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Lake: Piru Lake
Fish: Redear Sunfish

Big redear!

Post By: VCBC Angler      Posted: 4/27/2014 12:09:12 PM     Points: 2615    
Fishing last weekend at Piru, I was talking to some kayak anglers we meet while in line to get past the gate. They came that day looking to catch crappie.

Later in the morning I came into a cove and they were there. I asked how the crappie fishing was and they did have a few, but not many. A little way down, while watching for shallow water bass, I noticed a lot of pan fish clustered in the weeds. They were not skittish, either, as they stayed put while right below me.

I called over to the kayakers and told them there were a bunch of black crappie in the weeds, so they paddled over and began fishing with small tube jigs.

After catching the first one it became apparent that what I saw was NOT black crappie, but really big redear! Still good, though.

The club has an off-species side-pot, so here is a pic of a 1 lb. 15 oz. redear caught by Skeeter.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 5/2/2014 2:38:39 PM     Points: 184622
That's a fish that dreams are made of. There's nothing like big sunfish to get me excited.
 Reply by: channelcat13      Posted: 6/13/2014 9:58:50 AM     Points: 1973
Awesome gill VCBC! Piru was the first fish I ever fished, which was close, since I grew up in Sylmar. My mom and grandpa did not know what they were doing, but I remember pulling the rental boat into cow cove, and seeing the gills come under the cover of the boat. I had so much fun just lowering tiny offerings to them with my oversized hooks and mismatched tackle. I used to have a hard time sleeping before hitting piru, just dreaming of seeing fish in the backs of the coves the next day. We used to stop at a little store in town to buy some of the best beef jerky I think I have ever had. Great memories there. Thanks for showing the fish!

Danny (CC13)