Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Terrific halibut fishing
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Halibut action red hot

Leopard sharks and bat rays active
Another good week of halibut fishing, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. With lots of bait in the shallows, the fish are holding tight to the beach. Flash Minnows and Big hammer swimbaits in anchovy and smelt patterns have been tough to beat. The sand spit at the harbor mouth continues to be a hot spot kicking out fish to 30 inches. East Beach, Goleta Beach near the pier and Graveyards has also been holding. The squid bite in the rocks has been good for a mix of johnnie bass, chocolate rockfish and calico bass. The grub bite for barred perch is still holding up on most beaches. Campers at Jalama reported fast action on fish to 1½ pounds.

MALIBU — Malibu beaches have been inundated bysmall halibut and sting rays, reported Wylie’s. Some of the halibut have been as small as 4 to 5 inches. Oxnard and Ventura beaches are still holding good numbers of better quality perch. Mussel, lugworms, cut anchovy and squid strips have all been working. With sandcrabs starting to show, anglers have been spotting smaller corbina moving in. They are not quite in the biting mode yet. The leopard sharks and bat rays have been active on the night time incoming tide.

REDONDO BEACH — The halibut bite has picked up along Torrance Beach, reported Just Fishing. Anglers are reporting fish to 30 inches taking Flash Minnows and slow rolled Krocodiles. Look for stretches with bird life. Small bonito have been pushing bait in and around King Harbor. A blue and white feather behind a splasher has been deadly on the 1- to 3-pound fish. Some big opaleye have been coming in from the rocks off PV. Mussel has been a best bait. Calico bass, croaker and juvenile white sea bass have also been in the mix.

SEAL BEACH — The halibut bite lit up along Shoreline Drive again, according to Big Fish. Anglers throwing Lucky Craft and drop shot flukes have been scoring fish to 32 inches. The better stretches will be holding bait. The big spotfin have been on the bite off Huntington Cliffs and Pier. Mussel and bloodworm have been tops for fish up to 4 pounds. Some chunky yellowfin have also been in the mix. The bay bass fishing has been red hot inside the breakwater.

NEWPORT BEACH — Seeing but not touching has been the story for some big corbina moving onto peninsula beaches, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. The first spots of sandcrabs have drawn the quality fish onto the beaches. Look for these fish to start biting on better tides. The same stretch has also been good for halibut. White X-Raps have been hot for a fish ranging from 18 to 34 inches. The harbor mouth, River Jetties and Newland have also been kicking out fish. Some nice spotfin have been on the bite off the street jetties. Lugworms and ghost shrimp have been top baits.

DANA POINT — The surf bite has been greatly improved all along this stretch, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Strands and Salt Creek have been kicking out quality croakers for those soaking lugworms and mussel outside the breakers. The halibut fishing has taken off all along Capo Bay beaches. Walking and winding has been the key to finding spots of holding fish. Hard jerk baits have been good locaters. Most of the fish have been ranging to 30 inches. Night hawks have been catching and releasing some big bat rays at Doheny on squid. Some larger leopard sharks have also been in the mix.

OCEANSIDE — The stunning catch of the week was a 2½-pound zebra perch taken on a Flash Minnow. The halibut bite was also off the hook. One shop regular has caught and released over 50 fish to 28 inches in the last several weeks. The lagoons have been best but more and more fish are showing on the beaches. The shop reported the halibut fishing as “the best we’ve seen in years.” Yellowfin, spotfin, spotted bay bass and orangemouth have also been active in the lagoons.

SOLANA BEACH — Some striped bass popped up along this stretch, reported Blue Water. A 6 pounder was taken at the mouth of the Del Mar River and a 12 pounder was taken inside the Botiquitos Lagoon. A 20-pound class halibut was also landed in Batiquitos. All three fish were fooled by a white Berkley Jerk Shad. The river and lagoon mouths and adjoining beaches have also been good for halibut. The corbina have begun to show in good numbers but the fish are off the bite.”

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

BLUE WATER TACKLE employee Roman Wells displays a beautiful Batiquitos Lagoon halibut taken on a white Berkley Jerk Shad. The fish was 35-inches and weighed 25 pounds.

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