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Topic: First kayak fish ever... White Sea Bass Monster from Tomales Bay  (Read 1308 times)

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Congrats - what a first fish! 
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Holy shit man!!!! What a score!!!! As everyone said before you may as well as quit now!! Or who knows you could just be one lucky dude and keep that ball Rollin!!!!! Psyched for you!! Congrats!!
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Right place, right time.....and getting the job done!  Fricking awesome!
                     
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i'm calling bs on first fish.   :smt005
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Congrats on your White Devil Bass. That must have been awesome fight. Awesome first kayakfish.
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First, thanks for the comments.  I'd like to reply individually but the only way I see to do it is all at once. I didn't see a button to reply to individual posts other than private messaging. I'll learn this system at some point.. anyway:

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Were you on one of the two kayaks heading out when I got back? One of the guys on the kayaks identified the fish for me as a Sea Bass... I thought it was mutant salmon. Eeeek!

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Here's my fish story: I was fishing in a hole about 40' deep to the west of Hog Island. Its part of the north-south channel running through the bay. I found the spot on a Tomales Bay chart and then used Google Earth to get a GPS cooridinate (I saved the KMZ file) 

When the fish gods smile on you everything goes right: I didn't have my bait in the water 5 minutes before it got grabbed! (Although getting live bait took me two hours) I let it take the bait for a few seconds when I hit it and it went for fast, crazy run.  I watched for about 20 seconds and when I looked at my spool I started peddling like crazy to catch up and try to get on top of it.  It seemed like it ran for ever. I thought it was a halibut and then the way it stayed down and kept running I thought maybe it was large shark or something. I spent the last 15 minutes right over it trying to pull it up. I had 30# line and an old Penn bait caster so I felt geared up OK but I really started to freak out about by knots as time wore on. I ended up about a quarter mile south of where I hooked up

When it came up it rolled on it's side. I didn't want to gaff it and it wouldn't fit in my net.  I got one of those diving stringers through its mouth, tied it off and started towing it to the dock. As I started towing a sea lion popped up and I knew the fish would be a goner - so I hauled it onto my chest and lap and paddled to the dock. The Hobie Pro Angler (2 weeks old!) was amazingly stable as I pulled the fish in. I put the fish back in the water right before the dock to maneuver in. I spent all morning today washing fish goo out of everything.


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What an great way to bless your new kayak with fish goo
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That's amazing, especially for a first kayak fish. The first time I was on the water I couldn't figure out which hand to hold the rod with, and wouldn't have had a chance getting a WSB aboard.  Thank God they come up finished!  And I had to laugh at "cleaning fish goo" - exactly what I had to do with my first WSB - so I bought some 51" heavy-duty contractor plastic bags to wrap the next one in, and sure enough, the next one was 51" long!  I've been carrying those bags for 3 years looking for the next one. 


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2nd time on the water - got skunked out there for live bait and Halibut last Thursday. Couldn't stop thinking over the weekend of giving it another try.  It worked out.


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Yeah that was me and my buddy. He identified the species for you. I was to busy playing with my new kayak, when I heard my friend say you had a WSB and It was your very first kayak fish. I thought "that lucky fucker".lol. :smt044 and I paddled a little closer to take a look.  Sure enough you had the elusive gray ghost. Will you please send some of that luck over my way. I am riding the skunk like a mutha. I am 0 for 5 at Tomales this year. Way to go and see ya on the water.  :smt006
« Last Edit: August 20, 2016, 09:56:36 PM by CptSloppywood »
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Holy smokes, "We Have A WINNER, ding, ding, ding!!!!"

So...now that you've had some reflection time, "Whaddaya think a dis K-yak fishin
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Wow, what a first fish of the yak!!! Epic catch for sure!  You are ruined for life now...some people have been chasing that damn fish for years and years and struck out.   :smt044 :smt044

Thanks for the fish porn.
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Way to go!!!! Great fish and enjoyed the story.  I hate work and need to go fishing. 


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Holy smokes, "We Have A WINNER, ding, ding, ding!!!!"

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