Never Underestimate the Power of a Sandcrab

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  1. Dry Fly Rie

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    So my dad and I decided to hit the surf this evening after I got off work. We headed up to Oceanside, and although the conditions were perfect (great structure, plenty of crabs, very little current), it was incredibly slow. Pops got one small YFC and I couldn't even manage a bite.

    Around 6:00, we decided to make a move and headed south a ways. Hit the sand and right away we started catching some small YFC and beans. Then, I glance over at my dad right as he swings and connects on something. For about 2 seconds, he was the perfect image of bendo, silhouetted against the setting sun. Then the fish just took off like it was shot out of a cannon. It ran straight out for about 10 seconds and then turned and took off south, parallel to the beach.

    It was really moving, and my dad had to run after it, because he couldn't slow it down. Luckily there wasn't anyone in the water to get in the way. We were convinced it was either a shovelnose or a leopard, but couldn't tell in the choppy surf and the glare from the sun. After about 10 minutes, he finally gets it in close enough, and I see it's massive tail slap the surface and then it rolls sideways showing it's flank and distinct green stripes. A few minutes later I jumped in and grabbed it, as my dad couldn't get up on the beach due to the steep slope.

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    We were both so pumped and couldn't believe it's size. It taped at 38 inches long, with a 21 inch girth. It's tail was 11 inches from top to bottom.

    I gave it the best effort I could to revive it and return it to the water, but the fight was just too much for it to survive. After over 10 minutes of trying to get it to swim in waist deep water, we called it, and decided to take it home.
    Too big for the cooler!
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    Neither my dad or I are any good at cleaning fish, but luckily there was a guy who lived right by the beach who was watching us and offered to clean it for us. We were so happy and gladly gave him half the fish for his kindness. The filet that we brought home was literally like 25 inches long and 10 inches wide. Insane! That's a 36 inch bench that he's cleaning it on...
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    Anyways, here's one final picture of this fish-of-a-lifetime...

    My dad stands 6'2" tall, for reference
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    Fish was caught using 6lb line on a carolina rig with a 1 ounce weight, size 6 hook, and two small hard-shell crabs with eggs.

    You gotta love the surf...you just never know what you're gonna catch.
     
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  2. geofish

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    Awesome! A Striper of a Lifetime.....well done!
     
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    Wow, my mind is blown, great job on 6lb test, happy for you, and a special memory your dad and you can share.
     
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  4. William Ritchie

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    NICE JAILBIRD ! Good to see that they are around , One of the biggest I have seen from a down south beach . Enjoyed the report ! Tight lines indeed .
     
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    What a thrill! That resembles the size they catch on the east coast
     
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    You just never know. Damn nice catch!
     
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    Wow!!
     
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    WOW!! I'd have those pictures blown up and plastered on every wall of the house!! Beautiful fish
     
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    Awesome catch anywhere but coming from SoCal makes that an incredible catch. Good job guys.
     
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    Wow. That, Sir, is the definition of a Donnie. And on 6lb line...sweet lord. Congrats on the toad!!!!
     
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    Amazing & on 6# test ! That beast must be 15# + ? Seems like all the reports of stripers in the surf the past few years have been from TP and north & usually on artificials. I recall only 1 other report of a surf striper catch on a sc. Keep hoping for a striper hit at MB and PB one of these days. Congrats again, very well done.
     
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    Wow, dude! Congrats!
     
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    Wow, nice fish, catch of lifetime. Congrat !.
     
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    Awesome. I would love to catch a striper in the surf. I am still amazed we get those this far south. Great catch!
     
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    Northern California has big ones and believe it or not Lake Silverwood has some monsters, but wow,wow, wow getting one like that in our surf.
     
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    Do you know how much it weighed or any guess, I’m guessing 21lb’s
     
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    Huge! And on 6lb test! I wonder what the light line record is for a surf striper like that. It sure looks like your dad had to be pretty close with that hog! Great that you got to share that experience with your Dad too. Memories like that are invaluable!
     
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    STFU!!!!!!! What a catch!
     
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    Incredible fish!!!! What an epic experience!!!!
     
  20. F1$H

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    Holy.......
    Wow thats a good one, gz to your pops. How did he taste?
     
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