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Old 08-15-2005, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are there any technique fishing when the seaweed is heavy? I was near station 28 in SMB all I pulled up were the weeds, do corbena feed in shore when the water is murky on days like today?
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Old 08-15-2005, 06:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I find it VERY difficult to fish if the kelp is heavy. Impossible if there is a current. In kelpy conditions, I forgo the plastics altogether and stick with bait. I slow my retrieve to a standstill, only cranking to maintain a tight line. It also helps to keep your line straight in front of you. If a current is pushing your bait sideways, follow it and keep your line in front of you. I guess the party boat motto, "no angles, no tangles" applies here.
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Old 08-15-2005, 06:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Best suggestion I have is move. Sometimes you can find a clear spot. Sometimes the seaweed moves in drifts with clear areas inbetween that you can follow down the beach. Sometimes you really should just give up and go home. I never do though.
I have done well on corbina in murky water. I have also done poorly, so who knows which is more correct.
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info, the kelp was all along the shore, i think my other problem was that I was using a grub, so my hook was exposed.
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Has anyone else noticed that the interesting water seems to hold the weeds? When there is a curling of the water the weeds get caught in it. If you can dodge the weeds, the water can be productive. Plastics work better for me in these conditions as I like to "park" the bait when fishing the crabs.

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Old 08-15-2005, 07:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I keep moving until a clear area develops. The edges might hold hiding fish.
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i agree
also ive found that the weeds can hold jelly fish
that u might not be able to see
good idea to avoid brushin up against em (the weeds)
i forgo my usaual submarine-en when its weedy nowadays
and just keep movin
or wait for the current to do its thing

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Old 08-15-2005, 09:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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...tough to fish the kelp and especially the eelgrass which has been really messing up Salt Creek lately along with the red-tide and jellies. It is doable fishing the pockets between kelp with no current...almost impossible to do with current like John said.
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Old 08-17-2005, 07:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I took the question to mean the times when the kelp is just all over the place. Because when its not, a pocket of kelp often means a hole. And a hole means fish. In those cases, I've fished kelpy water with great success.
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