Memories of days gone by...what are some of yours

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  1. Bud B

    Bud B Fear the Kraken

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    The only fish reports you looked at was the chalk board at the landing cause you always caught enough to not worry what happened the trip / day before and were going anyways. Or the pile of carcasses in your neighbors trash can prompted a trip.

    You got a colored cloths pin for rotation to thwart stern hogs on the day boats.

    Everyone had a beer on the rail in front of them and tangles often got solved with the cherry of a smoke hanging out of a guys mouth

    Sacks of the 3 B's and rockfish were a guarantee within minutes of any harbor and average size was 2 to 3 times what it is now.

    Every reel was red or black

    Getting limits of WSB in February on the TJ Flats was a break from filling sacks of reds and cowcod in just a few drops outside the islands.

    A paddy was what you told the cook to put cheese on.

    The Viva Hoochy Toad was the only plastic swimbait.

    Sears sneakers were our Xtratuffs.

    You better know how to cast a two eyes and a wiggle chovy.

    Springtime Yellows at the Nado;s, Sand bass in the IB flats, Sculpin at the rockpile were thicker then the bait in the receivers.

    You had to throw your rig in on big yellowfin down south.

    One or two rods and a pocket full of hooks and rubbercores was enough for most trips.

    Albacore trips leaving at 11pm and home by 11am.

    Fishing 12# test for the finicky bluefin at the nado's.

    Limits of sheephead, rock scallops, big red and pink abs in a few hours diving the kelp.

    The spotfin croaker run off Fiesta Island was an annual social event.

    You could outfit yourself and fish every week on paper route money.

    Secret spot numbers were a compass heading at X knots for X time.

    A scoop of bait was a scoop.

    Sunscreen was just the peeling skin from the trip before

    Sportsman's seafood trade was 2# whole albacore or bonito to each can and no money. When cans were'nt cat food size.

    We hung out at the tackle store, landing, launch ramp, fish buddies garage etc. and interacted face to face more then on the puter

    You had to jump on the boat from the IB pier ladder.

    You could remember all the fishing regs in your head

    It took a 30 lb tail, 12 lb boney, 8 lb calico or a 12 lb cuda to turn a head.

    Eating raw fish is only something you did drunk or having lost a bet.

    Lizardfish did'nt exist.


    What else ya old fucks remember.
     
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  2. Mtnfshr

    Mtnfshr Well-Known "Member"

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    I remember much of that. I don't recall a ladder at the IB pier though. They had the platform though.
    I also remember the Flats off South Island with tons of mousetraps and skiffs running around.

    The Weber manufactured Hoochy Toads were knock-offs of the French made Vivifs. Or vice versa...
     
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  3. Bud B

    Bud B Fear the Kraken

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    I think the couple times I was there the platform / ramp were busted up from weather leaving me with an old memory of it being a ladder. Do remember throwing gear on boat and then having to jump on pitching boat.

    When I tried to identify the lure in my memory a while ago the only thing I could find was the Vivif. But I imagine you are right that they were the Webers now that I looked them up. Remember guys getting tails and big calico's on them over 50 years ago.
     
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  4. writebrian

    writebrian ... and I'm 6'5"

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  5. Croaker.Stroker

    Croaker.Stroker Old White Guy

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    5 cent anchovies on Seal Beach Pier.

    Tin Can beach.

    Fishing boat Estrella, Pierpoint.

    Live Red Shrimp bait at San Pedro.
     
  6. Jigslinger

    Jigslinger Fishing is an incurable disease

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    Loved this when I was a kid. Belmont pier and Seal Beach pier. I got to know the kids selling bait and got free bait. Flyline for bonito all day on trout rods.

    Adding to list:

    Using the rail to fight your fish was taboo.

    All day trips and most overnight trips will end up with a sack full of mushy fish from sitting on deck.

    Sardines were something you’d see in cans.

    Actual kelp at Horseshoe Kelp.
     
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  7. makairaa

    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Taking the boat out of newport anytime in the summer and trolling between the piers. All the 5 lb bonito you could want in a couple of hours.
     
  8. Wandering Blues

    Wandering Blues I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  9. Bottom Line

    Bottom Line Village idiot

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    Making bait in the dark at the NEL tower off South mission...
     
  10. bajabum

    bajabum Pedo Viejo

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    Hitting the 302 371 425 triangle using
    loranC. Fish paddies for hours with no one
    around. Fill the coolers by noon almost every trip. Tip the bait guys with beer and get more
    Bait than can live in your tank.
    Gas up the boat for $100.
    Catch 800 lbs of albacore and give it away
    People were civil on the radio.
     
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  11. UnBelievable

    UnBelievable F.V. UNBELIEVABLE

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    Chovie was the only bait. How about the Bonita ball and feathers from the pier. Using a hoop net to get your yellowtail from the water at the pier......lots of nice yellows off the Oceanside pier when it went out a lot farther than it does now. Using the hoop net to catch large jumbo size crabs from the pier. Time stamp this about 45+ years ago......great times!
     
  12. a_p

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    $17 for a 1/2 day from the Santa Monica Pier.
    Catching my first YT at Anacapa on a trout rod.
    Returning to SoCal in 1999 and seeing WSB caught on a local twilight trip out of MDR; they were legendary non-existent creatures when I was a kid.
     
  13. bman440440

    bman440440 I am the one who knocks!!!

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    when we fished (dad and me) we had a compass, Dial-Map, grease pencil and wrist watch and would fish all day at the 302 and beyond and come back at night and hit Point Loma dead on every time... and when friends went fishing with us there was never having to ask for "your share of costs" they where shoving money at us just because they where lucky enough to go fishing with us and that is what you did back then and they always brought plenty of food/drinks without being asked to.

    EDIT: And there was NEVER anyone that would cross your troll spread or get into your chum line!
     
  14. michael e. bingham

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    I still have a Hoochy toad jig in my collection , we used to cut a slit in the tail for better action , the yellows loved them , nine mile bank with salted chovies fishing paddys and catching 40 pound yellowfin , you would leave with 3 penn 500s each and at the end ofthe day all the spools were popped , low tide sunset cliffs popping off big green abalones in 2 feet of water , and who can forget midway bait and tackle ,and the rednick prick who ran san diego bait barge , half day boats 3 bucks , every night during albacore season the lights glow from all the boats heading out with the best tuna jigs green and yellow jap heads and any color hex heads , seafort landing piers were 12 feet high off the water , the miss noris coronado islands boat , and the coronado islands mouse trap fleet for the white seabass and God bless all the old time legend sportboat captains who made san diego sportfishing what and who we are today , sea you on the water
     
  15. SoCalGaffin

    SoCalGaffin It's Tuna Time

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    Sad part is 20-30 years from now we will look back and think these days were golden compare to what we are in store for. :zelfmoord
     
  16. swami 805

    swami 805 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Having brown bait to fish calicos instead of anchovies

    Twilight trips

    The "porch" at Santa Monica pier
     
  17. AndyJ

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    $15 AM half day and reride the PM half day for $10. Catch a jackpot on both rides? Make money to buy a new rod.
     
  18. mutu0069

    mutu0069 CEO of my own Domain

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    Only way to get a fish count was reading it in the sports section or calling the landing.
     
  19. Brad I

    Brad I Common Sense Isn't Common Enough

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  20. Bud B

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