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 Post subject: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:16 am 
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So I'm here on business, the weekend work got cancelled, what's a man to do? Got to the water about 8AM, grey, breezy, not especially warm. Hey this is supposed to be California!
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Waders on, fast sinking line and a chartreuse and white clouser on the business end. I started in the river mouth but the tide was ripping, it was like fishing a salmon river. I decided to head around to the beach side as there were a couple of guys fishing there and I saw one of them catch (they weren't fly fishing).
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Nice guys - they were fishing with Gulp sand worms and catching small barred perch (I think). So I started fishing in the surf, it was pretty tough with waves going in all directions. After a while I thought "that's a big wave". All I can say is the water was pretty cold...... :? But I got over it and persevered. Eventually I went back to the river. I started to feel quite cold after a while, nothing was happening so I thought I might as well give up before I caught my death. But then......
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A halibut! Yes they catch them that small out here, in fact they are quite common. Well that was all I got but at least I didn't blank. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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Great looking Flattie Andy :D

It's force 6 and cold here today - not jealous at all :(

I'm pretty sure I'll be back in California in May 2010, this time for a longer stay so I'll definitely get some fishing done then.

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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God Andy, you have it hard mind, :lol: :lol: lovely looking river mouth. nice looking flattie, are you out there over the Christmas? .

Dai. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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Thanks guys. Hey Phil what part of CA would you be heading for?

Dai - I head back on Wednesday but may be back out here next month. If it's any consolation it's absolutely p***ing down here today!

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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Hey Phil what part of CA would you be heading for?


I'll be staying with the wife's relatives in LA for 5 days to a week. I'll probably go somewhere else for a week after - not sure exactly where yet.

I found some stuff on the net about the Halibut and ?Cobia - I'll be bringing at least the wading gear and an #8wt.

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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That should work fine Phil. Frank Selby at His 'n Hers Fly Shop in Newport Beach is a real nice guy and a mine of information. Ask him about the California B**efish! :wink: You should try and get to Bob Marriott's while you are here too......

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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Nice report Andy, not seen a Halibut caught of the fly before, well done indeed, looks like a very nice spot as well. Hope you get a chance to have another go for them :D


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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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g4vpm wrote:
Thanks guys. Hey Phil what part of CA would you be heading for?

Dai - I head back on Wednesday but may be back out here next month. If it's any consolation it's absolutely p***ing down here today!

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Andy, Hope you have a safe trip back, but i would like to be in the rain in CA, than in the rain in cold South Wales :)

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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That should work fine Phil. Frank Selby at His 'n Hers Fly Shop in Newport Beach is a real nice guy and a mine of information. Ask him about the California B**efish! :wink: You should try and get to Bob Marriott's while you are here too......


Thanks for that Andy - I'm looking forward to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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Sorry to disappoint youg4vpm, but I suspect that what you caught there is a "Rock Sole" , here is a description with pictures.
http://www.google.ca/images?q=rock+sole ... 42&bih=814
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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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Looks like you're right Don. What do I know? Whatever - it's still a new species for me. I'll get a halibut next time!

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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I got a 55lber (Halibut) last year, but on an anchovy not a fly :D :D :D
Lots of fish and chips :roll: :roll: :D
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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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nope - I reckon that's definitely a pacific halibut - it's got a large mouth, and a distinctive tail shape - look at this compared to the rock sole and they are quite different. The tail and mouth are a giveaway, and the body of a halibut is more diamond shaped then oval.
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/finfish/ ... Sid_lg.gif

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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I think you're right Joe - the tail definitely says halibut! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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http://www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/salmon/f ... ineata.jpg
This is a Rock Sole as per Oregon Fishery.
I still think what you caught was a sole.
The Haibut fins are quite pointed (triangular) as compared to the sole
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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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I looked at that one, and side by side too, which was why I thought it was far more 'halibuty' :D . Andy - go and catch another one so we can decide once and for all. I come along as an adjudicator (expenses paid naturally) :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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Joe - I may be there next month! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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I am closer, therefore he should pay for me to come :roll: :roll: :roll:
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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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Well there's nothing else for it....Andy - you need some much bigger luggage! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Newport Beach CA 6/12/09
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I've checked and company expenses policy doesn't allow me to pay for you. And.....

I e-mailed Frank Selby at His 'n Hers Fly Fishing and he confirms 100% that my fish was a halibut.

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