Location: Tin Can Beach
|Yep - in the span of 3 days at the HB pier, 2 different people caught these 2 species. The first (which is posted on another site right now also, since I am new here - not sure on the rules on posting links?) stirred up controversy in an argument over returning the fish to the water. These "people" caught a black sea bass and hoop netted it up onto the deck. The following argument from several anglers telling them to release it - got to the point of the authorities being called. On top of that - the knuckleheads screwed around for so long that - you guessed it - the fish was dead by the time it landed back in the water.
The other incident happened 2 days later, and involved a couple, who while bait jigging for mackerel, had hooked a Silver Salmon. The fish was hoop netted over the rail, and was fairly tweaked after being wrapped in the multi hook Sabiki rig. Funny thing was - the people wasted no time, wrapped up the fish with their load of mackerel, and bailed off of the pier within minutes.
The only thing missing from this week could have been a great white or a cow cod (which would make for a trifecta)!?!?!? I generally will tell people at least once not to take verboten species - but as many will tell you now - some of the riff raff that comes down to fish at the piers now are armed, and or fresh out of prison, etc. I recommend not pushing your luck too far - especially at the LB or Seal Beach pier - but it is getting to where HB, Newport or Balboa can also be not as safe as in the good old days...
The day after the salmon walked off of the pier, I drove by there on the way home from work, and a day late and a dollar short was your friendly neighborhood DFG agent...