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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Good mixed-bag of fishing
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A good week of classic fall fishing


Top baits produced quality fish
With a push of cooler water, the perch bite lit up all along this stretch, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Anglers fishing Carolina-rigged Gulp! Sandworms and lugworms reported easy limits of perch to 1¼ pounds. East Beach, Goleta Beach and Carpinteria were all good stretches. The bass bite on the reefed beaches was also very good. Anglers tossing Big Hammer swimbaits in smelt and anchovy patterns were taking quality calico bass and sand bass. There have been lots of spots of small anchovies and sardines inside. Ty Warner and Graveyards were good places to look. The bait has also improved the halibut bite with several legal fish reportedly taken off East Beach, Goleta and the harbor spit.

MALIBU — The leopard shark bite took front and center stage with several big fish taken pushing the 5-foot mark, reported Wylie’s. Whole squid has been a top bait. The stretches along the old Charthouse and the Malibu pier have been good but you can find biters on most beaches. Some larger shovelnose sharks have also been in the mix. The long rodders have been scoring some big yellowfin croaker casting outside the breakers with cut anchovy, squid, lugworms and shrimp. Calico bass, short seabass, smaller halibut and shallow-water rockfish have also been on the bite. Big Rock, Will Rodgers, El Pescador and Nicholas are all good places to look. Still plenty of corbina on Malibu beaches. The cool water has temporarily put them off the bite, however.


REDONDO BEACH — The corbina bite along Torrance and Manhattan beaches is still producing some quality fish, reported Just Fishing. Soft shells, bloodworms and mussel have been top producers. The halibut bite perked up with the first signs of fall. PV, Torrance and Hermosa kicked out legal fish on slow-rolled Krocodiles. Striped bass have also been in the surfline with several fish to 6 pounds taken on anchovy-pattern Flash Minnows. Hermosa and El Segundo were good stretches but you might find fish anywhere along the south bay beaches if the bait is present. The bonies are still in and around the harbor.


SEAL BEACH — The halibut bite off Long Beach was red hot for the second half of the week, reported Big Fish in Seal Beach. Anglers working the stretch from the Belmont Pier to Cherry Beach were finding a mix of short and legal fish taking all-white hard jerkbaits. The bass bite has been very good in the bays and along the jetties. Big spots of anchovies have the fish actively feeding. Big Hammer Swimbaits and drop-shot Zoom Flukes have been the top producers. Inside the bay has been spotties. Calico and sand bass have been on the jetty rock. 72nd Place and Ballast point have been producing. Some big yellowfin croaker have been taken on Krocodiles under the spots of bait all along this stretch.


NEWPORT BEACH — Anglers fishing bloodworms off peninsula beaches have been scoring a mix of corbina and stocky yellowfin croaker. Despite slightly cooler water, the areas around the piers and the street jetties are still kicking out some quality corbina. With warmer weather in the forecast, the bite should hold up. Although the halibut bite has been slow, a 30-inch fish was reportedly taken off Newland on a live smelt. The harbor mouth has also kicked out a few legals. The spotted bass bite in the harbor has been excellent. Small plastic swimbaits and jerk baits have been tops.


DANA POINT — A good croaker bite has been developing in and around the harbor, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Bloodworms, mussel and ghost shrimp have been the top producers. Look for moving water. Most of the fish have been chunky yellowfin with a few big spotfin mixed in. The better quality is typical in the fall. Capo Bay is still holding lots of corbina. A 4-pound model was taken off State Park on a sandcrab just before the cold front. Shark fishers at Doheny have been scoring some big leopards to go with shovelnose and bat rays fishing the incoming tide at night or early in the morning.


OCEANSIDE — The croaker bite was excellent along this stretch, reported Pacific Coast. Anglers were finding a mix of quality yellowfin and spotfin in the harbor, lagoons and along the beaches. The bloodworm was the hot bait this week producing fish in the 4-pound class. Anglers drop-shotting small jerkbaits in Oceanside Harbor reported good catches of spotted bay bass and sand bass on the structure. A few halibut were also in the mix. The corbina bite slowed with the low pressure but warm weather in the forecast should kick up the bite. Several more striped bass were taken at the lagoon and river mouths.


SOLANA BEACH — More striped bass were reported taken off Dog Beach on Krocodiles, reported Blue Water. The river mouths and lagoon mouths were also holding fish. Look for signs of bait. The croaker bite off Table Tops has been good for those soaking a bloodworm outside the surf line. The yellowfin have been ranging from 2 to 4 pounds with a few spotfin pushing 5 pounds.There are still plenty of corbina in the breakers but the temporary cool down slowed the bite. A few legal halibut were taken off Ponto on all-white Flash Minnows.


— Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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