La Jolla Fly Tossing

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  1. Tomaso

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    Decided to check out the ocean for a change, and hit La Jolla with Craig yesterday. Had a fun outing, and managed to bring a few over the rail.

    Launched at Dana and headed north. Swell wasn't as bad as I expected, and had a fairly smooth ride. Checked out the congregation of boats at the point, to no avail. Then got into some nice sized mackerel and some barracuda just outside the kelp a bit to the south. Mackerel were in the 1.5-2 pound range, and plenty of fun on a flyrod. Seemed to be pretty localized though, and never saw any birds working the whole day.

    Decided to concentrate on calicos for a while. Never did great on the fly, partly due to the wind and chop (the other part due to my casting). I picked up about a half dozen on the jetty fly, but the highlight was Craig getting a nice calico on a Gurgler! Pretty cool, seeing a big checker blast out of the kelp and hit a surface popper.

    We also managed about 20-25 calico on TJWs, including one Craig got that I think weighed 5.5# on the boga.

    On the water around 07:45, off about 4:00. Water temps were 63-65, and a pretty steady breeze all day. I didn't get any pics on my camera; maybe Craig will post up something. A great day to be out.

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    The calico on the gurgler was the highlight of the data. The fish came like a rocket from under a kelp strand about 30 feet from fly and just hammered it.

    A few months ago I purchased the new Sage Largemouth Bass rod. This 7'11 rod that comes with a special line is wonderful for casting bulky bugs. I had no trouble laying out a 5" long gurgle 60' or more and usually on target even in the swell and the wind.



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    Cool 3D pics.

    Send me the jig fish picture for the gallery link.
     
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    Nice Checker
    I got into some mackies at Pukey a few weeks back that were bigger than bay size Bonito
    biggest was well over 20"

    looks like a fun day anyhow despite the wind

    tricks I got lotsa jetty fly Cal pix if you need them
     
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    Good to hear a report. Chunky mack and nice topwater calico. Good numbers too!
     
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    Sweet - what size rod are you using?
     
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    For Macs, Bonito, and 'Cuda I use an 8wt rigged with a fast sinking shooting head.

    For calicos around structure I usually use a 9wt with a leadcore or tungsten shooting head. Less tiring than a 10 to cast all day, and still enough muscle in the butt section to lever fish away from cover.

    For topwater, I use my Sage Largemouth Bass rod, which comes with a special flyline with a very agressive weight forward taper. This combos is great at tossing bulky bugs. A 9 or 10 wt with a floating salwtater, bass, or pike taper is also good for surface work.

    Anything 8wt to 10wt is good for local inshore.
     
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