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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Halibut action red hot
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Red-hot halibut action


Corbina bite improving
The halibut bite continues to shine, according to Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Most sandy beaches have been kicking out fish up to 30-inches. East Beach, Graveyards, Goleta Beach and the sand spit at the harbor mouth continue to produce. The quality has been best on the beach. Flash Minnows and Big Hammer swimbaits have accounted for most of the fish. Calico bass have been active on the rocky beaches. Smelt and grunion pattern swimbaits have been tops. Squid strips have also been working. Grass rockfish, johnnie bass and the occasional cabezon have also been in the mix. Thresher sharks were spotted this week feeding on anchovy schools off the Goleta Pier.

MALIBU — A really good week of fishing, reported Wylie’s.The corbina bite took off with several quality fish checked in to the shop. The sandy stretches east of the Malibu Pier was a hot spot but most sandy stretches are holding. The fish were taken on sandcrabs when the better sizes were available or fresh mussel and have ranged from 1-to 3-pounds. Anglers fishing off the rocky spots along Surfrider, reported an excellent bite on opaleye. Fresh shucked mussel has been the top bait. The rocky spots like Matador, Big Rock and Pescador have also been kicking out a mix of calico bass, yellowfin croaker, small leopards and short halibut.


REDONDO BEACH — A 6-pound, 1-ounce corbina was landed off Torrance Beach, reported Just Fishing.The giant was taken on a nugget sandcrab. The corbina bite was good all week on Manhattan, Hermosa and El Segundo beaches. The sandcrab sizes have varied. Larger crabs have been best but mussel has been a good second choice when the crabs are pea-size. The halibut bite has also improved on south bay beaches amidst the grunion runs. Flash Minnows and slow rolled Krocodiles have been best. A fire cracker yellowtail was taken off the Topaz Jetty on a Lucky Craft. Smaller yellowtail and bonito have also been breezing in and around the harbor.


SEAL BEACH — The halibut bite off the Long Beachwaterfront continues to be very good, according to Big Fish. Cherry beach and Shoreline Drive have been hot spots. Anglers are reporting several fish in a session including legal fish to 30-inches. White Zoom Flukes or Berkley Jerk Shad have been best rigged on a dart head or drop-shot style. Grunion pattern hard jerk baits have also been effective. For bait, fresh frozen anchovies have been excellent. The good spotfin bite continues off the Seal Beach Pier. Fresh mussel has taken fish to 5 pounds. Spotted bay bass have also been very active in Alamitos bay and Huntington Harbor.


NEWPORT BEACH — The halibut bite continues good all along this stretch, according to Ketcham Bait and Tackle. The harbor mouth, the Wedge, the stretch between the Piers, the street jetties, River Jetties and Newland all accounted for fish to 32-inches. White pattern Lucky Craft and white Keitech swimbaits have been hot. The corbina bite has also improved along the peninsula with more and more takers reported. The 1-to 2- pound fish are biting best with the bigger models still elusive. Finding the bigger crabs has been key.


DANA POINT — The corbina bite continues to improve in Capo Bay, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Despite some swell, anglers reported catches from Poche, to the pier and from the pier to State Park. The biters have been ranging from 1 to 2 pounds and are taking bigger crabs, mussel and lugworms. A few fish were also reported on Strands and Salt Creek beaches. The croaker bite has also been on the upswing with a mix of yellowfin and spotfin talking fresh shucked mussel. Doheny and the harbor jetties have been good, The pier and Old Man’s have also kicked out fish. Halibut specialists have been taking legal fish to 30 inches in and around the harbor, slow-grinding small swimbaits on the bottom.


OCEANSIDE — An incredible week of spotfin fishing, reported Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle. The shop, which is holding a croaker derby this month, posted a 7-pound, 1-ounce fish to top the leader board. A 5-pound, 8-ounce fish and three 5-pound 6-ounce fish were also checked in. All the leading fish came from the lagoons and the lagoon mouths. Mussel has been the top bait. The outstanding spotfin bite overshadowed another good week off halibut fishing that saw over 10 legal fish up to 10 pounds checked in to the shop. Hard jerk baits, swimbaits in smelt and grunion pattern and cut anchovy have been working best. Three orangemouth corvina were also reported topped by an 11-pound fish. The rare corvina took a lugworm fished at the mouth of the lagoon.


SOLANA BEACH — The corbina went on a bite this week, reported Blue Water. Warm water and plentiful sandcrab fields put the fish in the mode. Fish to 18-inches were reported caught and released. Some larger models were spotted in the surfline but were tough to hook. Nicer spotfin croaker were taken at the lagoon mouths and Del Mar river mouth. Table Tops has also been kicking out fish. Fresh mussel has been the best bait. Larger models have been taken on ghost shrimp. The calico bass have been active on the reefed beaches.


Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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ROLANDO PETRAS FROM Oceanside took this 7-pound 1-ounce spotfin croaker on a fresh mussel in one of the nearby lagoons.


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