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Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Good mixed-bag of fishing
The bonito made a strong showing again this week, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Schools of small anchovies have drawn the fish into the shallows. Krocodiles and Kastmasters have been getting bites on the 1-to 2-pound fish. The Goleta Pier, Graveyards, Carpinteria and the sand spit have all been kicking out fish. The bait also perked up the halibut bite with several legal fish reported to the shop. East Beach, Goleta and the sand spit have been good places to look. Hard jerk baits and Big Hammer swimbaits have been working well. The perch bite has been good for the smaller models. Most beaches are holding easy limits of palm-sized fish. Gulp! Sandworms have been tops.

MALIBU — Very good mixed-bag fishing this week, reported Wylie’s. The corbina bite has been solid along Venice and Malibu beaches. Most of the fish have been in the 1-to 2-pound class with some kickers mixed in. Sandcrabs have been the better bait. Anglers fishing the rocks off Coral Beach scored some chunky sargo on the shrimp and squid. Calico bass, yellowfin croaker, rockfish and the occasional cabezon have also been in the mix. Smaller white seabass have been on the bite near Nicholas Canyon. The Calico bass fishing has also been good along this stretch. The leopard sharks are in the surf line along the pier and off the old Charthouse.


REDONDO BEACH — The corbina bite continues strong along south bay beaches, reported Just Fishing. Anglers are reporting lots of fish in the breakers. Most of the fish have been ranging from a healthy 1½- to 3 pounds. Sandcrabs have been tops with fresh mussel a good second choice. Beach traffic is down and the fish have been taking presented baits more readily. A 4-pound striped bass was taken off Torrance beach on a frozen anchovy and a 6 pounder was reported taken off Hermosa. Anglers fishing the short pier in King Harbor reported seeing 4-to 8-pound yellowtail cruising the clean harbor water. The night bite for leopards has been good off Dockweiler.


SEAL BEACH — The bonito showed in big numbers this week, reported Big Fish. Catches were reported off the Seal Beach Pier and Jetty, the San Gabriel River Channel, 72nd Place and the Huntington Pier. Schools of small anchovies have drawn in the fish. Green and yellow and red and white bubble and feather combos have been getting strikes. Small spoons have also been working. Most of the fish have been from 1-to 3-pounds but two 4-pound models were reported. The smaller corbina have been on the bite off Bolsa Chica, Sunset and Dog beaches. Some anglers are reporting up to half-a-dozen fish in a session, but you have to do something different to hook a big one, such as low light, exotic bait, or light line.


NEWPORT BEACH — Once again, the corbina bite was tops along this stretch, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Specialists are scoring fish well into the 3-pound class. Lighter beach traffic has relaxed the fish. Good catches were reported near the piers, off the street jetties and at river jetties. Look for this bite to continue over the next several weeks. Chunky yellowfin croaker and a few big spotfin were reported taken off the street jetties on bloodworms. The bay bass bite has been very good inside Newport Harbor on small plastics. A couple more bonefish were also reported taken in the bay.


DANA POINT — The croaker were on the bite this week, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. The quality was good with most of the yellowfin ranging from 2-to 4-pounds and the spotfin ranging to up to 5-pounds. Mussel and lugworms were top baits. Strands, the harbor jetties, Doheny, Poches and the San Clemente Pier all kicked out catches. The corbina bite has also been good in Capo Bay. With the beach crowds down, the 1-to 2-pound models have been aggressive. A handful of fish in the 3-pound class were also reported. The light-tackle angling off the harbor jetties has been good for a mix of sand bass, calico bass, yellowfin croaker, small halibut, barracuda, bonito and the occasional juvenile seabass. Smaller bonito and a few fire cracker yellowtail were reported taken off the pier.


OCEANSIDE — The corbina action was good along this stretch, reported Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle. Anglers reported catching several fish in a session. Most of the biters have been in the 1-to 2-pound class but fish to 4-pounds have been spotted in the breakers. Lighter beach crowds have perked up the bite. Some big croaker both spotfin and yellowfin were reported taken off Ponto on mussel and lugworms. The key has been long cast outside the breakers. The lagoon fishing has slowed with a few short halibut and spotted bay bass reported.


SOLANA BEACH — The spotfin croaker bite at Blacks Beach has been very good, according to Blue Water. Anglers have been reporting double digit catches on 1-to 3-pound fish with a few kickers pushing the 5-pound mark. The Del Mar River mouth and Ponto also kicked out croaker. The corbina bite continues solid along this stretch with anglers reporting good catches off Del Mar, Torrey Pines and Mission beaches. Sandcrabs have been the top bait. A ghost shrimp or an innkeeper might net you a better one. The leopard sharks have been thick along Dog Beach. Anglers report seeing big spots cruising possibly spawning fish. Some of the bigger ones have been over 4 foot in length.


Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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