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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Grunion runs have drawn lots of bass


Perch and halibut are the best bets
A good week of fishing, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Several species have been on the bite. The barred perch bite has been excellent with lots of fish on most beaches. The spawn is well underway. Lots of 1-pound class fish with kickers pushing 2-pounds. Grubs, Gulp! Sandworms in bloody, mussel and cut anchovy have all been working. Jalama, Gaviota, Goleta, Carpenteria and East Beach have all been holding schools. East Beach and Goleta Beach near the pier have been hot spots for legal halibut. Fish to 25 inches have been showing on most sandy beaches. The chocolate rockfish have invaded the shallow reefs with anglers reporting good catches on strip squid or 3-inch Big Hammer swimbaits. A striped bass was taken off Jalama.


MALIBU — Good mixed bag fishing all week, reported Wylie’s. Up the beach, the perch specialists are scoring nice quality fish along Ventura and Oxnard beaches. The spawn is going on so there are some fat hens in the surf line. Most of the fish have been in the 1-pound class but there have been some big ones well into the twos. Grubs, Lucky Craft, mussel and shrimp have all been working. The halibut bite has been good at County Line with more and more legal fish showing. Malibu beaches have also been holding. The rocky spots like El Matador and El Pescador have been holding good numbers of calico bass. Small smelt and anchovy pattern swimbaits and cut squid have been tops. Anglers soaking shrimp and squid off Las Flores have been scoring a mix of yellowfin croaker, perch, sand bass and calico bass.


REDONDO BEACH — With another grunion run, the halibut fishing was the top draw this week, reported Just Fishing. The fish have been mostly shorts but this week saw more legal fish in the mix. Torrance Beach has been the best stretch but Hermosa and Manhattan are also kicking out fish. Look for beaches with birds and bait. Don’t be surprised if you hang a striped bass. The perch bite has been good but the size has been small. The grub bite has been best for fish to up to a pound. The reefed spots off PV are still holding good numbers of calico bass and now an influx of short seabass.


SEAL BEACH — The halibut bite has been very good with legal fish reported from Shoreline Drive to Huntington Beach, reported Big Fish. Lots of small anchovies, smelt and staging grunion have drawn the flatfish shallow all along this stretch. One of the best techniques has been slow rolling 3/8 ounce Krocodiles “under the birds”. Flash Minnows, swimbaits and drop shot Zoom Flukes have also been effective. Most of the fish have been ranging from short to 25-inches. The bay bass bite has been excellent with anglers scoring fish in the 2-pound class on small swimbaits. There have also been big schools of juvenile white seabass in the bays.


COSTA MESA — The bloodworm bite has been good off the jetties and piers, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Anglers are reporting catching a mixed bag of yellowfin croaker, perch, sand bass and the occasional spotfin. Soaking the worms outside the breakers has been key. Halibut anglers are also finding greater success along the beaches. Krocodiles, Flash Minnows and cut anchovy have been top baits. Newland has been a good stretch with poor conditions at River Jetties.


DANA POINT — Finally, some better conditions haveresulted in better fishing reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. The lugworm bite at Doheny has been good for a mix of barred perch and yellowfin croaker. Some of the croaker have been approaching 3-pounds. There has also been a few legal halibut taken along this stretch after the grunion run. The shark bite has also been good here with anglers reporting big leopards and bat rays taken at night on squid and mackerel. The sand patches off Trails have been kicking out some better quality halibut. Look for the staging grunion in the evenings. White pattern Flash Minnows or Zoom Flukes have been top baits. Spoons have also been effective.


OCEANSIDE — The excellent lagoon fishing continues, reported Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle. Anglers are scoring halibut, yellowfin croaker, spotted bay bass, sand bass and mostly short seabass. Halibut have been the top draw with some anglers reporting up to two legal fish in a session. Fish to 30 inches were reported this week. The bite on the beach has also been good with fish being reported taken at the river and lagoon mouths and adjacent beaches. The perch bite has also improved with fish from ½ to ¾ pounds taking the Carolina rigged grub. The Army /Navy Academy and South Carlsbad have been holding schools. A 6-pound 10 ounce halibut was posted second to a 17-pound 10 ounce fish in the shop’s Penn sponsored halibut derby.


SOLANO BEACH — The perch bite took off along this stretch, reported Blue Water. Anglers reported good numbers on most beaches. One shop regular caught and released 20 barred perch off La Jolla. Mission Beach has also been holding good numbers. Most of the fish were palm-sized or better with the kickers pushing 1½-pounds. Grubs, Gulp! Sandworms mussel and lugworms were all working. The halibut bite has also been good with fish to 32-inches reported this week. The big fish ate a grunion pattern swimbait but Flash Minnows and Krocodiles have also been effective.


Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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