We met up with Sideroad form CCKF at the kelp beds, he managed a keeper ling and a brown rockfish for the day. I caught two and lost at least three close enough that I saw them. I am not sure I even had them hooked the way they were biting. I think Willy, who managed six rockfish and a thirteen inch cabazon, did so well because he used a jigging iron tipped with a treble hook. Nibbling that thing means a hook in the face. I threw my second gopher back because I figured there would be more. Funny thing was all my hits came on swimbaits, and the raw squid went untouched. When fish aren't hitting squid, fishing is tough. By eight-thirty we were getting blown all over the place. We moved into the more protected area and got blown around until noon with nothing to show. With the way the wind was I couldn't really take any pictures earlier in the day, so I took a bunch in the protected water.
This is the point that protects the beach from the big surf.
Willy showing how to fight the wind in style.
A view not a lot of people get of San Simeon Pier.
Willy crossing under San Simeon Pier.
There were lots of people on the beach for Memorial Day.
Willy making his landing.
Despite the rough day, gusty winds, and lack of fish it was great to get out. I think I understand what people say about the full moon and low tide having a negative impact on the fishing first hand. I ended up with only two small fillets, but I only lost two rigs so it was not a total wash.
Thanks for reading,