Its always fun to fish, but when you can do what you love and give something back to the community while doing it, that’s amazing.
While fishing in the Eastern Sierras this month, in the area surrounding Bishop California, I was nearly skunked on the entire trip. I mean, multiple days, multiple baits, and multiple places with no fish. On the very last day, Dee decided to pull out Google Maps and check out the flat lands following the Owens River that we’d never explored before.
To my surprise, we saw multiple ponds, which looked fishable. We loaded up in the 4×4 and said, “Let’s go!”
Recently, I had the opportunity to kayak fish Leffingwell Landing while participating in the Estero Kayak Challenge Fishing Tournament. I had a blast and fished a new place… which involved a lot of paddling, covering a lot of ground and catching a lot of fish and fish species. Always a win in my book!
For the second year in a row, I participated in the Estero Kayak Challenge Fishing Tournament. All money raised from the tournament supported the Heroes on the Water – Central Coast Chapter. There were 82+ anglers participating in four divisions, plus the Guppy Award for the smallest fish caught and the Outcast Award for the biggest non-division fish.
This being my first trip to Mission Bay, and also my first time targeting Spotted Bay, Striped and Calico Bass, I had a lot to learn. The curve was not as steep as I thought it would be and I found you have to be able to adapt and learn as you fish in order to be successful.
The first morning in the bay, April 13th, I fished for six hours and didn’t catch fish until the fifth hour! I tried weighted lures, divers, jigs, and swim baits in combination with every color and method of retrieve I could think of. It was at that time I finally found the color, bait, and retrieve method that best worked to catch fish. Read More
On April 14th, I participated in the Mission Bay Classic Kayak Tournament, benefiting the Heroes on the Water’s Southern California Chapter. There were 147 participants fishing the bay this year in one of two divisions: the Bass division, involving the combined total weight of anglers’ three biggest legal Barred Sand Bass, Calico Bass or Spotted Sand Bass, and the Halibut division that focused on simply catching the biggest Halibut.
The June Lake Loop itself is home to many hiking trails for all levels, and fishable lakes, streams, and rivers. On our most recent trip to the area, in October 2017, I spent most of my time at June and Gull lakes. These lakes both have marinas and boats available for rent, and were very accessible for personal boat and kayak launches and shore fishing.
From the campground, I was able to cart my kayak down the road maybe a quarter of a mile (minus the little fisherman) and easily use the launch ramp to launch my kayak at Gull Lake. Gull Lake is smaller than June, so I was able to cover more ground and see exactly where the fish were more quickly. Read More