Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kayak Fishing Off Montana De Oro.

         It was a busy week, but I got the paper due Sunday night on Friday and from reading the surf report I knew it was going to be an awesome day. My buddy Willy informed me he was going to fish from Spooner's Cove in Montan De Oro State Park with his father. Just to be there at 0600 I had to pack the truck the night before and head out at 0345. Along the way I ran into another member from www.Centralcoastkayakfishing.com and pulling up the the parking lot we could see the surf was mellow and it was going to be calm seas for us. I got on the water before Willy and his dad so I turned on the fishfinder and set up my rig. In about twenty feet of water I saw a fer rocks and a mark so I dropped down and caught a short lingcod. I let it go and shorty after Willy and his dad made it my way. As we were working our way out to the deeper reefs my fish finder died, so I sm not sure what structure, or depth I was fishing, but most of the botom felt rocky and the fish were biting.

RIMG0062_E
I was using a jigging iron with a soft plastic bait as a teaser, this little gopher could not resist the iron.

 RIMG0066_E
This China rock fish was beautifully mottled 

RIMG0067_E 
This kelp rock fish liked my poliminner

RIMG0068_E 
Even with half its tail missing 

RIMG0069_E 
I got my first double involving a lingcod 

RIMG0074_E 
Caught a twenty inch cabezon 

RIMG0077_E 
The vermilion seem to like the Poliminner as well 

RIMG0083_E 
I ended up with a nice stringer 

RIMG0085_E 
Willy making his landing

  RIMG0087_EWilly's stringer 

 RIMG0088_E His dad's stringer

RIMG0090_E My stringer

      It was nice getting out of the sweltering valley and feeling the cool coastal breeze. I wound up catching four ling cod, three cabezon, one red vermilion, one kelp rock fish, one treefish, seven gophers rockfish, and one China rock fish. I can't ask for much more. The other nice thing is I only lost one jig and used three soft plastic baits total. That is not a bad rate if you ask me. 

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Great-Grandfather's Flies: Part II

          One of the few things I have of my great-grandfather's is his metal tackle box. There was the assortment of spoons you'd expect in a mid-western tackle box of the time, but my great-grandfather also fly fished. There were a few other strange flies, but I am not sure if they are flies or ice fishing lures.  What do you think?

RIMG0050_E

This could be a weighted fly or an ice fishing jig/spoon.

RIMG0049_E

Still shiny after all these years.

RIMG0052_E

Looks like a good Cheetos imitation to me.

RIMG0051_E

Whether they are flies or ice fishing lures I bet they were for pan fish. Shell-crackers love Cheetos.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Read Part I Here: http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2014/07/my-great-grandfathers-flies-part-1.html

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Quarter of a Million!

P8030561          When I started this Blog on the 1st of November 2011 I was growing sick of the drama on fishing forums and wanted somewhere I could share my love of fishing while not getting over shadowed by the high school poitics that always seems to infest fishing forums.  I wanted to call the blog the Practical Fisherman, but then I saw that was a book, webpage, and the title of a few videos, I so tried again. I figured I am not so practical and liked in honor of the InFishermen brand dubbed my new blog the Unpractical Fishermen...After I published it I got a funny feeling and looked it up and saw unpractical is not really a word. So I started the Impractable Fishermen...And realized I spelled it wrong , so I became The Impractical Fishermen. One thing this adventure has done for me is improve my writing and typing skills, but most of all it has allowed me to meet some excelent people who share the same love I do for the outdoors. I want to tank my blogging buddys (too many to list, and you know who you are), my family, and most of all my loving wife.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Monday, July 14, 2014

We Got Some Water

A week ago Sunday the Kings finally got some rain. I just wish we got some before the bed dried up. There may be a few bass in there still...I hope. looks to be about two feet deep in the deep holes. Hopefully the fishing recovers soon.

RIMG0058_E

Thanks for reading (and all your kind thoughts),

Dan

Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Great Grandfather's Flies: Part 1

        A few years ago I acquired my father's Grandfather's tackle box.  He also had a bamboo fly rod and old automatic fly reel my dad still has somewhere in storage. What is interesting is the flies he had. There was a lot of soft plastic flies in there. I had the idea in my head flies are feathers tied to hooks. There are plenty of guys out there who would agree with this and shun other material let alone--gasp--live bait. But I know from reading Hemingway live grasshoppers and crickets were common fly fishing baits so the idea of plastic flies make a little more sense to me now. If you have more information on what they are or where they might be from please let me know in the comments.

RIMG0042_E

These hoppers look pretty close to the real thing. 

RIMG0043_E

I can see a crappie or blue gill sucking this guy up. 

RIMG0044_E

Black Winged Ant

RIMG0047_E

White Winged ant With Red Head

RIMG0048_E

With the size of the hook, I'd say this guy was for bass. 

          I don't have many of these treasures in my possession. I never got to meet my great grandfather so this is all I have of him. These lures give me a greater appreciation for fly fishing and make me want to learn more about it. There are purists out there younger than these lures who claim they are not flies and using them is not fly fishing. I say if it is on a fly rod it is fly fishing. If it makes you mad hearing that I suggest you get off the internet, grab your gear, go fishing, and come back when you are calmed down. 

Thanks for reading,

Dan 
Read Part II Here: http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2014/07/my-great-grandfathers-flies-part-ii.html

Read about the other stuff in the tackle box here:  http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2012/11/my-great-grandfathers-tackle-box.html

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Fishing Days in California

If you have not bought a fishing licence or can not afford one you can still fish in California for free. Please follow regulations, have fun, clean up after yourselves, take a kid, and consider buying a licence in the future.