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Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Red-hot halibut action
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Good mixed-bag of fishing


Corbina was the top gun for surffishers this week
Bonito was the word this week, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The little speedsters showed off several different spots. East Beach, the Goleta Pier and the harbor mouth saw good schools of the 1- to 3-pound fish. Krocodiles, Kastmasters and bubble and feather combos were all producing. Halibut have also been in the mix at all three spots. The bite in the rocks has been good for a mix of chocolate rockfish, calico bass, johnnie bass and cabezon. Cut squid has been the best bait. The perch are off the radar but the bite was good on fish to 1¼ pounds.

MALIBU — The last grunion run of the year made for some good shoreline fishing, reported Wylie’s. Top catch was a 4-pound, 2-ounce calico bass taken by Rory Corrigan from Malibu on cut squid. The fish was taken near El Pescador. Yellowfin croaker, halibut, sand bass and short seabass have also been in the mix. The corbina bite was good this week along Venice and Malibu beaches. The fish are biting as well as they have all year. Sandcrabs, mussel and lugworms were the top offerings.


REDONDO BEACH — A 3-pound, 8-ounce slug was the top corbina this week, reported Just Fishing. The bite has been excellent all week. Another group caught and released over ten fish in a session. The big fish came off Hermosa, but there were good reports from Torrance, Manhattan and El Segundo beaches. Mussel was the top bait with sand crabs running a close second. Lighter beach traffic was a key factor in the better bite. Small yellowtail and bonito continue to breeze in and around the harbor and off Topaz Jetty.


SEAL BEACH — The corbina bite on mostly smaller fish was wide open this week, reported Big Fish Bait and Tackle. The 1-to 2-pound models were on the feed. There have also been a few kickers in the mix but the better fish have been skittish. The lugworm bite was good off the pier and jetties. Anglers reported scoring a mix of yellowfin croaker, spotfin croaker and barred surfperch. The swimbait bite was also good off the jetties for sand bass, calico bass and spotted bay bass with the occasional halibut.


NEWPORT BEACH — Corbina fishing was on fire, according to Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Anglers reported many multiple fish days all along the peninsula, River Jetties and Newland. The shop described the bite “as good as it gets.” Sand crabs and fresh shucked mussel have been the top offerings. Less beach traffic was conducive to the bite. Early and late produced the better quality. Bonito and small yellowtail have been showing on and off near the piers.


DANA POINT — The corbina bite was solid this week all along Capo Bay, reported Hogan’s. Warm water, plentiful sandcrabs and lighter crowds made for ideal conditions. Most of the fish were in the 1- to 2-pound class but the quality has been improving. Salt Creek and Strands has also been holding. Anglers fishing lugworms off the pier have been taking good numbers of barred and walleye perch. The perch have been palm-sized but are biting in numbers. Bonito and small yellowtail have also been taken off the end of the pier and off the long jetty at the harbor mouth.


OCEANSIDE — The corbina bite was solid all along this stretch, reported Pacific Coast. No big kickers but a good bite on 1- to 3-pound fish. Sand crabs have been best with a softshell being even better. The stronger tide movements have produced the better bites. The 8 pounder caught earlier in the month is a lock for the shop’s corbina derby.


SOLANA BEACH — Del Mar and Torrey Pines have been holding some quality corbina, reported Blue Water. Savvy anglers are hooking fish up to 4 pounds. Lighter beach crowds have improved the demeanor of the fish. Look for the next several weeks to provide the best fishing of the season. Table Tops has been kicking out some better yellowfin croaker to go with a few spotfin. Lugworms and mussel were the best baits.


— Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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