Mullet in the Mouth and PB Spotty

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  1. waturner3

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    Not for me, but my kid. Late report, but on the eve of July 3 there was a huge school of mullet milling about in Sail Bay. My son threw on an X-Rap and thought he might accidently "Mike Long" a mullet. Much to our surprise he hooked this mullet inside the mouth. FYI, mullet slime is a stank like I've never smelled before...nasty.

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    Then on the 4th in the middle of the day in the middle of the freeway of knucklehead jet skiers and Zonie boat drivers, my son pulls this nice spotty off the bowling pin. Hard to believe that fish were even active with all the 4th of July commotion but we managed 17 fish on swimbaits and flies in a few hours of fishing.

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  2. rockzilla

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    Great tide that day. Fish gotta eat!
     
  3. Shawn H

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    "Mike long a mullet"
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    Very funny.. my cousin just filled me in on the whole Mike Long thing, last week. I had no idea !! From raising record fish, to catching fat spawners at night and turning them in for a different lake record, to taking pics of friends jumbo bass and claiming them 5 years later. Youch !! That little ******* was up to all sorts of shenanigans. He had me convinced for years that he was “ The Chosen One “. ( tear drips from corner of eye )
     
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    And Damn, that mullet is huge ! I had it in my head that they were generally a much smaller fish. Looks like a fun fight if they’re doing acrobatics like I see in the river channel, or the lagoons.
     
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    On Mission Bay on the 4th??? :emoji_astonished::emoji_astonished::emoji_astonished:

    Glad you are still with us... and that you caught fish!
     
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    Glad to see I'm not the only one using this term after I "mike longed" a couple round rays the other night while spotty fishing hahaha
     
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    They used to get up to 4 feet long in the Salton Sea. During WW1 & WWII they had a commercial fishery in the Salton Sea because fishing boats in the Pacific were being sunk by the Japanese . The processing plant was in Westmorland. In the 60’s they used to run up the Alamo and New River to spawn and people would stand on the bridges trying to snag them or use large hoop nets to catch them.
     
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  9. Jim Brown

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    Thanks, that is a bit of fishing history I was unaware of!
     
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    Heck, the Salton Sea even has Mullet Island!

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    There used to be a dance hall on Mullet Island. Fellow named Capt. Davis owned it an catered to all the service men that were stationed in the Imperial Valley during WWII. There was a large field of mud pots around Mullet Island that had various colors of mud in each pot. To get more customers Capt. Davis bought some sea lions and a flock of flamingos to draw more customers. He figured the sea lions would feed on all the mullet. Down the shore there was hog farm. The rancher picked up dead mullet along the shore to feed the hogs. The sea lions discovered baby pigs tasted much better than mullet. The rancher fixed the problem with his trusty 30-30. The flamingoes? Most don’t know they live to be over 80-100 years old and the flock continued to be see around the south end of the Salton Sea for years after, especially around the Alamo River Delta. Recently four remained but they slowly died off. The last one said goodby to the people two years ago.
     
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    Again.. great write up, and your knowledge of history in that area is top notch and very interesting / informative. I got off work early today and started digging into the history of Salton Sea, and all that goes with it, along with the Alamo, and Colorado river history. Long chain of events going on in that valley, and we are now just a blip in time on the grand scale of things.
     
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    I saw your flamingo yesterday behind a Capri... was it you?
     
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    Oh man, I remember the flamingos. My grandmother took me to see them when I was around 12 or 13 (that would have been around 1975) My grandfather had a tangerine orchard and packing house off of hwy 86 on avenue 84 just north of the Imperial County line. I would work there during the summer from when I was 12 or so till I was 17. There was 40 acres on the north side of 84 at Johnson street and another 50 acres if you crossed the 84 st canal and went another half mile or so to the edge of the Salton Sea. He would flood irrigate the orchard and while waiting for different sections of the grove to fill I would walk to the water and goof off. I found out about pumice when I was throwing rocks in the Salton Sea and one floated.

    Once a week we would go to the store down in Desert Shores and I remember a big rocky hill right after seeing the Imperial County Line sign, there was either a waterline on that hill or the hills behind that, it was clear as heck how high the water level used to be. My grandfather showed me where there was a bunch of sticks in a little draw at that dark waterline and he said that was an old fish trap from the Cahuilla Indians.

    That brought back a bunch of memories, Thanks Mogambo !
     
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    How did Sea Lions get out there?

    Edit: nevermind, I just read more!
     
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    Here’s an interesting link to the ancient lake that covered most of the area for thousands of years. http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/salton/AncientLakeCahuilla.html
     
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    Good stuff Chickenlypse. I can picture that whole thing going down.
     
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    I can only imagine the fishing in lake cahuilla for those Sacramento pikeminnows (squawfish for you non-PC types), the largest freshwater fish in our region.
     
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    I caught a very nice sized Squaw fish on the Kern back in 2002 on my trout gear right before dusk. Ranger was cheering me on and waited till I was done fighting it to check our licenses. Cooked it up with some trout that night on the grill and it was pretty tasty.
     
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