Capitola: Runaway rod no match for Rutso

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 89611 * This is the first striper in our area that Ed has heard of that was caught on a bullhead under a bobber! Rutso here was having a hard time catching sardines this morning but he caught a bullhead and put it underneath is bobber anyway. He threw it out and a short time later his rod went flying off the wharf. He went chasing after it along the beach with another of his rods. He was able to snag the rod that got away, and then reel in this striper. He got a little wet, as you can see. But wow what a great story!

Elsewhere on the wharf, sardines were a bit slow this morning. They started coming in at the end of the wharf around 8:30am, and continued getting better after that. The catch moved toward the gate as the day progressed. Then around noon it started tapering off again. We started seeing pacific mackerel about the same time and it followed exactly the same pattern.

So actually what we said earlier about bait being thick as theives around here wasn’t exactly correct – it’s more correct to say it was non stop on the boats. A little trickier on the wharf.

One other little interesting highlight – one white seabass was caught and released in the shallows on the wharf today. He was using a live sardine on a sliding rig. It was short (21 inches) so the guy who caught it released it. Darn darn.

Weather wise – really nice day. It was actually warm today – we haven’t see much of that this summer, and it sure felt nice. It goes in threes around here, so maybe we’ll have a warm start to the week.

August 23, 2009   Posted in: Fishing Reports