Fish Taco Chronicles is a quarterly print fishing magazine that has been publishing since 1995. Co-founders Shawn Arnold and Leonard Davenport started the little “rag” more or less as a hobby. A way to go fishing and tell their wives they were working.
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Yellowtail - BoSERIOLA DORSALIS:
KING OF THE CALIFORNIAS Until you have landed a large mossback you do not know the power that these jacks possess. The ability they have to take you into whatever structure is nearby, be it an open water floating kelp paddy or a barnacle encrusted island reef is uncanny. Hang a large model on the outer reef at Orange Rocks (Catalina) and you better turn its head early or you will get dusted.
Over the years, I am on my ninth season with Options, the fall cycle seems to be the time that big yellowtail will populate that reef in numbers. It holds fish year round but October/November seems to bring in the bruisers. Several years ago we were in the right place, at the right time but got outgunned. Walt a fine customer of ours hooked one first and was slow to get up the rail and even with a two speed reel he could not wrestle the fish away from the anchor chain. I was up next and fought a vigorous battle but even a thicker gauge lead head hook was no match for the monster on the other end and bent out. Captain Wes could not handle it and came down from the wheel house wielding a heavy stick with an 80 to 80 connection. He hung a fish, bent the rod in half and then snap went the rod.
INSHORE BASS BASICS
I can still remember many of my first fishing experiences with my dad. He bought a boat when I was about 5 years old and off to San Diego bay we went chasing the saltwater bass a friend had told him about. My brothers and I learned to fish on those bass and it turned into a passion of mine and theirs. After 50 plus years, I now guide for them and fish competitively for them. They are one of my favorite and could be yours as well!
There are three inshore bass that southern California fishermen love to chase. They are the calico bass, which can reach a size of close to 15 pounds, and is probably the most favorite. The barred sand bass, which also can reach the ‘teens’ and are just as popular with fishermen. Finally, the spotted sand bass or spotted bay bass, cousin to the barred sand bass. The great thing about these fish are that they are available to fish for year round.
THREE GENERATIONS ON THE MOUNTAIN
There’s a place up in the Eastern High Sierras that a family by name of Cluff has owned and operated for the past 30 years. This family friendly resort is just west of the town of Bishop. Nestled in an aspen grove, CVR is surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks. It’s a haven for fisherman with well stocked lakes and streams. Cardinal Village Resort has been enjoyed for seventy years as a family run vacation destination and is still going strong today. The rich history of this place goes back in time to an era in which the village was alive with gold mining. It was once owned by Gaylord Wilshire and frequented by writer Jack London and other notable celebrities. The rental cabins today are the actual cabins that the miners built and lived in over a century ago when the gold mine was in operation.
The mine closed in August 1938 and the miners moved on. The place sat empty for eight years but in 1946, the McLaurin family purchased the run down property and turned it into a full scale fish camp. Cardinal changed hands about every 15 years until Hal and Barbara Cluff became the proud owners of the resort in the fall of 1985.In that first summer a young man, by the name of Marlon Meade, introduced himself to the Cluff’s. Marlon really hit it off with Hal and Barbara. He recalls “The Cluff’s hospitality makes everyone feel like they are good friends”. Click here to read more... Three Road Trips for
Summer Surf Fishing
Summer is just a month away and it’s time to start thinking about where to go for some exciting summer surf fishing. California offers so many great places to go but here are three of my favorite spots for summer surf fishing road trips.
Carpinteria State Beach is just south of Santa Barbara. This is one of my favorite places to camp and fish. It’s the only place I’ve ever camped where you don’t need to take a lick of food. Within a short walk from the park you will find Linden Ave. This is the “main street” of Carpinteria where you’ll find dozens of restaurants, galleries and stores all laid out on a beautifully landscaped avenue. Sports bars, food establishments and entertainment are just a short walk from the campgrounds.
The park it self is large and has over two-hundred campsites. About one third of the sites are adjacent to the sand and provide access to several miles of great fishing beach. The park offers sand dunes, picnic tables and full camping facilities including flush toilets and coin showers. Camping here is great for both motor homes and tent campers. The park offers interpretive programs weekly where you can learn about both the history and environment of the area from park rangers. As with most of our State parks, camping fills up quickly and a reservation is required. Click here to read more...
East Cape - Hit and miss
Entering August we are coming into what is considered the height of huricaine season. Six named storms have passed heading West in the Pacific but our weather has been extremely pleasant. Calm seas and excellent fishing conditions with 83 to 86 degree water temps. Daytime humidity has made it a little sticky but evenings have been comfortable.
Marlin continue to be on the rampage. Most of the fleet are having six to eight events a day releasing two to six fish. Getting the hook set has been difficult in many cases because the marlin attack with such aggression whacking at baits and missing.
Other game fish have been hit and miss. Off shore schools of porpoise have not been hard to find but most are not holding tuna. This week we had a good tuna bite just a few hundred feet off the beach in front of our house in 50 to 100 feet of water. Before the fleet got on to it we could catch a quick limit but now traffic has made the fish very finicky. Just south of Punta Arena light house at Rincon a few tuna have popped up but it also has been hit and miss with more skipjack than tuna in the mix.
Trophy sized roosterfish have made many anglers day but again it has been a hit and miss proposition. One day they will go good and the next be absent. Dorado, anglers are asking but it's not worth talking about.