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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Corbina bite improving

Red-hot halibut action
With the grunion staging, very good all-around fishing this weekreported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The halibut bite was strong with lots of legal size fish in the surf line. Sexy smelt Flash Minnows and Big Hammer swimbaits in key lime have been best. East Beach, Graveyards, Goleta Beach and the harbor sand spit have been kicking out fish to 30 inches. Good calico bass catches were also reported on the rocky reefed beaches. A few cabs and rockfish were also in the mix. Swimbaits and squid strips have been best. Lots of juvenile white seabass have also been showing in the shallows.

MALIBU — A terrific week of halibut fishing, reported Wylie’s. Top fish was 35-inches taken near the Malibu Pier on a fresh frozen anchovy. Lots of shorts to go with the legals but the strong tides and staging grunion have really kicked up the bite. The calico bass bite was also very good inside. Any beaches with mixed reef and sand were holding fish. Nicholas, Matador, Pescador and Big Rock beaches continue to shine. Yellowfin croaker, juvenile sea bass, sand bass, leopard sharks and the occasional cabezon were also in the mix. Corbina anglers also found some success this week. The sandcrabs have really shown on the full moon. Most of the fish have been in the 1- to 3-pound class.

REDONDO BEACH — The corbina bite was a best bet this week,according to Just Fishing. The quality has been good ranging from 2-to 4 pounds. Big fields of sandcrabs on Torrance, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches have really kicked up the bite. Early and late have been the best time to avoid the crowds. More halibut are also showing along this stretch. Staging grunion and anchovy schools have drawn the fish tight. Smelt and grunion pattern hard jerk baits and slow-rolled Krocodiles have been best. The night bite for leopard sharks has been good off Dockweiler. Whole squid or slab mackerel have been best baits. Angler trolling small Rapalas in King Harbor are scoring bonito.

SEAL BEACH — The red hot halibut action continues, according to Big Fish. Cherry Beach and Shoreline Drive continue to deliver. Bolsa Chica, Sunset, 72 nd place jetty and Dog Beach have also been very good. A shop employee had 5 legal fish in a day along Cherry Beach. Fresh frozen grunion was the “can’t miss” bait. Live smelt was also very good. For lures, Flash Minnows and Slay ‘em Flukes in white were productive. This has been the best bite in several seasons. The corbina bite was also greatly improved with lots of sand crabs showing on the full moon. The fish have averaged 1 to 3 pounds with a handful of 4-pound class kickers.

NEWPORT BEACH — The spotfin croaker bite was very good this week with a full moon and strong tides, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Anglers reported taking lots of quality fish off the piers, jetties and in the harbor channels. Bloodworms were a top bait, mussel and ghost shrimp were good second choices. Several fish were reported in the 2- to 4-pound class with some 5-pound kickers. The halibut bite was also solid with a grunion run in the works. A 35-inch fish was reported taken above Newland. River jetties, the street jetties and the harbor mouth were also good stretches. Solid corbina bite this week with more and more sandcrabs showing. Good catches were reported all along the peninsula.

DANA POINT — Cleaner waterreally kicked up the corbina bite along this stretch reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Anglers are finally finding success on sandcrabs. Holiday beach crowds have made things challenging. Early and late tides were the best shot. Most fish were in the 1-to 3-pound range with a few kickers. More halibut catches were also reported this week. The heartbreaker was an estimated 25-pound halibut lost at the Doheny Jetty on an opened up treble hook. The fish ate a Rapala. Most legals have been in the 24-to 30-inch range. The mixed bag fishing has been good off the San Clemente Pier. Barred perch, yellowfin and spotfin croaker, calico bass and corbina have been taking mussel and lugworms fished outside the breakers.

OCEANSIDE — Another terrific week of fishing along this stretch, reported Pacific Coast. The corbina bite really took off this week with warm water, strong tides and lots of sandcrabs showing on the full moon. Anglers reported fish in the 2-to 4-pound range. The Army/ Navy Academy, South Carlsbad, Del Mar and Torrey Pines were all good stretches. The halibut bite has not slowed down either. Lots of keepers to 30-inches were reported. The lagoons, harbor and beaches were all kicking out fish. The croaker bite was also very good in the lagoons and off the beach. The spotfin have been ranging to 5 pounds and the yellowfin to 4 pounds. Mussel and lugworms fished on the incoming tide have been tops. Needlefish have also popped-up in the lagoons.

SOLANA BEACH — Very good corbina action along this stretch reported Blue Water. Spots of 70 degree water, plentiful sandcrabs and strong tides have ushered in the bite. Lots of fish in the 1-to 3-pound class with a few tankers in the mix. Del Mar, Torrey Pines and Mission Beach have been top stretches. Halibut specialists are also scoring s legal fish on Rapala X-Raps in white. Zoom flukes have also been good when fished in the river and lagoon channels. A shortfin corvina was also reported taken out of Batiquitos Lagoon on a Krocodile.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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