You can probably see a pattern with my California fishing excursions. I was working full time during the weekdays and spending most of my free time with Ruoxi, so fishing was kept to short sessions every few days. Ruoxi joined me for some; others I did by myself.
On the first of July we drove down to Mission Bay to enjoy the nice weather and soak a few baits. I used two rods, one with a larger hook and bait for sharks or rays, and a smaller one for whatever else might be around. Other than a few juvenile bass, the bite was pretty slow. It was several hours before my larger bait got picked up. It turned out to be a small but surprisingly strong bat ray.
Bat Ray (Myliobatis californica)
Round Stingray (Urobatis halleri)
Spotted Sand Bass (Paralabrax maculatofasciatus) - new hook & line species #340
California Halibut (Paralichthys californicus)
As the morning continued, more and more people began to show up, both on the beach and on the water. Anglers and non-anglers don't mix very well in southern California for some reason. It seems a lot of people don't understand the idea that anglers would like a bit of space. We were also pulling in more and more "salad", so we decided it was a good time to pack up and call it a day.
But first I had to catch one more bass. Thanks for inviting me out again Tom!