Santa Ana River Lakes (SARL)

Discussion in 'CALIFORNIA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by Socal-Mike, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. Socal-Mike

    Socal-Mike New Member

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    Post reports and Info about SARL here

    Headed out to my favorite local lake aka the cess pool....SARL.

    On friday me and the lil bro managed 6 cats.

    We came back sunday night after a slow mornign at irvine and immediately started nailing them. Caught 5 the first hour and ran out of mack...they LOVED it and barely nibbled the shrimp. Managed 4 more the rest of the nite. Missed a few bites and farmed a couple on the flyine. The bro lost a nice one about 2 feet from shore, he did a last minute barrell roll and was successful.

    We flylined about 10 feet out near the 3 rail spot. If we had mack the whole night, im thinkn at least 20 fish.

    Both sessions were the 5-11 times.

    The lake isnt anything to look at, but if your into some pansize eaters and a few 5#ers as kicker fish....then its worth your time.

    Bring FRESH caught mackerell.
     
  2. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Sounds like you guys had a good night out there. Keep it up bro!

    Robb
     

  3. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Its always cool to catch eaters. I have not been to Sarl all season long, but have heard of people getting limits there quite a few times this season. Good going on the catch.
     
  4. Socal-Mike

    Socal-Mike New Member

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    Thanks fellas.
    Yeah, ive seen a few double digits pulled out but not often.

    I just find a hole and have fun, havent had the pleasure of slaying DDs like you Blue- so this works for me.

    You should head out one weekend and fill your freezer up for a while.
     
  5. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    I will. Definitely need some good eaters to cook. Those are the best tasting cats hands down. Ran out of my Hesperia eaters.
     
  6. captain

    captain New Member

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    Brian
    The Macks are wide open here at the Docks. It took me 3 minutes to catch 20 for bait. I caught 40 cats at the lake Wed. night, one big channel over 30. The fresh mack soaked in a small amt of Sodium Nitrate seems to be keeping the bait very fresh.
    Frank
     
  7. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Hey Capt Frank!!! Whats up bro? Man I been asking around to see how ya been. Very nice to hear from ya!
     
  8. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Frank Nice to hear from you. I will make me a trip to the docks in a few weeks if its ok with you. Will be gone for a week starting this Friday down south and will be back the following Friday. Nice Catfish by the way.
     
  9. captain

    captain New Member

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    In a few weeks this big wad of mackerel will probably go south to escape the winter. The channels bit good at canyon lake last night, I caught a darn carp that I know went close to 50. The sodium nitrate solution of 1 oz per 5 gallons of water and soak the mackerel fillets for 10 minutes seems to realy keep the stuf firm as long as I keep it cold. It seems to keep the oxygen from solidifying the amino/blood propety of the bait.
    Ever hear of using fresh pineapple juice to cure mackerel? I sure would like to get some info on it.
     
  10. Socal-Mike

    Socal-Mike New Member

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    :blink: :confused: :mad: :eek:

    Where are these "docks"
    I cannot tell you enuff how bad i need a SOLID mack spot. I would just take an ice chest full of fresh mack for cattin if i had em....no need for the other stuff. (at least for the kittys i catch)
    My last two "bait fishing" outtings to a couple piers have been SKUNKS. Bad timing...
    If your willing to share any info, it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED, even a PM is good. If not, i understand too :cool:

    -mike

    Just re read it and it seems like a private place- that would be sweet..or even if i could find somewhere that sold em half way fresh like the other fish :cursing:
     
  11. captain

    captain New Member

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    Mike
    I run 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro. The Mackelel are schooling at the docks, best time is in the evening but they are here all day. If you dont know how to catch them fast I can show you how. I will let you on the docks to fish if you do not bring a group of people and you leave my sea bass alone, no hooking or harassing my little sea bass pets.
    Frank
     
  12. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Yes I heard of the sodium nitrate solution for curing macs as well Frank. I wish could hit those macs Frank but is going out of town for a week. I will be back next week weekend though. May come thru for A sunday morn for an hour or less to get the macs. I will check in with you to see if they are still around. If you try the pineapple for the macs, let me know how that goes.
     
  13. Socal-Mike

    Socal-Mike New Member

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    Thanks man, thats mucho generous of you.
    My dad works out in san pedro at the sav on. Its still a nice lil drive for me.

    I actually went out to Newport pier last night and caught about 9 lil ones and then bought a half bucket from a kid for $8.

    All in all it was a good trip, im heading out tonite with the family to SARL for the 24 hour session. I seriously have enuff mack to feed an army....of catfish that is :cool:

    Edited- but if i do run out ill hit ya up! and i wouldnt touch the basses :cursing:
    I usually just use the sabiki rigs or a split shot and a hook if the wind permits.
     
