Visitor Comments and Letters - May '98

These messages have been edited. Although I feel the content is of interest, I want to provide as much privacy as possible to the various people who have taken time to comment. Let me know if you feel this is an interesting page. KJ


Date: May 2, 1998
To: Zorro
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Fishin'

Hey Zoy,

What's the news about Gaviota, have you heard when it might reopen? Also, is anything happening down there. Most of the reports I've gotten sound kind of bleak?

Best wishes, Ken

Ken,

Will give it a try tomorrow and will take camera; maybe open? Will see!


Date: May 3, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Rocky F
Subject: Imperial Beach Pier is CLOSED

I went over to the Imperial Beach Pier today (Sunday, May 3, 1998) and the Imperial Beach Pier is CLOSED due to major parking lot construction and remodeling the entrance and the area to the pier. Not sure when it will reopen. I think it should take two to four weeks or more to be done I hope. I will let you know when it will reopen. Did not see anyone on the pier today.

Rocky F

South San Diego


Rocky,

Thanks for the note. I just found this out Saturday and have it included in my new report -- although the girl I talked to wasn't exactly sure how long it would be closed.

Thanks for your help,

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 4, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Themegas
Subject: PESCA

Hey Ken, great site! Just moved to Salinas from the Northeast and would like an application for PESCA ..... thanks!


Hi,

I don't have a way to send the information on line yet. Send me your address and I'll send you an application.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 4, 1998
To: Robert K
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Pier Fishing

Hey Robert,

Have you managed to get in any pier fishing? I hear Gaviota is closed but the other piers are open. Also, how was your trip to Moss Landing?

Best wishes, Ken


Hey Ken, how's it bitin'?

Only fishing I've been able to get done was my trip to Moss Landing and a trip to Ventura, Port Hueneme Pier, and Oceanside.(the reason for the lack of getting out for me is because it is the home stretch in college at CSUN. I'm trying to get things finished). Let me begin with Port Hueneme. Somewhere, I heard that El Nino is doing bad things for our fisheries. Do you know anything about the effects El Nino had on our fishing because things haven't seemed to have changed. Anyway, we went to Port Hueneme with a bunch of friends and ended up with about twenty poles in the water. Not a single decent fish! Combined, we managed to catch probably about 25 thornbacks (a couple were big enough to eat but it wasn't worth the hassle of cleaning them. Other than that, there were millions of little crabs in the water. Every ten minutes there was 10-20 little blue and rock crabs in my

dropnet and two to three hanging off my bait. If these little crabs all get bigger, there is going to be some good crabbing this summer! As for Ventura, there were many people on the pier but nobody caught anything. It was basically the same as Port Hueneme only the crabs were a little bigger. Both trips were last weekend. This past weekend I went to San Diego to visit my sister and stopped at Oceanside on the way. Every time the sun shined, I could see a corbina or two in the water. I don't know anything about corbina fishing other than knowing that people snag them so I just tossed my bait out. In the two and a half hours I was there I managed to catch a 10 inch sand bass, a small guitarfish, and a couple of croakers. All I had on me was my emergency lake pole, some small hooks, weights ,and 1/2 pound of squid. Some guy on the end caught a nice bat ray about 45 lbs. other than that and a couple of small sandies and croaker, that's all that was happening while I was there. That was my second time fishing Oceanside but neither time was serious fishing. I will give it a try sometime.

Moss Landing was o.k. It seemed like more and more people are finding out about it. The fishing was still good however. People don't know how to fish it right so they end up losing their tackle and fish. I caught 3 monkeyface or wolf eels (not sure of the type). One was about 5 lbs. It was a monster. I also caught two sculpin, cabezon, and many small black, olive, and blue rockfish. April was an average month for fishing, I think May will be better if ever stops raining.

Good fishing,

Rob


Date: May 5, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mark Grim
Subject: Eckley Pier

Hi Ken,

I haven't heard anything about a new pier. I will check around and see where it is and how to get there. I have heard that some more of the Carquinez Strait coastline had been purchased by the Regional Park system -- perhaps this pier is part of the new property.

Thanks for the tip -- a new pier to fish is an unusual treat.

Mark


Hi Mark,

Best wishes and hope you find it.

Ken


Date: May 6, 1998
To: Chad and Steve,
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Redondo

Hi Chad and Steve,

How goes the fishing action down there at Redondo. Have the halibut, bonito and mackerel starting to show up yet? Also, do you ever try over at the Redondo Sportfishing Pier?

