Jennings Shore - 12/4

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  1. blackcloud9

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    Foggy morning with Santa Anas arriving Sunday, so decided on some freshwater fishing. Reluctantly headed out toward Jennings, which was stocked this week - its one of my old favorites that has been pretty challenging for me for trout the last couple of years.

    Fishing the ultralight trout rod with my 2 pound mono, traded off fishing mini jigs, crawlers and nymphs. For a December day, I had a fun morning catching a good number of trout, a handful of redear and even some small bass. I saw a few trout over 3-pounds landed around me. Snapped a few photos below.






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    No Redear pics? I always like to see if they actually have red ears! :emoji_grin:
     
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    OK fishormen, you asked for it!! I love targeting these panfish, they are the most consistent year-round fish - biting every month of the year and serious midge-eaters in winter. Caught a few little clones Saturday, and a couple larger all released but also witnessed some of tanker perch feeding less than a rod-length away. Jennings is an aquarium!

    There are a lot of fish with the perch-speckles like this, but is this a yes or no? Looks like a 'maybe'. Definitely not just a bluegill.

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    Here are some past Jennings shots, some of these perch are masquerading as bluegill to the untrained eye.


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    Some not

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    Redear and non-red-eared redear? Hybrid?

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    It's a mystery every time you hookup. Seems like differing levels of hybrid exist.


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    Here is a good one that I think shows redear vs. real bluegill, my girls being hilarious

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    I'd call all of these guys below redear, um, mostly!


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    OK enough of the panfish porn, for now!
     
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    Some look like they have crappie in them and at one looks like he has smallmouth bass genes.
     
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    I'm not seeing perch....
     
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    "The redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus), also known as the shellcracker, Georgia bream, cherry gill, chinquapin, improved bream, rouge ear sunfish and sun perch) is a freshwater fish in the family Centrarchidae."

    "The scientific name for the redear is Lepomis microlpphus. You might recognize these other names for the redear: shell cracker (when eating snails the shell is completely crushed and expelled from the mouth, hence the name shell cracker), stump-knocker (for its love of leafy brush and stumps), and redear perch."


    They aren't perch. But I grew up in the 70's and 80's fishing Lake Cachuma with everybody I knew calling them 'redear perch'. So, while it's completely wrong, its ingrained in my head. I'll consider dropping the perch mention and stick with redear. Thanks for the correction!
     
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    BTW, just got back from a quick little lobster rodeo and was back home by 6:30pm to feed the dog. Use those trout heads and scraps for something ...

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    My new cuddly dog on the left. Our little terrier was ... terrified :emoji_astonished:

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    Thanks for the pics! I'm glad I asked for it! You are an all-around amazing angler!
     
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    December 18th, caught a bunch more trout today on flies and minijigs before noon. Fun stuff. And decided not to ruin this albino cat's day, but would've been easy. No redear today.

    Edit: most importantly, I helped a few less fortunate kids actually hook and land their first trout on my light setups, which they were excited to take home for dinner.

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    Nope. I casted into the anchovy schools before sunrise this morning for 10 minutes before heading East to the lake. Again not a hit but I do not blame the fish, there was 15' surf and 30 kts like four days ago .... My buddy dove the anchovy schools here yesterday - poor visibility like 5' with seaweed - for nada except seeing the usual short seabass. Looked like there was still plenty of bait around inshore this afternoon.

    Last week I went spearing in the thick, thick chovy schools with clear water - and strangely only saw one little wsb, one mackerel, one sm barracuda and lots of huge smelt. A few chovies somehow found themselves inside my divebag ....

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    Was down there and wondered if you took a dip, wasn't sure, fished your home turf this afternoon low tide for some tide pool fish including a couple dwarf surfperch and a dink opaleye or two, seemed the bigger fish weren't hungry, wonder why. Had a bonito lure with me but didn't cast it once, birds came up for a few seconds, but not by me...
     
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    Yes the bait everywhere makes for some stuffed fish. There are quite a few regulars that use a mask to look around out here when conditions are right. I never post these but. I have a slip-tip pole spear that I do pretty well with during the warmer months.


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    A great demonstration of fishing versatility. You are living the dream.
     
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    Freshwater report Jennings 12/19. Put five on the stringer because my mother-in-law wants some whole trout. Fished the afternoon for a challenge in bright sunshine. This is mainly sight-fishing, a lot of fish watching and tracking, often seeing them turn and strike in the crystal clear water - that part I enjoy most about it.

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    Sweet!!!!
     
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    Hey Larry!

    I see your out there doing the damn thing... as always. Very Nice indeed!

    The kids asked about you a month or so ago as they wanted to get back out there after those bugs.
    They call you the Lobster Trap Expert Man! :emoji_smiley:
     
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    LOL. As you know, I catch many more eels than lobster :emoji_slight_smile: But whether its octopus, eels or lobster the tidepools have some amazing creatures.

    Here's a clip showing one eel headed back to the saltwater from the rock:

     
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    Quick freshwater report from stormy Christmas Eve day - right after the storm front passed through.

    I chose to look to some scavengers for rainy fishing fun with medium spinning tackle and my favorite bobber. Managed to miss a dozen strikes but got a few (I've never had much luck catching anything else in windy post-frontal conditions!)

    Heavy rain. All fish released.

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