August Surf Fishout
By Kirk Mathew

The August surf fishout was held at Palm Beach, commonly known as Pajaro Dunes. Mark Traugott, Ron Antipa, Steve Rawson, Emmet White and Michael DiCiano joined me at the appointed time and place. After a brief chat about the whys and hows, we scattered up and down the beach. Fish were caught; no great bonanza with Michael getting six and Ron, on his first time out, getting one. The small catch in no way diminished the spectacular weather and scenery. The Bay has been flooded with bait, and all manor of "critters' were evident. Being there was worth the effort; getting to wet a line so close to home was just a bonus.
One unusual event did occur. Whilst we plied the waters, who should show up but two ATV mounted Officers from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, checking for valid licenses. In nearly 40 years of beach fishing/clamming, it was the first time I had ever been checked. All of our members were okay, although one had a photocopy of his current license, which the friendly Warden informed him was not technically legal, and let him off with a verbal warning. I did a little research and came up with the following:

"You are required to have your actual sport fishing license in possession while fishing (California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 700 and Fish and Game Code, Sections 1054.2 and 7145(a)) and to present your actual license upon request to any game warden who asks (FGC, section 2012). Fishing and hunting licenses are printed on special waterproof paper to prevent fraudulent duplication. A scanned or digital version of your license on your phone could be easily altered from its original image."

So now you know.
All in all, we had a great time, and I highly encourage anyone who is at all interested to give it a try. Our next outing is September 5th, at Manresa Beach. See you there!

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