Largest Fish From A California Pier?

A frequent question over the years has been, “what is the largest fish taken from a California pier?” A 453-pound giant (black) sea bass is recorded from Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara in 1925 and there’s an unconfirmed report of a 600-pound giant sea bass taken from the Manhattan Beach Pier in 1929. Huge white sturgeon have been reported and an authenticated catch of a 194-pound sturgeon was made at the Vallejo Pier in 1980. Then there are the sharks and rays. Several 200-pound+ bat rays have been reported including a 203-pound bat ray at Stearns Wharf in 2004. However, the official record is only an 181-pound bat ray taken from the Huntington Beach Pier in 1978. There have been several reports of huge 7-gill sharks from a variety of piers but pictures show most to be under 200 pounds. And finally, there’s the 200-pound hammerhead shark reported from the Newport Pier. Even given the size of those fish, I have not been able to find any records of a fish approaching the following in size — a shark taken from the Newport Pier back in 1923.

Big Shark Is Snagged And Then Shot

Newport Beach, Oct. 30—A genuine “man eating” shark, fourteen feet long and weighing approximately 1800 pounds, said to be the largest fish ever caught from the Newport Pier, was hauled to land shortly after 2 o’clock Monday afternoon by Frank Claudenia.

The battle between the huge sea monster and Claudenia waged only for fifteen minutes when onlookers, realizing that the catch at the end of the line was of such nature that it could not probably have been landed, made for their homes for a rifle which which to shoot the monster.

R. J. Shaffer of this city, who had been fishing on the pier, was the first to reach shore and return with a rifle. He immediately took four shots at the monster. The last of the shots succeeded in hitting the “man eater” in a vital spot and he floated quietly on the water. A team of horses was secured to draw him upon the beach.

The news of the large catch soon spread and hundreds of persons from both Balboa and Newport rushed to see the huge fish.

Fishermen immediately had a considerable discussion concerning the species of the monster. Several declared that the fish was a mackerel shark and others declared that they knew it to be of the “man eater” species. One fisherman, who professed to know, declared that he had killed scores of this species which he generally found at a considerable distance from shore, and declared that this was as close to a “man eater” as he had ever seen if it was not a genuine shark of the “man eating” variety.

According to the version of the catch as explained by Claudenia, the monster had tackled several hooks of other fishermen but had succeeded in breaking their lines. The fish then took his bait which consisted of a three pound mackerel and started for deep water. While he held him others ran for a rifle and the huge sea monster’s life was soon ended.

The large fish has been hauled beneath the pier and will be preserved and kept whole for a while and will be placed on exhibition.

—Santa Ana Register, October 30, 1923

Within a few months the story had made it into newspapers throughout the United States. Herein one version, shorter and slightly different than the original.

Take Giant Shark On Hook—Sea Monster 15 Feet Long Weighed 1,800 Pounds

A shark 15 feet long, weighing about 1,800 pounds and 57 inches in circumference was caught off the Newport pier by Frank Claudenia. He had been after jewfish when the shark swallowed his hook. The big fish pounded the piling and put up a fight until he was shot with a rifle by Rube Schaffer. When the shark was finally brought into the surf a team of horses was hitched on and the fish pulled ashore. The fish is what is known as a mackerel or bone shark and is a sea scavenger. It is not of the man-eating variety.

—The Evening Standard, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, December 12, 1923

Of course some people might ask if the fish can even be considered a record catch? It certainly would not meet the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules or the rules used by the California Fish and Wildlife Department. And, if it was indeed a Great White Shark, it would no longer be a legal species to take.

Nevertheless, it is probably the largest fish ever taken by an angler from a California pier. Back in those days many anglers used heavy gear for the giant (black) sea bass and the combination of heavy tackle and a quickly procured rifle meant the landing of a true monster from the deep.

The fact that such large sharks inhabit the waters at Newport Beach should not come as a surprise. Several large sharks have been sighted and several large sharks have been caught by local commercial fishermen.

Another Shark Is Snagged At Newport Beach

Fred Gunther, known to his friends in Newport Beach as “Shorty,” apparently is out to break the world’s record for catching sharks with hook and line. Sunday he landed a 16-foot, 2500-pound man-eating shark, which he had battled from time to time, for three years. Today he pulled in a 10-foot hammerhead shark, weighing 300 pounds.

