Boy this looks like fun

InDeepShip

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Nov 5, 2017
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SD
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Adam
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Just saw that tonight i wouldn't have even dropped down
 

waldocod

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Mar 27, 2007
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Washington
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Steve
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Arima Sea Legend
Certain landings have run Sand Dab specials for years. The first one I remember was on the “Pierpoint” years ago out of Pierpoint Landing. I even ran some in the ‘80’s out of 22nd Street. A hundred per person was not uncommon. Some restaurants serve them and they are pretty yummy and quite expensive.
 

muletrain

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Sep 9, 2006
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san clemente
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mark
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Carolina skiff for the bay / Hobie Mirage
To each there own......if that’s what you are into
 

DrBob89

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Jul 12, 2017
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Altadena, CA
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Bob Nigbor
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Freedom Boat Club
Not my cup of tea for catching, but I do like to eat them! Sauteed in butter mmmmmm.
 
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Azarkon

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Sounds to me like 37 folks got out of the house, away from chores, onto the water, wet some lines, and as a bonus took home some tasty critters. Is that really so bad?
Yeah I don't know why people hate on them. It's more consistent than targeting halibut and bass this time of the year up north. In northern California they run these sand dab + crab trips and they're popular from what I hear; people in southern California have just been used to tuna and yellowtail being available most years, there's not much to target up north when bottom fishing is closed.
 
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jollanes

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I think they advertise these sanddab trips. So it's not a surprise to the anglers. Sand dabs are awesome eating! $25 a plate at a nice restaurant.

The way to make them is Light breadcrumb/flour mix, sautée in olive oil. Then finish lemon butter caper sauce. Try it!
 

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May 24, 2006
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Huntington Beach
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Steve
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260 Mackinaw
Gotta do something when there are no fish around ...
We had them on the surface like that at Izor's in 95' last week with chopped squid one day and chunked fresh caught macs the next. No fish for sure....
 

MikeeDaGuy

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May 21, 2006
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Mom loves those things!!! when cleaned one slice diagonal across the back on the fill plate. The charge 50 cents a fish that would we insane!
Lil salt pepper/ flour mixture and fry them up, preferable a pan fry in peanut oil. Good eating, though one may have had to grow up eating pan fried fish to enjoy them!
 

ShadowX

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They are tasty critters. Catching them can be a pain. You have heavy weight and deep waters. We know a few spots that are only around 150 feet and full of them. We keep those relatively shallow spots hush hush. You put on a 10 hook ganglion and you kill them on every drop. They don't fight much but it is very heavy trying to get the fish up since it spins and create a lot of resistance in the water. Its like trying to drag in a sea anchor.
 

b-reel

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They are tasty critters. Catching them can be a pain. You have heavy weight and deep waters. We know a few spots that are only around 150 feet and full of them. We keep those relatively shallow spots hush hush. You put on a 10 hook ganglion and you kill them on every drop. They don't fight much but it is very heavy trying to get the fish up since it spins and create a lot of resistance in the water. Its like trying to drag in a sea anchor.
I know that they sale these sand dab ganglion, but I thought to use them they had to be the only set up on the boat and sand dabs the only fish on board. Any clarification on the take of no limit dabs?
Thanks