SD Bay takes, then gives!! 7/6

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  1. scisports

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    Well for once the great tidal swing matched availability, decided to try and drift along the channel edge. On the water by 3:30am, went to the barge. Fish were biting but I was farmer John with how many broke off. Was embarrassing :), but got a nice toad Sandy for my trouble. Then slack tide slacked the bite. Waited it out by hooking into two bat rays, one on plastic, one on squid, brought both to the boat and extracted the hook on both. The barge bite didn’t improve with the incoming, so I decided to drift at the green buoy. Caught Mack’s, lizardfish (!!), and spotties... tried to keep the lizards and Mack’s in my crafted bait tube - more work needed :), nothing on bait.

    Then when the drift turned parallel to shelter island, all hell broke loose. Had a triple legal sand bass hookup at one point.

    Then as I’m trying to contort around to put the three fish in my not conveniently located cooler, I drop the third one, and lunge after it, which resulted in a refreshing dip.

    Shortly thereafter I caught the Hali on a fluke. Need a bigger net lol.

    Crazy turn of events, could’ve been worse, but only lost a pair of sunglasses.

    Such a rookie!!! Be safe out there!!

    Btw: Hali was 28+”, tail is curling down off the yak. Biggest bass is 19”.

    Caught 20-25 fish total. Off the water at 12:00.

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  2. mikecheck1212

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    Awesome sesh sir!
     
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    Well done! Nice variety “peddler.”
     
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    Wow, catch way nicer grade of fish and lose a few lbs peddling all at the same time, WIN!
     
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  5. scisports

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    Yup, got it exactly. It’s amazing how little you think of food when you’re fishing lol
     
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    Damn.. Killing it! Nicely done
     
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    Very nice! You gonna eat them? Course you are! Tell me how you like the Sandies.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    He’s put in the time! And he just did it without a Fish finder! He didn’t know his depth or bottom structure! Now that’s epic like a Mexican Panguero!
     
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    Why is it super ok to cook up some sandies but not spotties?! I don't get how peope can hate so much if it's a legal fish...Do spotties really taste that different?? Cooome ooon
     
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    Same reason some people cringe when people eat Mackerel or Bonito.......

    To each, their own. You can eat Spotties. My only concern is that SDB is polluted with PCB’s and Mercury in the mud from 150 years of the US Navy.......Spotties live on the bottom. You decide for yourself. I’d definitely follow the portion consumption signs all over SDB!

    I personally don’t eat anything out of the Bays. I wouldn’t have a problem eating anything on the Ocean side but I’m not a fan of eating Bass. Unless it’s WSB!
     
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    Spotties aren't the greatest table fare. Not horrible though. Just gotta prep them right. I don't go out of my way but if I've got a legal and a cooler it gets an ice bath lol.

    Great sesh, man. Glad the dip only resulted in a lost pair of shades, and not everything aboard. Looks like the fam will be eating well!
     
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    Sandbass, literally have sand in their name...they live on the bottom too ha! Calicos would probably be the only bass that swims up in the seaweed more than living on the bottom...

    I have been told the levels of contaminants in MB are less than SDB which does make sense considering all the heavy boating that goes through there on a daily compared to MB which is more likely crowded on the weekend and gets to refresh for an entire week...I'm kinda hesitant to eat stuff out of SDB, more so now reading werfless reply on the thread "i want butts"
     
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    Congratulations on breaking that new Yak in, I’m sure your going to really get on them now, not that your weren’t before.
     
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    Just got me thinking "ummmmm...do I need a yak when I get down there..." LOL!!
    Great fish and glad the dip turned out minor.
     
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    Let’s call a toad spotty 3lbs, if that were a sandbass it wouldn’t get a second look. Sandbass probably have 100X the range of spotties which are basically confined to our small bays and lagoons. Issue of scarcity. I will say I have never eaten a SBB, but I agree it can be silly how fishermen arbitrarily apply more status to certain fish that are just as easy to catch as others. If I ever see someone with a legal SBB in their bucket, my only response will be”Looks like dinner!”
     
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    As food for thought, there is, as I understand it, an unremediated landfill in the south shores area. Like, chemicals and the such. It really boils down to how much/often. I have taken probably 6 spotties home in the last year and a half. 5 from MB and 1 from SDB. 4 of the 5 MB ones came from very close to the entrance to MB, the other was still on the west side. East end of the bay, the fish tend to always go back lol.
     
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    Thanks for the correction Roncador .
     
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    Landfill that accepted toxic industrial waste back in the '50s no less; here's some comprehensive reporting on it from 2000 and some updated reporting from 2016.
     
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    I’ve tried spotty years ago, taste is blah and rubbery, so I’ve never taken them since, nor tried to refine my cooking technique. When the coach says he’d rather not eat spotty, I take note!

    Sandies and calicoes both are fine, better flavor, not too firm, fine for fish tacos, breaded, battered, etc. Hali is a different category. Sautéed in butter, and batter fried for the missus. Delish!

    Hg content is no joke, another reason why bay captive spotties are not harvested. Sandies and Hali’s migrate in and out of the bay.

    Interesting note: no signs of worms in the Hali. Same could not be said for 2 of the sandies - left out the belly meat for those.

    On the drift I think I got lucky, plain n simple. We’ll see if it is repeatable next time.

    The triple bass hookup was nuts!

    Roncador my gaff is on order lol!

    Thanks SDFish!
     
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