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Trout fishing Mono County

So…I’ve managed to fall waaaay behind on updating unfortunately.  So we’ll start way back on August 28th with our fishing adventure on June Lake.  Going to keep the three trips as separate posts so they can be organized properly (grouping of posts and what not).
Just to back up and give myself a little bit of excuse (heh ^^) I’ve been pretty busy @_@  Reason for this one not being on time is we were on vacation that week, and I didn’t have access to my computer.  Soon as we got home we had to clean up the house since we had it fumigated while we were gone.  Also the morning after we got back we had a Farallon Islands rock cod trip scheduled, and that was just exhausting…and so it goes d=  Anyhow!  On with the June Lake fishing report!

Here’s a short clip on our way out there from David Walley’s in Nevada.  My mom wanted my Dad to take a picture of I think Mono Lake if I remember correctly…

Anyhow, we scoped the place out the day before and saw some cool stuff.  There were 2 boat rental places and we decided to go with Big Rock Resort (a word of warning, never rent from them…you’ll find out why later).  So we headed back to our place after wandering around town for awhile and got ready to come back the next morning.

All dressed and ready to go!

Next morning rolls around and we hop onto a 14′ aluminum boat.  Was pretty amusing leaving dock since my dad was having trouble controlling the boat d=  If you’re wondering where the fish are, head to the left of the Big Rock Resort buildings (while facing it).  Go past the reeds and don’t stop until at least you reach the little dock sticking out after the reeds.  Shouldn’t be more than a 5-10 minute drive.  Anchor off shore if you can, and fish the ridge between you and the shore.  All along the coast from here on out seemed to produce.

We were using 1/2oz of weight on a carolina rig with power pait marshmallows (rainbow colored).  This will probably depend more on the day, but the fish we caught were all suspended about 3/4 of the way down.  My brother and I fished towards shore, my mom fished away, and my dad was tossing lures in every direction from the back of the boat.

Before I forget, this is how we fish XD

Pretty stylish right? It feels nice too!

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Feeding the wildlife and chumming the water like a boss

This morning was the lowest tide this week, so I headed out to give night time poke poling another try.  I’ve asked Kirk Lombard about this matter before and he says the biggest hurdle to overcome was finding the holes and the fish shouldn’t necessarily be sleeping. He doesn’t seem to have a problem hooking up at least.

I’ve historically had terrible luck trying at night.  Last night wasn’t an exception, but it was better than my normal runs out there in terms of bites and # of successful areas.  Decided not to go to bed since it was already 2am and I was still watching How I Met Your Mother.  I never really understood all the Neil Patrick Harris jokes until now (only just recently started watching).  Barney is freaking hilarious.

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A nice little paddle out at Capitola

So the only reason I’m back tracking on this post is because…well otherwise I’d have nothing.  For now.  And seeing as I’m here not doing anything…  A note to myself though, I should really work on taking pictures before and during my fishing trips so its not a wall of text, then pictures…

Went out to the Capitola pier on 8/5/2012 with my brother and a work friend.  My brother and I showed up at Capitola around 6am and parked up on the cliff overlooking the pier.  Does anyone know of any other place with 12hour parking?  Every other spot seems to be limited to maybe 4 hours or less :

Was kind of odd too.  We ran into someone up there who was apparently $5 short…I had 1 quarter left after filling my meter.  Later when we got down to the pier we ran into him heading back up with another guy and all their gear.  Guessing they were on the waiting list for a boat, but there were no no-shows?  Either way he said if we wanted we could have his spot, it already had 3 hours in it.  At that point I’m not sure what confuses me more:

  1. that they got up early and lugged all their stuff down the pier just to leave?
  2. threw in 3 hours but planning on getting a boat and leaving?
  3. thinking we would want to move our car into their slot after he watched us fill our meter.

Anyhow after renting our kayaks we headed out towards the kelp beds to the left (if facing the ocean on the beach).  A few years back I had quite a bit of luck there catching 2 or 3 rock cod on a short drift.  When we went out this time though we couldn’t even get a bite.  My brother was drifting a halibut rig with squid, and I was drop shotting 1 anchovy & 1 squid lure with smelly jelly (anchovy).

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