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OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 8:43 am
by philharris
this pandemic is so sad…so many people losing their loved ones…i can only pray it ends soon…

well…with L.A. beaches closed ‘n’ reports showin’ multiple swells…yikes!!!
now…without the crutch of easy launches…my eyeball keeps twitchin’…
the twitchin’ didn’t easy up as i explored the possibilities on PCH…

goleta…santa barbara…carpentaria…ventura…oxnard…port hueneme…
gunna be a long search… every spot looked wicked…the surf at all the beaches
seemed to focus on all the swell directions…

as i drove by beach after beach…gulp!!! i swallowed my nervous spit…
finally…i realized…it didn’t matter…i was gunna take a beating…so …
i just pulled over at the easiest spot i could find…’n’ gassed it…

somehow…by the grace of god…i made it out…not without a few waves
in the face you understand…now…wot to do??? with all the kelp beds
decimated along our coast this year…it was gunna be some difficult huntin’…

i picked up some jack mackerel during my exploration…when i finally found
some good reef-age…i sent a jack down on the bottom along the edge of the reef…
just in case a lonely halibut was hangin’ out like i was…

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then i took a salas 6xjr ‘n’ sent it down mid column…jiggin’ once every
couple of minutes (an odd jiggin’ practice to be sure)…after a few calicos on the jig…
slurppin’ some nectar of the gods (metric fer heineken)…the idiot crew members
in my head said “well, no swine rat bastards here, let’s explore some other reefs?”…

so…i swung that jig one more time ‘n’ as it fluttered to a stop…i knocked back
a slurp off my beer…slam-zingo-bingo-kaboom!!! my rod goes bendo!!! holy-ba-jesus!!!
nearly crapping my pants…i grabbed ahold of my rod ‘n’ hung on fer dear life!!!
it was sooo heavy…a worthy opponent to be sure… the idiot crew members in
my head yell “it’s a thresher shark, look at that thing go!”…

it was amazing…it peeled line at a commanding pace…then…it would slow down
‘n’ leisurely tow at a slow speed as if it didn’t even realize it was hooked…then…
it would turn around ‘n’ peel line so fast…a boy scout could have started a camp fire!!!
sometimes…it would rise in the water column without peeling line ‘n’ towed me faster
than mr. toads wild ride!!!

such weight…such power…there’s usually 50 to 150 lb. thresher pups this time of year???
the anticipation was killing us (if you count the idiot crew members in my head of course)…
with no kelp…the only thing i was afraid of…was this swine rat bastard towing me out to sea…
it was a diabolical beast to be sure…

but…how strange??? this swine didn’t really go anywhere??? it headed to shore
a few times…then…back to the reef??? i soon realized…hey…this rat bastard has
been circling this reef fer 15 minutes??? i finally stomped my thumb to the line
against the rod…’n’ began to work the bastard with extra pressure…

that did the trick…i beat the swine into submission…nerves frazzled…as it reached color…
i couldn’t believe my eyes…it was the biggest sea bass i’d ever seen!!! i couldn’t
even get the swine rat bastard on my yak!!! i had to lean almost to water level
to slide the swine onto my lap…crazy!!!

it was too big to weigh with my hand scale…so a yakker i know who showed up…
suggested we go to his buddies warehouse ‘n’ weigh it on his certified scale…
it was 58 ½ inches long…the swine weighed 66 lbs...

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holy-ba-jesus!!! by all that is sacred…there is a god !!!
i only wish i would have picked the rat bastard up horizontal to show the girth
of its body in a picture…

cheers !!!

Re: OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 10:49 am
by HuntersPa
Holy crapola Pheel!!


Great bedtime story and pleasant dream fish!!!!


Gonna have to put a tracker on yer yak to figger out where to hit me one o them

Re: OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 10:37 am
by tattuna
Wow that thing looks massive. Nice work Phil!

Re: OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 4:45 pm
by gregandrew
Very Niiiice Phil!

Re: OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 5:22 pm
by AndyACE
Whoa! Super tanker right there.

Re: OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 8:17 am
by Bellcon
DAAAAYYYYMMNNN
Now that’s beauty
:shock: :shock: :shock:
8-)

Re: OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 3:56 pm
by jruiz
Wow Phil!

Re: OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 6:16 pm
by Aznronin
Nice catch. But I’m pretty sure it was either caught a few months ago or even a year ago knowing you. Probably caught in Orange County or Santa Barbara. I take these reports with a giant grain of salt. Like I said nice catch. Congrats

Re: OMG!!! GET YOUR KICKS ON PCH 66

Posted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:53 am
by philharris
Aznronin wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 6:16 pm
I’m pretty sure it was either caught a few months ago or even a year ago knowing you. I take these reports with a giant grain of salt.
i'm sorry the way i post bothers you...

i never post where or when...i'm not willing to give my hard earned hunting to lurkers...
this is just a lame little fishing story for those who like yak fishin' like i do...
philharris wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 8:43 am
well…with L.A. beaches closed ‘n’ reports showin’ multiple swells…yikes!!!
the twitchin’ didn’t easy up as i explored the possibilities on PCH…

goleta…santa barbara…carpentaria…ventura…oxnard…port hueneme…
gunna be a long search… every spot looked wicked…the surf at all the beaches
seemed to focus on all the swell directions…
the L.A. beaches were closed from april to may 15th...
this post was made may 16th...

so your assumptions of months or years is false...