Best wishes, Ken

Hi Ken,

We went 3 times in April and YES the bonito have started showing up. I haven't seen any halibut though. Pretty much all mackerel, but some sea trout showed up with them. On the bottom we were bringing up shovelnose, sting rays, spider crabs (tasty), croaker (in shore), and star fish. People were catching bonito on heavy lucky Lura rigs, using 5 or so plastic squid jigs strung up the line. I plan on going fishing early Saturday the 9th, either at Seal Beach, Belmont or Venice. However my Big fishing plans get canceled quite often, so I'll play it by ear.

Chad


Date: May 7, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Robert M
Subject: COMMENTS....

Great site! Just wanted to know if you have any April or May comments ready? I find this section and the reports informative. Thanx...


Hi Robert,

Yes they're actually supposed to be up. I have to check with my webmaster. Glad you like them since they do take some time to review.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 7, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Brian S
Subject: Pier Fishing Question

Hi Ken,

I ran across your page and wanted to compliment what I nice page you have. I do have one question. I am rather new to pier fishing but would like to try. I live in Silicon Valley. Do you know of any good piers around the Bay Area that are good fishing sites? What are the requirements for pier

fishing, i.e.. license? Thanks for your time,

Brian


Hi Brian,

Yes you're lucky since there are many good pier sites around the bay and you don't need a license to fish from the piers.

Unfortunately, the pier that is probably the best in the South Bay is currently closed. That pier, the San Mateo Bridge Pier, will probably be closed until November. Other fairly close piers would be at Oyster Point, Candlestick Point, Brisbane and the small pier in Burlingame. On the east side of the bay there is the Dumbarton Pier and several piers north of Sam Leandro.

The best fishing however (and it isn't too far from where you live) is at the Pacifica Pier and for instructions on how to fish it check out my Archives Page. It is listed as well as several other piers and they should give you several ideas on where to go, when to fish, how to fish, etc.

Hope I'm able to turn you into a pier rat but don't expect a great catch on your first trip or every trip; it takes time to learn the basics.

Best wishes and good fishing,

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 8, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Rick Thibeault
Subject: Pepper Park Pier

I fish Pepper Park Pier sometimes.... I went last Sunday. I really like going to the Ocean Beach Pier and I am thinking of trying the Shelter Island Pier, but I could make some more fishing trips to Pepper Park to let you know how it is (anything for more fishing). I used to live in National City, so I went there all the time. But now that I am more centralized in San Diego, I like to go to Ocean Beach. The fish are cleaner too.


Hi Rick,

Yes I'd love reports for any of the local piers and you could be the reporter for the Pepper Park Pier -- as well as others. I think the Ocean Beach Pier is still closed from storm damage and I'm not sure when it is supposed to open.

Also, I'll be glad to send you an application but I need your snail-mail address.

Best wishes and look forward to hearing from you,

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 10, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Rocky F
Subject: OB Pier is now open!

The Ocean Beach Pier is Now Open as of Saturday, May 9, 1998. Imperial Beach Pier is still closed. When will the May report be on your web site?

Rocky F


Hi Rocky,

Glad to hear that Ocean Beach is open. The May report should be up today -- my webmaster decided to take a vacation but he is back.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: May 11, 1998
To: Audrey
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Fishing

Hi Audrey,

Just got the e-mail fixed on my computer. How are things in the southland? Is it getting warmer and are the fish starting to hit? By the way, how goes the work? Are there more jobs down there than in San Francisco? Also, don't know if you heard but the city of Pacifica is thinking about closing down the pier. Everyone who is against that idea should send a letter to the city.

Best wishes and hope things are going great for you,

Ken


Ken,

I'm in San Francisco right now. There is a lot more work in LA, but from starting out in SF, most of my client base, unfortunately, is up here. So, chances are, this month I won't have a report for Huntington Beach, but I plan to check around these Northern parts for fishin'. I will also look into Pacifica Pier. There must be a place we can all e-mail our complaints on closing the pier...

Audrey


Hi Audrey,

Los Angeles' loss is San Francisco's gain. I agree about Pacifica, we need to spearhead a campaign in support of the pier.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: May 11, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Greg K
Subject: PESCA Application

Great web site! I'm a regular surf, pier and jetty angler.

Location: So. California; Marina Del Rey and vicinity.

