El Cap 1/12

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  1. Egorham

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    I've been fishing Murray a good bit lately, learning the lake and starting to catch fish consistently, so I was excited to take my dad and show him the lake. We showed up at the gate sometime after 9 for a gentleman's start, only to be greeted by all the cars ahead of us turning around. Murray is closed the second tuesday of the month, of course. This makes complete sense, seeing as when I fish Murray any other day of the week I interact with exactly ZERO city employees, the concession store is closed, etc...? :emoji_rage::emoji_rage::emoji_rage:

    Oh well, figured it could be a blessing in disguise, I've been meaning to check out San V. Luckily I called ECBT to double check it would be open... nope, San V is closed on Tuesdays. Of course. He mentioned El Cap is open however so we headed there.

    Neither of us have been there before, but luckily my dad's old school and had shiners and nightcrawlers, so I was hopeful we'd be able to catch something at least.

    We started fishing the points closest to the boat ramp on the road side. I figure as we've got nothing to go on, may as well start close. We made our way to the dam arm with no bites to show for our efforts. I checked out deep water and there did seem to be some bait hanging at 50', maybe a couple fish on it, but the finder didn't show anything that made me really want to spend time fishing there. Water was 54.8 degrees. 4ish degrees colder than Murray has been lately, so figured the fish would be in winter mode more still.

    We went looking. All of the blatantly obvious rocky points had a boat by them, so we pulled into a little tiny cove that had some decent rocky shoreline. I grabbed a shiner, put it on a dropshot with barely any weight, and set in the holder. The rod was going off instantly. It wasn't a big bass, but we all know what a first fish can do for morale.

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    I saw a couple other fish on the finder so I grabbed my ned rig and cast it towards the shoreline. I'm fumbling with the trolling motor when I feel an unmistakable tap-tap, and set the hook. It's another small bass, but the second in minutes, and it felt good to be on to something.

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    Notice the wound on his backhalf.

    Now the wind started picking up and made it hard to fish as it was blowing us right at the shoreline, so I dropped the anchor on our newfound hot spot. We each put out a minnow and I fan casted the area with a ned rig as we ate our sandwiches. No more bites so after a half hour or so I pulled it up and we continued on.

    We must have been just off the spot, because as soon as we started moving down the shoreline again we started getting bites. In the next 15 minutes or so we caught 4 more fish, I got 2 on a dropshot nightcrawler left in the holder, and my dad got 2 on shiners.

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    He also missed a couple bites!

    We gave it another 45 mins or so after our flurry but nothing really happened. With an extra long drive home and one trailer light out we left early to make it back home before dark. Final count was 6 small bass: 3 on shiners, 2 on nightcrawlers, and 1 on a ned rig.

    It ended up being a fun adventure exploring a new lake. It's beautiful out there. Woulda been nice to have catch some bigger fish as well, but we really can't complain seeing as we caught fish on our first visit! I wish they would repave that road in though!
     
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    Nice work getting dad on some fish!
     
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    thanks for the report.
     
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    Great report Egorham!
    Really enjoyed reading it and the pics.
    I always cherished my fishing trips with my father and great to see him out there with you catching fish too!
    I texted you the schedule when the lakes are open and shut. It’s funny because I wanted to go to Murray one time last year and I drove up there and should have known better because it was the second Tuesday on the month. I felt really stupid and sadly just drove home. Even though it was a little over a mile and a half to my house....it seemed like a lot farther... ha ha
    Nice to see that you guys rebounded and
    made a nice day out of it at El Cap. :)
     
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    Just in case others need to see this ....

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    I was at the ramp when you guys where doing something at the dock. I was loading up in the back of a lexus at the bottom of the ramp. I like your boat great for getting around these lakes. Next time I'll have to say hello and see ow your day on the water is going. Glad to see You guys got some pulls, I pulled in a dink and that was it for the day. Great report and hope to see you on the water sometime!
     
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    Thanks! It's nice to turn the tables and be able to take him fishing now.

    No problem!

    Thanks Vinny. Definitely felt stupid for a second, except we were 30 miles from home and a bag of live shiners... Luckily it worked out.

    Oh nice, were you fishing out of a tube or pontoon? I saw you. My boat certainly isn't much, but it gets the job done for now. Feel free to say hello, I'm either fishing out of that boat or a cumberland tube with a 4 rod, all black rod holder on the left side.
     
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    Nice job out there, always a good day when your able to get a line wet !!!
     
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    I was outta my inflatable pontoon. Cant miss me gotta bright orange flag in the back. Next time I will be sure to say hello! Take care and tight lines!
     
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    Were you able to get back in? ;)
     
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    It was crazy never thought that dink could pull me in but when you're lookin for the eagles......lol
     
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    Sightings a plenty lately! Pretty cool! Seen both Goldens and Baldies.
     
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    Haven't seen any Golden, but had a Bald Eagle escort me in last time out. Awesome start to the day!
     
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    Such majestic birds, I love seeing them locally!
     
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    I have seen Goldens in past years and I think I saw a pair a few weeks back. I thought they were Red Tails until they got closer and I heard them chattering. They could have been Juvenile Bald Eagles. No white heads.
    BTW, the sound projected on movie speakers whenever an Eagle is shown, is usually the cry of a Red Tailed Hawk.
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    Thats what I thought when I was out last time. Saw a brown one and thought it was a young Baldie. Could've been a couple actually, I could hear them screaming all over and swooping down. A few trips in the past when I rolled in there was a pair of them low on the branches of some of the eculyptus trees one right after the other in 2 trees it was pretty cool to see. Another trip I have seen them swooping on loons. I thought it was busting fish but It was actually an eagle trying for some breakfast. That loon was diving and coming up and going right back down as fast as possible, I was happy the loon made it, but sad as the eagle went up on a rock and just watched me fish for a bit.
     
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    Last summer and fall, I almost always saw one or two in the trees on the NW side of the island at San Vee. Watched one time while a couple of ravens tried to steal some meat from a juvenile.
     
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    Loons and not Cormorants? I have seen Loons on the Bay.
    Several years back there was a large cover of Coots at the back of El Cap. A Golden Eagle made a swoop at them and they all, simultaneously, exploded from the water. Made quite a noise and the Eagle turned away a good 20 yards up. Seems he was just toying with them.
     
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    heard they don't like to eat them. coots, people don't eat em either.
    saw something unusual at otay last month. hollywood (osprey) was de-feathering a black bird! not their usual prey. :eek:
     
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    Upon further research looks like I know just as much about birds as well squat.
     

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