Day 14 Sea lions, YBB and the one that got away

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Santa Margarita Lake state campground

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

We were woken up this morning by a park ranger telling us we were parked in the day camper only section, but he was really nice about it. We had bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast then Dave headed down the steep bank to go fishing. We forgot about having steak and eggs for breakfast so we'll probably do that tomorrow. I relaxed and took my time cleaning up camp. While I was getting things together I heard Dave’s voice across the lake "stay on, big mamma!!" and I knew he’d finally hooked one!  I could see him in the distance from the top of the hill we camped on and saw him reel the fish right up to the side of the boat.  It looked like he pulled it into the canoe, but then I heard his sounds of frustration as the fish flopped itself off the lure. A guy in a boat close by was cheering him on. The guy asked him how big it was and I heard Dave say “maybe 8 or 9 lbs”!! Wowsers, pretty nice for his first one!

I met Dave over at the boat ramp to pick him up a couple of hours later. We left and went by the KOA which was right outside of the lake and took awesome hot showers.  He told me that after he lost that fish he overheard the guy in the boat talking to another fisherman who asked how big the fish was and the guy told him, “he said it was 8 or 9, but he’s full of it, it was at least 10!”.  Hahaha, I thought that was funny because isn’t usually the other way around with fishermen debunking the other’s story with the fish being smaller, not larger?

Then we decided to eat lunch at the beach, but first we stopped again at tackle warehouse because that fish Dave caught broke his pole in three places!!!  We were set on going to this seafood place overlooking the ocean called Ocean Grill and was dog friendly, however when we got there they were in the process of changing the menu and were out of all their seafood items…ugghhh. So we walked around until we found a taco place which seemed promising, but was also subpar, however we enjoyed sitting outside and soaking up some sun, and thankfully there was a yogurt shop nearby! We, as usual, got more yogurt than we needed, and the dogs got a doggy yogurt treat! So we had what we call yogurt belly bloat.

I had read in a pamphlet about there being sea lions that live under and around a pier at Avila beach. We tried to find the Hartford Pier with the seafood and sea lions. We didn’t find it yesterday because we didn’t realize little Avila beach has three piers and Hartford pier is the last one. But, we found it today! And saw the precious sea lions that I’d held out hope for and that Dave had doubted were there. I was elated!!! They are so cute!

So you could drive to the end of the pier which was where we found the fish market, but we didn’t end up buying any as it all seemed overpriced and most of it was not local.  The bay looked amazing so we decided we’d come back tomorrow to canoe in the bay with the doggies and get a better look at the sea lions.

We decided to spend another night at Santa Margarita Lake and headed back there for the night. We were so full from our late lunch and yogurt that we decided not to cook any dinner and Dave did some night fishing. The campground is mostly empty, but we have some neighbors just over the hill from us. Dave told me he stopped to talk to one of them who he saw had a fishing pole and told them about his fish that got away. They said, “oh, you’re that guy in the canoe!? Everyone on the lake was talking about you today and were all trying to catch that fish!” 

Goodnight folks J Sleep tight.
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