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Forum: California Spearfishing Today, 12:13 AM
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Posted By Bob Ballew
Giant Bluefin West of SCI

...Just returned from 2 days up at the Wrigley mansion above Avalon. Great views from our 2nd story window of bait schools getting hit by tuna and yellowtail. This despite all the boat traffic...
Forum: California Spearfishing 08-09-2022, 03:07 AM
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Views: 346
Posted By Bob Ballew
Bluefin in Avalon Harbor: 8/7/22

...A large school of Bluefin surfaced in front of Avalon Harbor. One fellow on a skiff hurried out and trolled a MadMac lure (the hot tuna lure this month) thru the school and hooked up with a 104...
Forum: California Spearfishing 08-09-2022, 02:57 AM
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Views: 931
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Halibut Spawn plus Grunion Run: 7-28-22

Nice catch....a profitable day, with halibut at $20 a pound in the stores...Now, it is time to hit the channel kelp paddies for a dorado or two!
Forum: California Spearfishing 07-26-2022, 03:51 PM
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Posted By Bob Ballew
Halibut Spawn plus Grunion Run: 7-28-22

July 28-31 is a scheduled grunion run....July is also a spawning month, so, there may be flatties laying up shallow...With a late morning incoming tide in the 3 foot range, hitting the beach at early...
Forum: California Spearfishing 06-07-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,969
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Not this AGAIN?

...Son, this type of logic escapes me....Large bugs lay thousands of eggs more than barely legals or undersize immature lobster....also, when the majority of animals are small, it shows that possibly...
Forum: California Spearfishing 06-02-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 39,245
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Palapas Ventana Flop

Mr. C....The halibut are in...and....I am out of popcorn....:(
Forum: California Spearfishing 05-30-2022, 02:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,969
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Not this AGAIN?

...I can certainly sympathize with your position. All I am saying is what I am seeing occur when I go out for lobster each year. Most of my catch comes from the inside of Catalina island where no...
Forum: California Spearfishing 05-28-2022, 02:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,969
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Not this AGAIN?

I don't know what others are seeing, but, from my perspective, each year there seem to be an increasing number of barely legals and fewer larger sizes....The Alaska halibut fishery has slot sizes and...
Forum: California Spearfishing 05-02-2022, 01:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,067
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Amazing Scene in Santa Monica Bay

Usually, you see the big schools in mid-channel. It is a real treat to watch the babies jumping alongside the mother. Times like this is why we love going out on the ocean!..
Forum: California Spearfishing 04-24-2022, 12:18 AM
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Posted By Bob Ballew
Your dive boat has new fire Extinguisher Regs..

...Survival 101: New regs effective Aprll 20, 2022, require boat owners to replace all fire extinguishers over 12 years old from date of manufacture. It is required on all boats with permanently...
Forum: California Spearfishing 04-23-2022, 11:41 PM
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Views: 3,101
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Magnet in barrel of open muzzle gun

...In reply to Jame's question...I build all my own guns in my garage...I hand carve the grips to fit my hand using teak or mahogany that has seasoned a year.. The handle is located about 1/4...
Forum: California Spearfishing 04-22-2022, 06:16 PM
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Views: 3,101
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Magnet in barrel of open muzzle gun

...One of the problems with closed muzzles is that unless the opening is tight, the slings can catch in the back of the muzzle and rip the muzzle loose...which is why we went to open muzzles ...there...
Forum: California Spearfishing 04-22-2022, 12:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,101
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Magnet in barrel of open muzzle gun

All my wood guns use a sliding ring on the shaft with line attached to the ring...wood is notched on bottom of muzzle..when you lay the line in the notch and pull it tight, with two or three wraps of...
Forum: California Spearfishing 04-07-2022, 12:12 AM
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Views: 1,745
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Catalina @ $6.34 a gallon

There is squid on the west end at Starlight near Johnsons. You were in the right area...Also squid from the east end to Salta Verde on the backside...Me...I would hit the the Silver Canyon area for...
Forum: California Spearfishing 03-28-2022, 01:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,112
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Some Might Need to Know

...One old timer final opinion: How you measure is very important if you take barely legal-size bugs...hook the measuring device in the crevice between the eyes first, making sure it goes all the...
Forum: California Spearfishing 03-28-2022, 01:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,532
Posted By Bob Ballew
Bluefin Tuna are in U.S. Waters: 3/27/22

...Sport charter boats have docked with several good catches of fish up to 150 pounds...Separating rumors from facts will take a few days, as the guys are pretty tight lipped about it at present. ...
Forum: California Spearfishing 03-19-2022, 01:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,179
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: 3/17/22: Grunion, Tides and Moon ideal Time for Halibut Hunting

The latest weather has a small craft advisory for Saturday and Sunday. It will lay down as the week progresses...oh well, there is still April.....
Forum: California Spearfishing 03-18-2022, 12:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,179
Posted By Bob Ballew
3/17/22: Grunion, Tides and Moon ideal Time for Halibut Hunting

...A grunion run from March 18 thru 21st plus good a.m. high tides will provide better than usual chances for finding a legal-size halibut on Southcoast beaches. Plus, a full moon should aid in...
Forum: California Spearfishing 02-19-2022, 12:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,254
Posted By Bob Ballew
Solo divers? Wear a Life Vest when Running a Boat

...Having spent a good part of my life diving solo on the ocean, I can relate to the following story...Recently, a Santa Barbara urchin diver was solo on his 24' Radon heading for the islands or...
Forum: California Spearfishing 02-06-2022, 11:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,454
Posted By Bob Ballew
The Fred Halll Show Returns to Long Beach..

If you are into diving, boating and fishing and want to improve your nautical knowledge; this is the show to attend..Great seminars and displays of boats, diving, fishing and hunting gear; all...
Forum: California Spearfishing 12-21-2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,459
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Palos Verdes Dive Conditions 12-18-2021

Might be time to do a quick scouting run for wsb....There are squid across the bay from Malibu county line to Redondo Beach to RPV ....also at Catalina's west end inside....Still tuna to be had at...
Forum: California Spearfishing 12-18-2021, 12:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,717
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Advise on Diving the Farnsworth in Winter

There are some 30 lb homeguard yellowtail there year round and occasional wsb but, unless the water temps are 65 or higher, the fish will be deep. Probably more productive to look for squid nests...
Forum: California Spearfishing 12-11-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,424
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Heads UP: Missing Boater off Carpenteria: 12/9/21 1

Saturday Update: The CG has called off the search for a 62 year-old Asian commercial fisherman after searching over 600 miles of ocean. He was the owner of a commercial fishing boat who sold his...
Forum: California Spearfishing 12-10-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,424
Posted By Bob Ballew
Re: Heads UP: Missing Boater off Carpenteria: 12/9/21 1

The lesson here, assuming the usual happened....taking a pee over the side and getting thrown overboard...Numerous fatalities due to this....old timers say...."Pee in a bottle or bucket or just pee...
Forum: California Spearfishing 12-09-2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,424
Posted By Bob Ballew
Heads UP: Missing Boater off Carpenteria: 12/9/21 1

The Coast Guard is looking for a missing boater after a 35' boat was found running in circles. Fishing gear was on board. No sign of the person at this time. Likely he will drift south if still...
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