Torres’ West Los Angeles shift ends at 5:00 pm each work day. That occurs right in the middle of the rush hour grind. If he begins his 15-mile drive home at that time, it takes an excruciating 90 minutes of driving in bumper to bumper traffic. That averages to a 6 mile an hour pace, no thank you! Torres has a brilliant solution, before heading homeward he wets a line at nearby Marina Del Rey.
After fishing for a couple of hours, allowing the rush hour traffic to subside, it now takes him 15 short minutes to get home. Not only is this an excellent plan for dealing with traffic, but it's also a good way to relieve daily stress, breathe fresh ocean air, see a sunset, exercise, catch the evening bite and perhaps most importantly put in some valuable time on the water.
Torres hooks into a myriad of fish species at this location. The list includes Spotted Bay Bass, Calico Bass, Sand Bass, Bonita, Halibut, and Barracuda. He also has seen coveted White Sea Bass cruising the marina inlet, and one day hopes to land one. Torres is frequently putting himself in a position to succeed, I bet he’ll have that WSB catch soon.
Torres has a few tried and true techniques and lures he favors when fishing this venue. One of his favorites features a Warbait swimbait head dressed with a Mano or Big Hammer soft plastic swimbait tail doused with Pro-Cure anchovy oil. Torres isn’t too fussy about color as long as they’re loud, dark or flashy. This preference is derived from experience, and what his catches have taught him. He also points out that the Warbait jig head design is superior for not hanging up in the boulders.
Torres will position himself at the edge of the water, and cast at an angle to the line of the jetty. He allows the lure to fall through the water column landing on the sandy channel bottom near the base of the boulder covered jetty. Torres then retrieves keeping in contact with the cover as his lure comes back up diagonally across the sloping jetty. He is looking for predators that are either hiding in the sand, cruising, or waiting in ambush within the numerous hiding spots among the boulders.
Torres also uses relatively smaller Yo-Yo Irons, such as a Kicker 15 heavy, with a similar retrieve as the swim-jigs. Until a pattern is detected Torres will vary his retrieves and target all portions of the water column. Both lure systems are coupled with a Daiwa Lexa 300 HSP reel spooled with moss green 40-pound Power Pro braid. A Phenix Inshore Series M1 rod is paired with his swim jigs, and a Seeker Inshore Pro rod is used with the Yo-Yo Irons.
There is significantly much more to the descending angular jetty below the surface than above. On the marina side, it’s a deep water inlet channel. The jetty may look like it’s all the same but it varies quite a bit. Some sections have steeper drop offs as well as boulders that protrude out farther from the face of the jetty.
Exaggerated Rip Rap with nearby bait schools on the surface, small flying fish, and crabs on the rocks are present, visible, and part of the food chain here. Find the “kitchen” and you’ll find the predators.
This linear rock covered structure presents a lot of accessible fishable water for shore anglers.
Torres’ traffic beating method embodies “Fishing In The Moment.” Many saltwater inshore anglers concentrate on tidal shifts to determine when they hit the water. Torres doesn’t concern himself with these factors because his timing is based on a rigid work schedule. It echoes the age-old lesson, fish whenever you can, regardless of the conditions. Every day is different, but achieving more and more quality fishing time is a common goal for any accomplished angler.
We can learn a lot from Robert Torres. Even in an urban environment, there is probably a body of water, not too far away where you can, without extensive preparation, wet a consistent line.
Robert Torres, I like your style; seizing the opportunity when it presents itself and turning negatives into positives. You are absolutely in The Big Bass Zone.