Gunther claimed that the shark which he caught Sunday was the one that got away from him three years ago, after the fisherman had speared it several times. He pointed to spear marks on the fish as proof of his story.

The shark caught early today was one of the most peculiar looking sea denizens seen in Newport Beach in recent years, according to fishermen. Its eyes are 32 inches apart. Gunter will exhibit his catches within the next few days and, in the meantime, he is out after more sharks.

 —Santa Ana Register, October 20, 1926

One of the most famous (and controversial) sharks taken in the Newport area was one caught approximately 100 yards out from the end of the Balboa Pier. Local commercial fisherman Ted Phegley in his 16-foot dory boat took the shark, an estimated 12-foot-long, 1,400-pound great white, on January 29, 1960. Although he was fishing for white seabass, he managed to net and capture the huge great white that, at the time, was considered one of the largest “whites” ever taken along the Pacific Coast. It was soon hauled into shore and hung up on block and tackle near the Crab Cooker Restaurant in Newport Beach. That weekend, crowds estimated at 20-50 thousand people swarmed to Newport Beach to see the “man-eater.”

I say controversial simply because of the size. It is based upon newspaper accounts that appeared at the time of the capture (and which are posted on the wall at the Crab Cooker). When I asked “Snookie,” our local Orange County expert to review the Pier Fishing In California section on Balboa Pier she sent me the following: “Ted Phegley’s shark was actually 11 feet, 2 inches long and weighed 775 pounds. He was assisted in the landing by the 40-foot commercial fishing boat Crusader who passed by, hove to and helped Phegley land the shark. They used a winch to get the shark to the top of the water and then looped a rope over its tail to make it immovable. It was taken to McCarthy’s Dock in Newport and hoisted and weighed still alive. It almost snapped a 4 x 6 dock rail in two with its teeth in a last effort to escape. This was the second great white for Phegley. The July before he hauled in a smaller one in approximately the same location.”

Now I know that some of you good readers think that newspapers are always accurate and filled with stimulating, factual information (which is, of course, never biased) but I have a lot of faith in “Snookie.” Whatever the size of the fish, (and there’s quite a measurable mathematical difference between 775 and 1,400 pounds) there is no disagreement that the fish was very, very big.

A Newport Great White at the Crab Cooker Restaurant

Today the fish is stuffed and hangs in the main dining room at the Crab Cooker Restaurant, just across the street from the Newport Pier. Sort of a stuffed fish watching humans stuff themselves on fish. If you visit the restaurant do make sure you view the fish and also look inside the mouth at the rows of teeth. Behind the main row of teeth are several other rows of teeth ready to slip down and replace teeth that the white has lost for whatever reason.

Great White Shark closes beach

Newport Beach (AP)—A 20-foot Great White shark approaching within 20 yards of one of California’s most popular beaches is a rare sight — proving enough of a scare to convince officials to close a five-mile stretch of beach.

The beach was reopened Friday morning about 18 hours after the estimated 20-foot Great White shark cruised within 20 yards of the shore and within three feet of a lifeguard’s boat.

The shark was eventually frightened by a helicopter sent to track it and swam out to sea, authorities said.

About 30 people were ordered  from the water near the Balboa Pier after the shark was seen roaming near the beach at 3:44 p.m. Thursday, said lifeguard Eric Bauer.

“We have verified it as a great white, about a 20-footer,” Bauer said. After confirming the sighting, water along the five-mile length of Newport Beach was evacuated, he said.

—San Bernardino County Sun, May 14, 1988

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More Than Two Million Fish Caught Off Newport Pier; Tackle Man Figures It Out

Newport Beach, July 1—More than two million fish are caught off the pier at Newport Beach each year. More than 150,000 are caught every month and 26,000 every week. The authority for this statement is William Racker, who operates a store dealing in fishing tackle and bait at Newport Beach.

“If I were to tell you that over 3000 fish are caught off that pier every day, you’d think I was trying to put something over, but it’s a fact,” said Racker.

