I just returned from my 2 week family vacation in OC. For the first week and half with high ocean temps were way up and I only pickup dogs, skates and the occasional king from the surf. Took out the 12?vhull in the bay one day and got 2 small fatties before my motor died on me - that was a bad day for many reasons! Anyhow, I put a lot of time in on area beaches and bridges. Not much to talk of ? not even blues. I did hear see and hear of some weaks being taken on the beach. My some got his first ? 14? and still growing!
With the temps so high, I decided to hit the beach before day break to toss some king heads and clams just beyond the suds. One morning saw two bite offs of 60# floro. Another morning saw a run and spit ? I had left the liveliner feature engaged as I walked away to get a cigar. As soon as I grabbed the pole the line went dead and everything was still intact. Another morning I set the hook into something heavy and strong. After about 15 minutes I landing my first gray shark (I think). It was 52? and good size choppers. That was fun since I had not gotten anything larger 12? sand shark up to that point.
Yesterday, on my last day of vacation, I decide to get up early and give an area jetty a go. As I was making coffee at 4:45 a.m., I turned on ESPN2 and watched some snook fishing in Florida. As the show was going to commercial it quickly listed some descriptive information on the Striped Bass. I was thinking? ?Good omen.? Well I got to my spot by 5:15 to see just two other guys out at the tip throwing bait ? no problem, I?m going to throw some plugs. First 30 minutes where quite except for a couple of other guy showing up and throwing bait. They were getting skates, dogs, kings and small blues. As the sun rose, I changed over from a blurple bomber to a popper with and orange belly and dark green sides. 2nd cast? bam, striper on! Not big, 23¾? - and believe me I tried to squeeze out that last ¼?, but at least I got one on my last day and on a popper! And then to make my day, I get home to find 2 bonus tags in my mailbox. Come one fall!