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A Day To Refresh

Posted by Caveman Cooking on March 19, 2010

Saul's Day Starter

Saul's Day Starter

As you are probably aware, life for the Cave Clan has been just a bit on the hectic side for several weeks. So, when my buddy SoCalBassAssassin (aka Saul) called and asked if I wanted to join him on his 19′ silver-sparkle Monarch bass boat for an early spawn Largemouth Bass (LMB) session on Lake Casitas (near Ojai, CA), my response was a resounding “#@%& YEAH!”. After all, a day of fishing sounded like the perfect way to get my overdone head back in the game … and what fish would be a better target on St. Patrick’s Day than the green LMB?!?
The last time Saul and I ventured out together, I had to get up around 3am to make it to his house by 5am, and arrive at the lake before the 6:30am opening. But, now that we live 45 minutes closer, and because I prepared my BTA Turkey Sandwiches the night before, I actually was able to “snooze in” until 4am. After getting the boat ready and a quick traditional stop at Sam’s, the Vietnamese Doughnut Guy (aka VDG), for a plain buttermilk and a cup of Joe we headed out for a day of fishin’ fun. Until the sun got above the surrounding mountains, it was a chilly 42° on the water. But, when it did warm up, we were treated to a beautiful, mostly sunny 75° day. Though it did get a bit breezy in the afternoon.
Cave's First

Cave's First

At first we saw tons of huge Carp busting the shorelines in search of Bass beds to raid, but we couldn’t find any of the early spawners to target. Though, after about an hour of searching, we found our first LMB guarding the nest. It didn’t take Saul long to entice him with a Texas-rigged Roboworm and pose with our first fish of the day. He nailed a couple more, then I found one just off the beds and got myself off the schnied.
We nailed another nine fish between us, on a variety of baits. I actually wrapped things up with our last fish, who threw in several acrobatic ariels before agreeing to a photo op. If you’d like to see pics of all our catches just click here. FYI, all the fish were safely released to fight another day.
St. Patty's Day Band

St. Patty's Day Band

After cleaning up the boat and heading back to Saul’s, I raced home to have a fun St. Paddy’s dinner with the family at one of our new local hangs … The Alamo Restaurant – purveyors of fine Mexican cuisine in Newbury Park. I didn’t plan on doing a review of them quite yet, so I left my camera in the car. A move I regretted when a 10 person bagpipe band suddenly descended upon the south-of-the-border brasserie. We all gathered ’round as they deftly played Irish classics like Danny Boy and emotion stirring folk hymns like Amazing Grace. While a full review in the near future is warranted, for now let me just say that the homemade guacamole is amazing and the Chili Verde is full of flavorful, tender pork in – what else on St. Patty’s Day – green sauce! The margaritas weren’t too shabby either. 🙂
Best of all, this day of fun, food and festivities really recharged my juices. There still is a ton to do to the new cave, and the VO workload has suddenly exploded, so time is still at a premium. But, I am feeling a constant release from the grip of the insanity that has reigned recently. Who know’s, I might even get a new recipe up on here before the next lunar cycle! 😉

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10 Responses to “A Day To Refresh”

  1. Sounds like fun,
    Glad things are progressing well. Do you ever cook the bass?

    • Thanks, Doc.
      Besides having an affinity for catching Largemouths, I find them a bit on the gamey side when it comes to taste. So, they are always released when I catch them. Striped Bass, however, are a whole different story. I think they are the best tasting fish available in freshwater (though, they are caught in saltwater, too).
      I’ll have to post my Beer Batter Striped Bass recipe next time I land a “lineside”. In the meantime, enjoy this vintage pic of a Striper and me at Lake Havasu circa 1993.
      Caveman with Striped Bass

  2. a great MANcation… even for a day!

    • Couldn’t agree more, David! 😉
      Actually, the ultimate MANcation was with my old roommate and had the above pictured Lake Havasu fishing trip included. That was the second stop after a day of golf in Palm Desert. From Havasu, we went and saw three days of Spring Training baseball in Phoenix, AZ adorned with press passes (and more golf). Then is was off to Las Vegas for the final two days of the Big West basketball championship tournament (again with press passes, and one more round of golf).
      That may have been the best MANweek, ever! 😉

  3. Gosh! that looks like so much fun.
    Good Morning to the Cavefamily!
    PT & Gabriella

  4. Viviane said

    Wow seems lots has happened as I was away! You moved and all. I never fished in my life but I sure would like to try once. Although I am not sure I would be big on cleaning the caught fish, so releasing back might be a great idea 😀

    • Welcome back, Viviane! It has been a wild and wooly ride recently … but we are here, getting settled and loving it! We actually sat and hung out for a bit in the living room for the first time tonight! We’ve been using it as a staging area for many of the boxes we hadn’t addressed yet. But, finally got it cleared up enough today to arrange some furniture and put it to use.
      See what happens when you go away!?! 😆

  5. Shirley said

    Wow! You do have your caveskills in place!

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