Balboa peninsula 10/20

EgoNonBaptizo

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Went down to Newport and went to a public doc on Balboa Street at around 3:30 pm. Lots of nice-sized smelt, but no bass around. Few other people were catching anything. There were intermittent runs of mackerel. I kept 14 for bait. Water was a dirty greenish color with moderate amounts of debris.

Apparently some religious or activist group released a bunch of what I suspect were rockfish into the harbor along with a number of large spider crabs, as a sea lion was spotted in the channel diving and coming up with large, reddish fish, while another angler reported seeing them dumping the crabs in.
 

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Lol So the sea lion had a delicious dining experience.

Bait!? Lol Man, those macs look delicious. I've been eating all smoked tuna, bonito, and yellowtail for the last two weeks. For a change, fried mackerel sounds delicious to me right now. So good with a side of rice, cut tomatoes with onions, lemon, and soy sauce. Man, I'm hungry now.
 

Ken Jones

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Lol So the sea lion had a delicious dining experience.

Bait!? Lol Man, those macs look delicious. I've been eating all smoked tuna, bonito, and yellowtail for the last two weeks. For a change, fried mackerel sounds delicious to me right now. So good with a side of rice, cut tomatoes with onions, lemon, and soy sauce. Man, I'm hungry now.
Tuna and yellowtail doesn't sound too bad.
 
#4
Thanks for the report! I was also in Newport on Saturday 10/20. I fished Balboa Pier from 4 to 6:30 PM. Very slow activity despite the incoming high tide. No bonito action and not too many macs. Two thieving sea lions were camping around the far end of the pier stealing catches. Right before I left, I saw some people setting up lobster hoop nets.
 

EgoNonBaptizo

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Lol So the sea lion had a delicious dining experience.

Bait!? Lol Man, those macs look delicious. I've been eating all smoked tuna, bonito, and yellowtail for the last two weeks. For a change, fried mackerel sounds delicious to me right now. So good with a side of rice, cut tomatoes with onions, lemon, and soy sauce. Man, I'm hungry now.
Macs really are delicious, just this time around I forgot to bleed em. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Next time!