Even though I took a hiatus from fishing this water, I know this water. I really know this water. If I call any water a "home" water, I suppose it's Newport Bay. Last year I fished it twice and it disappointed me deeply. Those 20-50 fish mornings I expected, those that Yosh and I experienced years ago didn't materialize. Earlier this year I asked Capt. Bill Calhoun what's the deal with this place now and he let me know that the dredging screwed up the fishery pretty good. Since last year's outing and hearing Bill's comments I've been somewhat skeptical of this place. Nevertheless we decided to take the pram out to check it out. Tides were not optimal but adequate. The skies were overcast and it was somewhat cold. Water temps are around 50 degrees. Not at all optimal conditions.
Now drifting through the moored boats my rod went heavy again. And again I thought I might have hooked up on some eel grass and as I stripped line the rod finally shook. I knew by the fight it must be a halibut. I pulled him up and finally saw the 15 inch halibut. Every time I tried to land him he ran. He eventually turned the boat and Chul's line and mine crossed. Right after I shook Chul's fly off my rod the halibut came loose. After leaving this section and drifted near the Sherriff's dock I managed another halibut this time of smaller dimensions. I managed to land this one.
After a few drifts he managed to get one on and after he pulled him up from the depths it was another spotted bay bass. It was about if not bigger than the one I just landed. The Hoonie fly it never fails. I've never been skunked on the Hoonie. This is my favorite fly for the surf or the bay. It is Ed's also. We are firm believers in it because its a producer but also because it was created by our good friend. The Hoonie has for whatever reason lost favor among the SoCal surf/bay fly fishers. I'm not sure why that is, I guess it's because it's creator, Kyung Kim, is in fly fishing exile and that all his friends (Bill, Webb, Joe, etc.) including myself and Ed don't fish the surf much anymore, so no one is really promoting the fly. All the new surf fly fishermen have gravitated to newer flies but they are missing out.
|The Crow Boy Burger|
|Duck Fat Fries|
Chul and I fished some more and missed some nice fish before calling it quits after our casting deteriorated to crap. After loading the pram into the truck we headed to Crow Burger Kitchen on the way out for a Crow Burger and duck fat French fries.