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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Anglers targeting halibut


Opaleye were on the bite
The weekend saw some favorable surf fishing conditions for the first time in a week, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Anglers reported a good bite on the rocky structure beaches for a mix of chocolate rockfish, johnnie bass and the occasional calico bass. Strip squid was a best bait. East Beach and Goleta kicked out some 1-pound class barred perch. Gulp! Sandworms and 2-inch Big Hammer grubs fished Carolina style were the ticket. A couple of striped bass in the 4- to 6-pound class were also landed at week’s end.

MALIBU — Saturday saw the first anglers finally hitting the beach, reported Wylie’s. Conditions were blown out all week. One angler reported some good action on barred perch off Hueneme. The fish were up to a pound and a half and were taking most offerings including grubs, Gulp! Sandworms and cut anchovy. With better weather in the forecast, look for the barred perch bite to get some legs. The mackerel have returned to the Malibu Pier.


REDONDO BEACH — By week’s end, the water in King’s Harbor had cleared and the opaleye were on the bite, reported Just Fishing. The button bass were active off the jetty rock. Peas and moss under a pencil float was the ticket. A few bass and short halibut were also taking small swimbaits in the harbor. With some new formed structure, Torrance Beach looks primed for some halibut catches. Hard jerk baits and spoons serve as good search baits when fished over the holes and trenches.


SEAL BEACH — All and all a very tough week along this stretch, reported Big Fish. The beaches were still fouled by week’s end. The best bet was the return to the good harbor fishing inside the breakwater. Spotted bay bass, sand bass and the occasional calico bass were taking drop shot Zoom Flukes in dark colors. The fish are holding in the clean green water. Mackerel returned to Seal Beach Pier.


NEWPORT BEACH — The best news from this stretch is that the water finally cleaned up, according to Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Saturday saw good weather and a few reports of smaller perch on the peninsula. Look for the barred perch fishing to improve dramatically with improving weather. We should be approaching some of the best perch fishing of the year. River Jetties and neighboring beaches were buried under a wall of trash flushed from the river channel. Do your part by taking some of this trash off the beach.


DANA POINT — Light tackle fishing in the harbor was a best bet this week, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Anglers tossing small plastics from the rocks were scoring a mix of sand bass, spotted bay bass and short to just legal halibut. A few yellowfin croaker were also taking lugworms off the short jetty inside the harbor and at Doheny. The San Clemente Pier was also holding a few croaker and the occasional sand bass. Cut anchovies were working best.


OCEANSIDE — The lagoon fishing was surprisingly good at week’s end, reported Pacific Coast. Anglers reported halibut up to 24 inches and a mix of sand and spotted bat bass. Small swimbaits and flukes, Gulp! Sandworms and cut anchovy were top offerings. The lagoons have been flushed allowing better tidal flow. A few halibut were also taken from the surf at Tamarack Jetty on Saturday. The perch have been showing on most beaches but have been small. Look for this bite to pick up in the coming weeks.


SOLANA BEACH — With conditions finally approaching normal on Saturday, anglers slowly returned to the beach, reported Blue Water. Just a few reports came in. A handful of smaller barred perch were taking grubs along Torrey Pines and Mission Beach. A few short halibut were starting to occupy the new formed holes and trenches at the river and lagoon mouths. Look for these spots to kick out some nice catches as the weather improves.


— Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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