Armed with my ultralight fishing rod and a tortilla I managed to catch my first ever Tilapia! My best guess is that this was a Mozambique Tilapia, though these fish are notorious for hybridizing and being very difficult to properly work through an identification key
One of the bright sides of downsizing my hook size was getting to catch a whole new species for me: the Xantic Sargo! And not only did I catch one, but I managed 2 before running out bait
You know things are getting serious when I break out the polarized glasses. I had to redeem myself at Malibu Pier after blanking on it my first trip there. This time I was rewarded with a number of Barred Sand Bass and Kelp Bass
I could see other people at this lake casting all sorts of lures to no luck hoping for a big bass, so I set my goal much lower than that. I tied up a small drop shot with a size 14 fly and got to work. You’d be amazed how many little Largemouth you can catch on that rig in a short period of time
You should have seen the look the other anglers on this California pier gave me as I microfished off the side of it, it was hilarious. But on the bright side I managed to catch a new species: the Topsmelt!
It’s hard to deny how beautiful the faces on Barred Sand Bass are
The first freshwater fish that fell victim to me in California was this little Largemouth Bass (also most likely the largest one I caught while I was there…there were too many other species to target to spend much time on them)