Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fishing Eastman Lake With Big Ed, 29 July 2012

Ed of and LBS Tackle was kind enough to take me out on his nice bass boat out to Eastman Lake in Fresno county, California. Pretty sweet day on the water, some top water action but a majority of the bites came between 5 and 15 feet of water off rocks near drop-offs on brown and purple jigs.

Here are the picks from the day.
Ed with his first photo worthy bass of the day, caught on a Mud Candy LBS Jig
The water level was way down, lots of mud lines flowing off islands that used to be sunken
Ed steering us towards the fish
Love those casts when you know there is a fish next to a rock, it just felt right
My first photo worthy fish of the day a 2.5lb Largemouth 
Ed showing off his fish, both weighed exactly 4 lbs 2oz
Had a great day on the water, only would change two things:
1) I would not have thrown the swim-bait with my Abu Garcia Vendetta, broke the thing in 3 pieces
2) I would have worn sun block, feeling a little hot from the burn right now

Had a great day on the water, with some great company. It was great getting out there and I need to get out there sometime again. It is nice to see a public lake in California with a 22 inch one fish limit, a real chance to grow some monsters, we saw a few but they seemed more interested in stalking our baits than eating them. Hopefully next time.

Check out Ed's Site 
and his Tackle store LBS Tackle 

Thanks for reading, 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Can't Wait Until Fall

Never had olive trees back in Illinois, since I am here in California I should take advantage of it. After reading a bunch of blogs and recipes I am going to try Water Curing a batch of green olives and a few months later Oil Cure olives from the same trees once they ripen.
Thank you Hank Shaw for the inspiration from your blog , maybe I can inspire someone the same way.

The olive trees right outside my work have been growing well, they get watered with the grass every other day and don't show any signs of bugs. I figure they should be ready for water curing by late August or Early September. November or December they should be ripe and black perfect for Oil Curing.

Time for you to start scouting for olive trees near you :D

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

X-Ray Niece

My Niece swallowed a Marble, just thought I'd share...


Friday, July 20, 2012

Spider Bites

So just a word of warning if you or a loved one get a bite drom a bug or spider and it grows, causes numbness or pusses out go to the hospital. Everyone is fine now but I am glad we did not wait longer.
Brown Recluse bites should not be ignored especally in children, pregnent women and the elderly.

"Brown Recluse Bite Symptoms (taken from

Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites. Occasionally, some minor burning that feels like a bee sting is noticed at the time of the bite. Symptoms usually develop two to eight hours after a bite. Keep in mind that most bites cause little tissue destruction.
Victims may experience these symptoms:
Initially the bite site is mildly red and upon close inspection may reveal fang marks. Most commonly, the bite site will become firm and heal with little scaring over the next few days or weeks. Occasionally, the local reaction will be more severe with erythema and blistering, sometimes leading to a blue discoloration, and ultimately leading to a necrotic lesion and scarring. Signs that may be present include:
  • blistering (common),
  • necrosis (death) of skin and subcutaneous fat (less common), and
  • severe destructive necrotic lesions with deep wide borders (rare). "

Stay safe and get treated if you have these symptoms,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Taking My Daughter Fishing

Jig'n along the Kings River in Lemoore, Ca
My wife and I have not been able to have children of our own, so after a lot of thought we applied to become foster parents. Things went really quick, I went from being married without children to having 3 teen-aged daughters. My wife and I are trying our best to keep the girls involved and interested in wholesome activities. Fishing and canoeing quickly come to mind. We got the first of the 3 a week early so as a reward we took her out in the canoe out on the Kings, she took a ton of pictures and had a blast
Taught her how to paddle a canoe, cast a spinning reel and learn how to use jigs and inline spinner baits.

The water is still way high and cold, not many people are catching anything. I susspect that will change once they stop the water coming down.

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kayak Fishing Big Sur

Got to hit up Big Sur with Derrick and another forum NCKA member Andy, started off in a small camping spot in Morro Bay to give us a head start. 

Derrick in the camp site
We got started at 4AM and headed up the coast to Big Sur, ever since I read "Big Sur" by Jack Kerouac while on the 2006 Enterprise deployment I have thought of the place and it did not disappoint.  It is beautiful, rugged, untamed and wild, a true grand way to end a continent.
Big Sur
We got out into the surf and started fishing, Derrick was first to hook up to a rock fish followed by Andy, I thought I had my first ocean fish out of a kayak and I reeled in... A starfish...

My First Kayak Starfish
Derrick hooked into a nice keeper Ling.
Derrick's Ling Cod
Ready for the Frying Pan
I switched to a Rock Cod rig with squid and pulled up this Blue Rock Fish on the first drop.
Caught a bunch of fish on squid until I found a few that threw up baby Octopus and I pulled up a bunch more.
Brown Rock Fish
I also managed to pull up a nice Cabazon around 4lbs.
Andy got a nice Rock fish off his jig
Andy's nice Rock Fish
One of the things I dislike about my camera is it does not have the lens wiper built in, so I get pictures like this.
Kelp Green Ling and a water drop over my face
Ended up taking some waves over the bow of my kayak as the wind picked up, I think when I went into the front hatch I didn't strap it down tight enough and water started flooding in. I started having trouble paddling in, I stopped for a second to talk with Andy and a wave hit me from the left tipping me right, I leaned left and flipped over. I was tired from paddling (didn't realize how much water was in the kayak) I couldn't pull myself up so Andy helped me back in. Lost a rod (with part of the Scotty rod leash attached), my tackle box, all the baits I poured, all my jigs, a bottle of Pro Cure and my hook remover.

On the landing somehow I made it in without wiping out, when I went to drag the kayak up the beach I thought I was just tired, but it was full of water! I estimate around 40 to 50 gallons. It was almost full, thank god I made it, I have to thank Andy again for being there to motivate and help me through it. Flipping the kayak over on a lake or in a pool is a whole lot different than doing it in 5ft swells and wind after a day of fishing and 45 minutes of hard paddling.

After all of that When I went to help Andy land a wave knocked me off my feet and pulled my new glasses off my face. I had to drive back to Hanford, Ca with my sunglasses in the dark. After all of that I have a new appreciation for things and respect for the ocean and what people can do to help a fellow human out. I will always remember this trip.

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fourth of July

Hope everyone is having a good 4th of July, just about ready to have some friends over for some hamburgers and fried Ling Cod. The pool is open and begging to be swam in.

Hitting the saltwater Sunday have a great day,

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pouring a Plaster of Paris Swim-bait Mold, Trial and Error.

Since Plaster of Paris is a lot cheaper than RTV Type III I figured I would make a new mold with the baits I think I would use most so I could pour bigger batches if I had to. I tried to hot glue the baits to the cookie sheet I was using to cast it on and well, it was an epic fail. I had to scrap the project, and save my baits by washing them off with water. To add insult to injury I didn't realize I did not have the SD card in my camera so I don't have the pictures I thought I took.

So seeing as I was going to have to scrap the project I decided to try to get something out of the pool of Plaster I had so I just pressed the baits into the top of the pool. Turned out alright, next move will be to spray the mold with a sealant to give them a glossier look and help the durability of the mold.
Plaster of Paris Lure mold
Thanks for reading,