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The Harbor Report: In search of the perfect fishing spot

May 02, 2014|By Len Bose
  • This year's Lily Call Grand slam winner Greg Taite.
This year's Lily Call Grand slam winner Greg Taite. (Len Bose )

While a few of us sailed down to Ensenada last weekend, most stayed in town and participated in the Balboa Angling Club's 51st Annual Lily Call Bay Tournament on April 26 and 27. This is an in-the-harbor tournament using 4-pound line and fishing for croaker, corbina, halibut and bass.

According to angler Greg Taite, last weekend delivered "some of the worst weather I have ever seen in the harbor." Taite, who has been the Balboa Angling Club's outstanding angler for the past two years, won this year's Grand Slam for placing in each category.

"Right when it was 'lines in,' the wind picked up to 35-plus knots and the rain came down in sheets," he said. "My good friend Tim Humphrey and I decided to fish from shore, and it was lucky we did." According to Taite, most of the anglers in boats had to pay attention to their vessels and confront the weather.

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Taite informed me that he and Humphrey had started three weeks earlier by fishing almost every day before and after work to find where the fish were. A week before the tournament, they found their spot, which turned out to be just under the Pacific Coast Highway bridge on the Castaways side.

"We were catching one fish after another," Taite explained. "Every one or two minutes, we were catching fish."

The guys caught their corbina and croaker between midnight and 3:45 a.m., then went home to get their boat and launch it. Most of the daylight hours, Taite and Humphrey were still fighting the high winds, but fortunately the rains had diminished.

Late into Saturday night — or it could have been early Sunday — they pulled into the anchorage and took a three-hour power nap. Something tells me these guys still had a line in the water as they were sleeping. Taite told me he caught his halibut with only three hours remaining in the tournament.

It was interesting to learn about the strategy and tactics Taite used to win this tournament. He explained it as a five-step process, and he did spend quite a bit of time talking about the bait they were using.

"Fished the worm and pumped out our own ghost shrimp," he told me. If you cannot tell already, I am no angler. "The worm" is an innkeeper worm that, from the sound of it, is difficult to find. "It took three years to find the worms," Taite said.

One thing I do know is not to ask where they are.

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