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Old 23 March 2006, 01:12   #1
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Found out where all the seals ansd Sealions hang out in the Bay!
Caught these warming upon the fishermens bait barges out in San Diego Bay.
Just love those Pinnepeds
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Old 23 March 2006, 08:31   #2
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For the first time you seem to have missed out - we need a close up of that sign - does it really say "no tresspassing"???
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Dal,

What is the intended use for those platforms?

The photo of the mum and baby is superb!

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Wow, superb shots, nothing like a hectic day in the life of an animal
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What is the intended use for those platforms?
If I'm not mistaken, they have net pens underneath, filled with minnows or other baitfish. A charter fishing boat pulls up, they open one of the pens, and scoop the bait from the pens into a livewell on the charter.

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Dal,

What is the intended use for those platforms?

The photo of the mum and baby is superb!

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basking platforms - bring oin plenty of tourists but recommend it is better to watch from upwind unless you have a clothes peg for your nose!
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Codders, yes really is no tresspassing.
As Jky says, they are bait tanks. Beneath the floating deck, are holding pens for ,small mackeral/sardines/anchovies/squid.
The sportfishing boats pull alongside and use large dip nets to fill the bait tanks on the boats. they are open 24 hrs a day.
Small boats can pull up also, but now the price has gone up due to the depletion of bait fish stocks. So a scoop (big enough to fill a small 10 gall live bait tank ) is about $30.00.
So they want to keep people off these barges as it interferes with their business . as well as its a great place to fish as it attracts a lot of fish(especially barraccuda ). Of course, when the Sealions are in; you may as well forget it. They will bite a fish right of your hook.They are very skilled at biting through the fish and just leaving the head on your line
Its always a love hate situation with these animals. They are great to watch and have around;just not when your'e fishing.
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PS and yes always approach from upwind.
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So they LOOK cute and cuddly, but in REALITY they stink! Sounds like our government! Wahey!


Superb shots Darrall....I'll bring the D70 when we visit!

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Of course, when the Sealions are in; you may as well forget it. They will bite a fish right of your hook.They are very skilled at biting through the fish and just leaving the head on your line
Try keeping them off a fish you just speared. Have had more than a few folks lose halibut to sea lions before they can swim back to the boat. They're amazingly fast in the water.

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San Fransico Feb 2006. Golden Gate in the background and one of those Liberty ships which the Yanks were making one a day during WW2 so I am told??
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