ok, last year I had to pleasure of meeting Glenn Ueda and posting many of his corbina adventures with you. I met Glenn fishing one morning on one of my local beaches, we became Corbina pals and I got him to come visit some of my home water. Glenn was on a tear last season, and ended up having the dream corbina season landing 25 sight caught fish off the beach in one season, pretty cool stuff.
Glenn’s epic 25 fish season 2014, photos by glenn ueda
So it’s the end of March and as many of you know, California is experiencing another El Nino year. Our water temps have been in the low and mid sixties throughout the winter. Yellowtail are literally beaching themselves, grin! We don’t have much bait in our surf other than grunion, the sand crab beds haven’t begun to take shape yet. We have sighted some fish recently in the Southbay, but they didn’t seem to be aggressively feeding. Well, Glenn got out last week on his bike and scouted the lay of the land, somewhere in Orange County and found some fish walking the shoreline and and got them to eat the fly. I hope we get some of those feeders up our way soon. He landed three beans on two separate days. We will be following his fish counts closely this year, with this great start Glenn could break his previous mark. I hope he does, he really works hard at it…no free lunches…good luck buddy LOL
“Wanted to update your blog readers on the first 3 corbina of the season! They were caught in a two day timespan, and is typical, the structure was eliminated under a crushing swell. Being March, not many fish sighted yet, and though water temps are hovering in the 65 degree range, sand crab beds are still absent. Perhaps, the memory of what should be there has them feeding in tight to the beach and thus tempted by the small #8 grey merkins I’ve been tossing. Regardless, I am encouraged by what I am seeing and remain hopeful that this will be another special year for a species that I have to come to admire, respect, and pursue endlessly.”
photo by Glenn Ueda
big corbina sliding. photo by Al Q
Zino making the cast. photo by Al Q
Zino sealing the deal…photos by Al Q
My buddy, Zino Nakasuji had been texting his reports to me the past few days and was getting a little frustrated, he was seeing fish and getting grabs but the fish were all unbuttoning. I can relate, believe me! Anyhow, I told him the meet me at one of my favorite spots this morning. I had spotted some fish there on Monday and I knew the tide would be perfect for seeing fish. I didn’t say catching because these fish can drive ya nuts! LOL We changed the fly to a little larger profile, still a size 6 but a wider, pink model. From the time we got to the spot, the fish were all over the place moving up and down. I was seeing fish all the way down the beach. We began working, casting, walking and stalking, trying to line up shots to multiple fish. I saw Zino get a couple of bumps, then bingo, he was on! His reel screaming and a big wake flying across the flat. After a few nice runs and a tug of war, Zino slid the fat fish onto the wet sand. He ended up going one for two this morning, landing a second fat fish that was fouled. Lots of shots, a few laughs and a little slight sprinkle of rain later, I waved goodbye to Zino as I had to get off to work. Great morning, mission accomplished and one stoked angler! Zino sealed the deal! Tonight I am off to Icast for a few days. I will be tying for Tuffleye, if any of you are around please come by and say Hi! Also this coming Saturday I am giving a corbina presentation to the Sierra Fly Fishers at the Long Beach Casting Club at 7pm, all are welcome!
nice fatty on a pink merkin courtesy of Mike Centofani.
Rick Olson gets his hands on a nice bean. photo by Al Q
Tim Postel with a fine morning corbina, Photo courtesy of Carl Laski
Jim with the hot hand this morning landing three fair caught beans and fouling one. Photo by Al Q
number two! Photo by Al Q
beanzilla, Jim’s third, photo by Tim Postel
This weekend we saw more fish than we have in the last few years, why, who knows, different cycle of fish, less rain, tastier crab beds, hungry fish? Will we ever figure it out, don’t think so…I was down at the beach in the early am for the last three straight mornings and each morning we were greeted with hundreds of corbina, some in groups of twenty fish. I tried to concentrate on taking pics and some video while my buddies didn’t disappoint me landing many fish, many not posted…this minus low tide cycle was epic, despite no sun, i hope the next one is just as good…stay tight, tomorrow and wednesday are still good tides, with a little sun it could get crazy. get out there…