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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A good week of classic fall fishing
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Another good week of classic fall fishing


Phenomenal halibut fishing
The bait has moved shallow and with it, good numbers of halibut, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Beaches like East, Graveyards, and Goleta have all been holding. The sand spit at the harbor mouth has also been very good. A 32-inch fish was caught off the spit on a live sardine. Although there are a lot of shorts there are plenty of legal fish in the mix. Big Hammer swimbaits in green sardine, blue shad and chovy colors have also been working. The guys fishing the beaches have been throwing Flash Minnows in anchovy patterns. On the rocky beaches, the bait has drawn in big numbers of calico bass. Xmas tree colored 4-inch Big Hammer swimbaits have been hot.

MALIBU — Top fish this week was a 34-inch white seabass taken on a Lucky Craft below Zuma, reported Wylie’s. There have been more juvenile seabass also showing in the shallows. The calico bass have also been active in the shallows, with a good report coming from the rocks off El Capitan. Squid and shrimp have been top baits. Some good corbina catches were still reported off Carpinteria. The perch bite has been improving with more and better quality fish showing. A good report came from Leo Carrillo, where a shop regular scored an easy limit of perch. The Uptown group held a rare Sunday Derby but booming swell overnight wiped out the conditions. No fish were posted. Bonito and mackerel are still breezing the Malibu Pier.


REDONDO BEACH — Torrance Beach is still holding some quality late-season corbina, reported Just Fishing. With sand crab numbers dwindling, exotic baits like clams, ghost shrimp or bloodworms have been best. Some fish have been pushing the 4-pound mark. Hermosa and Manhattan are also holding fish. Cooling water has meant more halibut in the shallows but few anglers have been on the bite. A few more striped bass were reported taken off Hermosa Beach. Most of the fish were in the 20-to 30-inch range. Krocodiles, hard jerkbaits, cut anchovy and bloodworms have all taken fish. The bonito are still active in and around the harbor.


SEAL BEACH — Cool dirty water slowed the bite on the beach, reported Big Fish. A few mostly short halibut were taken along Cheery Beach and Shoreline Drive. Drop-shot Flukes were tops. A few chunky spotfin were taken on the tide swings off Dog Beach and the Seal Beach Pier. Ghost shrimp was the best bait, with mussel and bloodworms also working. The hot bite for the week was the spotted bay bass fishing inside the jetties. Swimbaits and Fluke baits fished on a darthead was the ticket. Anglers are still reporting good numbers of corbina in the surfline. This week’s warm weather should reboot the bite.


NEWPORT BEACH — The corbina bite on bloodworms has been excellent, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Anglers report good action on fish in the 1-to 2-pound class with a few kickers in the threes. Good tide movement has been key. The stretch near the piers, the street jetties, River Jetties and Newland were all good places to look. There have also been good numbers of halibut ion the shallows but most of the fish have been short. A few better fish were taken at the harbor mouth on live smelt. A few better perch were also showing on the peninsula. Motor oil grubs were tough to beat. The catch and release bay bass fishing was very good in Newport Harbor.


DANA POINT — The stretch near the San Clemente Pier was a hot spot again this week, reported Hogan’s. Several quality corbina and chunky spotfin croaker were taken on bloodworms. The bites were coming from just outside the breakers. Most of the corbina were in the 2-pound class with a few kickers mixed in. A couple of the spotfin were in the 5-pound class. Good tide movement has been key. Some big leopard sharks were also reported taken off the beach below the pier. Anglers were catching small bonito off the pier and slabbing them out for bait. Swimbait casters working the jetties inside the harbor reported good fishing on smaller halibut and spotted bay and sand bass.


OCEANSIDE — The lagoons lit up this week, according to Pacific Coast. Anglers reported fast action on spotfin and yellowfin croaker, mostly smaller halibut, sand bass and spotted bay bass. A few spotfin were in the 5-pound class and taken on ghost shrimp. Anglers reported as many as 5 halibut in a session and the bay bass fishing was described as “off the charts.” The corbina fishing was still rated as good on the beaches. In lieu of sandcrabs, bloodworms, lugworms, mussel and ghost shrimp were top baits. The big leopard sharks have been active on most beaches.


SOLANA BEACH — The big spotfin were on the bite, reported Blue Water. A 6 pounder and a couple of fish in the 5-pound class were reported this week. The hot bait was clams. Del Mar River Mouth, Dog Beach, table Tops and the lagoon mouths all kicked out fish. The bean clams were said to be on the spawn in the shallows. There are still good numbers of corbina on Del Mar, Torrey Pines and Mission beaches. With sand crab numbers waning, back-up baits like ghost shrimp and lugworms have been hot. The grub bite for barred perch has also been improving. One shop regular reported a limit topped by a 2½ -pound fish.


Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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KID POWER —
Carina Herweg, 4, Orion Herweg, 6 and Zoey Shakatford pose with a 21-inch striped bass taken with a shovelnose and a leopard shark at Hermosa Beach.


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