Reader Reports: Fishing Buddies

Reader Reports: Fishing buddies

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jan 24, 2020


Reader Report by Brandon Johnson


Fished Lake Evans outside Bakersfield with my buddies, starting from left to right Clint with a 4.5 then myself Brandon Johnson with a 6.1 and 7.5, David 5.4, and Jeff Martin with another 7.5 pounder. The ticket for me was nightcrawler with cheese PowerBait dunked in mikes garlic oil.

Reader Report by Jose Rodriguez, Hawthorne


Fished Santa Ana River Lake with great success. Limits of quality size rainbows with an amazing 15 pounder, beating my personal best after 12 years.

Reader Report by Erik Bomstad



Fishing with Gordo Banks Pangas it was my daughter, Aubrey’s, first time catching sport fish on the ocean.

Reader Report by Jeff Kerns


On the morning of Jan. 1, 2020 local fishermen Nathan Browne from La Playita, Baja California Sur and two of his friends got in a small panga to go for a day of fishing at the outer Gordo banks. At approximately 10:30 a.m. they hooked up on a large yellowfin tuna. They fought the fish and chased it with the boat for eight hours and at approximately 6:30 p.m. they got the fish to the boat. By that time it was dark and they were out of gasoline and 20 miles offshore. They radioed for help for some time and finally someone came out with their gasoline and they were able to get back to shore with a 330-pound yellowfin tuna caught on 50-pound test line. I think this may be a line class world record for such a large fish on such light line.

Reader Report by Paul Gallegos


To say that it had been an epic season would be an understatement. My best friend, Hector Rodriguez was hoopnetting out of San Diego Bay and caught the biggest lobster of his life. This male dinosaur weighed in at 10 pounds. It measured 20 inches from the base of the horns to the end of the tail. The carapace was a beastly 6-5/8 inches. Tried to donate it to Scripps Aquarium, but they did not want the bug. Suffice it to say, bring on the butter.

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