Perhaps we can help each other. Please e-mail . No hurry: Life's a Beach.

Please send me a PESCA Application


Hi Greg,

Thanks for your comments. At this time I still need a snail-mail address to send out the PESCA information. Sorry.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 11, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Robert K
Subject: Piers

Hey Ken,

I wanted to let you know that your site was acting weird today. I couldn't view the archives and some of the other sections were loading really slow. I hope there are no problems with your site. I've told some of my fisher friends to check out your site and some people I met in Santa Barbara also. By the way, I went to Santa Barbara this past weekend (Goleta & Stearns Wharf) -- at the wharf there was nothing but beautiful women. At Goleta, I lost a pretty big shovelnose but other than a few skates and mackerel at night, there wasn't much happening.

Good fishing, Robert


Hi Robert,

Don't know about the site but I'll check with my webmaster on it. Hope things start to pick up.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: May 12, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Scott D
Subject: Pismo Pier

Ken,

I love your web-page. I fish all the time, usually freshwater, but out of Morro Bay and off the Pismo Pier when I can get down there. I tried to look up the Pismo Pier report, but I only got an error message. Usually I don't do very well there. I always have good luck out of Morro Bay or off of Coronado though. Hope to read more about Pismo in the future so I'll know when the fishing's hot.

Scott D from Bakersfield


Hi Scott,

Thanks for the comments. Sorry about the Pismo report but I'm having some problems with my site recently. (We're trying to fix it.) Hope you're able to read the report and would appreciate any reports you might have when you visit the various piers.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 13, 1998
To: Blaine B
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Fishin'

Hi Blaine,

Any news about the fishing in your area? Is the perch action still strong at the pier -- and did you manage to get out and catch some salmon? Hope the answer is yes to both.

Best wishes, Ken


Hi Ken,

Yes, To both. Sorry I haven't responded as of late -- been working while the sun is shinin'. Been out catching perch and salmon. Big perch are spawning. Best off the beach when the wind is not blowin'. Salmon have been good taking frozen bait and green and chrome Lures about 60 to 120 ft. I'll send photos when I get them developed.

Hope they are stretching yer line,

Happy hookin' Blaine


Date: May 15, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Terry
Subject: Ocean Beach Pier

I fished Ocean Beach Pier today. It's open again from 6:00 AM to dusk. I'm not sure why they're closing the pier now. I used to fish there all night years ago. My friend and I caught three Calico Bass off the southern arm near the Kelp Beds. Here's a picture of my friend with a nice little Bass.


Hi Terry,

Thanks for the information and the picture. When I was young and lived in San Diego I spent many a night on the pier and had some pretty fair luck -- sometimes. Glad to see it is once again open.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 16, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Ai Ngoc N
Subject: Need help

I hear a lot about LUCKY LURA . I try to shop at tackle & bait store but no one knows it. I live in San Jose. Do you know where I can buy it or can you show me how to do it by myself?

Thank you, Ai


Hi Ai,

Most tackle shops carry Lucky Lura rigs and if they don't, you can usually find them at Long's or K-Mart. They're pretty much the same thing as the Pescador rigs. Basically they are a bait rig with 4-8 small hooks for snagging or catching fish.

They're deadly on small fish like perch.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 17, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Allen F
Subject: Point Arena Pier

I fish the Point Arena Pier once in a while and I catch a lot of perch at the shallow end, near the rocks, with shrimp. They will eat any part of the shrimp including the head. The perch get to be about 15 inches long and are very fat.


Hi Allen,

Point Arena is also one of my favorite piers. I live in Boonville and it is the closest pier to my home. Ditto on the spot and bait. Thanks for your message.

Best wishes and keep in touch, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 17, 1998
To: Greg Tang
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Pier Fishing in California

Hello Captain,

Thought you might want to check out my site:

Pier Fishing in California

http://www.pacific.net/~kjcapfsh/

Each month I have a Report page listing results at more than 50 California piers, a Fish of the Month page, a Pier of the Month page, a Fish Pictures page, a Tackle Tips page, and a Games 'n Things page -- as well as an Archive Section.

I enjoyed your site and think you might enjoy mine.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Ken,

I finally get around to creating a regional California page. I put your site in the Statewide section, come check out the page, the link and text. Loved your site as well and would love to have a reciprocal. If you want to post an award I thought you'd make a great UFish award winner for June. Let me know if you'd be interested by the end of the week. Looking forward to a great year fishing...

