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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Perch has been the top draw
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
It was all about the weather this week


Halibut fishing was much improved
Catch of the week was a 32-pound halibut, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The fish was taken near the harbor on an anchovy-pattern 3-inch Big Hammer swimbait. The halibut fishing in general was much improved. Catches were reported from several beaches, including Goleta, East Beach, Graveyards, the harbor and Gaviota. Hard jerkbaits and cut, salted anchovies have also been working. The perch have also been active. Jalama, Gaviota, East and Carpinteria beaches have all been kicking out limits.

MALIBU — The halibut bite perked up this week, reported Wylie’s. Anglers reported more fish along the sandy beaches along Malibu and over the sand patches in the rocky coves. Most of the fish have ranged from short to about 24 inches. Cut anchovy has been the top bait. Spoons and hard jerkbaits have been the best artificials. The reefed beaches like Pescador and Matador have been holding a mix of calico bass, yellowfin croaker, leopard sharks and sheephead.


REDONDO BEACH — Spots of striped bass popped up along Torrance Beach, reported Just Fishing. Halibut anglers throwing Flash Minnows hooked the fish. The stripers have been roaming along south bay beaches all winter. The halibut bite was also on the upswing. You have to weed through the shorts but there are some legal fish in the mix.


SEAL BEACH — The barred perch bite was the best prospect this week, according to Big Fish. Anglers reported limits at Bolsa Chica and Huntington beaches. The fish have ranged from ½ to 1 pound. The worm bite has been hot with both bloodworms and lugworms working well. The grubbers are also getting bites with motor oil, root beer and clear/red flake grubs. A mix of piling perch and sargo are keeping anglers on the Belmont Pier busy.


NEWPORT BEACH — The barred perch bite along the peninsula continues to improve, according to Ketcham Tackle. The stretch from the Wedge to the piers kicked out a few fish pushing the 2-pound mark. The street jetties are also holding good numbers of perch. Carolina-rigged grubs have been the best locator. Look for more quality fish along this stretch as spring approaches. The better halibut fishing has been along River Jetties and Newland. Slow-rolled Krocodiles and white Fluke baits fished on a bullet head have been taking fish.


DANA POINT — Good halibut catches were reported along this stretch, according to Hogan’s Bait and Tackle. Some anglers landed as many as 4 halibut in a session. Three of the fish were short with the fourth at 24 inches. Top producers were Flash Minnows and a trap-rigged whole anchovy. Catches were reported from Salt Creek, Doheny, the pier, State Park and below Cottons Point. The barred perch have also been on the bite but the fish have been small, mostly palm-size. Gulp! Sandworms have been tough to beat.


OCEANSIDE — The barred perch action has been the best bet, according to Pacific Coast. Anglers are finding good schools on most beaches. The bulk of the fish have ranged from ½ to ¾ pounds with the occasional kicker mixed in. Top spots have been the Oceanside Jetty, Army/Navy Academy, South Carlsbad and Cardiff. Grubs, Gulp! Sandworms, lugworms and mussel have been the top offerings. The spotted bay bass have been active in the lagoons. Small swim and jerkbaits have been getting bites.


SOLANA BEACH — The barred perch fishing has been the best bet, reported Blue Water. Anglers are finding biters on most beaches. Good catches were reported from Cardiff, Del Mar, Torrey Pines and Mission Beach. Lots of palm-size fish with a few in the 1-pound class. Grubs, Gulp! Sandworms, mussel, lugworms and cut anchovy all working. Look for the quality to improve as the spawn approaches. The leopard shark bite has been good at the lagoon and river mouths. Dog Beach has been a hot spot.


— Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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