Bluebird skies, an fine 11 am incoming 3.85 high tide, 46 excited anglers checked in, great fish holding structure along the beach, but where were the fish this year at the One Surf Fly. This year’s event was held on Dockweiler State Beach just west of LAX where the original event started back on May 9th, 2009. There were a total of 8 Barred Surf Perch and 1 Walleye Surf Perch landed in approximately one hour and forty five minutes. There was one 21 inch corbina foul hooked, no count! What? Only nine fish for 46 anglers, that is insane! In past eight events prior I think the lowest count has been around thirty five fish.
I truly believe the warm el nino weather patterns and unusually warm currents have stunned our beach fishing the past year or so. I knew the fishing was going to be tough, but not that tough. All that given, we still had a great turnout and a beautiful morning on the beach before heading up to SEAlab in Redondo Beach for our great OSF raffle. Thanks to all the fine spotters that volunteered this year, we couldn’t pull this off without you!
Again I want to thank all our raffle contributors and sponsors: Abel, Redington, Rio, Sage, AFTCO, Rajeff Sports, Flymen Fishing Company, Scientific Anglers, Costa, Smith Optics. Montana Fly Company, Hatch, Orvis, Vedavoo, Buff, Umpqua, Cortland, Simms, Tuffleye, Rexfly, Promar Nets, The Flyzone, Fisherman’s Spot, Marriotts and The Fly Stop. Our raffle yielded a check for Alagalita.org and Capt. Charlie Moore for $2500 and a donation of $500 will be made to SEAlab. Special thanks to John Whitaker for securing SEAlab and for bringing King Harbor Brewing to the party. Special thanks to my wife and daughter Quinn for bring the pre-ordered breakfast burritos. Also thanks to the Southwest Council FFF for helping with the people power and all their volunteers at check-in and at the raffle.
This year’s winners: Michael Grosvenor of Southbay Fly Fishers took two categories: First Fish, a Barred Surf perch at 7:13am and Most fish with 4. He was using a red checkerboard pattern submitted by Jason Jones. Big Fish went to Tom Camp with a 9.25 inch Barred Surf Perch caught on a Krabby Patty variation submitted by Southbay Fly Club’s Jim Kuehne. Below are some great pics by Titano Cruz, who is an old friend and great photographer Me and my wife Janet have a few in there too. Hope everyone enjoyed themselves, we all helped fuel a great cause… enjoy the pics….. – Al Q