Location: SLO County
|Finally, some calm water. It’s been a while. I wish I could have waited a couple more days because the water had been rough and I would have liked to give the fish a couple more days to move back in. But these were the only calm days predicted. Also, these two days had the first minus tides for a while. I had a couple of places in mind where I can only fish at a minus tide. But just to make things more interesting, the morning high tide was really high, 6.5ft. Going to be a lot of water movement those days.
First cast at high tide, I got a nice 17” cab.
The fish bit on frozen squid casting out far. This was going to be fun! A good fish on the first cast of the day. Then, I didn’t get another bite until the afternoon when I was at the low tide spot. Fishing euphoria doesn’t last long.
I continued fishing with no bites until I was snagged. I was pulling on the snag trying to get it loose, and of course, it wouldn’t come loose. So I slacked off on my line, waited a moment, and got bit. I hooked the fish and it pulled me off the snag. I worked him in and found another 17” cabezon.
I was really lucky as the line was frayed on my leader and main line from the snag in the rocks, but it held until I got the fish in. The fish was caught on a smelt chunk casting out far.
I had lots of bait and lots of sinkers left but with two fish, I decided to head on home and come back the next day to fish a couple of high tide spots I had in mind.
But thinking of the cabs, this is how I like to eat them. They make really good fish and chips. Took them to our favorite Mexican restaurant a couple of days later for the hot tub treatment.
High tide was around 8 AM at 6.5ft. I had two spots in mind that were close together. Unfortunately, the water was so high that I couldn’t get around the first point to get to the next point I had in mind. So I had to stay in one place, naturally, the spot that hasn’t yielded as many fish for me. I fished for about an hour and something grabbed my bait and took off at high speed. The fish put up quite a fight and I though I might have hooked that rare ling - maybe next time. This fish was a 19” grass rockfish - a big boy! In fact, too big.
I was only casting about half way out. He was in surprisingly close, right up against a rock. I thought there might be a cab there and was surprised when a rockfish bit.
Great fish, but it deserved to go back into the gene pool and produce some more nice fish. Throwing a fish back is a lot easier to do when you have a couple of cabs at home in the fridge.
Where are those big waves when I want to get a fish back in the water.
Finally, one of the bigger surfer waves came in and washed him back out.
By then, the water was low enough to get around point A to point B and do some more fishing . I fished to about half tide and got the final hit. This one a 14 1/2” grass rockfish caught on squid. This one was not as lucky, but I was to take home another nice fish.
Two casts later, the wind picked up, the water picked up and I picked up all my gear and called it a day. The spots that I fished on both days are winter spots. During the summer they are choked with kelp and are nearly impossible to fish. So, I was happy to finally get some decent water and be able to fish these spots.
The rockfish were pan seared and served with an orange marmelade glaze and some fried potatoes. Fisherman comfort food.
Got some good fish dinners on the beautiful Central Coast.
"Mrs. Kittyfish, we'll just drive up to one more point, it's just a couple miles further, and look at the rocks. No more, I promise"