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American Heritage Girls Surf Fishing Clinic

Posted by gordo grande (Posts: 3434)
on May-10-08 11:00pm

Today was one of the best days Iíve ever had fishing, and I didnít even do that much fishing! Today was our surf fishing clinic for Troop 373 of the American Heritage Girls at Dockweiler State Beach. The event was conducted under the auspices of UPSAC, the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California, at the girlsí request. They were referred to us by Marty Golden of the NMFS and the NOAA. Many thanks to Odogfish, Mahigeer, Jimbojack, Fishinghat, and Kelp Angler from Pierfishing.com and Warrior Princess, Malrd, TunaChaser, and OCSawdust from ScSurffishing.com for volunteering, and helping to make this a terrific event. The rods were supplied by UPSAC, thanks mostly to some generous donations.

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The day started out with a few anxious moments, due to a miscommunication about the start time. I thought the event was going to start at 8:00 AM, but the families thought it was 9:00 AM. As a result, I had all the volunteers there by 7:30 AM, with no girls in sight. For a few nervous moments there I thought I had gotten there on the wrong date. Fortunately, just about the time that I was ready to shoot myself, the girls started showing up. Whew!

The AHG troop leaders got busy making a quick breakfast, and soon we were all munching on eggs and frijoles. We started the day with a short lesson in the parking lot. Topics covered included safety, gear selection, rigging, baits, fish-finding, knots, and above all, safety all over again. About 45 minutes later we all headed out to the beach to give it a shot.

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I knew the bite would be a little slow due to it being low tide, but that didnít seem to bother any of the kids. They ranged in age from very young to high school seniors, and they all had a great time, as evidenced by the many smiles. There werenít that many fish caught, but there were enough landed to make it worthwhile, and the kids all seemed very excited with the results. Quite a few of them told me they wanted to do it again. I let all the parents know that I was planning on staying there all day, so if anyone was interested in staying for high tide at 3:00 PM they could do so. Unfortunately, I think the kids were ďall fished outĒ by that point.

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The moms invited us all to a BBQ at one of the Dockweiler fire pits, but many of our volunteers had to leave for other obligations. Those of us who were left had some cleaning up to do, so we passed on their generous offer, and grilled up some cheeseburgers of our own.

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Mahigeer and I hung around, and tried fishing the high tide. The wind had come up, however, and conditions looked terrible! I started tossing a lucky craft, but the wind made casting it nearly impossible. Fortunately, we had quite a few sand crabs left over from the morning. I havenít really fished with sand crabs in nearly a year, so I was looking forward to it. I switched to a hi-lo rig with a 1 oz. pyramid, and did my best to look for some structure.

Sure enough, I eventually found the trough that runs parallel to the beach, and was able to land five barred surf perch.

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I felt that was enough to complete a perfect day, and started working my way back to my RV. About halfway there I spotted what looked like another trough running straight out from the beach. (Itís hard to say that I spotted anything, since the surf was such a mess). Sure enough, I immediately started getting hit by something that felt a lot bigger than a perch. I decided to invest some time in that spot, hoping it might be a corbina. It wasnít, but it did turn out to be a sweet little shovel nosed guitar fish, a great way to end a great day.

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Many thanks to the troop moms of the American Heritage Girls, who ended the day by generously contributing $140 to UPSAC. Weíre a non-profit group with a tiny budget, and that money will go a long way to making events like this possible in the future for a lot of other kids. Many thanks again to the volunteers, who came out, rigged tackle, showed kids how to cast, unhooked fish and kept everyone smiling! You guys are great!











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Current thread:
American Heritage Girls Surf Fishing Clinic   gordo grande - May-10-08 11:00pm
Good Going to all. Hey! That RV looks familiar.   Santa - May-10-08 11:09pm
yep, the step works great! :-)   gordo grande - May-10-08 11:16pm
Outstanding and thanks for all the hard work.   Ken Jones - May-11-08 6:44am
Sweet Job Fellas!   red fish - May-11-08 10:02am
It is always rewarding to see a new angler   mahigeer - May-11-08 10:58am
Bolsa Chica is coming soon too!   gordo grande - May-11-08 12:35pm
more   gordo grande - May-11-08 8:19pm
There was a perch on the end of his line :)   kelpangler - May-11-08 8:59pm
You also forgot Oscar, but his picture is there.   mahigeer - May-11-08 9:21pm
How could I forget Oscar?????   gordo grande - May-11-08 9:32pm
Fantastic Job!   baitfish - May-12-08 10:38am
A nice turn-out!   gyozadude - May-11-08 10:26pm


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