I set out at 0440 this morning to meet with Ceez and Brian Marshall in order to tackle the task of testing a newly acquired quiver of Phenix Rods.
The following images are record of a calico bite at the West End of Catalina that took place in 6″-60′ of water.
I recently discovered that the fish were willingly eating bright orange baits fished on or near the bottom in slightly off colored greenish blue and foamy conditions. This would be our approach – use heavy swimbait rods to extract emotionally unstable fish from filthy structure.

The fish were feeding aggressively at first light, taking swimbaits on the sink.

The fish were feeding aggressively at first light, taking swimbaits on the sink.

Brian surveys the seascape as we slide into another section of chewy water.

Brian surveys the seascape as we slide into another section of chewy water.

A clear display of crossover - technique specific rods strategically organized on deck.

A clear display of crossover – technique specific rods strategically organized on deck.

West End Warriors. Catalina Island - where Eagles dare.

West End Warriors.
Catalina Island – where Eagles dare.

Westerly pulses of great magnitude strike from 265 degrees.

Westerly pulses of great magnitude strike from 265 degrees.

A climately confused California coastline. January of The Child continues to baffle wardrobe choices...

A climately confused California coastline. January of The Child continues to baffle wardrobe choices…

Just like Dread Pirate Roberts - the island's Gold is brought aboard the ship for the purpose of worship and wisdom.

Just like Dread Pirate Roberts – the island’s Gold is brought aboard the ship for the purpose of worship and wisdom.

As an act of protest to his sometimes abused moniker, Ceez went on a 'Big Bass Specialist' style assault on some very grumpy calico bass that did not lack a fighting spirit.

As an act of protest to his sometimes abused moniker, Ceez went on a ‘Big Bass Specialist’ style assault on some very grumpy calico bass that did not lack a fighting spirit.

A fish so bad ass that it'll stop you dead in your tracks and command you to bow to its excellence. All Hail Calico Bass!

A fish so bad ass that it’ll stop you dead in your tracks and command you to bow to its excellence. All Hail Calico Bass!

He rattled the hive and removed the Queen, stripped her of some honey and put her back into the fury of raging blue sea smoke.

He rattled the hive and removed the Queen, stripped her of some honey and put her back into the fury of raging blue sea smoke.

Me: "We need an 8." Ceez: "Here."

Me: “We need an 8.”
Ceez: “Here.”

The field testing procedures were thorough. The equipment provided excellent quality during the extractions.

The field testing procedures were thorough.
The equipment provided excellent quality during the extractions.

In the presence of great nature, we took control of our immediate future and set forth a new movement and mission for our partnership with Phenix Rods. Here we go.

In the presence of great nature, we took control of our immediate future and set forth a new movement and mission for our partnership with Phenix Rods. Here we go.