|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.
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!
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.
Fishinhat and husband Rob
Forgive me if I left anyone out.
Thanks for everything folks. The next one is Free Fishing Day in September.
"Hey! Let's be careful out there!"
Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
"Hill Street Blues"