  14. captain

    captain New Member

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    Mike
    use a small calcuta lift stick, 1/4 oz lead head with barbless hook, 80 pound spectra and a small piece of anchovy. Spend 4 minutes cutting up the bait, 30 seconds chumming and you should catch a fish every 9 seconds. I will show you how it is done, even loan you the gear.
    My sea bass are realy thick, we feed them peas every day, about half the nuts in the harbor want to sneak in here and catch them even tho they are 2 inches to short.
    Hope you catch them at SARL
    Frank
     
  15. captain

    captain New Member

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    Brian
    The last batch of amino acid we tested was a flop, even the birds would not eat it. The sodium nitrate works well under refrigeration but solidifies and turns everything black after it gets warm. The pineapple juice thing sounds far out but so does garlic, ever hear of an Italian catfish? Maby Guava or Peaches or whatever is the key, just keep on trying for the ultimate perservative.
    Frank
     
  16. Socal-Mike

    Socal-Mike New Member

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    Ended up with 20 keepers total. Ill do a lil more detailed report later incase any local brothers head out anytime soon.
    If you aint in the know on some specific spots...could be a loooong day.

    Countless first timers skunked and a few overnighters carrying a stringer with 1 or 2 fish on it when it was time to go.....
     
  17. janzaldo

    janzaldo New Member

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    Hi Frank! glad to see you posting again. I hope you are doing well. I was wondering about Railroad cayon; last time talked to you, you said BLM closed the lake down; could be I misunderstood.

    Frank, are sculpin leagal to catch? are they supposed to be over 12 inches?

    Hey Mike, look foward to reading in deatail about your outing at SARLS. I have ok luck, would like to know your spots if you don't mind sharing info.

    Jaime
     
  18. Socal-Mike

    Socal-Mike New Member

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    So me n the lil bro decided to try our first attempt at SARL for the overnight thing.

    We showed up around 615ish with a TON OF MACK, fresh mack. Headed over to our regular spot, the 3 rails. It was taken, so we set up about 20 yards to the right.
    Was slow the first hour and the guys in our spot got one fish.
    After about 90 minutes they packed up and left, we proceeded to take over the spot.
    Brandt aka Cliffey07 and Drews from this board met up with us.

    The bite wasnt wide open and the oens who were biting barely ran with it, at times they just took it a few feet and sat...couple fish i didnt know i had until i started reeling it in.

    From around 7-11 in our spot, me n the bro managed 6 fish...all flylined off mack and shrimp. Brandt and is buddy took 4 fish home and left at 11.

    Around midnite,the bite went wide open for a few hours. Most were hitting the mack but we did manage a couple off shrimp and one off a night crawler.

    We used the normal set up, cast about 15-20 feet out and leave the bail open. The few 3 and 4#ers would grab it and just RUN, the others fiddled with it and the runs were small and slow.
    There was an old man next to us and he couldnt set the hook if his life depended on it...from about midnite to 6am...we got 14 more fish and he managed one. Then the bite died again. They guy left around 7 am and we gave him a couple to take with him.

    Around 8am we packed it up and moved to the docks, NOTHIN. Moved to the Net area...Nothin, then back to our spot, NOTHIN. Left around 2pm without a bite for the last 5 hours. SUCKED IN THE DAY TIME-

    I wasnt pleased, but people were acting like we were stars when they seen our stringers. Offered to buy some, i gave another 5 away....no way im able to eat all those...so its cool.

    When we went to clean them i noticed one of our bigger ones had came off the stringer, then another one popped off and i was sure the gill had ripped and he free'd himself. Word to the wise, dont use those crappy thin stringers with 16 pounds of fish on it. :eek:

    Overall, it was a fun nite...i was disappointed in sunday not catchign anything at all from 8am on...but i guess thats why i always see the 24 hour guys leaving around 7 or 8 in the morning. Although, i talked to another guy who landed 11 that day....right spot, wrong time i guess. I didnt sleep a wink and now am paying for it with this 2 day migraine ive had. (please pray for me if you talk to God, it really is painful) ALso, one of the fish i landed had some sores around his mouth and a few worms coming out...obviously didnt keep him.
    Our total was 33# of catfish, gave alot away at the lake and cleaned the rest.
    Keybaits were Mackerell and shrimp again, had only one bite on M&M and nitro biscuits.
    Farmed about 15 fish :eek: and lost a couple that ran like hell and snapped my 14 LB test line. These fish were actin weird and alot of times, just stopped runnin with the bait...therefor, the farming was kinda irritating at times.
    Best times were from 12am to 5am- WIDE OPEN BITES.

    Was very fun for our first 24 hour session, but i think the next time illbe alot more prepared and RESTED-

    Most likely be heading back out this friday or saturday for a night session, Irvine still isnt hot enuff for me. Id rather catch 20 stockers than HUNT all day for a bite.

    If anyone wants specifics on the spot, send me a PM. Dont mean to be paranoid, but i posted alot of reports on a nother forum and since then my spot ahs been taken everytime ive been out. Luckily they dont fish it rigth and leave an hour later.
    Hope this helps someone
    -Mike

    PS- took some pictures of the last couple outtings...as soon as i get em scanned ill post some.
     
  19. drews0311

    drews0311 New Member

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    hey mike

    just wanted to say i had a great time fishing at sarl this weekend, cant wait to get up there again but this time do the 24 hour thing. that drive from oceanside suckes a lot of gas out of the old ford though. but its worth it. me and cliffy are going to cook up those cats tonight i think. hit me up on the cell if you want to hook up at sarl this weekend.

    happy hunting
    drews
     
  20. Socal-Mike

    Socal-Mike New Member

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    Sounds good champ.
    Still fighting this headache, but ill definately be out this weekend. the overnighter may be a lil tuff, but we can discuss a 2 for 1 deal on a night session.
    ill be in touch