Racker bases his statement on the number of customers he has daily and the number who fish off the pier who bring their own tackle and bait.

The dealer in fishing tackle estimates that there are from 300 to 400 who fish daily off the pier at Newport.

“I would say that an average of 350 daily could be conservative,” said Racker. “On Sundays there are easily 900 and usually 1000 or more.”

In order to prove his statement Racker went to his record book which showed that he had exactly 680 customers Sunday of this week. There were easily 300, he says, who brought their own tackle and bait.

“Each fisherman I would say averages month in and month out twelve fish,” estimated Racker. “Some leave daily with thirty or forty, others leave with seven or eight. As a rule the average catch is between ten and fifteen so I base the average at twelve. Now you figure it up.”

The result of the figuring brought out that 350 fishermen bringing in an average of twelve fish daily had a total of 4200 fish. On Sundays with an average of 900 fishermen the day’s catch would be 10,800  or for the week 26,000 fish. Figuring four Sundays a month to the month and twenty-six week days the total for the month was 152,4000 and for the twelve months or one year 1,828,800.

“And that is not all,” said Racker. “Dozens of boys daily bring in all the way from five to fifty little perch and smelt.”

Over two million fish in one year off one pier.

“Now you tell one,” said Racker.

—Santa Ana Register, July 1, 1924

Considering the fact that the Newport Pier was considered one of the best fishing piers in California, and seemingly always was crowded, it’s possible he was right.

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A Trip to the Farallone Islands — Rockfish and Crabs

December 23, 2014, saw a group of Pier Fishing in California regulars try something a little different, a journey to the Farallone Islands on the Golden Eye 2000 out of Berkeley Marina. The quest, some fresh rockfish, hopefully some lingcod, and enough crabs for Christmas dinner.  Limits of rockfish were achieved, only three lingcod were seen, and crabbing was a little slow—three Dungeness crabs and one rock crab per person. Still it was a fun day filled with the usual magnificent sights to and from the islands. A big thanks to Captain Quang Vo and deckhand Frank Lovelady.

The Bay Bridge and San Francisco were the sights as we headed out from Berkeley.

The early view of San Francisco

We made a quick stop to pick up some gas

Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory with the San Francisco Municipal Pier in the foreground

A beautiful dawn morning and the Golden Gate

We’re on our way

The Golden Gate Bridge is always impressive

Some people preferred to sit outside (hoping to avoid getting seasick)

“The City” framed by the bridge

A beautiful sunrise over the hills of San Francisco

A little bit rougher water

Fog, sun and sea

Goodby San Francisco

We passed the Farallone Islands and fished near Fanny Shoal

Kyle and a starry rockfish

Kyle and what is probably a dusky or bank rockfish

Kyle with a vermilion rockfish

Hans (SofaKing) wiith a vermilion rockfish

Gretchen with a yelloweye rockfish that had to be released since they’re illegal

Hans with a lingcod

Rita and Kyle with a starry rockfish

The larger two of the three lingcod that were caught

Fish cleaning time — MY fish

Our deckhand, Frank Lovelady

Rita watching her fish being cleaned

After filleting the fish it was time to pull the crab pots


There were crabs, just not as many as we had hoped for

Alex volunteered to help out

Robert (Redfish) and Rita


Gretchen and a rockfish

Frank and some crabs



Rita helping bait the crab pots

Heading back; the Point Bonito Lighthouse

Next up, the Golden Gate

Into San Francisco Bay

It’s getting dark

Sunset and the moon

Three Dungeness crabs and a Rock crab (after cooking)



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Sablefishes—Family Anoplopomatidae

Sablefish from Monterey Wharf #2  

Species: Anoplopoma fimbria (Pallas, 1814); from the Greek words anoplis  (unarmed) and poma (operculum or gill cover), and the Latin word fimbria  (fringe).

Alternate Names: Commercially called blackcod in Washington and butterfish in California. Other names include Alaska blackcod, coalfish, coal cod, candlefish, black candlefish, bluecod, deep sea trout, zipperfish, sable, skil-fish, skil, and skill. Called t’thémekwe by the Salish in British Columbia, sqel or skil by the Haida, and hádání  by the Heiltsuk. Called bacalao negro in Mexico.

