I decided to do a solo run Monday. The boat sat unused the entire month of December, so I really wanted to get out and make sure everything was in working order. At any rate, I was excited to get some time on the water. Couldn't sleep really, up by 3:30 AM and ready to go. Fired up the truck and I'm gone. A predawn start, cool, haven't done that in a while. This is where sleep deprivation started to effect my decision making (at least as the chances of catching fish are concerned). From my neck of the woods (Santa Clarita), you either head south on the 5, or west on the 126 to Ventura. For whatever reason, I went south toward Marina Del Rey...oh well. After getting to the bait dock and guiding my boat into the tight spot in front of the legendary Matt Walsh, I learned they have no bait. Young guy in the bait shack said they had some problem with the skiff on the bait boat (?), so no live bait. All they have is small packages of frozen squid for $10. Oh well, I knew it would be mostly a day of goofing off with the boat anyway... In the end, I got to enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Caught and released a few bass and white fish and my only keeper was an already decomposing balloon...boat ran great though!