All layed up after a day on the beach with Loren

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Posted by Noel de Guzman on 2011-08-13 20:04:16

I found the least pain free position is flat on my back, all layed up.

Loren Elliott and I didn't do anything too strenuous yesterday like battling big stripers off of the beach to cause my lower back to give out. We did give it a good try from dawn until about 11am, though.

This year, Loren wratched up his guiding service during his college summer break. Yesterday, he spent time showing me some beach fishing in San Mateo Co. and imparting what he looks for in surf striper structure. Stuff I'm new too and excited to learn about.

Loren is genuinely a good guy to hang out with, but just when I got to reminiscing over my biggest bay striper, we both got hammered by a bigger than anticipated wave. The feeling of cold sea water creeping down the inside of your waders is not the funnest thing and you remember quickly just how much vigilance is needed to fish the beaches.

Walking the beach with Loren is like watching a center forward dribbling and passing, and when the opportunity comes, he's off like a rocket casting into a window of opportunity where the surf all of a sudden lays down. It also amazed me how he can gaze into the crashing shore break and point out the sandbar with 6-inches of standing water versus where it has 2 1/2 feet of water.

We were both loading 2-handed rods with big flies hoping for the elusive surf striper. I fished with the TFO TiCrX Switch Rod and Loren was using a 14'-6" to launch a fly the size of an oversized cigar with ease.

Loren did better than me with a good fish making its presence known with solid head shakes before coming unbuttoned. I, on the other hand, wasn't in the best condition physically to be scampering up and down bluffs, trudging through sand, and getting knocked around by waves; and, I didn't get a single tug from a fish. By the end of the day, the injury to my ribs 2 weeks ago had taken strength from my abs, which let my low back give out. Now, I'm all layed up scrambling for pain meds.

If tarpon and carp feel the way I feel when they're layed up, it's no wonder they don't eat.

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