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  1. Zhao

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    Hit the beach around 8. Ran into another fisherman who was leaving. He told me "bite is good".
    Caught a decent YFC soon after. Then it got slow for a while. Current kept pushing line sideways.
    After it went all dark the water was calmer, and bites started.Caught a couple more YFC and got one corbina. Left beach about 9:30. Best night session so far.

    BTW when I cook YFC it often tastes "fishy". Any cooking tip to reduce that fishiness? Perhaps marinade it for some time?
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    Congrats,

    Very nice session. Thanks for posting. Everything is slower and more challenging in the dark (surf fishing wise).

    For me, especially in warmer weather, bleeding and getting fish cooled way down ASAP has made a big difference in table quality. If I'm going to harvest a fish for the table, I want it to be the best quality possible.

    When I'm walking the surf in summer trying to catch dinner, which in my case would be Atlantic Summer Flounder (we call fluke), I carry an Engal soft sided backpack cooler. It wasn't cheap. It keeps a couple water bottles and a limit of nice fluke cold and has storage space for some basic tackle. For larger fish, I sometimes gut and gill them after bled to cool them faster and keep them better. I'd alway prefer to not gut because it make filleting more challenging, but I will to preserve better quietly fillets.

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    jjdbike is on the money.. bleed and ice for best results, or even better, fry em whole right on the beach as they are caught...
     
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    Nice croakers man, fried yellowfin is near the top of the list for me
     
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    Bleed, gut, and ice is the most easiest way. When gutting try not to puncture anything that will leak into the meat.

    Bleed, gut, brain spike, ikejime, ice slurry for an all-in approach. Then when prepping trim off as much blood line as you can.

    If still fishy then more seasoning, sauce, garnishes, and a strong beer.
     
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    Does anyone eat mole crabs or is it just me?
     
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    What setup and bait did you use to catch these?
     
  9. Zhao

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    Carolina rig with egg sinker, #4 - #7 sized hook, sand crab as bait. I think it is pretty standard for surf fishing sandy beaches.
     
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    Hey Werf,

    Thanks so much brother. That young man seems like a good guy who really loves the resource. He guides doesn't he? Does he also post YouTube vids?
    JD
     
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    Nick has his own site. Socalsurffishing or something. You can Google it. Tons of info.

    I started surf fishing last fall by reading his site.
     
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    You're on a roll - - congrats again, nice bunch of yellows. Not to my liking taste wise, still fishy IMO even after bleeding out & icing. But feisty fighters & love catching them.
     
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    Quality sized YFCs.
     
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    Thanks man. Had a few good days indeed.
    I cooked a corbina today. My first taste of corbina. It was not nearly as fishy as the YFCs. Texture is a bit firmer. Did I get lucky, or beans are in general not as fishy as YFC?
     
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    https://surffishingsocalsd.com/
    Butch
     
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    I've had both - but its been too long since I had the luck to cook both again so I don't remember.
    My wife says one of them (spot fin croaker) is too fishy for her tastes - but again don't remember which it was. Just need to catch them again and re-learn.
     
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    You're on a roll - - congrats again, nice bunch of yellows. Not to my liking taste wise, still fishy IMO even after bleeding out & icing. but feisty fighter & love catching them.
    That's why I prefer corbina, firm & not fishy.
     
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