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Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Fishing was challenge
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Opaleye were on the bite


Anglers targeting halibut
Despite wind and rain, there were some bright spots this week, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Several striped bass were reported taken off the beach along Carpinteria. Anglers targeting halibut with Flash Minnows were pleasantly surprised to find spots of school-sized fish. The perch have also been biting on the better days. Look for the cleaner stretches. Grubs, Gulp! Sandworms and salted anchovies have been good choices.

MALIBU — Another challenging week of weather, reported Wylie’s. There were very few anglers out. A couple reports trickled in from County Line. The storms created some excellent troughs and bars and anglers were finding some short halibut already in the trenches. Hard jerk baits and small spoons were a best bet. Oxnard and Ventura beaches have been holding some better quality barred perch. The key is finding cleaner water on those better days. Odd catch of the week from the Malibu Pier, a fantail sole.


REDONDO BEACH — Few anglers out due to the weather, reported Just Fishing. There have been some nice barred perch around. It just takes a few days of better weather. Look for the stretches of clean green water. Some short halibut have also been taking Krocodiles along the cleaner stretches. Conditions are prime for striped bass along this stretch. Cast hard jerk baits, spoons or big swimbaits around jetties or creek mouths.


SEAL BEACH — The best bet has been a good halibut bite at 72nd place and Bolsa Chica,reported Big Fish. A nice trench has formed from the storms and lots of short to just legal fish are holding in it. The key is finding good conditions and cleaner water. Under cloudy skies, a red and black Lucky Craft Flash Minnow has been the go to bait. When the bays and harbor clean up, the spotted bay and sand bass bite picks-up. Small anchovy and smelt pattern swimbaits have been dynamite.


NEWPORT BEACH — On the better days, the tip of the peninsula has been kicking out some quality barred perch, reported Ketcham. This stretch tends to clean up faster. Motor oil/ gold flake, clear/red flake and salt and pepper grubs have been best. Salted anchovies are a good choice in less than clean water. Halibut specialists report good new contours at River Jetties. It’s been mostly a spattering of shorts but the future potential looks good as the weather improves.


DANA POINT — With Capo bay dirtied up,beach fishing has been slow, reported Hogan’s. The sharks and rays have been active with fish taken at Doheny and at the San Clemente Pier on whole squid and slab mackerel. The harbor has been a bright spot with jetty-hoppers taking sand bass, spotted bay bass and short halibut on small swimbaits and jerk baits. Dark colors have been best. Best bet for a legal halibut has been the sand patches below Cottons Point.


OCEANSIDE — Overall tough conditions for the shore angler, reported Pacific Coast. A few short halibut were reported taken along the cleaner stretches of South Carlsbad. Palm-size perch have also been on the bite in the cleaner water. Grubs and Gulp! 2-inch sandworms have been best. The lagoons are cleaning up and a few bass and halibut were reported taken on small swimbaits. Look for a few striped bass to pop up where the fresh water runs off onto the beach.


SOLANA BEACH — Surf anglers managed toscratch a few small perch in less than ideal conditions, reported Blue Water. The storms have created some nice new beach structure but the conditions have not been good enough for the fish to set-up. It portends some excellent halibut fishing in the near future. A good plan B has been the bass bite in Mission Bay. Once the water greens up, the bass have wanted to bite.


Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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