Location: Bay Area
|I went to Santa Cruz in November and try my luck fishing in Steamers Lane. (I know, this report comes late). That place is always quite crowded with surfers, so fishing must be done with extreme precaution. Sometimes they do not seem to acknowledge the presence (or even right to exist ) of fishermen, so some extra care is to be taken to avoid entangling them or casting close to them or in their ways.
In any case, I fish for around 3 hours out there. It was a very surprising evening. I almost didn't get any bite and was fighting with the kelp and losing gear as usual. It was a little bit boring, so at the end I was not paying a lot of attention to the fine movements of the fishing pole, and just let it be there, looking at the tip from time to time. In any case, since it was there for a while and was moving in a weird fashion, like snagged in kelp, I started reeling. There was some heavy weight at the other side, that felt like kelp, but, at some point, it clearly felt like a fish. Great!
The fish was not putting a lot of fight, but for sure was heavy. I finally managed to bring it to shore. To my surprise, it was a quite big guy! I tried to pull him in from the small cliff I was fishing, but the tip of the pole could not make it and broke. Some luck was still with me and the fish was still at the other side. So, I grabbed the line with my naked hands, and little by little pulled the fish in. When finally I got it I was amazed. It was a 27 inches lingcod, weighting more than 8 pounds. My first legal ling ever.
Since I was not expecting anything like that the fish didn't even fit my cooler. So, I took it as it is, and brought it to my car, to the delight and surprise of the many tourists and walkers that are always there.
It was a great catch. But I'm surprised on how little fight, and hot light bite, the ling put. Is that normal?
Details: hi/low, 3/0 hooks. 50 pounds leader and main line. 3 oz. weight sinkers.
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