Greg

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Visit: http://www.ufish.com/


Hi Greg,

Sounds good! Send me the information and I'll put my webmaster to work. We'll get a reciprocal link ASAP

Best wishes and good fishing, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 18, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Zorro
Subject: Gaviota and Goleta Report, 17 May 98

Ken,

As of May 17 Gaviota Is still Closed. The Debris and Mud has been cleared. The buildings are intact, as is the road. The Pier itself looks to my eye intact but I could see one detached piling sticking up about 3/4 of the way out on the left side. It was around low tide.

A barrier has been constructed at the beginning of the pier to prevent use, despite this two teenagers had jumped the barrier and were fishing about 1/2 way out. I considered joining them but it is pretty good barrier and there must be a good reason for it.

The beach has regenerated to about half what is was.

Went to Goleta Pier instead.

Really nice day! Fished the end. Took at bit to figure the "Fish of the Day" turned out to be mackerel. Started off as a shallow bite then died. There were pelicans dive bombing all around so I knew that there was something around.

Found the mackerel again on the bottom, turned the first one in fresh bait and began catching them one and two a hookup every 5 minutes. The rig for the day was a Lucky Laura rig with small strips of fresh shiny mackerel.

At 2:20 PM they launched a big Delta II from Vandenberg AFB that impressed everyone, the sky was so clear that you could see it perfect 50+ Miles away.

Bite finally died about 6 PM.

Trip Totals were about 15-20 misc. sized mackerel, and one jacksmelt. All released except a few for bait.

Others on the pier had problems until I passed around a few fresh mackerels for bait then they started catching fish. Guy on right caught a round ray, and the smallest halibut I have ever seen good aquarium size. Up at the front of the pier there were a few but big surf perch. Middle pier was kind of dead.

Zoy D. H, Vandenberg AFB


Hi Zoy,

Sure hope they get Gaviota open; I'm planning on swinging through there the first week of July. But, sounds like things are beginning to be summer-like with the mackerel bite at Goleta, now the halibut need to move in.

Best wishes and continued good fishing, Ken


Date: May 18, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Kathy H
Subject: Pier days

We do a series of Ocean Events called Bud Light Pier Days so we were interested in talking about how we could tie in pier fishing derby's. Please contact us at -------- or fax some info to ----------.

Let us know, Kathy


Hi Kathy,

I'll give you a call tomorrow or Wednesday,

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 18, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Rick T
Subject: Reports

I have gone to the Pepper Park Pier and the Ferry Landing Pier in Coronado but had no luck. When I went to Pepper Park, I found that nobody had caught a fish all day. Finally, around 5:00 P.M., I saw a youngster, who was fishing with a bobber and using a small smelt as bait, catch a needle fish. That seemed to be the highlight of the day. I will be revisiting this pier this weekend to see if it has picked up. At the Ferry Landing I met up with a regular who said that fishing has been slow. He said that he usually catches about 5 bass in 11 hours. He was complaining on how the fishing has really been poor this year. I was using strips of squid and having absolutely no luck, but I did see two small bass pulled in. The tip I picked up from the "regular" is that squid and mackerel seem to never have any luck at Ferry Landing. He said that fish in Coronado have an expensive taste. He said that they like Tiger Shrimp and Ghost Shrimp ( I saw him pull in a bass.... more action than my soggy squid has seen). I will write back this weekend with more on the fishing at Pepper Park this weekend... Have you heard anything on the Ocean Beach Pier? I don't want to waste a trip over there if it is still closed.

Rick....


Hi Rick,

Thanks for the report. I got a report that Ocean Beach is open but apparently not all night. It opens at 6 a.m. Fishing apparently is still a little slow. As for the Ferry Landing, I've always found ghost shrimp to be one of the best baits when fishing on piers inside the bay. The exception of course is with mackerel that like a piece of mackerel or squid strips.

I'll pass on any more information I get about Ocean Beach.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: May 21, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Walter M
Subject: add one pier rat

Ken,

Just bought your book. It helps keep me sane between teaching, the army reserve and six units of grad work. (Just one more year, Lord, just one). I've been a devoted pier rat for years, even thought about writing on the subject. Maybe when I retire. This summer is devoted to loosing weight, reading scholarly journals and to getting really good at the pier. Currently, I am the jacksmelt champ of Belmont, for whatever that's worth. I fish a hand built rod on a Fenwick steelhead blank with a Penn Surfmaster. I'll add to that my yellowtail home built and a Penn Squidder and I just ordered a Penn 6500SS and a Sabre 7' Spinning rod from Cap'n Mike. I'll go get the landing net, bait net and sand crab scoop plus two five gallon paint buckets and an aerator. Any further suggestions? This summer I'm going to learn to catch perch and guitarfish.

