Surprise catch at Spanish Landing

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  1. wishnfishn

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    So I was waiting for my family to wake up at the lovely Sheraton and decided to drop shot around the docs with a 3 inch FinS minnow. When I got a hit followed by a powerful surging run. I thought halibut but then I saw silver and thought white sea bass or corvina but when I got it in the mouth was small with a barbel on the chin. Trophy 18 inch corvina on plastic! Released it and a few spotties with onlookers from the pool area nearby.

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    Im always surprised when I catch Corbina in the bays. Great surprise though ! Good job !
     
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    thats awesome dude!
     
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    I was fishing the opposite side of the bridge Saturday am trying out the Penn fathom 200. Some photos 20210410_082727.jpg 20210410_085019.jpg
     
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  6. wishnfishn

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    Nice variety! How do you like that reel compared to let’s say Curado or piscifun?
     
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    Corbina...in the bay..on plastic

    Definitely not something you see often, nice catch.
     
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    I got a nice corbina on plastic, in the boat channel down by J Street last month. Maybe some of them migrate into the bay this time of year.
     
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    You guys don't get many corbs in the bay down there?.. I've caught a ton inside Alamitos bay... They seem to love the ghost shrimp, and you guys have a lot more of those than we do... None on the drop shot, or plastic, though... And a real nice looking corbina, by the way...
     
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    Ive only seen 4 corbina pulled from the bays/lagoon. 2 from plastics 2 from ghost shrimp
     
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    I have not used a piscifun, I do not care for new curados in salt. However, I use a E200 all the time in the bays and lagoons. The Penn is a nice addition and I hope it lasts as long as my older curado.
     
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    Nice one. They are out there for sure.
     
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    That just seems odd to me... Is it just that nobody targets them?... I have probably caught more, or at least as many corbina in the bays up here, as any other species... But this is coming from a live bait slinger, as opposed to an artificial guy... I fish the Alamitos Bay Peninsula a lot (Inside the bay and out), and have caught around 30 different species of fish there, on bait... You just never know what you are going to get... I think that's why I like bait fishing... The variety...
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    Im sure plenty of people soak ghost shrimp, clams, bloodworms etc in the bay and they don't really get them either (could be wrong because when I soaked these baits I caught other species). I think its cuz of how the floor bottom is structured, the depth, maybe the water quality is different. Idk. I used to soak a type of clam and ghost shrimp at a specific area for spotfin, yellowfin, and sargo in the bay. Did it for years most of my childhood and didn't really see corbina coming up. But lots of spotfin and sargo... Ridiculous amounts of spotfin and sargo. I have seen corbina swimming in the shallows in the lagoons though. Also I feel like SD has alot of people that fish and keep everything they catch. I feel like it is overfished and fish populations are declining. If you have been fishing in SD for more than 15 years you will know what Im talking about... Aka bucket brigade aka rod walls in the sand
     
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    I have seen declining catches in the bay up here as well... But I attribute it to the mechanical grooming of all of the sand beaches in the bay... I believe they are destroying the ghost shrimp beds (Hardly any places to pump shrimp any more) along with any other worms , etc...
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    Midnightpass ... Pretty sure all the caniform and coliform bacteria in the water, combined with all the dredging, reclamation, fertilizer runoff etc have had a MUCH greater impact on our fishery than fishermen have. Seems like a LOT more harvest happened in the past than now, IMO
     
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    Because noone can catch consistent legal spotties like they used too anymore
     
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    12" spotties aren't so hard to catch, 14 is a different story.. big spotties (over 18") are gone for the same reason. Spotties are taking longer and longer to get to enormous size, just like the LMB in freshwater due to lack of harvest. If a certain number are removed, the ones remaining grow faster... A LOT faster. Of course this is only true to a point... if too many are harvested too small or too large, then breeding cycles can be disrupted. I haven't seen this personally though, not anywhere in the US I have been. What I have seen is C and R practices destroying fisheries over and over, over regulation killing communities and ways of life, introduced pests being treated like unicorn sport fish, rich people pushing through legislation to benefit themselves, etc.. those things I have seen over and over again...
     
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    Parts of Mission Bay are full of corbina.
    When the water's clear and the sun is up even I can spot 'em.
    Seeing and catching are two different things, though.
    When they're up on the sand in groups of two to four fish, I suspect they're not feeding. Flirting? Dating? Putting steps on their fitbit? They seem perfectly content to swim all around a live ghost shrimp and not eat it. When I see a lot of corbina around, sometimes I'll toss a live shrimp ahead of the group....not on a line...and the shrimp swimming to the bottom and then crawling around in plain sight does nothing for the fish swimming in circles three feet away.
     
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    I know that people who find bay shore spots that work for them hardly ever talk about them. Rightfully so. Having one person hogging up the shoreline with 5+ rods sucks.
     
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