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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Leopard sharks and bat rays active
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Corbina bite improving

Halibut action red hot
Another big halibut week, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Anglers were finding fish on most sandy beaches. The week’s grunion run boosted an already good bite. Big fish of the week went 38 inches. The Lucky Craft 110 Flash Minnows have been hard to beat. Fish were reported from Goleta Beach, Black Rock, Graveyards, East Beach and the sandspit. Anglers targeting halibut also reported 4 striped bass in the 6-to 8-pound range. The rocky, kelpy spots are holding a mix of calico bass, johnnie bass, chocolate rockfish and the occasional cabezon. A few thresher sharks were hooked on the Goleta Pier.

MALIBU — The mixed bag bite on the rock and sand beaches continued good this week, reported Wylie’s. The recent grunion run has drawn several inshore gamefish into the surf zone. Anglers reported good numbers of calico bass and sand bass to go with big schools of yellowfin croaker. Smaller perch, smelt, leopard and shovelnose sharks have also been in the mix. Lugworms, mussel, squid and shrimp have all been working. Big Rock, El Matador and Pescador have been top spots. Anglers are beginning to see numbers of corbina on Malibu beaches but only hooking the small ones. Still a few quality perch reported taken off Oxnard and Ventura beaches.

REDONDO BEACH — The corbina haveshown in big numbers off south bay beaches, according to Just Fishing. Fish have been spotted off El Segundo, Hermosa, Manhattan and Torrance beaches. Sandcrabs are also surfacing in numbers but are small. The few fish hooked have been in the 1- to 2-pound class. The halibut bite also improved dramatically on the back of the weekend’s grunion run. Flash minnows in smelt and grunion colors and 3/8 ounce prism Krocodiles have been top producers. Another striped bass was taken off Hermosa Beach, above the pier. The 8-pound fish was hooked under the birds.

SEAL BEACH — The Long Beach halibut bite was red hot this week, reported Big Fish. Cherry Beach and Shoreline drive were loaded with fish. Staging grunion and big spots of small anchovy put the fish in the feeding mode. Anglers reported several fish in a session. The fish have been running from short to 28 inches. White pattern Flash Minnows and plastic flukes have been top producers. The spotfin croaker bite was also very good this week with fish to 5-pounds taken from Huntington to San Pedro. Fish have been holding off the jetties, harbor mouths and outside the breakers. Mussel has been the top bait. With warming water, the corbina are also showing well and a few have been taken by spotfin anglers.

NEWPORT BEACH — The halibut were on the bite from Newland to the Wedge, according to Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Anglers reported a wide spread of fish on the back of the grunion run. The wedge, the stretch around the piers, the street jetties and River Jetties have all kicked out quality fish. Flash Minnows were again the hot bait. Best patterns were white, sexy smelt and electric grunion. With good spots of smaller sand crabs appearing on most beaches, the first quality corbina of the summer were spotted in the shallows this week. The fish are skittish but should settle down with warming water.

DANA POINT — The corbina bite took a step up this week, according to Hogan’s. Two 20-inch fish were caught and released near Doheny. The fish ate fresh mussel taken off the jetty. Anglers are seeing fish all along Capo Bay. The early sandcrabs are small so baits like mussel and lugworms have been best. The halibut have also bunched up in the surf line post-grunion run, but it has been hard to find a legal fish. Anglers fishing the end of the San Clemente Pier have been finding some quality sand bass over the sand patches. Calico bass, perches and mackerel have also been in the mix. The night bite for leopards and rays has been good at Doheny.

OCEANSIDE — The halibut action continues to be good in the lagoons, harbor and on the beaches, reported Pacific Coast. No real big fish this week but still good quality topped by a handful of double digit fish. Most presentations are working, lures and bait. Sandcrabs are now showing in good numbers and with them lots of corbina. The first biters have been small but look for the more quality fish to join in. The croaker bite has also improved with more chunky spotfin showing on the full moon tides. Smaller yellowfin have also been active. The shop’s June croaker derby is underway with just a couple small fish posted.

SOLANA BEACH — The halibut bite continues good on the beaches and in the lagoons, according to Blue Water. Top fish this week was a 10 pounder taken from the lagoon on a white Berkley Jerk Shad. The beach anglers have been doing the best on hard jerk baits like white Rapala XR-10s. Some of the season’s first corbina were landed this week. Big spots of smaller crabs have drawn the fish in and now they are starting to bite. Ponto and the Del Mar river mouth have been holding some schools of better spotfin. Mussel and lugworms nave been best.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

CHRIS VEJAR OF Blue Water Tackle in Solana Beach and son Evan fooled this 28-inch, 10-pound halibut on a white Berkley Jerk Shad in Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

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