Walter


Date: May 22, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Matt S
Subject: Hey Ken!

Hey Ken, I haven't mailed you or received mail from you in a while. So, do any good fishing? I am going to go to Pacifica soon for the stripers. Oh, by the way, why aren't the new reports up yet?

Matt


Hi Matt,

Having trouble with my webmaster. The reports are all done -- just not uploaded properly. Sorry, but I'm working on it.

Best wishes, Ken


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To: Ken Jones
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Date: May 24, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Walter I
Subject: PISMO PIER FISHING

Just wanted to ask what the weather and water conditions would be like on the pier on May 30th and what kind of fish would most likely get caught there.


Walter,

Can't tell you what the weather will be like but hear that surfperch and jacksmelt are hitting at the pier.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 25, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Matt S
Subject: Santa Cruz

Hey Ken,

Sorry to keep mailing you but I just wanted to tell you that I visited Santa Cruz pier yesterday. The wind was up and the sea lions were unfortunately plentiful. I got skunked along with the whole entire pier except for a couple of lucky anglers who were able to haul in some jacksmelt and mackerel. I talked with quite a few anglers and no one had anything else to show, but one regular told me that the previous day was excellent for everything, even some salmon. Today I will try my luck for stripers or salmon at Pacifica .I'll send a report.

Matt


Hi Matt,

Thanks for the report. I heard Santa Cruz was slow and I put it in the May report which wasn't uploaded properly. Also, some of my replies apparently are not getting through to you (they're returned) -- don't know why.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: May 25, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Robert Karapet
Subject: Piers

Hey Ken, how's it fishin'?

Just thought I would let you know that I tried Oceanside and Venice Pier this weekend. Oceanside, on Friday night was dead. Not a thing in the water! Unfortunately, the only thing we got into was trouble. Three gangsters kept walking by and looking at my friend, who, by the way, has a problem with people who stare at him. So the third time the guys came by my friend asked him if he thought he was cute. The two started talking when from the blind side, one of the COWARDS ran up and punched him. I was over about 50 feet when it happened so I wasn't even aware of what was going on. My buddy DEMETRI is a pretty big guy and apparently, the punch did nothing but p... him off. I came up to make sure that if more than one person jumped in, I was in too. Anyway, just as they were getting into it one guy pulls out a knife and the best thing to do then was to back off. What a bunch of PUNKS!

On the less violent side of fishing, Venice pier was very clean and it seems that if you fish it on

the right day, you can probably get into some good fishing. The only thing going on was mackerel. I did see a small sand bass caught which was kept and I also saw some guy catch a 15 inch flounder. He insisted it was a halibut and had no idea of what flounders, turbots, sanddabs, and soles are so he threw it back and would not give it to me. We couldn't even fish the middle of the pier cause it was so crowded. I think I need to try it again on a weekday.

By the way, have you put up the new report yet because all I see is Aprils. Also, maybe it is my computer, but I cannot open the archives section.

ROB


Hi Rob,

Sorry to hear about the mishap at Oceanside, sort of puts a damper on the whole idea of fishing. Also, interesting on Venice; I hope to fish it in July.

As for the pages, yep, they're messed up. My webmaster decided to take an extended trip and didn't have everything uploaded properly before he left. So, a month of crap on certain pages. But hope to have it fixed any day (he's supposed to be coming home).

Best wishes and good fishing, Ken


Date: May 26, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mark Grim
Subject: Monthly Pier Report

Hi Ken,

Here is my report for this month. Hope all is well with you and that you've been able to get some fishing in.

Antioch Bridge Pier

On my trips recently out to this pier, I've found the bite and the weather to be continuing to improve. The striped bass are biting on frozen anchovies, shad, and sardines. Several stripers up to 25 inches have been caught almost daily. My 2 year old son, Keifer, caught a starry flounder off of a piece of anchovy.

A monument at the base of the pier was dedicated this month. The plaque on the monument says that at this site in 1775, the Spanish explorer DeAnza with his group of soldiers and missionaries, stopped and camped. It goes on to say that one priest said that "from this point you can see the Delta, the Sierra Nevada, and Mount Diablo." I wonder if they tried any fishing?!!

