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Long Beach California Fishing Lessons

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Michael "Corbina King" Reynolds

Department of Fish and Wildlife 
Licensed Guide and Bonded
Guide ID# 1000384

Michael first got the idea of when  he volunteered to take his son's Cub Scout Den to earn their Fishing Belt Loop. Each Cub brought a parent and the Den Leader also came. The boys had so much fun and the lessons were a success.

Michael has over 25 years of experience in fishing. Licensed and bonded with the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). He has been guiding and teaching fishing  for over 5 years. Whether it would be helping a first timer getting the basics down or an experienced angler learning new ways and improving their skills, he loves to share and pass on his knowledge for fishing. His reward and satisfaction are when he sees you become successful at catching and landing a fish. Whether it be on the pier, jetty, surf or on a boat, spending some time with Michael will create memories that will last a lifetime. 

 

Michael is  very patient and *kid safe and has two sons of his own. He used to be highly involved in Cub Scouts as a Webelos Den Leader as well. 

*Kids must be at least 5 years old and you as the parent are responsible for your kid(s) at all times.

 

"Buy a Man a Fish and he will eat for a day, but Teach a Man to Fish and he will eat for the rest of his Life" -Chinese Proverb

Mission Statement

To offer a rewarding experience in the ancient art of fishing in its most modern and enjoyable forms. Clients will engage in many enlightening activities that can be shared with friends and family while they learn one of mankind's classic methods of survival. The main goal is to increase the percentage of anglers who catch 90% of the fish to well beyond the current 10%. To this end, a single guided lesson is designed to impart the skills a client would otherwise need years to acquire

Guided Lessons:

Learn 10 Years of Knowledge in Two Lessons!

WITH 99% SUCCESS RATE, WE WILL GET A BITE!

ALL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED AND NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED*

Great for beginners and for an outing for a Parent with kid(s) begging to take them fishing. Also if you do have experience with fishing and want to learn more or sharpen your skills.

Lesson #1-   Back Bay Basics-  Perfect for Beginners to build a strong foundation. (Covers both fresh and Saltwater) 

Lesson #2-   Surf Fishing Advancements - Build upon the foundation of Lesson #1, and after taking both Lessons, 10 years of knowledge shared.

Lesson #3-   Boating & Fishing Skills- I will go with you on your boat and we will seek after many of the In-Shore species of fish to be caught.

 

Lesson #4-   Lobster Lovers-  I will go with you on your boat and teach when, where, how to catch Lobster.

Lesson #5-   Hybrid Lessons-  Perfect for Novice, or advanced Anglers to build upon their existing knowledge.

 

Lesson #6-   Pier Hybrid Lessons-  Lesson #1 agenda and Lesson #4 agenda covered from off a Pier opposed to off a boat- (for non boat owners).

 

Lesson #7-   A BEAR GOES FISHING -  Cub Scout Program Lesson. 

 

Lesson #8-   Bait Gathering Only -  Learn to catch live smelt, ghost shrimp, sandcrabs, and other various baits- A True Survival Course!  

#9 -Specific Species Lesson - Focus majority on trying to catch a specific kind of fish.

#10 - Freshwater Lesson Only.

 

Gift Certificates Available

  • Basic On-Shore / In-Shore Saltwater Fishing Skills

  • Learn how to catch and use various types of Live Bait.

  • Ghost Shrimp, Sand Crabs, Mussels, Worms, Clams, Live Fin Bait 

  • Which Species eat those types of Baits?

  • Learn how to tie effective knots.

  • Learn to identify fish species.

  • How to read a location and find fish.

  • Learn how to Cast.

  • Surf Fishing Lessons* - Learn the surf zones and types of fish are in that zone.

  • How to use Artificial Baits and Lures.

  • Location Specific: Rock Jetty, Pier and Back Bay*.

  • Customized Lessons: If there is something specific you want to learn or target a specific fish then we can concentrate on that ONE. Please inquire

  • Lobster Guiding on your own boat. Seasonal Only. Please Inquire 

  • Group Lessons - Please call and ask for details and availability. 

 

LESSON  BREAK DOWN OUTLINE:  

First, we meet and greet at a public place. We then go catch our own live bait and then off to a location where we will set up to fish (A location we recently have had the most success at, which in turn, will increase our chances to catch a fish).

Scouting out for a new fishing location is sometimes done if the first fishing location is closed, overcrowded, and/or if there are no signs of life, no fish activity, or no bites.  It will then be time to pack up, move, and relocate.  This is a rare occurrence, but it does sometimes happen.


Lessons start with a discussion of various topics including; The two approaches I take towards Fishing 1)- A Survival Approach 2)- A Scientific Approach, the Various Rules and Laws of Fishing, and a brief Q&A to get to know each other to fully understand how to best help, and serve, my clients.

 

*No fishing license required for pier, at some rock jetty locations, or the full lesson can be done by Demonstrations Only.  Surf fishing, Back Bay fishing, and Boat fishing lessons require all involved to have a valid fishing license from the Department Fish and Wildlife (DFW) which can be purchased online (below) or at various Sporting Goods Stores, Sport Fishing Landings, and some Walmarts even sell them in their Sporting Goods Section. A fishing license is required for any person 16 years of age, or older, and are valid from January 1ST thru December 31ST every year.

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SPECIES WE MIGHT CATCH
Spot-Fin Croaker
Spot-Fin Croaker
Halibut
Halibut
Sharks
Sharks
Guitar Fish
Guitar Fish
Barracuda
Barracuda
Corbina
Corbina
Turbot
Turbot
Croaker
Croaker
Bonito
Bonito
Needle Fish
Needle Fish
Sargo
Sargo
Rays
Rays
Skates
Skates
Bass
Bass
Live Smelt Bait
Live Smelt Bait
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REVIEWS FROM HAPPY CUSTOMERS!

