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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Perch and halibut bite for anglers
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Perch and halibut are the best bets

Grunion runs have drawn lots of bass
More and more halibut showing in the surf line, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Anglers have been scoring a mix of short and legal fish on several beaches. Goleta, East Beach and the sand bar at the mouth of the harbor have been kicking out keepers. Smelt and grunion pattern 4-inch Big Hammer Swimbaits have been tops. The perch bite has also been solid. Lots of fish all along this stretch with Jalama, Gaviota, East Beach and Carpenteria go to spots. Gulp! 2-inch Sandworms and 2-inch Big Hammer Grubs in root beer and bubble gum Ice. Wind and swell was a factor for a couple days.

MALIBU — A cold front tempered the perch bite, reported Wylie’s. Wind and swell late in the week slowed an otherwise excellent bite. Lots of quality fish have been biting well along Ventura and Oxnard beaches. The Uptown group fished under tough conditions on Saturday reporting lots of swell, dirty water and debris. Only a few fish were caught with Kurt Nakano besting the field with a 1-pound, 15-ounce barred perch taken on a Flash Minnow. The grunion runs have drawn lots of bass into the shallows. Anglers soaking squid or throwing swimbaits along the reefed beaches have been scoring a mix of calico bass and sand bass. More and more halibut are also in tight. A legal halibut was taken off Big Rock on a piece of shrimp.

REDONDO BEACH — Halibut have been showing better in the surf but few have been legal, reported Just Fishing. Anglers are finding fish on El Segundo, Manhattan, Hermosa and Torrance beaches. The grunion run has increased the numbers. Look for some better quality to show as spring approaches. Spoons and hard jerk baits have been working best. The perch bite has been good for palm-sized fish. Grubs, Gulp! Sandworms and mussel have been tops. There have been more kickers showing. A striped bass was taken off Dockweiler on a lugworm.

SEAL BEACH — The halibut bite has still been good along Shoreline Drive and Cherry Beach, reported Big Fish. The problem has been access with the grand prix taking place this week. There has been lots of small anchovy and staging grunion in shallow holding the fish. There has also been bay bass, sand bass and barracuda in the mix. The rock hoppers off PV have been scoring good numbers of calico bass, sand bass and grass rockfish inside the kelp all along the point. This bite has been good since the grunion started staging.

NEWPORT BEACH — Before the front, the peninsula was holding schools of better quality barred perch. Many of the fish have been in the 1-pound class with a few pushing 2-pounds. The Carolina rigged grub has been best for locating a school. Anglers on the piers are scoring the occasional legal halibut on live smelt. Most of the fish have been short. Pier anglers have also been spotting the season’s first corbina. Small sandcrabs have also been showing. No biters yet. River jetties, usually a top spot at this time of years is still mucked up by dredging.

DANA POINT — This stretch continues to be in a funk, reported Hogan’s. The small fronts keep rolling over the water. There has also been streaks of red tide in the mix. The better water has been down below Trails where anglers are scoring a few legal halibut on drop shot Zoom Flukes. Harbor anglers have been taking a few halibut and bass on small swimbaits. No sign of spotfin yet. Pier anglers have been seeing corbina for the first time this year.

OCEANSIDE — The halibut bite has been outstanding, according to Pacific Coast bait and Tackle. Many anglers are reporting landing several legal fish in a session. The lagoons have been tops, but the lagoon mouths and adjoining beaches have also been good. There were two big fish taken in the lagoons this week. A 17-pound, 10-ounce fish ate a live sardine to take the lead in the shop’s Penn sponsored halibut derby. And a 30 pounder was taken on a kayak on a smelt pattern swimbait. Hard and soft jerk baits, spoons, cut anchovy or sardine and live smelt have all taken fish.

SOLANA BEACH — Halibut specialist are scoring more and more legal fish, reported Blue Water. The creek and lagoon mouths have been best. Flash minnows in Electric grunion have been a top producer. Slow-trolled Krocodiles have also been effective. The perch bite at Mission Beach has been good for mostly palm-sized models. Motor oil, root beer and clear/red flake have been go to colors. Small sand crabs and with it a few corbina have made their first showing of the season.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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