Angler's Center in Newport Beach is always a good place to find
out what's happening around Newport and a stop by the tackle shop
last week to check on off shore fishing ended by setting up a fishing
date with reel service manager, Ed Dillon of Newport Beach, to fish a
good morning tide on Thursday. "We have a medium high tide at 8:27
a.m. which should produce pretty decent fishing until the summer
crowds hit the beach at 9 a.m. Lets plan on meeting at 6 a.m. at the
Stuft Surfer Cafe to walk down to the beach and start fishing. I'll
go out the night before and catch us a bunch of sand crabs so we
won't have to waste time finding crabs when the fishing gets going,"
stated Dillon, who has fished the surf and Newport Bay for nearly a
half a century.
Dillion invited Jim Decker of Newport to join us for the morning.
Decker is a heavy crane operator, but spends his days off crewing on
sportfishers out of the harbor and is one of the best "local's" when
it comes to fishing ultra-light tackle. Decker showed up with a small
conventional reel filled with two-pound mono and on the way down to
the beach talked about the world record 47-pound thresher shark he
caught on two-pound test recently. Also joining our fishing party
would be my wife, Toni, who loves to fish the productive waters
Dillon set us up right in front of the lifeguard tower were he
went through the proper rigging for fishing small sand crabs. The rod
and reel selected by this outdoor writer was a Daiwa SS700 reel,
spooled with six-pound Maxima and matched to a Daiwa "Inshore"
seven-foot spinning rod. Dillon was outfitted with his home made,
20-year-old noodle tip fiberglass rod, quality spinning reel,
four-pound test Ande line, crab box, leader case, hemostats (used to
remove the hook), Polaroid sunglasses and, just in case we ran short
on bait, he dragged along his custom crab catcher.
The terminal tackle we all ended up fishing was a 1/2 ounce
sliding egg sinker, small red glass bead (to avoid line chaffing),