Yeah, it doesn't really matter when they're boiling. They were even hitting buzz baits. That's the time when you try all the stuff you've never caught fish on! I use those yo-zurri's, too. Drop-shotting was catching the suspended bass real good last weekend, too! Man, I love fishing.
  • NIce pix guys! I'm a trout guy and Ross Lake in the North Cascades, WA state is my yearly spot. No barbed hooks can be used, nor any bait, so we troll spoons and needlefish deep and we have some good luck. I'm also currently staying at my dad's place in the South Puget Sound area and salmon fishing was a letdown this year. It is nice though, to walk out into dad's backyard and be able to come back with a bucket of fresh clams and oysters 15 minutes later...
  • What species of trout do you have there in Ross Lake? Sadly, here in CA the salmon fishing was put to a halt this season due to low numbers of salmon going through the ladders. A bucket of fresh clams & oysters would be good, I really like to go to the local river & gather cold water crawdads to eat. They are 'cold water' because I live in the mountains and the river is pretty cold. Much better tasting than warm water crawdads. Some of the higher elevation lakes around 7000-9000 ft. elevation have crawdads the size of small lobsters. Those make a good meal.
  • The trout at Ross are all rainbow, at least the majority and that's the only legal fish. There rumored to be bulls and Dolly Varden too, but I haven't seen a Dolly since I was a young kid, maybe 20 years ago. I have heard that about coldwater craw's, that sounds delicious.
  • I caught some dolly's in Alaska. They actually are a char. Interesting rig, though. It's 6 lb test with a redish bead. Then a bloodknot below the bead with about a 1" leader of 6lb fluro. Attached to that is a single barbless hook. So, the trout bites the bead as it floats down river, you feel it very slightly, and then you have to set the hook fast or it's gone. When you catch them, the hook is actually often outside the mouth.

    I love crawdads, but only get the ones my buddy imports from Lousiana. I could probably it a few dozen easily. Coldwater dads' sound really tasty.
  • They definatly are. They seem to be all over the place. Though honestly in my opinion they make much better fish bait as in sure they taste good but most of the fish I've caught with them have tasted much better.
  • bryan,

    when I was in Alaska, those dolly's wouldn't stop hitting the Mepps Flying C lure. That thing was incredible on the varden.
  • I wouldn't doubt it. We went fishing today. It started out good. 4 fish in 4 casts- barracuda, 2 sand bass and 1 spotted bay bass. Than until noon (when we went home) the fishing was nearly dead! It's not cause we're keeping them all, because we only keep one or two fish and throw the rest back every time! I'll be going to France in a couple weeks on vacation, but I'll be going up to the sierra's after that to do some fishing, I hope.
  • Gentlemen, you are making my SO jealous!!! I also try to fish and although I live in a seaside village, I've never been very good at it. But, I will take you on when it comes to mountain biking!!!! I know it's a different kettle of fish (is this a pun?) but I must have SOMETHING to brag about!! Take care, all of you.

    Kind reagads
  • TroutstrokerTroutstroker Member
    edited September 2008 PM
    Pieter Claassen,

    There are some beautiful bike trails around here that you would absolutely love. You just have to keep one eye on the trail and one eye on the lookout for bears, mountain lions & bigfoot.
  • Pieter,

    If you can't make it in California mountain biking, then come to Texas. Our whole state is as flat as you can get. No downhill here..
  • I'm no pro mountain biker but I love to ride every chance I get. 9 out of 10 times I ride my bike to the post office when I'm mailing snuffboxes :-) My contribution to the "green" cause.

    I'm sure I'm not the only one that gets constantly bombarded by goofy emails from friends and family. Got this one today.

    One morning the husband returns after several hours of
    > fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar
    > with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She
    > motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.
    > Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up
    > alongside the woman and says, 'Good morning, Ma'am.
    > What are you doing?'
    > 'Reading a book,' she replies, (thinking,
    > 'Isn't that obvious?')
    > 'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he
    > informs her
    > 'I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing.
    > I'm reading'
    > 'Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know
    > you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in
    > and write you up.'
    > 'For reading a book,' she replies,
    > 'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he
    > informs her again,
    > ''If you do that, I'll have to charge you with
    > Sexual assault,' says the
    > woman.
    > 'But I haven't even touched you,' says the game
    > warden.
    > 'That's true, but you have all the equipment. For
    > all I know you could start at any moment.'
    > 'Have a nice day ma'am,' and he left.
  • Subject: Never Ever Lie To A Woman!

    A man called home to his wife and said, 'Darling , I have been asked to go fishing up in Canada with my boss & several of his friends.
    We'll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting, so could you please pack enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and fishing box, we're leaving from the office & I will swing by the house to pick my things up' 'Oh! Please pack my new blue silk pyjamas. '
    The wife thinks this sounds a bit fishy but being the good wife she is, did exactly what her husband asked.
    The following weekend he came home a little tired but otherwise looking good.
    The wife welcomed him home and asked if he caught many fish?
    He said, 'Yes! Lots of salmons, some bluegills, and a few swordfishes. But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pyjamas like I asked you to Do?'

    The wife replied, 'I did, dear. They're in your fishing box! ...'
  • from the pictures you guys sure do have some good fishing on your side of the pond.
  • LOL, good ones.
  • I went out a bit last Saturday when the weather was beautiful, just fished the river trying to get the big northern's that are supposed to be in there. Yesterday the sun was poking out a bit so I headed out to the old quarry close to my house, but shortly after I got there it got cold, and the wind picked up so I didn't stay long.
  • I've yet to buy my new license :~(
  • I went back out to the river today, but alas still no fish in my belly. I did get a couple bites, but that was it. I'll try again tomorrow.
  • I finally caught some fish this weekend. Only 2 bullheads, but it's better than nothing. After a few more warm days they'll really start biting.
  • bobbob Member
    I cooked some tuna today. Does that count?
  • My grandpa and I pulled 65 bullheads, and 1 perch out of the lake today in under an hour. Now that's when fishing is the best. Catch them as fast as you can pull them in.
  • @bb - I thought my grandpa and I were the only people left in the world who liked eating bullheads. We split the take 50/50. I ate a few tonight, and will make the rest for lunch for me and my wife tomorrow. This time of year they're one of the best tasting fish you can catch.
  • We got 46 bullheads today. They were a bit bigger this time. Sorry bb, I forgot my camera again today. Maybe next week I'll get you a pic of our catch.
  • lemanleman Member
    They might be a little bigger than my bullheads. lol Speaking of which, we got another 40 today along with a few nice perch. I was hoping to pull a couple northerns out of the lake, but no such luck. There's always next time.
  • Nice kitties.
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