Fishing Morena

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  1. Werfless

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    Gold mining at Morena? And no, not the kind with big scales and whiskers.. lol
     
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    This is a road if you map quest or google you can see it. It could have changed, I have not been on the back end of Morena since 2000.
     
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    Pretty sure corral canyon is gated off well before the old "goat island" turnoff.. edit: my faulty memory.. Google calls it morena-stokes valley road
     
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    Sure was good bass fishin in the 80's. We used to camp on the primitive side of the lake. Launch our boat one time and keep it in front of the camp site over a weeks time. They never charged us more than one launch fee. I have a feeling that will never happen again. 6" Green motor oil worm's, seemed like every drop you got bit. That was me and the old lady. Still with her after 37 years. Good times.
     
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    That’s a gravel road with tons of potholes. Recommend high clearance vehicle. It’s also about 1.5 miles walk from the gate to the lake. I parked across from the Navy Specwar base.
     
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    Fished Morena yesterday afternoon (Apr 12) and landed 3 carp and had 2 break-offs (my bad). Also caught and released a small channel cat. I was fishing on bottom near shore no more than 5-8 ft depth. A lot of carp were hitting the surface but I couldn't see what they were going after. Later saw some kind of insect floating (3/4 inch long with very thin body).
     
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    Thanks for the report
     
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    We're they splashing or sipping?
     
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    A friend & I spent some time on the T-Dock today Sat 13 April 2019. We fed some ducks yesterday. Today we got two lines in the water about 0800. Weather was sunny and calm. We used grits pack with an Arrowhead Mills Puffed Corn on the hook. There was ocassional surface action around the dock but nothing to write home about. About 1030, a brisk east wind started blowing and the bite slowed way down. Between 0800 and 1030, we landed 17 including 3 mirrors. They were typical Morena size - around 4-5 lbs, give or take a little. As an interesting side note, there was a young lad who fished a different section of the dock for a couple of hours. He was using a single kernel of corn on the hook. No packbait and no prebaiting but he landed 7. He gave em to us and we later delivered 24 carp to families in the Clairemont Mesa area. Here are a few fotos:

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    Beautiful work
     
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    They were splashing. Coming up, sometimes getting their head out of water (not jumping) and turning around making a decent splash/boil when they did.
     
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    Thanks for the report.
     
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    Sounds like those ones were spawning. Thanks for the report.
     
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    They are rare, especially in southern California. I've always been a catch and release any type of fish, but especially mirrors.
     
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    One kernel of corn...all I use out at the River!
     
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    Today, 27July2019, we did another harvest day on the T-Dock. Got two lines in the water at 0815. The initial bite was very slow. I only landed one from 0815 to 1115; three hours and one fish. But things really picked up after that. [I have to admit that I refreshed my pack bait every 10-15 minutes, so, by 1115, there was a lot of attraction in the water.] The bite turned on and there were tons of fish jumping in front of me. In the next three hours, I landed 25, including 3 mirrors. We gave em all away to families in the Clairemont Mesa area.

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    Way to clean them out!
     
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    Did you forget to feed the ducks? that's a slow start for the carp Jedi, nice haul though
     
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    Did not forget those duckeys; they ate well the day before with corn & range cubes. I was surprised by the slow start. Along with the slow bite was an absence of surface action. But after 3 hours things improved a lot.
     
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    Today, Sat 07 Sept 2019, was another harvest day on the Morena T-Dock. Got two lines in the water at 0750. Bite was on right away. By myself, I could not efficiently handle two rods because the runs were so frequent. The carp were on my bait as soon as it hit bottom. Fortunately, some fishing assistants showed up and I was able to just handle baiting & casting the two rods while others brought the fish to net, unhooked them, tossed em in a bucket and handed the rod to me to rebait and cast out again. Basically, when I got a run I just set the hook and handed the rod off to an assistant. By 1150, we landed 35, including 4 mirrors, and had a few hook pulls that kept the numbers from being higher. I used My Favorite Rig, described elsewhere in this thread, with a 1 oz slip sinker and a #2 hook. I used canned sweetcorn on the hook and molded soy pack around the sinker. Fish were given to families in Clairemont Mesa area. The soypack recipe is:

    7cps soybean meal
    1 1/2 cp flour
    1 1/2 cp fruity pebbles
    1 5oz box Cherry Jell-o
    1 can cream corn
    1 small jar smuckers cherry preserves [12 oz]

    Oh, almost forgot: Ducks had a feast the day before on Friday.

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