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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Another solid halibut bite this week
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Surfperch went on the bite

Perch bite was shaping up before the winds
Anglers were finding more quality fish in greater number along many beaches, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Gaviota, Goleta, East Beach and Carpinteria have been consistent. Because the offshores have cleaned up the water, the bite has bounced right back after winds. The fire situation, however, complicated things more seriously throughout the week. The hard jerkbait throwers have been scoring a mix of short to legal halibut with the occasional striped bass showing. The Graveyards, East Beach and the harbor spit have been top spots. More cabs are starting to show on the rocky spots mixed with calico bass, johnnie bass and chocolate rockfish. Squid has been a best bait.

MALIBU — Conditions were good early in the week, but the wind was too much by the end of the week, reported Wylie’s. The perch bite has been the talk lately, with a 2-pound-class fish taken last week. Conditions up off Oxnard and Ventura have been shaping up. Anglers were scoring fish on grubs, Gulp! Baits, ghost shrimp, and small Lucky Crafts. But the wind and fires have made fishing untenable. Because the water is clean, look for the bite to bounce back as soon as the winds back off. The mackerel have been thick off the Malibu pier. Malibu beaches have been holding decent numbers off smaller halibut.

REDONDO BEACH — Still some bonito and firecracker yellowtail popping up in and around the harbor, reported Just Fishing. The birds and the bait are the tip off. Bubble and feather combos with green and yellow or red and white feathers have been taking fish. Small spoons like feathered Kastmasters have also been effective. Beach anglers soaking cut anchovy have been taking a mix of short to just-legal halibut and a few chunky yellowfin croaker. Torrance Beach has been a good stretch but the fish are scattered throughout the South Bay. A 6- to 7-pound striped bass was taken off El Segundo on a swimbait.

SEAL BEACH — A few corbina were still being taken this week, according to Big Fish. Anglers reported finding biters along Bolsa Chica and Sunset beaches. The late-season fish were hanging in some warmer, mid-60s water — lugworms have been the top offering. More and bigger perch have also been in the mix. The rubberlips were also on the bite off Bolsa Chica. The holes and trench off the Jack in the Box was a hot spot, kicking out fish on fresh mussel. A few more bonefish were reported taken along the shoreline of the Colorado Lagoon and Marine Stadium. The fish are taking fly-lined shrimp.

NEWPORT BEACH — Anglers are finding more and better quality barred perch all along the peninsula, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. The classic Carolina-rigged grub has been hard to beat. A fluorocarbon leader is a good idea in the clean water. Clear/red flake, motor oil/ gold flake and root beer have been top colors. The stretches from the Wedge to the piers and along the street jetties have been good spots to look at. The halibut bite has been a sleeper due to few anglers targeting them, but there are some legal fish to be had. Cut anchovy has been a best bait. Slow-rolled spoons and hard jerkbaits have been tops for lures.

DANA POINT — With windy conditions, the bait soakers did better this week, according to Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Mussel and lugworms were the top baits as anglers scored a mix of yellowfin and spotfin croaker, barred surfperch, small leopard sharks and a handful of late-season corbina. Doheny and the stretch off the San Clemente Pier were top areas. The pier also kicked out a few bonito on the small spoons. Anglers targeting halibut found plenty of fish along Capo Bay. The trick was to find a legal one. Anglers fishing small plastics in the harbor found some good action on a mix of bay bass, sand bass, yellowfin croaker, halibut and a few short white seabass.

OCEANSIDE — The barred perch are showing in better numbers but the summer species are still hanging on, according to Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle. The bait bite has been best on the beaches with anglers soaking mussel and lugworms and scoring a mix of yellowfin croaker, barred perch, spotfin croaker, leopard sharks, a few corbina and the occasional short white seabass. The incoming high tide has been best. The lagoon and river mouths continue to be the top spots on the beach. With cleaner water, the hard jerkbait bite has been good for a mix of mostly-short halibut. Put in your time and you can get a legal one. Again, the lagoon and river mouths have been the best places to look. The lagoon bite has been mostly spotted bay bass.

SOLANA BEACH — The bait bite continues good off Del Mar and Torrey Pines, reported Blue Water. Clam and mussel have been the top offerings for a mix of yellowfin and spotfin, leopard sharks, barred perch, shiner perch and the occasional corbina. The bean clams have been on the spawn drawing the fish into the breakers. Ponto and Del Mar have been good spots to look for a legal halibut. Flash Minnows, X-Raps and Coltsnipers have all been effective. Another striped bass was taken at Dog Beach — the 6-pound fish was taken on a live smelt.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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