SD Bay Yak Session 5/18-19

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  1. Kam_Walsh98

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    Finished up one of those awesome Saturday midterms and was anxious to get back on the water. Launched off of the SI boat ramp around 6:30pm and started off trying to drift a dropshot for halibut down to the Spanish landing entrance. No halis but a good sized spottie to break the skunk. Once the sun went down I threw a small swimbait around by some docks for awhile with nothing except a few smaller bass and a TON of short strikes. Definitely felt like a rubber hook kind of night for awhile. The drag on my $20 Walmart off-brand rod finally gave out after extensive saltwater use and minimal care, much to my great surprise.

    Once the tides turned around to be favorable for fishing the barge I headed that way and swapped out the 20lb mono topshot and 3” baits for 40lb mono and 6” baits. The current was moving great when I pulled up to the barge and they were biting steadily over the course of the next few hours. Lots of smaller fish with a few good ones mixed in. Later on I decided to drift way past the barge and try some different spots and I’m glad I did. As I was drifting and retrieving my swimbait along the bottom it stopped and I thought I got snagged for a second. A second later the snag started ripping drag from my locked down reel and pulled my kayak against the current until I was able to turn him and bring him up to the surface. Ended up landing the best sand bass of the night and one of the bigger ones I’ve caught since I started yakking the bay (first one pictured; idk why they never post in order). All fish were released; I’ve heard sand bass are as good as calicos but the thought of them getting fat on sea lion **** doesn’t sound too appetizing. I feel like even the ones away from the barge make regular trips there to feed.

    Thoughts on fishing the barge? I saw some posts on a popular fishing page on Instagram calling it “lame” and not requiring “skill.” In my opinion, even though the barge is definitely an easy place to get bit and anyone acting like it’s a challenge to catch fish there is full of it, sometimes you just want to spend a few hours whacking fish. It’s also nice to have a spot where you can count on getting a few if your exploratory efforts don’t pan out. I like fishing the barge but I also like finding and fishing other areas and finding good fish in unexpected areas. Last nights session took me all over the north bay and it was more fun than just beelining straight to the barge like I did when I first got the yak. Another thing worth mentioning is that the barge is like any other spot and not always a free for all; in the several times I’ve fished it I’ve had really tough nights in addition to the good ones. It definitely fishes better in certain tide/current situations. One thing for sure is that I definitely won’t change how I fish because of the opinions of someone on social media. Tight lines

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  2. Fat Spottie

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    My advice helping sort out dink’s?
     
  3. Kam_Walsh98

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    I’m still confused by what you meant...do you mean like a DS or a giant tail on a tiny head
     
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    Fishing the barge solo at night from a kayak sounds plenty sporting enough to me!
     
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    Learn zuniga... You can thank me later..
     
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    Nice work Bud :emoji_thumbsup:
     
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    Yessir! Those are some pretty sandies! Nice job!
     
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    Niiiice sandies. The people talking shyt like that on social media are just jealous, imo. They don't have the money/time/energy to buy and learn to use a yak or boat, so they have to act like they're happy with getting baby macks and 9 inch spotties from Harbor Island. Everyone who has fished the bay from a boat knows that the barge isn't a guarantee by any stretch.
     
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