36 pound striper from a Laguna beach "OC Reg".

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  1. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    I heard about this, but did not see any one post about it.....just found the story.

    Thursday, March 15, 2007
    Fisherman catches huge striped bass from Laguna Beach surf

    Joe Russo caught a 36-pound striped bass in the Laguna Beach surf.

    [​IMG] DAVE STREGE
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    Joe Russo did not want to lose this fish.
    He was fighting something big in the surf last year and lost it without knowing what it was and didn't want the same thing happening again.
    "Please don't come undone" he kept pleading.
    Russo of Garden Grove was surf fishing early Sunday evening, killing time before he had to pick up his girlfriend at the airport.
    After having no luck in Newport Harbor, Russo relocated to a favorite spot on the surf in Laguna Beach. Ten minutes passed without success, so he tied on a blue mackerel Crocodile lure to his 14-pound-test line.
    While retrieving his second cast, he noticed the wake of a fish swimming toward the lure.
    "And sure enough, it just nailed it," Russo said.
    He set the hook and the fish immediately made a 30-second run straight out to sea.
    "Then I guess it was 20 minutes," Russo said. "I'd gain line and it would take line out. I'd gain line and it would take line out.
    "I just followed it down the beach to keep it in front of me."
    It took him 100 yards south.
    Nearby, David Bement of Mission Viejo was sitting on the beach with his wife, watching the sunset.
    "She looks over at him and says it looks like he's got something," Bement recalled. "Then she asked why don't I bring my rod. I told her I wasn't all that interested in catching perch because that's all I ever see people catching."
    After a while, Russo was still battling, the fish putting a nice bend in the rod.
    "He sure is milking that perch," Bement quipped to his wife.
    Obviously, it was not a perch. A bat ray maybe? Russo had no idea but was thinking 20-pound white seabass.
    The fish was 15 yards out when he identified it.
    "The dorsal fin came out of the water and the top part of the fish, and I could see its stripes," he said. "That's when I realized it was a striped bass. Then I was really getting nervous because I didn't want to lose it...because I knew how rare it was."
    By then, Bement was among a crowd of people watching the fight and taking photos.
    Russo tried beaching the fish a couple of times, but the receding waves would drag the fish back out.
    "A bigger-sized wave came in and I ran up and pulled it up onto the beach with the wave," Russo said. "As the water receded, I just grabbed him, put my hand under the gill plate and dragged him up the beach."
    He landed the fish just before sunset and needed to get to the airport, so he put the fish in the trunk and didn't weigh it until 2 1/2 hours later.
    The striper went 36 pounds, 11 ounces.
    "That's pretty much the holy grail for most surf fishermen, especially one that size," Russo said. "I haven't heard of anything over 30 being caught in our area."
    A few stripers are caught off our beaches every winter but are usually less than 10 pounds. Occasionally there's a 15-pounder. Frank Selby of His and Her Fly Fishing in Costa Mesa remembered a 26-pounder.
    Bill Hogan of Hogan's Bait and Tackle in Dana Point recalled a 20- or 22-pounder but said "a 36 is the biggest I've heard of."
    "That's a big fish anywhere," Selby added. "It doesn't matter where you catch it."
     
  2. Bottom Line

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    Gawd I love stories like this!
     
  3. Double Z

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    That rules!
     
  4. gonebendo

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    Whhhhhhhhhhat?

    Pics would be nice. Kind of hard to believe
     
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    Pic on cover of WON issue this week............................largest ever landed from the surf in CA, according to the rag.
     
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    Thanks, I'll be sure to check it out
     
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    i think its the same one

    it is! sorry for multiple post
     
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    way to go Joe.....helluva fish
     
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    they get a few a year that size on the malibu pier i know they did last yeari think it was , i know there was atleast one that went upto 30lbs , the surfers at the malibu pier see them all the time( towards thats point north)
     
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    SWEEEEEEET! Fish:smash: :smash:
     
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    Don't Hate
     
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    :D :D :D


    Shoulda released it to breed


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    :rofl:

    nice fishLOL
     
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    I just so happen to have a scanner handy...

    striper0001.JPG
     
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    Easy to believe, I seem to recall a stocking program back in the early eighties, I used to catch them fairly often in San Diego in the 6-8 lb. range, largest one I saw back then was 12lb.

    Paul
     
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    A kid came and weighed a 32# striper @ helgrens a few months back he got off the jetty...said he went 1 for 3 and the others he lost were bigger...
     
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    Cool story that made his week
     
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    If that was me, I would have farmed it and not been in the paper!
     
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    There was an article where that kid's dad was saying they saw a bunch of them around O-side, I think inside the harbor, but those fish were hooked off the beach, jetty-
    always a few nice ones reported off Torrey Pines, too- they are out there. They breed like cockroaches in freshwater, I would love to see a ton of them on the beach. They stocked them in Newport harbor back in the 70's, I remember when I was a grom my buddy's dad saw three of them at 3 Arch Bay while diving- that was the mid 80's- also a few around Anaheim Bay and Huntington Harbor every so often in north OC, I think a few in the 20 pound range- :beerbang:
     
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    You mean like this one: :D

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    :rolleyes: On second thought I think thats me :drunk


    A 36 pound striper caught of the shore on 15lb...Naw can't be done :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:



    Nice fish no doubt, it's been a long time since I've hooked one that size on surf gear. I'm fucking envious, those fish fight hard and unlike White Seabass they do not give up.

    I'd have to question that it's the largest landed in the surf in Cal maybe local So. Cal. Reporters generally do not know shit about things like this.

    The largest stripers recorded were over a hundred pounds caught on the east coast, but no stripers over 100 pounds has been caught on the Pacific Coast. I think they landed a 78 pounder in the San Fran Delta though it and the east coast 100+ fish are not official IGFA records, they are documented catches so they do get that big. Even the freshwater record was 67 pounds caught just a few miles out of the delta at the Oneal Forebay, that one is recognized by the IGFA.

    I sure wish there were more of those quality fish around local. I'd love to target them again in the Surf.

    Jim
     

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