Wrestling with a Sea Bass

Veteran kayak angler Brian Fagan, 56, made a massive catch off the coast of San Diego during the final weekend of January. He launched his kayak from La Jolla before sunrise on Jan. 28 and started fishing at the crack of dawn. Almost immediately he was in a battle with what he thought was a black sea bass.

Fagan, who has made more than 300 kayak fishing trips in his life, narrates his experience in reeling in a white sea bass:

“On Thursday, Jan. 28, I launched out of La Jolla at 5 a.m. By 6 a.m. I had made bait (green mackerel) and started fishing just at gray light. Five minutes later I hooked into what I thought was a black sea bass because it was so heavy and I couldn’t budge it from the bottom.  It towed me around for 35 minutes. When I finally got the fish to color I was in disbelief. I quickly sunk the gaff into her and boated the fish. Happy days!

“I had the fish weighed up at Dana Landing and she went 74.2 pounds with a 32-inch girth. She was 5 feet long and had a tail width of 12 inches.”

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