Identification: Elongate (cod-shaped) tapering to the tail. Two  widly-spaced   dorsal fins. Adult coloring is usually blackish-gray on the back and sides, gray to white below; young fish taken from piers are generally pale greenish-colored on top and sides fading to white.

A small  sablefish caught by polishfromthedeep from the Pismo Beach Pier

Size: To over 40 inches and 56 pounds although most caught off piers are young fish under a foot in length.

Range: Islas San Benito and Isla Cedros, central Baja, California to the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea south of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Also, Kamchatka, Russia, south to Hatsu Shima Island, southern Japan; usually in extremely deep water.

Habitat:  Adult fish are caught in deep water, often over a thousand feet deep, and prefer areas of blue clay or mud. Young fish, to a foot long or so, are often found in fairly shallow areas. There is also a difference in habitat north and south; in southern California, sablefish are almost always found in deep-water areas, in northern California (Eureka north), sablefish will sometimes be in shallower water.

An adult sablefish — From Alaska Seafoods

Piers: Sablefish are never really common to California piers although piers adjacent to deep-water canyons may see a few each year. At times, vast schools will move in around piers and thousands of the fish will be caught. Best bets: Newport Pier, Balboa Pier, Redondo Beach Pier, and Monterey Wharf No. 2. In the far north, where sablefish become a more shallow-water fish, they will sometimes show up during the summer months in Humboldt Bay and a few will fall to anglers fishing from Eureka area piers.  I have also seen small specimens taken from the Pismo Beach Pier and Capitola Wharf.

A young sablefish from the Capitola Wharf

Shoreline: Rarely taken by shore anglers.

Boats: Rarely taken by boaters in southern California although they’re commonly taken by rockcod anglers fishing in deep waters off Santa Cruz and Monterey.

Bait and Tackle: On piers a high/low rigging baited with strips of squid is the preferred method. On boats they are generally taken on typical rockcod tackle.

Food Value:  Adult sablefish are one of the best tasting smoked fish. In fact, many people like the rich buttery flavor of sablefish better than salmon. Young sablefish are not quite as rich flavored or good, but they are still best smoked or broiled, methods which gives the flavor a chance to show itself. Do not, repeat, do not, pan-fry or deep-fry sablefish. The results will be an inferior piece of over oily meat.

An early ad promoting the sale of sablefish

Comments: One of my favorite fish simply because it is an uncommon treat! Sablefish can live to about 55 years of age.

From the California Fish & Game — California Fish and Game, January 30, 1948 Volume 34, No. 1 —Notes 37

Sablefish Run at Monterey Bay

For the first time in history, sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) appeared in vast numbers in the vicinity of Monterey and were caught by the thousands from the municipal pier. The run was first discovered on the afternoon of July 11th; word of the bonanza spread rapidly, and the pier was soon crowded with anglers. Men, women, and children stood shoulder to shoulder, with a varied assortment of tackle, all hauling in fish as fast as they could throw in their lines. Boxes, sacks, five-gallon cans, and washtubs were rapidly filled with 12 to 20-inch fish. Slack periods occurred during the morning and again in the afternoons, but they were of short duration usually lasting only half an hour or less; then the fish would be back seemingly in greater numbers than before. Each day the pier would be jammed with crowds of from 2,000 to 3,500 fishermen and spectators, some having driven as far as 200 miles.

On July 26th, the run stopped as abruptly as it had begun, and although over 5,000 fishermen were on hand the next day, only a few fish were caught. During the 15 days of the run, the Bureau of Patrol Division of Fish and Game, estimated that over 110 tons had been landed.

