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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Yellowfin croaker have been active

Halibut fishing took top billing
The first part of the week produced some good catches, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Halibut, perch, bass and rockfish were all bending rods before the big swell and winds came in. East Beach, Goleta and the harbor mouth have been best bets for a legal halibut. Flash minnows, Big Hammer smelt pattern swimbaits and carolina rigged plastic sand dabs have been top baits. The perch can be found on most beaches with good reports coming from Jalama, Gaviota, Goleta, Graveyards and Carpinteria. Grubs, Gulp! Sandworms and mussel have been top baits. The rocky spots have been kicking out a mix of calico bass, sandbass and rockfish taken on strip squid.

MALIBU — Good conditions early in the week gave way to swell and wind, reported Wylie’s. The catch of the week was a 12-pound sheephead taken on shrimp off Las Flores. The same angler also scored several smaller class fish. On Saturday, in less than ideal conditions, the Uptown group held their last perch derby. Despite rough water, the group managed to land an average1 ½- to 2-pound fish. Kenny Nakano from L.A. won the day with a 2-pound, 1 ounce perch taken on an anchovy pattern Lucky Craft. A 1.9 and a 1.7 took the next two spots. The group fished from Ventura to Pt. Mugu where the top fish was landed. Many beaches were in poor conditions.

REDONDO BEACH — The bonito are showing in better numbers in King Harbor, reported Just Fishing. Anglers throwing spoons and bubble/fly combos are scoring fish to 3 pounds. Halibut anglers are picking away at short to just legal fish along Torrance, Manhattan and Hermosa beaches. The fish are there but conditions are not. Look for this bite to take off with a stretch of fair weather. The perch bite has been pretty good for palm size fish. Gulp! Sandworms and grubs have been effective.

SEAL BEACH — Yellowfin croakers showed in numbers early in the week. Fish weighing from 1 to 3 pounds were taken by anglers throwing spoons fished under the birds. Bolsa Chica was a good place to look. In lieu of tough outside conditions, the bay bite for a mix off calico bass, sandbass, barracuda, halibut and croaker was excellent again this week. There is lots of bait inside. Soft jerk baits like flukes have been hot. The leopard bite was also good, sparked by the swell. Sharks to 30 pounds were taken on slab mackerel. Several juvenile great whites were seen feeding on rays off the Belmont Pier.

NEWPORT BEACH — The Lilly Call, light tackle bay tourney was held this week, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. In tough conditions, the fish were small. Big fish was just a 5-pound halibut. Smaller bass, and croakers were also posted. The shop sold 500 bloodworms for the tourney. Early in the week, the peninsula was best for barred perch to 1 ½ pounds. The grub bite was solid. Motor oil/ red flake and root beer were top colors. With the swell up, the sandcrabs have been down.

DANA POINT — The halibut bite in the surf line showed promise this week, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Early in the week, anglers reported good fishing on smaller fish. Lucy Craft Flash Minnows were a top search bait. Most of the fish have been ranging from just short to legal. With any kind of conditions next week, the bite should get better. Lugworms and bloodworms have been taking yellowfin and the occasional spotfin along the short jetty at Doheny.

OCEANSIDE — The incredible lagoon bite for halibut continued this week, reported Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle. Anglers are finding biting fish in Hediondo lagoon and at the mouth of Batiquitos lagoon.Several double-digit fish were reported this week. All presentations are working including spoons, swimbaits, hard jerk baits, cut anchovy and live smelt. Recent rains have flushed the lagoons allowing for heavier tide flows. Big fish of the week was a 35-inch halibut taken at Ponto on a white Zoom Fluke. Rough water slowed the beach bite.

SOLANA BEACH — Halibut fishing took top billing this week, reported Blue Water. Anglers throwing X-Raps and Krocodiles were finding more and more fish in the surf line. The river and lagoon mouths have been the best spots. Also look for spots of bait. The perch bite has been good off Del Mar, Torrey Pines and Mission Beach. Clear/red flake grubs have been hot. Most of the fish have been in the ½ to 1 ¼- ounce range with a few better kickers. With the swell up, the sharks and rays have been active.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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