Lisa B.

Long Beach, California

"I can't say enough about Michael. My son has autism and struggles to stay focused, but with Michael he didn't want his 4 hr lesson to end. Michael is knowledgeable, patient and clearly loves his job:
I highly recommend Michael."

Nico A.

Long Beach, California

"Cool instructor. Coming from someone who doesn't know anything about fishing, I learned a lot from just one lesson. He's very knowledgeable and he'll answer all sorts of questions you may have. I like how his lesson was very thorough from start to finish. From just one lesson, I learned how to obtain and prepare the bait on my own, setup up my own fishing rod, and learned how to catch fishes using various methods and techniques. You can tell he cares a lot about his students. I'm someone who learns from trial and error and he was very patient with me. I'm definitely looking to get more experience because fishing is a very useful skill to have and I know that I have one of the best instructors around. I think everyone should learn about fishing especially with all the things going on around the world right now (but hey, that's just my opinion)."

Cory A.

Compton, California

"I've been fishing since I was 10 and I thought I already had a lot of knowledge about fishing, but after my lesson with Michael, l knew I had a bunch more to learn. He covers everything from catching bait, reading currents, tying knots, rigging for specific species. Michael is very patient. I'll say catching a fish is almost guaranteed, but just being out there in the water and learning something new is all worth it for me."

"Michael was the best intro to fishing I could have ever imagined for our cub scout den!"

Julia W. South Pasadena, California

"Michael was the best intro to fishing I could have ever imagined for our cub scout den!  Most of the parents in our group know nothing about fishing and have no gear, so we opted to go w/ a professional.  After calling around a bunch of different places and programs, I was impressed by Michael's knowledge of fishing, his willingness to work out a time that suited the fish and our scouts, and his great attitude about making sure our scouts covered all the material required in their scoutting manual to earn their belt loop!  
He handled our group of 15 boys like a pro- keeping them interested with his "survivalist" approach to fishing.  The boys were still talking at school the week after about grabbing mussels, shrimp, and dipnetting for smelt to gather their own live bait in case of an apocalypse. :)
As parents, we were also impressed by his confident knowledge in all the local regulations.  He has his license, knew all the fish/game regs, and provided all the equipment.  The boys were wowed by the apps he showed us to explain why the tides, moon, etc all affect when/where to go fishing.  We had 1 fisherman dad in our group, who was constantly saying, "wow, I didn't know that. this guy is amazing!"  
The scouts and parents had a great time practicing casting w/ his weighted rods.  His spiked-rod setups were brilliant for our scouts who didn't have the patience to actually sit and fish.  He can be really proud of raising 2 polite, responsible boys who were a great role model for our young scouts.  His boys were helpful, informative, and kind, teaching the scouts different knots and always being on hand to help out when we got fishing line tangles.
In the end, we caught a spotted sand bass- and the boys were ecstatic!  We measured him, examined its body parts, took pics, and because he was too short, we threw him back in to grow some more.  It was a great experience for our scouts.  Our scouts can't wait to go back w/ him since he's promised us many more great spots to fish from in the area!  
Thank you Michael!"

Chris L.

Long Beach, California

"My buddy Ernesto his son and I had an awesome time learning to surf fish today. No matter your skill level you're going to walk away learning something you didn't know. Thanks brother for your time and patience."

Jeff Davila

Whittier, California

"I can attest to the fact that Michael is the real deal when it comes to fishing knowledge and teaching ability. I'd highly recommend him to help with anyone either just starting out or wanting to learn new techniques." 

Joe M.

Torrance, California

"I've been fishing all my life but got more serious about fishing in the last 4 years or so. I wanna say I have pretty good knowledge when it comes to fishing, but I was still able to learn something from spending a morning with Mike.  I've been hunting for years now for my first legal halibut. I didn't get there with Mike, but what I did get was a new personal best at 20". Mike also has great fishing knowledge. Going out with Mike you don't need to have your own equipment since Mike will provide that for you, and if you're interested, he gives you the option of purchasing the equipment in case you like one of his rods, reels, or specialized tackle kits he puts together. Like another yelper said, he covers everything from the rules & regulations, catching bait, reading the tides, tying knots, rigging, and does a very thorough job of explaining why he does what he does and also why they work. I consider myself a fishing geek/freak/addict/etc. and it's always nice to run into someone else just as passionate, if not more so, about fishing as I am. Not only was the lesson educational as an angler, but it was a hell of a lot of fun. Give this guy a call!"

El Eddie

Bellflower, California

"Had a great time fishing with Michael Aaron Reynolds. He had lots of info and tips to share. I've been out of the Fishing Game for some years and need a little refresher on the Hali's. No matter what you're skill level is Michael Aaron Reynolds can accommodate to your needs even if you're skills are good you could never learn enough. I highly recommend taking a trip with Mike the knowledge he passes on to you is worth more than the small fee he charges"

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TYPES OF FISHING

PIER

ROCK JETTY

BACK BAY

SURF

BOAT

 
 

Learn to catch your own Live Bait!

Learn how to catch: Ghost Shrimp, Sand Crabs, Mussels, Worms, Clams, Live Fin Bait. 

Learn which species of fish eat those types of baits.

Special  #4 (see rates in 'book now' page) 2 hour live bait gathering lesson will come with a brand new rigged dip net.

 

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