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Author: Subject: Mission Bay Eel Grass Lurkers 8/24 - 8/25
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[*] posted on 26/8/18 at 12:51 Reply With Quote
Mission Bay Eel Grass Lurkers 8/24 - 8/25



Finished off the biz day in San Diego on Friday with a short twilight session on Mission Bay with my son Andy and one of his mates. I did a quick recy of the spot at low tide and noted a few peaks and troughs in the weed beds which would likely produce food bringing currents on the incoming tide and paced them off to get an idea if they would be within casting distance after the tide came in. As it turned out the spot was very wadable so we were able to reach the area I surveyed with our flies and it produced some good fish for us in a short 20 minute spell as the light began to fade.
This one took a chartreuse Rugbydad fished on a Rio WF6F/I line and a straight 16' 15 lb Fluo leader. The trick was to belt the fly out just beyond the mark I notes at low tide then jerk strip it in over the eelgrass.

15" of pissed off Spottie
https://i.imgur.com/rzs41sol.jpg

Worms eye view of a wanna be legal
https://i.imgur.com/uOKgzuFl.jpg

Andy and his mate bagged a few similar sized fish on a #4 black over purple Clouser casting in the fading light on the walk back to the cars accompanied by much whooping and yee-ha-ing. Isn't life grand when you can stand back and see the next generation getting the plot......

We got this.....
https://i.imgur.com/Cd8xa1Ll.jpg

I overnighted in SD and planned to fish either the same spot in Mission Bay in the tube or launch from Tidelands at first light on Saturday morning and eventually and after much pouring over tide tables, water depth and word of mouth intel took the scientific approach, tossed a coin and fished the Friday night area in Mission Bay. I was in the water at 6 am and noted a couple of boats throwing plastics while drifting in the deeper channels without any obvious hookups so I decided to concentrate on the eelgrass beds and drop offs close to the beach which the low tide exposed all the way along the area I had fished the night before. Given that I would be fishing in a max of about 8' of water the gear was a #4 weight floating line with a 5' intermediate polyleader, and a 10' 15 lb Fluo leader with the dropper fly 3' up from the point. Flies of choice were a #2 Ghost Minnow on the point and a bright red Rugbydad and overall it was the red fly on the dropper which pulled most of the fish. The tactic was to position the tube so I could cast into the eelgrass and work out the retrieve by trial and error over the drop off; too slow and I was pulling Eelgrass, too fast and there were no hits. On hindsight even though I got a few doubles and with almost every fish in the 12'-15" range they all managed to get tangled up in the weeds and had to be hand lined out and as this may have been because the fly without the fish got snagged I'll fish this area again with one fly next time. Some glam pics.

If you like my body and you think I'm sexy.....
https://i.imgur.com/qbHPtZAl.jpg

Who's your daddy

https://i.imgur.com/BGPUNffl.jpg

I'm a Spottie why am I doing this?
https://i.imgur.com/Mn5XSdzl.jpg

Is this my best side?
https://i.imgur.com/SulUJwjl.jpg

Or this?
https://i.imgur.com/NFISkVKl.jpg

Who's the guy with bright red lipstick?
https://i.imgur.com/6J3IJ95l.jpg

Honestly we're just good friends
https://i.imgur.com/Gm9w7Oul.jpg

Take the freekin' picture........
https://i.imgur.com/DRzdfR0l.jpg

By 11 am the tide was slack, the wind came up and the water became infested with rental yaks, SUP's and out of control nitwits on jet skis; well it was a summer Saturday at a Socal beach resort so I was thankful for the fun that 20 odd decent sized Spotties and a tiny Butt gave me.......
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[*] posted on 26/8/18 at 13:53 Reply With Quote


One of my favorite places to fish. Find grass you will find fish. Those Mission bay bass for some reason are more aggressive and hit your offering with bad intentions. I just fish from the shore now due to I like to jump around the bay. Thanks for sharing.
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Originally posted by flyster101
One of my favorite places to fish. Find grass you will find fish. Those Mission bay bass for some reason are more aggressive and hit your offering with bad intentions. I just fish from the shore now due to I like to jump around the bay. Thanks for sharing.

You are right about those MB Spotties, they have attitude especially when they are hooked in shallow water on floating line gear so they don't have to drag a sink tip around. Some of the takes reminded me of upstream nymph fishing when trout would rip the line through the stripping hand and the fly line hissed across the water.
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