Surf Fishout at Rio Del Mar State Beach - August 10th, 2019
Fishmaster: Mark Traugott - 338-6056
The August Surf Fishout will take place at Rio Del Mar State Beach on Saturday, August 10th. The sun will rise at 6:21 a.m., and the tide will be high at 8:50 a.m., so we will meet at "the platform" at 6:00 a.m. For those who have never been, you will need first to find the circle at the beach end of Rio Del Mar Blvd. Go around that circle and take Beach Dr., headed southeast, for about a mile. (Alternatively, you could enter "433 Beach Drive" into your car's GPS.) Near the end of the public road, just before the parking lot for the State Beach (which doesn't open until 8 a.m.) there are a few parking places (and a few more on the dirt shoulder on the far side of the road.) You should find us there, gearing up. For details regarding equipment and technique, check the excellent instructions on surf fishing that Sam Bishop has posted on our club website. The basic equipment is a five-to-seven weight rod with an intermediate to full-sinking line or sinking tip. Any type of Clouser pattern or anchovy pattern will work for stripers, and small bonefish patterns (for example, Gotchas) will catch perch, especially if they have a little red or orange in them. I'll have some sample flies available for those new to this style of fishing. The only surf-specific piece of essential equipment is a stripping basket (I like those that Sam makes and sells at club meetings for $20 to benefit the SCFF.)
Lake Alpine and Stanislaus River - August 11 - 15, 2019
Fishmaster: Cecilia Stipes
If you want to fish the Sierras this summer, join me at Lake Alpine near Bear Valley. The Hwy 4 corridor from Arnold to Ebbetts Pass in Calaveras County offers some of the best trout fisheries: Lake Alpine, Stanislaus River in and outside Calaveras State Park, White Pines Lake; Spicer, Union and Highland Lakes, Mokelumne River, Kinney Reservoirs, and Carson River near Markleville. You will have the opportunity for float tube fishing and river wading. Accommodations: Camping is available at campgrounds surrounding Lake Alpine, Silver Tip Campground (1 mile away), Red Meadows (4-5 miles). I have one opening left in the cabin rented for five people, cost is $218. Everyone is responsible for his/her own meals; the exception will be Wednesday's final dinner at the Lake Alpine Lodge restaurant. Please contact me for more information. I hope you will join me for four days of beautiful scenery, lots of fishing, fly tying, instruction (great place to learn) and camaraderie.
O'Neill Forebay - Medeiros Campground - October 16 - 20
Fishmaster: Steve Rudzinski
This annual fishout is only 70 miles from Santa Cruz, and we camp in a good area with access to excellent fishing around the islands with the high power lines. Float tubes are a must or boats - you have to launch across the lake but can park it over night at the campsite.
This is a very relaxing time with often good to great fishing for striped bass and occasional black bass, carp or bullhead. Most stripers are in the 12" to 16" range the last few years, an occasional keeper size is 18" to 20". But know the world record bass was caught here. It would likely grab one of the small fish on your line. Big ones are there, so bring a 7 weight rod, or a #6 will do. Guides will often use 8 weight rods just in case the record comes along. Rig up with full sinking lines and 15-17 lb. fluorocarbon leaders, which only need to be 6 or 7 feet, as the fish are not line shy, and the shorter the leader/tippet, the more positive hook sets you'll have and you can turn over the fly better when casting.
Those interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will have a list of things to bring like firewood, drinking water and maybe something to share for dinner Friday and or Saturday nights. I will have the club banner flying, I hope the weather is not too blustery and the fish are biting. Flies that work the best (San Luis smelt) are tied by a club member and invented by Lee Haskin the master guide of the lake.
Mammoth Lakes Fishout - Sept. 21st-28th and Sept. 28th-Oct. 5th
Fishmaster: John Cook - 688-1561
This fishout will take place over two consecutive one- week periods, Sept. 21st through Sept 28th, and Sept. 28th-Oct. 5th. You may sign up for one of these two periods, or both.
Location: Mammoth Lakes is on the eastern side of the Sierras, six to seven hours' drive from Santa Cruz. There are many lakes and streams in the area for us to fish. We will be staying in condominiums in the town of Mammoth Lakes. There will be two people per bedroom. If you would like to have your own bedroom, it will be $540 per week.
Cost: $310 per person per week. This covers seven nights' lodging with three meals per day. Sign up for either week, for $310, or both weeks for $620.
Meal Preparation: Each person will be assigned to a group for a Kitchen Day. The group will set out breakfast and lunch foods, store unused food, prepare the evening meal and clean up on the day assigned.
Sign Up: Starting February 15th through April 22nd the first people who send me their money will get first shot at a spot. When you send me the money, state which week you want. Money is not refundable unless someone takes your place. I will let everyone know after April 30th. Make plans with friends to secure a spot for each of you. I must receive your money before April 22nd. Mail your check, made out to John Cook, to P.O. Box 2822, Aptos, CA, 95001-2822.There are still a few spaces available.
I will maintain a waiting list for each week. If a space becomes available, you will be notified by phone.
Unused funds: Any funds received but not spent on the Fishout will be used for prizes for our annual fund raiser.