Ah, the wonder of kids! Wandering the Monterey waterfront Weds afternoon, I showed Coop (in orange) and cousin Ben the famed Wild Wave, once one of the most popular albacore tuna boats on the West Coast.
Unfortunately, the once proud vessel has been mothballed for years now and is catching nothing but dust and weeds.
That didn’t bother the kids at all. In fact, they were so impressed with the Wild Wave that they stared up at it in awe for a long moment.
Then, when I told them that my good pal Mike Baxter used to captain the boat, Coop got a huge smile and said…
“Mike Baxter is the coolest guy in the world!!!” :)
Barbecue at Justin Barry’s house! While fishing Monterey Bay with Kevin Seeger last week, Barry hoked and landed this 79-pound, 4-ounce white sea bass near Pajaro, which should be the next California State Record for the species.
Barry’s catch was weighed on a certified scale and bested the current mark, a 78 pounder caught by David Sternberg in Monterey in 2002.The paperwork is already in to the Department of Fish and Game and Barry should be in the record books soon!
Have you ever noticed that most guys who feel the need to throw “Captain” in front of their names are total gomers who probably have never even piloted anything larger than a mini van? Well, that’s definitely not the case with Capt. Mike Baxter of Santa Cruz…he’s actually pulled a trailer with a mini van! (Kidding of course…). No, Capt. Mike is one of the most highly regarded charter skippers along the California coast with something like a trillion and a half hours of sea time at the helm of big party boats.
While his hopping insurance business keeps Cap’n Mike off the water a lot more these days, he still gets out to play as often as possible. Here he is with a 50-pound white sea bass he caught Saturday, 8/21 off Monterey while flylining a live squid on his brother’s boat, Wild Natalie.
In addition to some serious barbecue fodder, the ol’ skipper is also entered into our Hawg of the Month Contest in which he’ll have a chance to battle it out with other Hawgs for a free fishing trip. And if you ever happen to be in Santa Cruz on a Thursday evening between 7-8 PM, be sure to check him on the Let’s Go Fishing Radio Show on AM 1080.
White sea bass are called the “ghost fish” in central and northern California, so therefore Larry Roland must be the “Ghost Buster” with this bad ass brace of WSBs from Monterey Bay. These brutes ate candybait and weighed 30 plus pounds.
In addition to having some extra fine eating on his hands, Big Lar is entered into our Hawg of the Month Contest and has a chance at winning a free fishing trip with the FishwithJD gang…though it looks like we just might learn a thing or two from him if he wins!
Enter your big fish HERE Check out the latest fishing report for the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area HERE