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Corvina fishing busts loose

April 26, 2002|By AL KALIN

Staff Columnist

I want to thank all the participants who attended the corvina fishing seminar Saturday and didn't catch any fish. Hopefully you learned enough to go back and catch them now.

The corvina started biting the day after the seminar and Monday limits were the rule from Salton City to Salton Sea State Park, Bombay Beach, Red Hill, Obsidian Butte and the dikes at the south end of the sea. Everywhere fishermen cast along the shore they caught fish.

Before the last surge of winds all the corvina caught were big ones, from 8 to 18 pounds, but in the last couple days small corvina also are showing up. I even witnessed one small corvina only 12 inches long being caught. This suggests there was successful spawn last year.

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Allen Martin of Westmorland reported fishermen limiting out at Obsidian Butte on Monday morning. Martin landed four large corvina, the biggest going 12 pounds, using a blue/chrome, 1ounce Rat-L-Trap.

Monday afternoon Westmorland's Jim Nemlowill reported multiple limits by fishermen from the dikes off Young Road where the fishing seminar was held. His largest fish weighed 18 pounds and was caught on a pearl chartreuse/black Lunker Shad rigged on a 3/8ths-ounce lead-head jig.

Tuesday afternoon the fishing was again hot and heavy at the same location as I witnessed seven fishermen hook corvina on a broad array of soft plastic baits, including Mogambo grubs, Lunker Shad, Scampi Tails and Rat-L-Traps. Two boats fishing at the same location were hooked up most of the time using Fish-Traps.

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