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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Perch bite was shaping up before the winds
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Perch has been the top draw


Surfperch went on the bite
With some nice weather, good catches were reported on most beaches, according to Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The smaller fish are giving way to some better-sized fish. Carolina-rigged grubs in motor oil and root beer colors have been hot. Gulp! 2-inch Sandworms in the camo color have also fished well. Some anglers are catching a little better grade on small hard jerkbaits. Good reports have come from Jalama, Gaviota, Goleta, East Beach, Graveyards, the slough and Carpin­teria. Anglers pitching squid strips on the rocky beaches are scoring a mix of sand bass, calico bass, shallow-water rockfish and the occasional cab or ling.

MALIBU — With a week of nice weather, the perch bite has been solid off Ventura and Oxnard beaches, reported Wylie’s. Anglers report easy limits on palm-size fish with more and more 1-pound models showing. Gulp! Sandworms and Carolina-rigged grubs have been effective. Anglers hunting bigger fish have been throwing smaller Lucky Crafts or soaking ghost shrimp. Those fishing the rocky spots like Pescador and Matador are finding a mix of yellowfin croaker, sargo, sand bass and calico bass.


REDONDO BEACH — The perch bite is gaining hold on South Bay beaches, reported Just Fishing. Anglers reported limit-style fishing on Hermosa, Manhattan and Torrance beaches. The grub bite has been best, with clear/red flake and motor oil/gold flake being two of the better colors. Once a school is located, several more fish have been in the offing. Most of the fish are under a pound but more and more 1-pound-class fish have been showing. A couple more striped bass were taken near the Hermosa Pier on white hard jerkbaits.


SEAL BEACH — Grubbers are finding nice schools of barred surfperch off Bolsa Chica, reported Big Fish. Most of the fish have been under a pound but there have been a few kickers up to 1½ pounds in the mix. Small shiner perch have also been in the catch. The inlet, also at Bolsa Chica, has been a good place to look for a legal halibut. The bait has been lining up in the channel on the tide flows. Smelt-pattern swimbaits and Flukes have been tops.


NEWPORT BEACH — The stretch from the Wedge to the piers has been kicking out some quality barred perch, reported Ketcham. Carolina-rigged grubs have been a good fish locator. Root beer/gold flake and motor oil have been solid colors. A Gulp! 2-inch Sandworm has also worked well on the Carolina rig. The street jetties and Santa Ana River jetties have also been holding.


DANA POINT — Strands and Salt Creek have been two of the better perch spots, reported Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. A shop regular reported limit-style fishing topped by a 1½ -pound fish on salted, cut anchovy. Grubs and Gulp! Sandworms have been the top artificials. Good reports have also come from Main Beach, Aliso and State Park. Good numbers of sharks and rays are still on the bite off Doheny.


OCEANSIDE — The focus of the beach bite has turned to barred perch, reported Pacific Coast. Cooler water and fair days created prime conditions for the perch. Mussel and lugworms have been a sure thing. Grubs and Gulp! Baits have also been effective. The Oceanside Jetty, the Army/Navy Academy and South Carlsbad has been top spots.


SOLANA BEACH — A few anglers have been scoring some legal halibut at the Del Mar River mouth and Ponto, reported Blue Water. Anchovy and smelt-pattern hard jerkbaits have been the go to bait. You’ll have to weed through the shorts. The perch bite has been picking up on Mission Beach. Grubs and Gulp! Baits have been top producers but the bait bite has also been solid. Cut anchovy, lugworms, and mussel have been the top bait choices. A few striped bass are still hanging out at the river and lagoon mouths. White swimbaits and hard jerkbaits have been the best bet for a lineside.


— Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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