being forced to fish low tide

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  1. ayopierre

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    Hi, this week I have been heading out to carlsbad to fish and enjoy a few hours at the beach. Bad news is 5-7pm when I fish is basically extremely low tide all week and I find it very difficult to catch fish during that time of tide.

    Yesterday in 2 hours I caught a shovel nose guitar fish, had a few nibbles at sunset but besides that it was dead. Strong northbound current as usual

    Anyone experienced in fishing low tide around these parts?

    I'll be heading out that way in an hour or 2
     
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    I really like low tide where I fish in LJ. I have a feeling that I fish much deeper water than you do up that way. Might look for the deepest trough or chute between reefs that you can? Jetties are often pretty good at low tide too, if you have one available...
     
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    I use a 12 foot pole and I launch that bait out there as far as possible so I try to get it out deep during low tide. We have the oceanside jetty over here. Never been tho. May have to plan that one a little bit better
     
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    update: I caught 1 ray 1 small leapoard and a massive PR guitarfish. Guitarfish fought me for 15+ mins and it was 4 feet at least from tip of head to tail. That's the biggest one I ever caught and it almost spooled me! Had to fight it slow as I feared my leader may give out due to abrasions from there being lots of rocks in the surf.

    Had a crowd surrounded me filming and watching me catch it. Lol

    Overall had an amazing time fishing the low tide!
     
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    Good catch! Congrats!
     
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    Nothing like a big SNGF to give you a workout.... Nice...
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    What line is your surf rig set up with? Sounds like a good fight.
     
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    I use 25lb braid with a pre-tied leader that I bought in a pack from Turners because I like to save time, I didn't even check the poundage but I think it's prob 15lb -20lb. I had used the same leader monday-wednesday tho and that beach I was on has many many pebbles so I knew I had a higher chance of breaking off as those pebbles can cause abrasions over time

    In addition when my reel starting buzzing as the drag pulled, I had no idea truly how big the fish could be on the other end so I played it nice and slow... let it run and reeled, let it run.. reel. Just kept tension the whole time.

    I am also using a tiny reel not made for this type of activity that I got as a gift in 2006. Lol. The reel broke shortly after. The spring snapped inside that controls the locking mechanism for the reel. Yep I stay under -equipped lol. Just thankful to be out there to be honest
     
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    A little
    bit more work than usual, but those loins…. YUM!
     
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    really?
     
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    Well, I’ve never parced out the wings (which could be quite good), but the two loins running down the back are excellent eating. Grilled, braised or broiled. Throw them in tacos or a bed of rice and you’re good to go!
     
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