74.2lb So Cal White Sea Bass--Still Can't Believe It!

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c-goat

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Saw the article in the sports section of todays paper,that is one big sea bass.
 
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Slater

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Jun 1, 2006
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I messaged a guy that work for Scripps that may have some insight on the "wound / marks"....
It has been a while since he has been on bd but worth a shot, ide like to know!
Congrats on the pig!
 
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dcarlisle

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Jun 25, 2008
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Congrats, I have mad respect for you kayak fisherman. If I had caught that toad, I would have probably flipped over and drowned
 
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karlow

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Apr 29, 2004
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That's one nice toad. My PB SB was caught on a yak as well, but it was 34 lbs. I caught it off broad beach.
You got to love landing on a beach with SB up to your crotch! Way to go my man!
 
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Rusty Rod

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Wow! that thing is huge!
 
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Jul 12, 2014
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Absolutely one beautiful fish of a lifetime sir, congrats!! The marks on the sea bass are of a scientific theory. Mother nature places these marks directly proportional to the weighted centering of the fish, so that you know exactly where to "pre-drill" your lag bolt when you mount the sumbitch!:cool:
 
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steelhead88

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First off congratulations, that's a great way to break in the 2016 season.

I suspect you caught that fish BECAUSE you were in a yak and not on a boat. There's something to be said about being quiet and stealthy, particularly when big seabass spook easily. WSB don't get that big by accident and that bad boy has likely eluded many anglers over the years.

Thanks for getting the fishing juices flowing and motivating all of us!
 
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fishsmith

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I'm not sure and from what I remember neither was anyone else. I don't have time to pull up any pics of my fish from my desktop and I don't have any on this phone but between just me and my friends we have at least a few fish with this mark and if you start watching all the toads come in you'll start to see it more and more often.

It does seem that it's only on large fish and could be small males biting the big females in the spawning process one person pointed out. Your guess is as good as mine. They still taste good:)

So... a seabass hickey?
 
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jayyyy

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Epic catch and first posting..........As you drop the mic and walk off stage.
 
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dixonrick

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Absolutely fantastic!!! You are now the famous "yac" guy that caught the
fricken huge 74+ WSB at a location that shall now be nameless!!!
Congratulations, you deserve it!!!
 
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Zika

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Holy Crap Man..... you will be the king for some time to come sir ....well done !!! Took a Whiskey shot in your honor sir !! Wow !!
 
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Reel hip

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Also read the WON article. I barely believed you when you called "lets talk hookup" . Bad ass fish.
 
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Slater

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It's funny how many people think these are spear holes and I always used to also. A lot of fish over 60lbs have those marks. I can assure you that they are not spear holes though as I've seen them way too many times. There was a thread on a spear site where lots of people posted pics of the same thing. I've seen these marks on some 40lb class fish too but not as often.

GREAT catch by the way and congrats. That's a fish of a lifetime!


From my source:

"I am the Mark who worked at Scripps (retired a couple yrs back). Those marks on WSBs are caused by the parasite Trypanorhyncha, a tapeworm that can infect seabass, striped bass, salmon and steelhead, sturgeon, probably other fish. The round, partially-healed looking marks on either side are the giveaway, often mistaken for gaff, spear or seal bite marks"
 
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From my source:

"I am the Mark who worked at Scripps (retired a couple yrs back). Those marks on WSBs are caused by the parasite Trypanorhyncha, a tapeworm that can infect seabass, striped bass, salmon and steelhead, sturgeon, probably other fish. The round, partially-healed looking marks on either side are the giveaway, often mistaken for gaff, spear or seal bite marks"
That is GREAT to know! Thanks so much. There are many perplexed fisherman that would love to know that.
 
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FoolinFish4Fun

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Wow! That is one beautiful Ghost. Congrats, Sir! That catch will be remembered long after the last tasty bite has been consumed. Fish of a lifetime for sure. I am in awe, impressed, and beside myself with jealousy. You Sir, are my inspiration for 2016. Thanks for sharing!!
 
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