— Keith W. Cox, Bureau of Marine Fisheries,
California Division of Fish and Game, September, 1947

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A Classic Pier Fishing in California thread — “A Big Ray”

Date: October 27, 2002, To: Pier Fishing in California Message Board, From: gmm, Subject: Quivera Basin (Mission Bay, San Diego)

I haven’t been able to fish all week (the horror of it all) and it was looking like this weekend would be no different. I was just able to squeeze in an hour at Quivera Basin tonight. Met the SD Crew (well, couple of em) and fished with Pescador for a bit. Managed 1 teeny-tiny (4″-5″) sand bass right away on a black grub over by the boat docks and then a little barracuda at sunset on a blue-mackeral Krokodile. Copenhagen – ever get that ray up? I couldn’t believe you guys were pumping up that raft to go after it. Wish I could’ve stayed to watch the chaos that surely followed. Good meeting you guys. -Drew

Posted by SD Fisherman

Nice meeting you too Drew. And, Cope did it!!! A beast of a ray it was!!! Easily 125-150lb. I do bicep curls with 100lb. and this monster I could barely hold up. Pescador will put the pics up tonight. Stay tuned! ~Don aka SDF~

Posted by pEsCaDoR619

I got to the Q about the same time as copenhagen. When we finally got our lines wet my coworker shows up and got this cuda….

I hooked up on three or four ‘cudas but didn’t get any pics. Too busy fishing. Anyways, while I was on the south side of the point near the boat docks I hear copenhagen screaming he’s got a fish on…

… now this might seem like another pic at the same time as the last but this was about 20 minutes later. still bendo…

…this fish would just keep holding the bottom so cope would just set the rod down between the rocks and wait for it to free itself again to fight. Now this pic was taken later on. about an hour later…

… finally after about four rounds of waiting for this fish cope gets it to the rocks. This is at about 6:30; he went bendo at about 3:30…

… these pics were taken while we were trying to get this beast up the rocks. Not easy. we had to use two iron jigs as gaffs to haul it up…

…finally got her up…

copenhagen holding his catch…

…spread eagle..

… in the back of the truck. We dedicated this pic to Stan. [Famous on PFIC for huge bat rays and sturgeon]

Posted by bayfisher86

I don’t think thats’ a bat ray. I cant tell exactly what type but I’m sure its not a battie. Looks like the tail was cut off awhile back. I think its a round stingray. Did you guys keep it? You gaffed it with iron and put it in a truck so thats what I’m assuming. Am I wrong? Nice catch though.

Posted by pEsCaDoR619

Here’s the pics and here’s SDFisherman’s smoothie caught in the middle of the fight. Oh forgot to mention. While cope, my coworker, and I were fishing, dazex calls and says he’s coming. That’s him in the spread eagle shot on the left. SDF calls right after that and says he’s coming. We also met GMM. Good talking to you dude. and I’ll see you on the water one of these days on our toothpicks. Good day fishing and a lot of excitement. Now we gotta get cope to catch a yellowtail! hahaha.

… the ray was kept. We don’t know what kind of ray it is since round sting rays only get to 22″ wide. And definitely not a bat ray. We could tell while the fight was going on. No way cope would have been able to rest it on the rocks for 20 min at a time waiting for it to run again. And yah the tail was cut off before.

Posted by bayfisher86

I thought about the 22 inches only thing but I mean it is possible, because giant kelp fish only get to be 12 inches and my friend and i each caught one at Catalina that was at least 3-4lbs; an easily 24 inches.

Posted by Sinker

WOW. What else can I say – I do believe you: “GOT BENT.” Absolutely a Great Job and nice Team Work – You said it all.

Posted by pierhead

My guess is that it is some sort of skate. It’s probably not a Big skate (official name) because it doesn’t have the dark spot(eye) on the wings but definitely not a round stingray nor a battie. Those were some of the best action photos I’ve seen and I liked the sequencing … made me feel like I was there. Great post! How much did it weigh? Pierhead

Posted by mobilesuit

HOLY MOTHER !!!!!!!!! dude, I knew there were large sharks and rays in the basin, BUT DDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMNNNNNNNNN~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!! GREAT JOB GUYS!!!!!! Boy, i wish I was there….DDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMNN NNNNNNNN~~~~~~~!!!!!!! thats all I can say.

Posted by lucy

Sandpaper skate?It’s definitely NOT a bat-ray. From consulting my Petersons field guide, I’d guess it’s a sandpaper skate–the shape is just right, and the book says sandpaper skates can get up to about 34 inches. Whatever it is, it’s a hell of a catch! Way to go, everybody!

