This report comes from Tristan MacRae and was submitted as part of our 2012 Contributor Contest.
My Dad and I headed down to the Lake. We have a little dinghy that we paddled into the deeper part of the basin and anchored. We were casting for about 20 minutes, when a massive hit on a spoon made me jump. I gripped it hard as the fish tried to get away. I think I fought it for about 10 minutes. The fish went around the dinghy and tried many short runs, but my drag was pretty firm, so he didn’t go too far. It’s bad when they go under the boats, because then they snap the line. Once it tired, I reeled it closer to the boat and my Dad netted it for me. My arms were so tired afterwards. That was the hardest fighting fish I have ever caught and the biggest. It was 37″ and 22.5 lbs. I couldn’t fish anymore after that.
- Tristan MacRae
Photo Gallery for The King by Tristan MacRae
If you’re a fan of fishing photography there’s no doubt you’re a fan of Jon Schwartz AKA Blue Water Jon. We’ve covered some of Jon’s amazing photos in the past, and this time is no different. Well, it’s a little different in that it’s not fish, but instead a massive school of squid inches from his face.
Today I came face to face with a giant shoal of squid and got some amazing underwater pictures! I had hoped to get fishing photos of white seabass, thresher sharks, and yellowtail, but I never dreamed I would encounter a massive, frothing mass of squid. I really lucked out! This was a local Southern California excursion where I accompanied my kayak fishing friend Josh Pruitt. He has an uncanny knack for catching big fish from kayaks.
You can read more about Jon’s experience in the local San Diego news, as well as on Jon’s website with more complete photos.