In 2017 I actively started to learn hook and line fish fishing.
I met some amazing people and learned a ton.
The video below is a quick overview of my San Diego fishing adventures along with a message for new San Diego fishermen just getting started. Click here to watch this on the Roman Castro Vlog YouTube Channel
NEW TO FISHING?
Fishing is such a rewarding pass time. There is so much to learn but you can get started with just some basic knowledge. The whole point is to get outside and enjoy it. Know that you are going to make mistakes and be OK with it. It’s part of learning. Fish with a purpose so you can learn something on every session.
Also, like every sport there are people that believe since they’ve been doing it for a long time think they own the water or the act of fishing. Don’t let the haters get you down. Stay positive. Fishing is for everyone. As a beginner the best things you can do are to know your regs, respect the catch, follow the law and follow the golden rule.
We are lucky to have such an awesome fishery in San Diego. We can fish in the bays for salty bass, in the ocean for pelagic species, and in our local lakes and reservoirs for freshwater species. Good luck on your San Diego fishing adventures. Follow my journey and let’s learn together.
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ONLINE KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT HELP FOR BEGINNERS – PART 2
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Beginner Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series
This series is for new Kayak Anglers looking for help getting into tournament fishing on the TourneyX system.
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Welcome to part 2 of the Beginner Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series. This series is for new Kayak Anglers looking for help getting into tournament fishing on the TourneyX system. In this video I break it down into three segments. First we go over the MUST HAVE GEAR. Second RECOMMENDED GEAR. THIRD I’ll teach you some tricks to avoid DAY ENDING beginner mistakes.
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My first time on fresh water I got skunked. My second time San Diego Largemouth Bass fishing was a different story. [VIDEO Below]
I took part in a friendly fishing meet put on by California Kayak Bass Fishing at Lake Murray. We started early and I had the cameras rolling. I paddled and fished about 30% of the lake and wasn’t getting any bites so I was starting to stress. The water was green with algae. There was no visibility.
My First Largemouth Bass
With so many boats and kayaks I figured I’d fish where everyone else wasn’t fishing. So I started looking for places and one of them was at the boundary for the dam. No one was casting past the floating barrier so I tried and got slammed by the biggest bass I’ve ever seen. Granted, this was my first bass but it was big. I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time since I had nothing to compare it to. I caught her on a Yamamoto Senko worm drop shot setup. Details below.
The Spot The spot looked undisturbed beyond the barrier. The tullies lined the side and there was a matt of old tullies that stuck out about 10 feet past the tully line. It was right at casting distance. I casted and landed on the dead tully patch. I pulled up on the fishing rod just enough to let the drop shot fall off the matt. I let it sink.
Now at the bottom I took up the slack with the rod tip down. Without cranking I pulled the rod tip up and feel the weight drag along the bottom. I wait a few seconds then repeat the whole process.
My Second Largemouth Bass
With the little success of my “Fish where no one else is fishing” strategy I moved on to fishing the shallow areas in front of bare beaches without tullies. Since the water was so green I thought the fish would be out and about since they had cover the whole time. This also made it hard for them to find food by sight so I started casting the a lipless crank bait. On my third cast the line felt heavy. My second largemouth bass was on. Slightly longer than my first but not as fat. I’m super stoked.
The Lure: Rat-L-Trap Lures 1/2-Ounce Floating Trap (Chrome Blue Back) The Spot:
In about 5 feet of water and started casting parallel to shore. The shore had no tullies and the water was green with algae. The Retrieve:
The retrieve was similar to the drop shot retrieve in the pattern but faster and sweeping the rod to the side instead of lifting the tip. As soon as the Rat-L-Trap hit the water I took up the slack and swept the rod to the right. I could feel the vibrations from the lure shaking. I pointed the rod back to the lure and took up the slack as i brought it forward then swept again. The noise from the rattle helps the fish become aware of it and the semi-pause while taking up the slack gives the fish time to pounce on it.
Here is the Full video from cast to catch and release of my first two San Diego Largemouth Bass.
I also break down the exact baits and retrieves used to catch them in the San Diego Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips and Techniques section at the end.
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