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Fishing off the rocks in Long Beach

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I decided to go out and fish off the rocks for rock fish or whatever might bite. I started with a 3 inch Big Hammer in Sexy smelt for Nada so I switched to a Bay smelt since it was partially white.(I like white and glow in the dark plastics at night) I managed to catch this little guy, hes about as big as the swimbait.

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I then switched over to a 3 inch Kalin glow grub on a jig head with weed guards and caught my first sand bass. These guys are scrappy fighters.

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They went back to the drink and then a few casts later I had something a lot larger start peeling drag until it found a nook in the rocks and I couldn't get it out. I baited up again but things slowed down. I then started to see some fish on the surface so I tried a Kastmaster for a while but no takers. I didn't realize they closed the parking at 11pm so the local PD kindly asked me to leave and gave me some pointers on where I might try to find some more fish at this time of night. I decided to head out as I wasn't planning on being out so late but when your fishing time starts to warp and you loose track.

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Looks like fun. You mentioned you could see the fish on the surface, seems like the water is clear enough to bowfish there? Were you using a light? I have been wanting to find a place I could bowfish other than Lake Elsinore or Big Bear for Carp.

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Hey Dave the fish that I saw where jumping on the surface. I assumed they where running from a predator or hunting something smaller. I didn't really see anything cruising by but I have heard of guys hunting rays and sharks with there bows in Malibu. You might check into that. I usually have a small headlamp on just so I can see where I am boulder hopping and to recharge my glow in the dark plastic baits.

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Cool thanks, I'll check it out. I've looked around here at Redondo, but the water isnt clear enough usually and too much surf.

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That's fun fishing when you don't know what is going to be taking the bait, or lure in this case. :)

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Absolutely John. Every time I have a big one break me off or spool me it makes me want to go out even more. You just never know whats lurking in the water. Once in Avila bay a buddy of mine and I were fishing off the pier and it was a strange night, just too quiet. We later found out we where not the only ones there. Apparently a great white was cruising the bay around the pier and was on the news that evening. It made the hair on our necks stand up.

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When I fish in the ocean or bay, I am so stupid this country boy don't even know what the fish are called that he catches most of the time. Still enjoy it though.

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I don't know the names of a ton of fish but it sure is a lot of fun to catch them. :signs165xk: There are many different places with many different fish. I caught some fish when I was in Costa Rica and didn't take pictures. I wish I had this was almost 5 years ago and I just recently learned what they are called. These where fun on 6 pound line with a kastmaster.Its called a Gaftop Sail Paompanohttp://www.oceanfootage.com/video_clips/PS06_146http://www.mexfish.com/mfn/mfn2007/mfn070416/reeves2.jpg

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Now you found one that I have never seen before. Not sure I can read it's name right, much less pronounce it. Looks like it would be a good fighter with those big fins.

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Those are awesome to see swim by in a school of 50 to 100 down in Baja. I think they are one of the most interesting fish to see in a school.

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You might want to try looking at the DFG Finfish and Shellfish ID book. I just got one myself andits got tons of fish in it, all well drawn with half a page describing them, just look in the Fishing section on DFGs website. Its Free too.

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The top fish (silvery) is a queenfish and is a member of the croakier family.

It's always fun slinging artificial lures off the rock...you never know what's going to strike.

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The bay fish & harbor fish are full of heavy metal, Catch Picture & release CPR works. On the way home buy a burger & frys and that will be a compliment to a great night out. I would be into fishing the bays for big rays at night (with CPR)they are big and pull hard, fun stuff.

jg / Bill

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That is a gass.

I remember when I was a kid, my father took me fishing

on a rock jetty, I think Balboa.

The water was clear, and we watched the fish.

Good memories with dad.

Tom

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I dont eat anything out of there. But its a fun little spot at times when it isn't too crowded. Honestly I've been slinging steel more often then I have been angling.

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