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Outdoor report: Bombay Beach bite strong

August 24, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Bombay Beach and points north continued to produce limits of corvina for Salton Sea fishermen this past week.

Salton Sea guide Ray Garnett reported guiding customers to limits most days of the week except for Saturday, when he blanked. Garnett found corvina while drifting live tilapia in four to 10 feet of water from Bombay Beach Marina north to Corvina Estates.

Garnett rigs a sliding 1/8-ounce egg sinker above a swivel and ties a 24-inch leader with a No. 1 or No. 2 bait hook below the swivel. If the drift is too fast, Garnett switches to a 1/4 or 3/8-ounce egg sinker. Garnett lets the bait drift 25 to 30 yards behind the boat. Once the fish become active and start biting, the corvina will hit tilapia under the boat if kept in the area with chum. Any plastic bait in orange variations is producing well, reports Garnett.

Steve Horvitz, superintendent at the Salton Sea Recreational Area, reported most fishermen catching fish but not many catching limits. Horvitz thinks the corvina bite will pick up, particularly at the south end of the Salton Sea, once the weather cools.

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Horvitz reported the Salton Sea temperature last week was 92 degrees and the elevation continues to drop due to high winds and warm days. Current elevation is 227.80 feet below sea level.

In the freshwater scene, Jeff Zendejas of Zendejas True Value Hardware in Calipatria, reported selling out of goldfish last week as fishermen continued to catch record numbers of flathead catfish from the Alamo River with the goldfish.

Zendejas reported an active bite on the Alamo River north of Ruegger Road near the two drops that used to be called Northend Dam. Larry Johnson, of Riverside, caught a 30-pound flathead Saturday. On Sunday, Billy Harvey, of Long Beach, brought in a 40-pound flathead. Both fish were weighed and photographed by Zendejas and the photos are on display in his hardware store.

Bird watchers should be interested in two rare reddish egrets spotted repeatedly in the pond on the north side of McKendry Road as you enter the Obsidian Butte (Black Rock) area.

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