City of Antioch Pier

The fishing here is slow. There are many more people strolling along the pier to keep a fisherman company between bites. I was able to catch a couple of small striped bass off of frozen anchovies.

The Antioch Farmer's Market has started up again. It is open on Saturday's through the summer between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the foot of G Street overlooking the City of Antioch Pier. It is a great place to pick up a few goodies to munch on while fishing and to bring home after fishing.


Hi Mark,

Thanks for the report and HOPE I can get it up (my webmaster has been gone for nearly a month).

By the way, you said you were going to take a fishing trip to Washington. I have a list of the piers in Washington. Would you like me to try to copy it for you? Let me know.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: May 26, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Rich Reano
Subject: Report

Howdy Ken,

How are you doing? Hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend.

The halibut have started showing up... finally. I have seen three over 22 inches being pulled up. Two on live smelt, the other on a fish trap. Also some pelagic crabs are swimming about the waters. I haven't noticed an impact on the fishing though. Mackerel have been sparse. I went fishing for a few hours over the 3 day weekend and managed to catch one good sized mackerel and two small halibut on live smelt. The night action with croaker, I heard is pretty good. The bait of choice is ghost shrimp.

That's it. Have a great day.

Best regards,

Rich Reano


Hi Rich,

Thanks for the report! As you might have noticed I'm having a little problem right now with my webmaster but hope to have everything back up as soon as possible.

Best wishes and good fishing. Also, hope to be down there the second week in July.

Ken


Date: May 26, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Ernie Nall
Subject: Hello Fisherfolk

Hi fellow fisherfolk!

My name is Ernie Nall (yep, that is be my real name). I am 50 years old, and have been fishing for well over 40 years. I live on Lake Texoma, an 86,000 acre plus reservoir on the Texas-Oklahoma border.

I don't know you yet, but I came across your e-mail address on a fishing related site, and thought that you, as I, might be interested in contributing to a web site/newsletter featuring timely fishing reports from across the United States as well as tools and techniques that make fishing more productive and

enjoyable.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ALL OF YOUR FISHING BUDDIES!! Only fisherfolk possess the knowledge and experience we all need to enhance our fishing experiences.

Please send me your reports, hints, comments, etc. See the contact info at the bottom of this letter. If I receive enough reports, I will set up a page listing the reports by region and date and notify you of the location of the web page. The form and content of the page is still up in the air. All suggestions are welcome.

Here is how I envision a report. This is an actual report.

TEXOMA

Where: Lake Texoma (TX-OK border)

Date(s): April and May

Water Conditions: murky to clear

Depth: 12-20 feet

Water Temp: 55-65

Species: Striped bass and hybrid striped bass

Method: Flat line trolling across points

Tackle: Bomber 8A and 25A, Fire Tiger and Chartreuse Flash/Orange Belly, 14# mono line trolled &#9;70-85 feet behind the boat

Time of Day: First light to sunup, and just before sundown until dark

Guide: None, but plenty available

Comments: This is an annual scenario, and a one to two hour trip usually yields a limit of fish (10). In '98, the fish ranged from 2-15# with the average being around 5#.

Info: ernster@hotmail.com

If you are willing to answer e-mail requests for current info on your favorite lake, river or bay, include that in your report along with an e-mail address.

HINT:

Always try to use a lure retriever when you snag your lure or bait. Three reasons: First, obviously, lures are expensive. Second, when we fish, the tackle stores are neither close, nor open, and if you lose your last "hot" lure, you are "wishing", not fishing. Third, and most importantly, I snag more often on abandoned lures and line from other fishermen than on the stumps themselves.

My first retriever was a 2 to 4 ounce weight on a length of 100# nylon line with a snap about 6 inches below the weight on the end of the line. By snapping onto the snagged line, I could retrieve about 70% of my snagged lures. I stored the device by wrapping the line around an old tennis shoe. Not High Tech, but it worked. If you have no other lure retriever, make one. Very inexpensive and fairly effective. One main drawback is finding a way to lower the retriever to the snagged lure quickly and without tangling the line. Speed is important because if you can stay over the snagged lure, the chances of retrieving your lure go up greatly.