Posted by tombaAtwork

I’m glad you kept the ray, because I was gonna scold you for treating it that way only to release it. That is a huge Sting Ray (not Bat Ray). Should have an interesting taste.

Posted by Sinker

Posted by Red Fish

They’re on fire!

Posted by rbwalker

This fish might be a diamond stingray, which I understand is fairly common in Baja California. I caught a stingray very similar to this, and almost as big, fishing in the Florida Keys.

Posted by dkkim

holy moly!! nice feeesh!!


Well guys, I’m really glad you could share the experience with me. It wouldn’t have been the same without you. I learned one thing tonight. The S.D. crew is about team work. Everyone there tonight played a role in me catching the fish of a lifetime. Dave inflated his raft in case I needed to go out and get the ray untangled, Arvin advised me and encouraged me through it all, as well as helped muscle the fish up the rocks. And Don not only pinned the fish with a net until we could gaff it, but notice the lack of shoes and socks. He was willing to go in after this fish if need be, as well as be the captain of the raft if we had to go out there. Bottom line, tonight I realized iIve got the best fishin’ buddies in the world! Thanks guys. mike

Posted by OB Pier Rat

That ray is a monster!! What’s the wingspan on that bad boy? Wish I coulda seen ya battle it! Congrats!

Posted by fishfinder

Details. Details. I want details.  Great fish. Aren’t big rays fun? Another question. What are you going to do with it? Good job on the team effort guys. Pat

Posted by dazex

Live sardine on 20lb test. Yeah, you guys should have been there. I had a blast watching the “men” hoist the fish out of the water. The grunting, cheers and congrats after the fish was landed really gave me a view of what primal life must have been like for the cavemen as they returned from a successful hunt. The lady that was there was beside herself after seeing the ray. She wanted to cook it up. She claimed that her cousin made some really good dishes with it and if we didn’t want the ray, she would be happy to take it and cook it. She even offered to have us all over for the meal. I came out to hang for an hour and ended up staying the entire night. I just couldn’t leave without knowing what was on the other end of the line. Great job Cope and thanks again to you and your girlfriend for bringing the grill and cooking up those delicious hot dogs. Until next time!!! -Dazex

Posted by SD Fisherman

We donated the fish to the gentleman in the pic with us dragging the beast up the rocks. His wife was there and was looking forward to cooking it up. So we were more than happy to oblige. In fact she took down Cope’s phone number because she wants us to have a taste of the dish she’s going to make. Cope, Arvin, Dazex..any of you guys want to comment on the Seaforth incident? I’m a little peeved right now… Don aka SDF

Posted by pEsCaDoR619

Here’s all the details: Crude measurement of the ray’s wingspan with a 1-ft ruler was approx 3-ft wide. It was caught on a live anchovy. Carolina rigged on 20lb mono. We don’t know the weight for sure but estimate it at about 120-150lbs. We tried to take it to Seaforth to have it weighed, but the high and mighty offshore-fishing-only guy wouldn’t bring out the digital scale for something that wasn’t a gamefish. This guy was such a glans. he said, “im not going to bring out my digital scale for a mud marlin. Now, if you had a GAMEFISH I’d bring it out for you.” The moron didn’t even know what a bat ray looked like. Even got another guy trying to say it was a bat ray. When he brought a book out, we proved him wrong by pointing out the characteristics of a batray. Thing is, how can he consider himself a fisherman when he can’t even identify the local inshore species? I’ve only been fishing for less than two years. I don’t limit myself to shore fishing. I’ve been out there also. and I know the difference between a yellowtail and an albacore. He cant even tell if the catch was a bat ray??? Truly a glans (medical terminology for a part of human anatomy corresponding to this individual’s attitude). if he ever reads this post I wonder if he’ll ever figure that one out too!

