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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:01 am
Ken Jones


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http://kenjonesfishing.com/2014/05/shovelnose-guitarfish-2/
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:13 am
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Informative as usual, but I do not think the last picture is at the Balboa pier.

The railing looks like the Mole, but then the red- mooring points are missing.

Maybe Huntington Beach pier!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:02 am
red fish


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Although not seen as commonplace as in Central California, I caught two over 3 feet (but less than 4) in the same day at the same lagoon in Tiburon, CA (about 5 years ago). I would have a photo too, but I did not want to take a photo (at BigRich's request) because ICA had already dispatched and field-dressed them for his consumption as soon as they left the water (the carcusses didn't look so good but I could have shot the B-side (white underbelly.) Interesting fish, but they do not fight hard for their size (kind of like Cali-Hali). Two "book-ends" about the same size as the one displayed by Pete Wolf (of Hammer lures fame).
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:12 am
Ken Jones


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Mahigeer wrote:
Informative as usual, but I do not think the last picture is at the Balboa pier.

The railing looks like the Mole, but then the red- mooring points are missing.

Maybe Huntington Beach pier!


No, it's the Balboa Pier. Simply taken before they remodeled the pier. The picture below is me with a halibut caught at the Balboa Pier in 2003 before the remodel.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:28 am
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It is interesting that they removed nice easy to keep clean metal railing and replaced it with lousy, splinter ridden wood railing.

They must have moved the cleaning station too.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:42 am
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Mahigeer wrote:
It is interesting that they removed nice easy to keep clean metal railing and replaced it with lousy, splinter ridden wood railing.

They must have moved the cleaning station too.



I'm not sure why they replaced the metal with wood although I guess the wood does look a little nicer and perhaps may last a little longer. As for the cleaning station, that's the mid-pier cleaning station near where Snookie fishes. I think it's in the same spot, just a different angle for the shot.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:49 am
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Here's another guitarfish pic, one with a Christmas theme, from Oceanside.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:24 am
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Nice fish and nice look Ken. That is definitely a San Francisco Bay Area bank-fisherman look with hat 'in full tilt.'

This would be a good cover photo for a book (IMHO)



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:37 am
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Robert, Here are three from the Marin Rod & Gun Club Pier


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:03 pm
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Ken, what I haven't seen in years in the (SF Bay/San Pablo Bay) is the California common or big skate. I haven't caught one of those in over (10) years. I used to catch some in Emeryville on Powell in the winter and the others I have caught were off Point Pinole Pier. Maybe more rare in this area than thornback rays, shovelnose guitarfish, and the rare angel shark.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:19 pm
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Robert,

Here's a big skate from Pacifica a few years back.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:25 pm
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Ken Jones wrote:
Robert,

Here's a big skate from Pacifica a few years back.


Okay, I have caught a couple Ca. big skates at McNear's Pier (but I somehow X skates out as a catch in my memory when I am trying for sturgeon).

The common-skate, as I remember it, was all gray/translucent and had a beaver-tail that was somewhat like a fine-toothed comb around the edges of the tail.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:15 pm
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Well, I would certainly rather have a sturgeon than a skate.
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