Well its been an interesting Corbina season in the Southbay this past summer. Weird wind patterns early in the season kept the water temps fluctuating, never settling in and the Corbina were very spooky and unpredictable. The past week we have seen more fish than the entire summer with water temps hovering around 70 degrees and holding steady. It’s like the season just started; very strange. My friend Elliott called me yesterday day and said hey Q lets go Corbina fishing. I unfortunately had some other plans this morning but I left him a few monster merkins on the front porch and pointed him in the right direction. I told him that if he didn’t pick up those flies I was going to use them the following day, LOL. The sand crabs this late in the season are very large and my old fishing buddy Jimmy has been on these big fish using large, oversized pink merkins. Needless to say I think Elliott hooked and bumped 10 fish this morning and faired one giant. WTG Elliott, that’s how to get it done buddy! You’ve become a new official member of the Corbina Patrol. So happy you connected. –Al Q
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Tomorrow evening at 7:30 PST, I’ll be joining Tim Huckaby from the San Diego Fly Fishers to talk fly fishing, field some questions and post a few of my favorite pics.
It’s a Q/A with A/Q! Link: https://www.sandiegoflyfishers.com/
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!
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… 🙂
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!
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!
Hey gang, I am very excited to announce this long-awaited book on sight fishing the beaches for corbina that I have threaten to write for over ten years is finally complete and on it’s way. The books should arrive here in the states sometime next month. We will start a PRESALE next week, right here on this website with some fun perks for purchasing an early copy. I didn’t do a large print run so try to get your first edition book early. I will sign all copies purchased from my website. There’s be a buzz about this project and the fly shops have already begun to order them. There will also be a SPECIAL EDITION set available only here and nowhere else that has fun perks and will be limited in quantities as well, so please stay tuned…
As we get deeper into the Corbina season we notice the fish are gorging themselves on sand crabs and they start to get picky. If you are fortunate to fish during the low tides during the late morning or early afternoon when the sun is higher and visibility at its optimum you will notice that the fish get really spooky. You can see them and they can see you! LOL This is the time to switch to a clear intermediate (Aqualux II, pictured below) or slow sink line (Type 3) mainly for low impact and stealth. When the fish get super spooky and are feeding right at the edges of the waves, you need to stay far back and drop down your gear to as light as you can throw for soft landings. This is the time to increase your leader length, and slow your heart rate! LOL