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Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Touch conditions this past week

Windy conditions hampered most fishing efforts
The perch bite was a best bet this week,reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. With cooling water temperatures, more and more perch have been showing in the surf line. Gulp! Sandworms, Big hammer 2-inch swimbaits and grubs have all been taking fish. A lot more fish in the 1-pound class with the better fish pushing 2 pounds. Gaviota, Goleta, East and West beaches have all been kicking out fish. The bite in the rocks has also improved with a mix of calico bass, cabezon, johnnie bass and chocolate rockfish taking strips of squid.

MALIBU — Lots of wind this week made for few anglers, reported Wylie’s. A few perch reports trickled in from Oxnard and Ventura. When the conditions were fishable, barred perch and yellowfin croaker were taking cut baits like fresh frozen anchovy and sardine. Overall, with the cooling water, the perch bite has been improving with more and more quality fish showing. Look for this bite to improve with the weather. The Malibu Pier has been jugged with mackerel.

REDONDO BEACH — Tough conditions this week, reported Just Fishing. Wind and wind waves hampered most fishing efforts. The water temperature was also dropping. A few reports came in from the Avenues where a few halibut were taken on Flash Minnows and Krocodiles. Manhattan Beach also kicked out a few fish. The Avenues was also a best bet for some limited action on mostly small barred perch. Still a smattering of bonito in and around the harbor.

SEAL BEACH — Wind was a factor all week, reported Big Fish tackle. There were just a few fishable days. On those days, the perch numbers have been improving as the water cools. Bolsa Chica has been a best bet with Huntington Cliffs a good second choice. A few legal halibut were taken at the inlet on smelt pattern swimbaits. The fish line up as the smelt feed on the tide run. The bay fishing continued strong with a mix of halibut, sand bass, spotted bay bass and croaker take small plastics fished amongst the bait schools.

COSTA MESA — Cool weather and wind put most anglers on the sideline, reported Ketcham. A few hardy souls picked up some small perch and the occasional yellowfin croaker soaking mussel off the street jetties. Best bet for a legal halibut has been off River Jetties. Smelt schools have been holding some fish outside the breakers. Smelt pattern swimbaits and jerkbaits have been working. If your looking for a bigger model, try making then soaking a trap-rigged live smelt.

DANA POINT — Most beaches were blown out this week, reported Hogan’s Bait Tackle. Fishing the few good days this week, anglers reported a few smaller perch and the occasional croaker off Doheny. The halibut bite had been improving off Cottons and Old Man’s with some nice fish laying in the sand patches. Look for this bite to continue with better weather. Slow rolled Krocodiles and Flash minnows have been tops. Harbor fishing for a mix of bass, croaker, halibut and small barracuda was a best bet on the windy days.

OCEANSIDE — Despite windy conditions the perch bite has been improving, reported Pacific Coast. On the better days, anglers reported taking more and more barred perch. The perch are small ranging from ½ to 1-pound but taking grubs readily. Motor oil/gold flake and clear /red flake have been good colors. Anglers throwing swimbaits off the rocks at Cardiff reported good numbers of calico bass tight to the breakers. A 75-pound angel shark was reported caught and released off the Oceanside Pier. A few legal halibut were taken in the lagoons on live smelt.

SOLANO BEACH — Heavy winds made for less than ideal conditions this week, reported Blue Water. A few anglers did manage to catch legal halibut bouncing Kast masters off the bottom at Del Mar and Ponto. The fish have ranged from short to just legal but can be found in good enough numbers to warrant an effort. Good schools of smaller perch have been mounting up off Mission Beach.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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