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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Top baits produced quality fish
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Phenomenal halibut fishing


A good week of classic fall fishing
The halibut bite continued to be good on many local beaches, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Graveyards, East Beach, Black Rock and the sand spit all kicked out fish. Flash Minnows, Big Hammer Swimbaits in baitfish pattern and cut salted anchovy were all working on fish to 30 inches. The perch are showing in better numbers with more fish in the solid 1-pound class. Gulp! Sandworms and Sandcrabs have been working best. Goleta Beach, East Beach, and Carpinteria have been holding. The bite on the rocky beaches has been good for a mixed bag of calico bass, shallow-water rockfish and cabezon. Cut squid has been the best bait. The sharks have been active on most beaches.

MALIBU — The Uptown Derby group held the first perch derby of the season in tough conditions, reported Wylie’s. The swell was up and many beaches were unfishable. Kenny Nakano from Los Angeles, however, found a protected cove off Ventura and stuck a 2-pound, 4-ounce toad on a ghost shrimp to win the derby. That same cove kicked out the second place fish, a 1-pound, 12-ounce barred perch. Stan Sato from Lakewood was throwing a Lucky Craft also off Ventura and caught a 3-pound, 15-ounce corbina, landing the biggest fish of the day. The sargo bite has been good off the reefed beaches. The scrappy fish have been taking most offerings, squid, shrimp or mussel. The bonito have been splashing around the pier.


REDONDO BEACH — A 10-pound striped bass was the top catch this week, reported Just Fishing. Several other fish from 4 to 8 pounds were also reported. The stretch near the Hermosa Pier was a good one but the fish have been on most south bay beaches. Krocodiles, Lucky Craft, cut anchovy and lugworms have all taken fish. Still some quality corbina on Torrance Beach. The sandcrabs are still present and the fish are with them. Some big leopard sharks were caught and released this week. Fresh slab mackerel was the top bait. Catches were reported at Dockweiler, Manhattan and Torrance beaches. Sargo are showing up off the rocks on PV. Squid, shrimp and mussel have been taking fish to 2 pounds.


SEAL BEACH — Some big spotfin were on the bite this week, reported Big Fish. Near the Huntington Pier was a hot spot but catches were also reported along Bolsa Chica, Seal Beach and Belmont Piers and in the harbors. Mussel, lugworms and ghost shrimp were the top baits. Most of the fish have been ranging from 2 to 3 pounds with a few kickers over 4 pounds here and there. The corbina bite was good for numbers this week. Anglers reported several fish in a session. The key was a 4-pound flourocarbon leader. Most of the fish were in the 1-to 2-pound class but there were some nicer models in the mix. The halibut bite was good off Shoreline Drive on white Zoom Flukes fished on the drop-shot. The trick was finding a legal one. Most were just short. The leopard sharks have been active on most beaches.


NEWPORT BEACH — Top catch of the week was a 25-pound striped bass taken off the Wedge on a Krocodile, reported Ketcham. Conditions have been good with lots of small anchovy around.The corbina bite on the peninsula is still holding up. The hardcore guys are still scoring fish to 3 pounds. Natural baits have been best, like ghost shrimp, lugworms and mussel. Sand crabs have also been good if you can find them. Some nice spotfin scores were reported off the street jetties and the piers. Mussel and ghost shrimp were top baits. Best bet for a halibut has been River Jetties. Slow rolling Krocodiles through the holes and troughs has been the ticket.


DANA POINT — The San Clemente Pier was a hot spot this week, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. A mix of yellowfin and spotfin croaker, barred perch, corbina, sargo and halibut were reported taken outside the breakers. Lugworms, mussel, ghost shrimp and cut anchovy were the top offerings. A mix of bonito and mackerel were also taking small spoons off the end of the pier. Corbina angles are still scoring fish in Capo Bay. The fish are fewer but the quality has been better. The halibut bite is steadily improving. More and better quality fish were reported this week. The area in and around the harbor and Doheny was good this week with white Zoom Flukes fished on a leadhead being a top bait. Live smelt would better your chances for a legal one.


OCEANSIDE — The spotfin bite was good this week on the backside of the moon, according to Pacific Coast. Anglers reported fish in the harbor, in the lagoons and on the beach. Lugworms, bloodworms and mussel were all good baits. A ghost shrimp would better your chances for a big one. Yellowfin croaker, perch and sargo were also in the mix. A few better halibut are starting to show at the lagoon and river mouths. Mouths. The fish are orienting on the bait feeding on the tide flows. Flash Minnows, Krocodiles and Kastmasters have been tops. Live smelt is an even better bet for good one. Spotted bay bass have been taking small swimbaits in the lagoons. A few short white seabass have also been in the mix.


SOLANA BEACH — The spotfin were on the bite this week, reported Blue Water. Good catches were reported from the mouth of Carlsbad Lagoon, Ponto, Del Mar Rivermouth and Blacks Beach. Mussel and lugworms have been good, and ghost shrimp has been even better. Some chunky yellowfin have also been mixed in. Still good corbina fishing along Del Mar, Torrey Pines and Scripps. The fish have been aggressive as the ocean temperature slowly drops. Sand crabs are getting spotty so bring a back-up like lugworms or mussel. Two more 6- to 8-pound striped bass were taken off Dog Beach. The leopard sharks have been active on most beaches.


Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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