Location: Berkeley Pier
|This is a fishing report:
Brian et'al, I just tore down about a 50" batray at Clayton's Cove. Just getting out for a second after work, went by the old KDIA off Grand Ave/80 but it was just a touch too windy for my tastes with head-on winds (a couple kite-boarders there).
Left there and circled back to the flats of Clayton's Cove. It was just past 7:30 then.
With all the freshwater in the bay, I figured it was safe to use my steel-head rod and Abu 6500 with 15-pound monofilament. So, I put out a whole, frozen anchovy on a Carolina with a one-ounce weight and hurled it out with and off-the-ground cast.
Less than 10 minutes later, a bite and run that has my line zipping out rapidly. I tightened my drag down to add a good fighting pressure I figured would not snap my line. Low and behold, a bat ray of all things, the first one I caught this spring! After a fight to going way out, to the right, and back to the left, I subdued the beast without breaking my rod, line, or the reel (the pawl may of taken some wear). "BigRich" definitely made his presence be known... Brought this behemoth in to find out someone had cut its tail off right above where the barb would have been. The big girl went on back happily on her way flapping her wings and splashing her way back into the water. She had surfaced three times out in the water during the fight. And she had all of the advantage on that rig! I thought I was going to snap the Clarus rod, like Jeremy Wade trying to hoist a king-sized stingray in Thailand, but it held up surprisingly.
One of the best fights I have had on steelhead gear. A battle worthy of a derby number-one win!
Even if (we) don't have a get-together/memorial, BigRich's spirit revealed itself in full-force!
Well, you lose one you rig one -Quint