Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Fish are taking both bait and lures

Wahoo beached itself in the surfline
Anglers report more and more barred perch showing on most northern beaches, according to Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Gulp! Sandworms, grubs and mussel have been taking limits or near limits. The fish are ranging to 1½ pounds. Good catches were reported from Goleta, East Beach, Graveyards and Carpinteria. Good numbers of halibut have also been taken off the beaches. Flash Minnows have been the top lure, while cut salted anchovy has been the top bait.

MALIBU — The tackle shop was back open on Wednesday after several days closed due to the wildfires, according to Wylie’s. A few reports trickled in over the weekend. The old Charthouse was a hot spot kicking out nice quality calico bass. Swimbaits and cut squid has been working. One group caught and released several fish ranging to 3 pounds. This stretch has also been a good place to hook a legal halibut. Krocodiles, Flash Minnows and cut anchovy have been the best bet.

REDONDO BEACH — There are still a few corbina finning around Torrance Beach, reported Just Fishing. With the sand crabs hard to find, bloodworms and mussel are your best chance at hooking one. The water temperature has been holding up. This stretch has also been kicking out more and more halibut. It’s been mostly shorts but there are still a few nice kickers in the mix. Slow rolled Krocodiles have been the top lure. The bait bite has also been good with cut anchovy working best.

IN ONE OF the rarest of happenings along the SoCal coast, this wahoo beached itself in the surfline off Seal Beach just a couple weeks ago.

SEAL BEACH — Anglers report seeing plenty of corbina still in the surfline, according to Big Fish. It has been challenging to hook one, however. Exotic baits like bloodworms and ghost shrimp are your best bet. The water is still in the mid 60s. Few anglers are pursuing them. Small barred perch and yellowfin croaker have also been taking the bait. The halibut bite has been good along Shoreline Drive and Cherry Beach. The trick is hooking a legal one.

NEWPORT BEACH — Anglers picked at a few corbina along this stretch, reported Ketcham Tackle. Smaller barred perch and a few yellowfin croaker were the main catch. Bloodworms and lugworms have been the better baits — the sand crabs are thinning out though. The yellowfin croaker were also biting off the street jetties and river jetties. Casting mussel or lugworms outside the breakers, along the jetty rock has been the ticket. A few spotfin, sargo and leopard sharks were also in the mix. The halibut bite was also improved all along this stretch. The first wave has been mostly shorts, but look for some better models to filter in.

DANA POINT — Several corbina were reported taken below the San Clemente Pier this week, according to Hogan’s Tackle. Warm water and good weather put the fish in the mood. A lively bloodworm has been the key bait. Barred perch, shiner perch, small leopard sharks and shovelnose were also in the mix. Best bet for barred perch has been off Strands and Salt Creek. A Carolina-rigged motor oil or root beer grub are a good fish finder. Some legal halibut have also been holding between the kelp and the breakers along this stretch.

OCEANSIDE — The corbina bite was good again this week, reported Pacific Coast. The late bite was fueled by warm water temps and ideal conditions. Fish were reported from several beaches, with the Army/Navy Academy being one of the better spots. Bloodworms have been the ticket with sand crabs tough to find. Some anglers reported several fish in a session. Lots of small barred perch have also been in the mix.

SOLANA BEACH — Still good mixed bag fishing on the beaches, reported Blue Water. Decent numbers of corbina were reported to go with barred perch, yellowfin and spotfin croaker, leopard sharks and sargo. The river and lagoon mouths have been the better spots. The halibut bite has also been improving at the lagoon mouths. It’s been a lot of shorts but there are some legal fish in the mix. Flash Minnows, Krocodiles and cut anchovy have been the top offerings.

— Compiled by Gundy Gunderson 

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