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

Bites have been easy to come by
Anglers fishing the cleaner stretches of water found good barred perch fishing this week, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The stretch near the Goleta Pier, Carpinteria and, of course, Santa Clause Lane were three spots that kicked out limits. Most of the fish have ranged from 8- to 11-inches with a few bigger and more smaller. The bites have been easy to come by, on a variety of baits. Gulp! Sandworms have been strong. Lugworms have been solid. Grubs have been the best artificials. There are still some calico bass on the reefed spots with a few cabezon and shallow water rockfish in the mix. One good report came from Campus Point where cut squid fooled two calico bass and a 2.5-pound cab. East Beach produced a 28-inch halibut on a drop shot, white, Zoom Fluke.

MALIBU — Not a whole lot of anglers but still some catches being made, according to Wylie’s. A best bet has been the bite on the reefed beaches. Spots like El Matador, El Pescador, Leo Carillo and Big Rock. Anglers have been taking a mix of calico bass, sand bass, yellowfin croaker, barred perch, small leopard sharks and even a few nice cabezon. Squid has been a top bait. Other anglers are gathering the big mussels off the reefs at low tide and scoring nice mixed bags. Barred perch specialists have been finding the best fishing below Point Mugu. The perch have been mostly under a pound with a few better kickers. One corbina was reported. On the open Malibu beaches anglers have been finding action on barred perch and yellowfin croaker on Gulp! 2-inch Sandworms and small 5/8 prism Krocodiles.

REDONDO BEACH — Some nicer barred perch were taken near the rocks off Torrance Beach. A Carolina rigged root beer grub has been a good way to find a school. Once you get a bite you should hook several fish on the spot. The fish have ranged from 8 to 12 inches. There are still a few sand crabs along the rocks if you dig for them. A better crab will get an instant bite. Still a few corbina finning around. The perch numbers are growing along Hermosa, Manhattan and El Segundo beaches. The halibut bite has also improved with a few more legal fish mixed in with the shorts. Search baits that cover water, like hard jerkbaits and spoons have been best. The fish are scattered on the beaches. Look for holes or trenches at higher tides. A few bait fisherman took just legal halibut on cut anchovy in King Harbor.

SEAL BEACH — The best bet was a good spotfin bite near the Huntington Pier and off Huntington Cliffs. Pier anglers targeted the fish outside the breakers on Carolina rigs. Beach anglers cast double dropper loop rigs outside the breakers. Lugworms and bloodworms have been the hot baits. A few of the spotfin have been pushing the 4-pound mark. Some 2- to 3-pound yellowfin have also been in the mix. The strong moon and big tides had the fish on the bite. The water temp is still in the 60s. Not typical of December but good for warmer water preferring croaker. Most of the halibut catches this week were made in Alamitos Bay and Huntington Harbor. Small drop-shot plastics and cut anchovy have been the top baits. A few chunky bay bass were also in the mix. The barred perch catch has mostly been small. The numbers are improving, however.

NEWPORT BEACH — The end of the peninsula has been holding some better than average barred perch, according to Ketcham Tackle. The stretch from the piers to the Wedge has been best. Carolina rigged grubs have been a top bait. Clear/red flake and motor oil gold/flake have been hot colors. Most of the fish have been around the 1-pound mark with a few around a pound and a half. These steeper beaches have more current and may demand an egg sinker up to 3/4-ounce. River jetties has also been holding barred perch. The numbers are greater but the average size is much smaller. The street jetties kicked out a few croaker on the full moon tides. The mornings and evenings were best with anglers casting along the jetty rock. Bloodworms and fresh mussel have been the top baits. Most of the catch has been yellowfin, with a few, quality spotfin mixed in.

DANA POINT — Strands and Salt Creek and below the San Clemente Pier were the best stretches this week, according to Hogan’s. Lugworms have been the hot bait for a mix of barred perch, yellowfin croaker, shiner perch, small leopards and a few spotfin croaker. Barred perch have made up the bulk of the catch. Structure like reefs, holes, trenches and pilings seem to hold the better quality fish. Anglers targeting leopard sharks at Doheny have been finding success soaking squid or fresh mackerel. A few larger models were taken on a big strip of mackerel. The best bet for a halibut has been in and around the harbor where anglers have scored a handful of, just legal fish on drop shot Jerkits and flukes. Cut anchovy has also been effective. A yellowfin croaker and a few spotted bay bass and sand bass have also been in the mix.

OCEANSIDE — The halibut bite perked up in and around the lagoon and jetty mouths according to Pacific Coast. A shop regular took 2 legal fish on Friday on a drop shot, Gulp! Mullet fished in the tidal current. Spots of smelt and small anchovies have been feeding in the current. The spotted bay bass bite has also been notable in the lagoons. On the beach, the halibut bite has been spotty. The best bet has been targeting the barred perch and yellowfin croaker. Anglers soaking lugworms or mussel have been scoring limits of smaller perch and a sample of 1- to 2-pound yellowfin croaker. The water temperature was 62 on Saturday and one corbina was reported.

SOLANA BEACH — Three halibut ranging from 7 to 10 pounds were taken at the lagoon mouths this week, reported Blue Water. Metallic sardine pattern Flash Minnows were a hot bait. Cooling water has drawn in spots of baits. The bait soakers also scored some legal fish on cut anchovy. Strong full moon tides kicked up the action. The catch of the week, however, was a 15-pound striped bass. A father and two sons were fishing lugworms off Moonlight Beach in Encinitas ands hooked the fish. Thirty minutes and 300 yards later the group maneuvered the fish through a line of surfers and finally landed the big linesider. Post-storm conditions are ideal for catching a striped bass out of the surf.

— Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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