About 5 years ago, I finally broke down and bought an Hound Dog(r) retriever. Since then I have tried many retrievers, but this one is still the best. The Hound Dog(r) works great on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and live bait rigs, and in both fresh and salt water. The Hound Dog(r) manufacturer recommends using an old open face reel and rod handle to store the line, but I rebuild my reels, and don't have room to store an extra rod butt and reel anyway. So I came up with a cheaper solution. I built an injection mold for an integrated floating handle and reel. It is less than 8 inches long, only 3 inches in diameter, holds up to 50 feet of line, and locks the Hound Dog onto the handle when not in use. When you clip the retriever to your snagged line, you can drop the handle, and it will freespool line out until the retriever contacts your lure. The entire unit will store easily in a side well of the boat, hang from a hook or belt, or store easily in a tackle box.

Using this rig this spring, I have ended up with 63 more lures than I started with--along with two 5 gallon buckets of old line. My best single haul was 13 assorted jigs, lures and spoons (plus with MY lure) tangled in an armful of old line. Even better was the fact that I could then troll that stumpy point and just catch fish instead of snagging on all that line!

To justify the cost of the injection mold, I produced 1000 of these units (which I call the Texas Lure Catcher(r)). I assembled them complete with app. 50' of braided 225# test nylon cord, a Hound Dog(r), and written instructions. The braided line is VERY important as regular twisted cord is easily penetrated by the hooks on the snagged lure (wasting a LOT of time and leading to loss of that high priced Hound Dog(r). If you would like one of these units, they are available for $16.95 each (complete and ready to use). No fancy packaging, and no credit cards--cash, checks or money orders only. Add $5.00 for freight and I will get one out to you immediately by priority mail.

These units make great gifts for fisherfolk, and if you want more than one, I will ship as many as you want to a single address for no additional freight (as long as they last). Of course, since I live in Texas, if you also live in Texas, add 8% for sales tax.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed (including freight).

Send your order to:

Ernie Nall
11 Pecan Drive
Gordonville, TX 76245-3319

Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. When I receive your order, if I have sold out, your payment will be refunded immediately.

In the meantime, send me your fishing reports, tips, hints and comments!! I use the net all the time, and I am tired of just wishing that I had an easy to navigate resource for current fishing information when I am planning a trip--I hope you agree.

Ernie Nall

Oh, yeah, the reason for the floating handle?? Ever drop something overboard and need just one more marker buoy to mark it??? Just lower the retriever to the bottom, and then drop the handle in the water.

Hound Dog(r) is a registered trademark of J&G Mfg.

CONTACT INFO:

Send all correspondence to ernster@Hotmail.com

Reports use subject of "Report"

Hint or Tip use subject of "Hint"

To Add a fellow fisherman to the mailing list use subject of "Add"

Comments use a subject of "Feedback"


Date: May 27, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mike Katz
Subject: Stearns Wharf

Hi! Leopard sharks showing up around the wharf. One five footer landed, one much larger broke off. Halibut are back in numbers but few keepers. Lots of small mackerel and large sardines. Also large barred perch and buttermouth perch. Fishing is finally back almost to normal. Tons of guitarfish also plus (naturally) lots of white croakers and large jacksmelt.

Finally had a decent week-end for Memorial Day but now the winds are back in full force. Yesterday there were white-caps all the way to the beach all day long. Makes for uncomfortable fishing.

Mike


Hi Mike,

Thanks for the report. Good to hear things are finally starting to improve.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: May 27, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mithbun
Subject: Hi

I'll make this quick... I used to fish piers all the time. I'm happy to see your site here, though I don't have time to read it right now... will later... hope it's as good as it sounds!

Mithbun


Hi,

Thanks for your comments and hope you like the site.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: May 30, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: "Fishing-World.Net" <
Tront@Fishing-World.Net>
Subject: Thanks for your support!

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Date: May 31, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Dwight
Subject: Fishing

Hello Mr. Jones

It's me Dwight! Hope all is well with you. I'm home once again, although I'll be very busy over the summer. I'm always looking forward to a day of bait dunking at my favorite pier -- Fort Baker. I just checked your site but it's down....temporarily, I hope. Any hot spots for the San Francisco area?

Dwight


Hi Dwight,

Sorry for the late response but I do hear a couple of spots you might want to try. (1) Berkeley Pier is yielding some halibut to live bait fishermen. (2) Anglers are snagging sardines along the San Francisco waterfront piers and some are using them to catch halibut and striped bass. Everything else seems a little slow.

Best wishes, Ken