WONews READER REPORTS
Reader Report by Clifton Quinn, La Mesa
At La Jolla last week, I didn't launch my kayak until after 9 a.m.
I only took one trolling rod, no weight. Just pinned on one mac, trolled about a half hour, three times he got caught in kelp. Then after a little while, sure enough, a solid bite, it stopped, ran again, twice, and then after the count to seven, line getting low, put in gear and fish on.
I knew it was big, and figured it wasn't a yellowtail, due to the strike.
Fought awhile, a couple seals came around and I was scared to lose whatever it was. Then it got tied up in kelp. Wow, looooooong time pulling on kelp, with no headway, but I kept feeling it, pulled now and then. One guy came by, and said, "patience." I had 50-pound braid and 25-inch fluorocarbon. That Braid is strong! I ended up after about an hour, literally, of tugging on kelp, just about as hard as I could. I even spent time reading the brand of my rod, praying to spirits, hoping the kelp would eventually break, and sure enough, after about an hour some line came in, and I pulled up a whole stringer of kelp, with this guy attached.
My personal best white seabass before was only about 15 pounds, 7 years ago! (Heads go to Hubbs SeaWorld)
This guy was driven down to Dana Landing and weighed in at 60.2 pounds! It feels good to FINALLY land a big one! A month ago my biggest halibut ever, was only 11 pounds, but the year is starting out nice
Reader Report by Billy Roskilly, Castic
Skip Haigwood with a 10-pound largemouth out of Castaic. Caught on an old school A.C. Flat Minnow.
Reader Report by Keith Poe, Redondo Beach
Breeder salmon sharks are here, this is the average size 7-feet, 350 pounds. This one was tagged and released just after dark deep trolling the scatterring layer using arrow squid.
Reader Report by Karla Najera, Fullerton
Karla Najera caught her limit at Lake Sabrina in Bishop. A great way to start the season opener.
Reader Report by Mike Johnson, Chino
Her first fish!!!! Janet Johnson of Chino caught her first ever fish Sunday, April 29 at Crystal Lake in Azusa Canyon. She used rainbow PowerBait. Janet and husband, Mike, caught several more in just 2 hours of fishing.