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Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Halibut fishing took top billing
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Terrific halibut fishing

Yellowfin croaker have been active
A good week of fishing despite some wind and swell, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The halibut bite took top billing with fish showing well on several beaches. East Beach, Graveyards, Goleta Beach near the pier and the sand spit at the harbor mouth all kicked out fish. Flash Minnows, Big Hammer swimbaits, and fresh strips of squid were top baits. The squid bite in the rocks was also good with a mix of calico bass, chocolate rockfish, sugar bass and johnnie bass feeding on the incoming tide.

MALIBU — Good mixed bag fishing on the better days, reported Wylie’s. The halibut bite improved with more and more fish, ranging to 5 pounds, have been showing. A recent closed grunion run may have drawn the fish shallow. Good catches were reported from Malibu beaches, Latigo and Coral Beach. Fresh squid was again a top bait for the halibut. Anglers fishing the reefed beaches found some big opaleye hanging near the rocks. Shrimp was a best bait taking fish to 3 pounds. Some chunky yellowfin croaker and calico bass have also been active on the reef. Leopard sharks, bat rays and sting rays have been plentiful in the surf zone.

REDONDO BEACH — A strong show of sand crabs have drawn corbina into the surf line, reported Just Fishing. The early fish are off the bite, however. Small perch, halibut and leopard sharks have made up the bulk of the catch. The perch are taking grubs, lugworms and mussel. The halibut are taking spoons and cut anchovy. The sharks prefer squid. Schools of small bonito have been splashing around in King Harbor and off the pier. Krocodiles and fly and bubble rigs have been getting bites on the 1- to 3-pound fish.

SEAL BEACH — With a full moon, the croaker bite was strong this week, reported Big Fish. Yellowfin and spotfin were taking an assortment of natural baits including lugworms, bloodworms, mussel, cut anchovy and squid. The fish could be found in the bays, off the jetties and along the beaches. The halibut and perch bites slowed but the shark and ray bite was wide open. Shovelnose, bat ray, stingray and leopard sharks were all taking squid fished on the tide. A couple of 15-pound class striped bass were seen cruising the San Gabriel River channel at the PCH bridge. They would not take a cast swimbait.

NEWPORT BEACH — The halibut bite picked up pace on the back of the grunion run, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Anglers reported 2 to 3 fish in a session with 1 or 2 legals. The new Shimano Cold Sniper hard jerk baits in sand eel pattern was a top bait. The croaker bite also kicked up a notch with several quality yellowfin and spotfin reported. The piers and the short jetties were good stretches for the 2 to 4-pound fish. Nugget sandcrabs and bloodworms were top baits.

DANA POINT — The sandcrabs showed up in big numbers at Strands, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Anglers using the crabs for bait reported good catches of perch, yellowfin and spotfin croaker and small leopard sharks. Good numbers of corbina were also spotted but would not take a bait. The lug worm bite has been good off Doheny and the San Clemente Pier for yellowfin and spotfin croaker. A good batch of short to just legal halibut have also shown well off Capo Bay beaches. White pattern Flash Minnows and Zoom Flukes have been tops.

OCEANSIDE — The croaker went off this week, reported Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle. On the beaches, in the harbor and in the lagoons, anglers reported a big influx of quality fish. Natural bait was best with lugworms, bloodworms, mussel and cut anchovy all producing. The yellowfin were up to 4 pounds and the spotfin were up to 5 pounds. A few orangemouth corvina were also reported taken in the lagoons on the strong full moon tides. The halibut bite also continued strong with several double digit fish reported but not registered in the shops halibut derby. Four fish over 10 pounds are on the leader board including a 31- and a 17 pound fish.

SOLANA BEACH — The halibut bite was best along this stretch, reported Blue Water. The lagoon and river mouths were jugged with small anchovies and grunion. Flash Minnows, Flukes, swimbaits and slow-rolled Krocodiles all produced fish. Full moon tides were good for big spotfin croaker at Table Tops. Calico bass, yellowfin and perch were also in the mix. Fresh mussel was hard to beat. Big spots of sandcrabs have drawn some quality corbina in to the surf line at Del Mar, Torrey Pines and Mission Beach. No takers yet.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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