By Tim Coomes, Retired LADA
Last month, 44 PPOA anglers set out to slay a variety of fish. The weather was perfect and the ocean was calm. We left Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach at 6 a.m. and got great bait at the bait receiver. Nothing was biting at Catalina, so we stayed in local waters.
We started out at the 8-mile sculpin spot. Within an hour, seven other boats joined us. We released over 300 sculpin because they were shorter than 10 inches. We finally caught approximately 90 keepers before moving to find barracuda and sand bass. As luck would have it (or not), the barracuda, sand bass and calico bass did not show up in any numbers, so we moved again in the search of a good dinner menu fish.
Finally, after hours, several nice fish were landed. Kathy Takeshita got the jackpot with a nice barracuda. Rico Escalante caught a good bass and proudly displayed it for the others to admire.
It was great to see PPOA members enjoying the day with friends and family members.
On behalf of PPOA members throughout the Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office and Coroner’s Office, I want to thank PPOA for organizing another day on the water.
Editor’s note: The PPOA Board and staff are extremely thankful for Tim’s many contributions to this union, including the coordination of the annual fishing trip. The former PPOA Board member and PPOA labor representative also volunteers to serve on our Memorial Golf Tournament committee, year after year. Thank you, Tim!