Posted by SD Fisherman

Pat, oh yes, WE ALL FEEL that way about the situation. Imagine our elation as we cruise over to Seaforth with a HUGE ray (like I said easily in the 125-150lb. range) in the bed of the truck, and three stoked fishermen hangin’ on for the ride. Then the jerk tells us that is ISN’T WORTH IT to weigh the ray on the super duper digital scale. He wasn’t gonna budge, so we said to ourselves, SCREW YOU A-HOLE!! The pathetic 60-lb. scale he “so graciously” let us use was maxed out almost immediately when Cope lifted the beast up just a little. I tell you, this fish was an aberration of nature that toyed with us BIG TIME until Cope figured him out in the third hour. From then on it was Pandemonium till the bell rung to signal the end of the twelfth and final round… I am feelin SORE big time from tonight and loving every minute!!!!!!!!! ~Don aka SDF~

Posted by Predator

These are the days you’ll tell your kids about. And this is the story, that I’ll tell MY kids about. You guys are awesome. Absolute super stars, each one of you. Consider yourselves crowned.

Posted by Red Fish

Bathroom scale can work f you get the smallest guy in your posse to hold him up then deduct his weight from the total. Usually, bathroom scales go to 300 #’s. Their could be ones that go more.

SD Fisherman

Great tip Red! We’ll do that next time!

Posted by lucy

Shouldn’t flatter him so much. Calling the guy a “glans” is flattery. “Smegma” is a better term for him. What a jackass!

Posted by Ken Jones

Pretty sure it’s a diamond stingray minus its tail (and of course its stinger). They get ‘em big down there. By the way, there used to be a bar in Pacific Beach with a huge diamond stingray up on its wall. But I believe it closed several years ago.

Posted by Rich Reano

Darn, I missed out. Darn seagull didn’t want me in on the action. lol Great job cope’ That thing looks like a mutantly large round stingray that are common in the bay. The wings on those things are becoming quite a delicacy in restaurants. …r…

Posted by pEsCaDoR619

Sorry that had to happen dude, you always seem to leave right before the biggest catch of the day. Next time I’m bringing a couple of extra shirts just in case. Stupid birds.

Posted by anadromous

HUGE!!! Good job!

Posted by dazex

Daiwa Millionaire CV-X review: Tonight was the first time I got to try out the new reel I picked up at the Turners sale. I have been fishing with its older sibling, the Millionaire CV-Z 300A. My first impression at the store was that the CV-X was noticeably NOT as smooth as the CV-Z. I chalked it up to the fact that it had only 3+1 bearings compared to the CV-Z’s 6+1. The body is also a 1 piece milled aluminum like the CV-Z and Calcuttas except it’s in gunmetal and silver instead of the gold. Very nicely machined parts. Overall, very nice reel. Well, after casting it a few times. I have to say that my initial opinion was off. The reel was very smooth after it was cast and retrieved a few times. I think the constant casting and retrieving allowed the factory applied grease to start spreading and working into the various parts. I thought it was every much as smooth as the CV-Z.  The coolest thing about the models size 253 and below is that they feature Daiwa’s Magforce technology. Essentially, the technology has a drum that engages during the max spool rotation to help prevent spool overrun. Then the metal drum disengages from the magnets as the spool slow to maximize your casting distance. I thought this was all a gimmick, but it really works. I did not have to feather the spool when casting the 3/4oz lure. I had good distance and only needed to stop the spool as it hit the water. Very nice indeed. Casting into the wind though will required you to feather the spool a bit. In summary, the CVX 253 is a really nice reel and is definitely worth the sales price of $75. Magforce makes it a breeze to cast and the smoothness of the gears made it a pleasure to retrieve. I believe the drag is the same as featured on the CV-Z so it should be very nice. I fought numerous 10-15-20lb yellowtails on my CV-Z and the drag held up well so I think the drag on the CV-X should be adequate for the size and species of fish the reel is rated for. -Dazex

Posted by pEsCaDoR619

Daiwa Millionaire CV-X review. One thing about the drag difference between the two reels. the cv-z has an 11 element drag system, while the cv-x has a 7 element drag system. But seriously, do you think it made much of a difference? nah. I think the cv-x is close enough. I Iove mine too!

Posted by dazex

Oops…I thought both has the 7 element drag. But I love it nonetheless. I just need something big to test it.  -Dazex

Posted by RaySniper

HUGE…I can’t believe it… A 3 hour fight…must have been so rewarding to pull that sucker up. I have heard that skate tastes really good, so enjoy!

Posted by DRIZZLE35

WOW! That’s a h*%$ of a fight – Congrat.


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