the correct answers…

Here are the correct answers. 1 and 4 are the same fish according to Dr. Milton Love.

1.Chub mackeral Scomber japonicus
2. Sardine Sardinops sagax
3.Spanish mackeral (jack mackeral) Trachurus symmetricus
4.Chub mackeral Scomber japonicus

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can you name these local SoCal baits?

For the first correct answer, I will give away a free Corbina Diaries book, please place you answer in the comment section under this post. Good luck.

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pic of the day!

Denny Kaneoka with an estimated 30 pound carp landed at a local lake. This fish ate a drop shot plastic senko. WTG Denny! A carp of a lifetime.
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Pat Ford photography ZOOM presentation

photograph courtesy of Pat Ford.

I hope you can all join us this coming Wednesday evening (7pm PST – 10pm EST) when the Southbay Flyfishers will present a special zoom presentation by Pat Ford, who has traveled the world and photographed every type of fish that swims. I am sure you have seen many of his fly fishing and saltwater fishing magazine covers over the years. I will have the privilege to introduce Pat and ask him a few questions prior to the start of this presentation. Please come in on-time because once he starts the presentation it might be hard to let late comers in during the presentation. The program starts at 7pm and the presentation will begin around 7:15pm. Should be a fun time! –Al Q

Here’s how to join:

Topic: South Bay Fly Fishers – Pat Ford
Time: Feb 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 885 8698 5457
Passcode: SouthBay

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its almost popping time…

The pandemic has me inside bouncing off the walls, so I am enjoying tying some flies that I normally do not tie just to stay in shape. I hope to use these poppers this spring.

I recently made some home-made bass poppers using some found black high density foam off of some packaging that came in the mail. I just cut out some rectangles with a single edge razor, adding weed guards to the bass hooks, slit the foam to cover the shanks, dropped some Zap Ca thin glue into the slit and used a material clamp to hold the foam together while the glue cured. On the rear of the fly I used some 1/4 inch rabbit strip and EP brush. Then I burned some holes into the foam with a cauterizer, (you can heat up your bodkin with a lighter to accomplish the same effect) and added some thick zap a gap glue into the eye holes and positioned and set the doll eye stems into the cavities. Viola! Keep your mind active by re-purposing materials when you can. Stay safe and have fun!

Photos by Al Quattrocchi

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pic of the day…

Photo courtesy of Stephane Granzotto.

Did you know that sperm whales sleep vertically? I didn’t. Thanks to this awesome photo by Stephane Granzotto, I became a believer. LOL

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first book signing at the spot!

It turned out to be a beautiful, warm, sunny Saturday here in Los Angeles which I believe helped our turnout at my first book signing at the Fishermen’s Spot in Van Nuys. It was short and sweet, running from 11am to 1 pm. It was fun trying to guess who everyone was wearing masks. LOL I got to join some old friends and made some new ones. Thanks to everyone who came out. We were all watching each others safety being outdoors, wearing masks, social distancing and using hand sanitizer. Also special thanks to my bud, Larry Acord for parking his red hummer with fly rods and flying the Corbina Patrol flags as a killer backdrop. Special thanks to The Fishermen’s Spot and Gerard Burkhart for the beautiful photos. I can not wait for this crazy year to end. There is light and the end of this tunnel with new vaccines on the way. Let’s all stay positive and I hope to see you all on a beach next summer… happy holidays!


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The Articulated Fly podcast with Marvin Cash & Al Q…

It was an honor and pleasure to have been asked to be on The Articulated Podcast with my new friend, Marvin Cash all the way from the east coast. Marvin was gracious to help promote my new book, The Corbina Diaries and speak with me about my animated journey into fly fishing. Take a listen, I hope you enjoy it… 🙂

The Articulated Podcast with Marvin Cash and Al Q

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book signing this saturday!

I will be safely signing books outside in the parking lot of the Fisherman’s Spot in Van Nuys this coming Saturday, December 12th between 11am and 1pm. Please bring your mask! Its a great opportunity to pick up a signed copy of the Corbina Diaries. My first self-published book on DIY beach sight casting. I will have some coasters and corbina patrol decals for sale as well. Hope to see some of my friends and fellow fly fishers out there. Happy Holidays!

-Al Q

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Chaos Group podcast with Al Q

I met Chris this past year on the sand, corbina fly fishing and we instantly became friends having both worked in the movie industry. Chris is a very talented CGI developer that has worked on many fun projects such as Tron: Legacy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, iRobot and Maleficent to name a few. We chatted about film, design and fly fishing…hope you enjoy!


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