Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Touch conditions this past week
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Anglers targeting halibut

Fishing was challenge
Even with the weather, there has been some biting fish, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. On the better days, anglers are reporting decent fishing for barred perch. Finding the cleaner water has been key. A good report came from Jalama where anglers reported lots of bites on grubs, 2-inch Big Hammers, and Gulp Sandworms. The fish were in the solid 1-pound class up to a pound and a half. The rocks along East Beach were kicking out a mix of calico bass, johnnie bass and chocolate rockfish. Cut squid was the top bait.

MALIBU — A challenging week of fishing, reported Wylie’s Bait and Tackle. Wind and lots of dirty water hampered surf fishing efforts. A few anglers got out on the better days and reported a few perch bites. Bait was better than lures in the off-colored water. The northern beaches of Ventura and Oxnard were shaping up by weeks end, kicking out better numbers of barred perch. The halibut bite has been slow. The Malibu Pier has been jugged with mackerel.

REDONDO BEACH — Top catch this week was a 2-pound, 2-ounce barred perch reported Just Fishing. The big pie tin perch was taken on a Flash Minnow cast for halibut along Venice Beach. The perch have wanted to bite in the cleaner water. Grubs, Gulp! Baits, cut anchovy and mussel have all been taking fish. A few scattered halibut were taken off the Avenues. The mackerel have been thick off the Redondo Pier.

SEAL BEACH — The halibut have moved on to the beach at 72nd Place Jetty, reported Big Fish. Anglers have been getting lots of bites on mostly short models. A few legals are in the mix. Drop shotting dark colored Zoom Flukes has been the ticket. The perch bite continues slow. Sharks and rays have been active in the dirty water. The bass bite picked back up in the bay with cleaner water. Small smelt and anchovy pattern swimbaits have been working best.

NEWPORT BEACH — The cleaner water from the piers to the Wedge is kicking out some better barred perch, reported Ketcham. The grub bite has been good with anglers using up to ¾ ounce sinkers to keep in contact with the bottom. Motor oil, root beer/gold flake and clear/red flake have all been producing. Few other species have been reported. With dredging completed, look for River Jetties to clean-up.

DANA POINT — Anglers fishing small plastics in and around the harbor have been scoring halibutreported Hogan’s. The fish have been biting in the clean green water. Small swimbaits and flukes have been working best in a finesse bite. Most of the fish have been short but there are some legals in the mix. The cobblestones below Cottons Point have also been kicking out a few grits for the guys throwing hard jerk baits. The perch bite has been off.

OCEANSIDE — A shop regular checked in 2 legal halibut taken on swimbaits off south Carlsbad, reported Pacific Coast. The storms have formed a nice trench along most beaches and the halibut have moved in. Finding the stretches of cleaner water is key. Slow fishing on most other species. The lagoons have not quite cleaned up yet. The mackerel have been on the pier in good numbers.

SOLANA BEACH — Catch of the week was a big 6-foot long seven-gill shark taken off Del Mar, reported Blue Water. The rare shark at a whole squid fished near the river mouth in less than clean water. A few halibut were also reported taken on Lucky Craft jerk baits fished off Ponto. The perch bite has been slow at best. The storms blew out some of the clogged rivermouths opening the lagoons to better tide flow.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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