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Author: Subject: Newport Harbor CGS 06/08

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[*] posted on 8/6/18 at 11:48 Reply With Quote
Newport Harbor CGS 06/08

Spent 3 1/2 pleasant hours under calm conditions drifting in front of the Coast Guard Station this morning, but with only four fish to hand, all spotties, on four different flies.

Had several other hookups, including a bat ray sleigh ride. I was farther into my backing than ever before, but wanted to see the fish so I cranked my drag all the way tight and carefully worked the thing as not to break my rod. It still made runs. Can’t believe I finally got the beast up and boat-side on my 6-weight. The fly was in the tip of its snout, and it’s wingspan was wider than the width of my Mini-X kayak. I’m counting it legal and landed, though I intentionally broke it off at that point. I’m sure the barbless hook will work its way out.

This was the largest spottie landed.


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[*] posted on 8/6/18 at 11:51 Reply With Quote

Awesome morning on the water!

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[*] posted on 8/6/18 at 14:36 Reply With Quote

Sweet. Nice big spottie. Bat Rays are fun for a couple of minutes but then turn into a slug fest.

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[*] posted on 9/6/18 at 06:05 Reply With Quote

my very first saltwater fish was a bat ray (in the surf). i still remember being floored at how much line that thing took out. freight train is a proper description. kudos to you for bringing it up by your kayak. that is no easy feat. any pics of it? (not that i didn't also enjoy your spottie pic). nice job
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