Being Thankful

Things have changed in our world making it easier to focus on the negative.  The internet has given people a place to voice their opinions for a large audience, and its rarely positive.  Complaints about bad service on sportboats, the absence of albacore for the last few years, the MLPA’s and a host of others.  So I thought maybe this being Thanksgiving and all, it should be a time to look at what is good in our fishery.

Most can remember when a tank of candy bait was a rare and special treat.  Nowadays, or at least during this current cycle, live squid is more common than sardines at the local receivers.  With advances in electronics making it easier than ever for just about anyone to run a boat at night, the squid is around for those who want to catch their own too.  When things change in our cycle and squid becomes a rarity more than commonplace, we will all miss it.

The frenzy created by a good score on the albacore is undeniable, but look at what we have instead.  The bluefin moved in, especially this year and we had some incredible fishing for these hard fighting and excellent eating tunas.  Remember the last time you went albie fishing and the guy next to you caught a bluefin?  You wished it was you right?  Well, enjoy that we got them so good this year and we even had regular shots at the bigger models.

Local sand bass summer spawn bites are a blast from the past these days.  We maybe get a week or two of it now, and it pales in comparison to bites we’ve seen in years gone by.  While there is some evidence that some sinister acts may be preventing these migratory fish from ever getting to us, we need to be thankful for the big seabass that moved in and bit on the Huntington Flats for nearly a month this year.  A 30# seabass was small, and croakers to 50+ were the talk of the town.  Who would not trade a seabass for a sand bass?  You know I would.

We had a substantial volume of marlin moved into Southern California waters this season after a 3 year hiatus.  Some were saying they were gone for good, but history has shown that the cycles of striped marlin in our waters ebbs and flows since man first put pen to paper and kept track of such things.   While trolling endlessly for marlin may be boring for some, the dorado and yellowtail on the kelps made it really worth staying in the glasses all day.  We were very fortunate to have this and not have it be an El Niño warm water event.

While the internet does allow us the freedom to speak our minds about things in this world we are unhappy with, and that in and of itself is something to be thankful for, we should also be thankful for the things we do have.  Fish for what is biting, instead of complaining about what isn’t.  This Thanksgiving I am especially grateful to have such a loyal following of this site, and my ramblings.  The fish reports will be updated when something new happens, and get back to everyday next season.  I am thankful for the time away from it now.   Have a very Happy Thanksgiving guys, and tight lines.

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