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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:55 pm
gordo grande


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Sorry for the late report.

UPSAC (The United Pier and Shore Anglers of California), hosted another surf fishing clinic at Bolsa Chica State Beach on Free Fishing Day, at the invitation of Bill Burhans, the Interpretative specialist there at the park. Several volunteers from SCSurffishing.com as well as Pierfishing.com donated their time and effort and helped make it a big success. Attendance was down this year, due to a small snafu with some of the advance publicity, but those folks who did show up had a great time. Many of them were still coming up to me later that afternoon and the next day and telling me how much they enjoyed it.

The morning started out with coffee, donuts, bagels, and the best damn breakfast burritos Iíve ever had, all served hot at my RV. Then a quick move over to the little amphitheater, and the volunteers jumped right in and started setting up the rigs. Only about 10 people showed up for the seminar, down from about 35 or more last year. That was alright, though, because it gave the volunteers a chance to really give some one-on-one help to the participants. Usually, when we do these events, the volunteers spend their time going from one person to another and canít really give to many of them individual attention.

Setting up the gear




The presentation was hosted by Bill Burhans, who had some of us switch off the duties. Warrior Princess filled the folks in on the different species that are available, and gave an excellent talk on how to read the surf.







Jimbojack from PFIC gave a talk on bait, especially on techniques for catching sand crabs.



Yours truly spoke about rigging and safety.

The volunteers



Then it was off to the sand for some one-on-one instruction!







This little girl stole my heart. This is 7 year old Tara, from Riverside, and she was determined to catch a fish. She couldnít quite get the hang of casting, so I would toss her rig out for her, and then hand it off to her. She wasnít doing so well with the Carolina rig, so I switched her to a dropper loop. Then the fun began! Here she is bent on a perch!



And another one!



Her trophies







She was so cold, but she just wouldnít quit! There was another girl a little farther up the beach who also caught some fish, and she said she just loved it!

This fellow was a late arrival, but he jumped right in, and with the help of the volunteers he quickly hooked up!



The event ended around 1:00 PM, and then it was back to my RV for some BBQ Burgers and chips, and some more of Warrior Princessís burritos!

I canít thank our volunteers enough. You folks are great! Thanks also to the folks who volunteered, but couldnít make it due to last minute conflicts.

JimboJack
Mahigeer
Odogfish
Warrior Princess
Fishinhat and husband Rob
Malrd
Fishercut
Hook-up1
CT-50
Malibu64
DompfaBen

Forgive me if I left anyone out.

Thanks for everything folks. The next one is Free Fishing Day in September.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:11 pm
santa


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Good Job! It's all about the kids, and the smiles tell all.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:59 pm
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Smallest turnout yet, but as always, very well done. Gordo runs a good show and cooks a mean burger too. Not sure how to post multiple pics inline yet, but here is a link to more.

http://picasaweb.google.com/jimsagara/Fishing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:37 am
pierhead


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Always a pleasure to read about your surf fishing clinics Ross ... you guys/gals are to be commended for a first rate production! I enjoyed the pictures and agree Tara is a real cutie - her enthusiasm is contagious Smile

Any chance we could work something out for a clinic at Goleta next Spring ... we have had a good run of barred surf perch this year with a handful over 15".
Plus there is a real possiblilty of the youngsters catching their first halibut as well.

Good job - well done!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:44 am
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Thanks for sharing guys, Ross you need to coordinate regular classes along the coast since you've got a talent and passion for this. It'd be great to see something like a pier fishing seminar across the state once a month or something.

Going OT... I was actually down there with my little girl on Saturday but we were digging holes and flying a kite. Note the Daiwa spinner used as kite string. Smile I didn't realize you were having a clinic, otherwise we would've stopped by.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:02 am
gordo grande


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jimbojack wrote:
Smallest turnout yet, but as always, very well done. Gordo runs a good show and cooks a mean burger too. Not sure how to post multiple pics inline yet, but here is a link to more.

http://picasaweb.google.com/jimsagara/Fishing


Kudos to you Jim. You are always there without hesitation, and you give it your all. I couldn't do it without your efforts.

We have to start getting together to just do some fishing...no kids, no clinics, just fishing! Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:06 am
gordo grande


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pierhead wrote:

Any chance we could work something out for a clinic at Goleta next Spring ... we have had a good run of barred surf perch this year with a handful over 15".
Plus there is a real possiblilty of the youngsters catching their first halibut as well.

Good job - well done!


Absolutely! Goleta would be a perfect place to hold one of these clinics. We could rent a picnic area like we used to for the presentations, and then move over to the surf for the hands-on stuff. I can't think of a better place to do it.

Let's work out a date, and I'll be there. Let's also think of ways to publicize the event so we get a good turnout.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:45 pm
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Did I miss Dompfaben? My eyes must be getting bad.

After the clinic and the great burgers by Gordo, I went to the surf and landed three Shovel nose, of which two were about 24" and the last was measured 36".

I will have some suggestion for the next one.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:13 am
gordo grande


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HASHEM NAHID wrote:
Did I miss Dompfaben? My eyes must be getting bad.

After the clinic and the great burgers by Gordo, I went to the surf and landed three Shovel nose, of which two were about 24" and the last was measured 36".

I will have some suggestion for the next one.


When do you not have suggestions? Smile

(just kidding.....)

Didn't you see Ben? He was there the whole time! Smile

No, just kidding. He wanted to come, but he had to watch the Dompfa baby.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:14 am
gordo grande


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One thing I know for sure. From now on, it's strictly dropper loops for the newbys. If anyone wants a carolina rig, we'll switch it for them. I think there would have been a lot more fish if folks had just used droppers. Look how many Tara caught in just 15 minutes or so.
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