|After moving motors around, trailering the PBS to a friendís house and preparing the boat to be dropped off in Castro Valley, Ray sharking and I decided to wet some lines. Got a late start thanks to me leaving my license at home!
Boat packed and L in hand we launched at about 10am from RWC. Last trip out Dom did good in a new area so we headed back to that spot. No fish finder, radar, gps... just a typical skiff layout. So we visually line up on the spot Dom is talking about. It is a line of sight, centering the boat between the Steps and the ship wreck. We had fresh squid and shiner perch for bait. Realizing neither of us brought a camera, we figured we'll probably hook something along the lines of Moby Dick. Well at least cell phones have a moment capture device. Can't call it a camera, because with a camera you can actually see what was shot!
We arrive at the spot and question each other if we actually launched in the bay, or did we arrive at some lake? There was no wind, no wind waves, a strong current and sunny 60 degree weather. The weather felt hotter on the water for some reason, and both of us quickly shed layers and were fishing in T shirts!
Pretty steady action all day and good numbers for both of us. Dom struck first landing a small 7gill. Then another 7-gill and a leopard. Wondering when it is my turn, I think to myself and change my rig. I was initially using a new prototype shark rig (More on that later, or if it ever works). Went to the standard sturgie rig, 2 circle hooks (5/0), two glass beads on a steal leader (90#). I was now using smaller hooks than Dom and it seemed to pay off. I was hooking more leopards and smaller sharks. I never saw a 7-gill on my setup.
A few more leopards each and I finally get a decent shark on. The shark has some head shakes and has a good pull to it. A short fight and she is boat side, my first spiny dogfish. Dom being the shark master, he hand gaffed the 3 1-2' shark and brings it into the boat. He points out the danger spots (2 spines like those on a ray's tail), the cool looking eyes that seemed to change color with the light reflection, and proceeds to pose for a quick cell phone photo! Damn, should have brought a real camera.
After the spiny dogfish, we each land a few more sharks, and I had a nice smooth hound which made most of the leopards look like babies. Hardly anyone out on the salty lake today...
Had a great time once again Dom. Thanks for the invite! I'll repay the favor once the PBS launches.
We continued to fish till about 2:30 making it a short day due to Christmas parties we each had to attend. Off the water and eating tacos for lunch by 3:15.