Avalon 7/10

EgoNonBaptizo

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#1
Took a solo day trip to Avalon to do some fishing. I took the 6am boat out of Long Beach and started off fishing for opaleye. I then saw that calico from my last trip come follow some of the smaller fish that I had caught and released. I caught a senorita wrasse and flylined it next to the piling, and watched as the bass inhaled it. The fight itself was quick and brutal, but I was able to land it. The calico taped out to just over 24", and was girthy to boot. I released it after a couple pictures. The rest of the morning was fairly uneventful, with a couple decent sized fish lost to snags. I caught a couple opaleye, but otherwise fishing was slow. I also saw some barracuda swimming close to the pier that wanted nothing to do with lures or flylined smelt. Around 2pm, I put my cooler and two of my rods in storage and walked to Pebbly Beach. Once there, I fished chunks of mackerel on a fishfinder rig. Within 15 minutes of the bait hitting the water, I hooked a decent sized leopard shark that came off right at shore due to a bad knot. I continued fishing, and caught a short calico and a ~36" shovelnose that was released. I then had a soft take, which quickly turned into a ~20 min fight on 20 lb class bass gear that took me 100 yards down the beach. With the help of a bystander, I was able to land another leopard shark. After releasing it, I fished for a little more, but caught only a couple short calico. At around 6pm, I walked back to the Mole and fished for opaleye with little luck until I took the 7:20 boat home. Although this time around I didn't take very much home, this was definitely one of the most rewarding trips I had been on.

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Calico:
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Leopard shark: (I am around 6' tall)
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Fishman Fishman

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#7
Great report! My wife and I were at the mole about three weeks ago and had a blast with multiple species caught and released. We saw a large Calico chase after a Senorita we let go. A few hours later I caught and released about a 3 lb. Calico caught with green peas! Nice to know other fisherman practice catch and release at the mole. Sweet conservation!
 

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EgoNonBaptizo

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#8
Great report! My wife and I were at the mole about three weeks ago and had a blast with multiple species caught and released. We saw a large Calico chase after a Senorita we let go. A few hours later I caught and released about a 3 lb. Calico caught with green peas! Nice to know other fisherman practice catch and release at the mole. Sweet conservation!
Looks like it didn't learn its lesson after getting caught lol. That is a nice calico on peas.