Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Perch bite solid, calico bass excellent
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Good week for halibut and corbina

Perch bite up and down
Despite a windy week, there were still some good halibut catches, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The protected waters in the harbor, on the sand spit and at the slough were good stretches. Three-inch Big Hammer Swimbaits have been best in the calmer water. Flash Minnows were best on the open beaches. A handful of legal fish were also taken on bait — one was taken off the Goleta Pier on a live smelt, the others on salted anchovy at East Beach. Finding clean water is key. The perch bite was up and down with the wind. On the better days, grubs and Gulp! Sandworms have been good for a limit of perch to 1¼ pounds. Jalama, Gaviota and Carpinteria have been good places to look.

MALIBU — The perch bite has been solid off Ventura and Oxnard beaches when the wind comes down, reported Wylie’s. Most of the fish have been ranging up to 1½ pounds with few of the bigger hens lately. More consistent weather would help. The calico bass have been active on the reefed beaches. Latigo and Big Rock are the ideal kind of spots. Staging grunion and small anchovies have drawn in the fish. Lots of short to just-legal halibut have also been on the bait. A shop regular landed a 37-inch fish on a kayak outside Malibu and released three other legals. A few corbina were also spotted in the surfline this week. The pier is holding big mackerel and topsmelt.

REDONDO BEACH — Catch of the week was a 4-pound corbina taken on a Carolina-rigged grub off Hermosa Beach, reported Just Fishing. Anglers are just starting to see the first corbina of the season. The perch schools have been scattered in the windy conditions. Grubbing has been the best way to find some fish. Smaller halibut will also latch onto the grub occasionally. A few more legal halibut came from the protected waters of King Harbor. Small plastics have been the ticket. Look for Torrance Beach to start kicking out more fish with a run of better weather. Flash Minnows and X-Raps have been top baits but the salted anchovy has also been a very good bait. Rock hoppers off PV are finding more and more calico bass when the wind and swell is down.

SEAL BEACH — The protected waters along Shoreline Drive and Cherry Beach produced the best halibut catches this week, according to Big Fish. Schools of small anchovies and staging grunion have drawn the fish in. You will have to weed through some shorts to get a legal. Anchovy-pattern 3-inch Big Hammers have been tough to beat. Hard jerkbaits are also producing. With the wind up, more anglers turned to the bay. The bite was good for a mix of spotted bay bass, sand bass and short to just legal halibut. White Zoom Flukes or Jerk Shads have been hot. The night bite has been especially good. A few small bonefish were caught and released in Colorado Lagoon.

NEWPORT BEACH — Lots of exposed beaches made for tough fishing in the wind, reported Ketcham Tackle. A best bet was fishing the mouth of the harbor with a trap-rigged frozen anchovy. The tide swings have produced best. On the better days, a few short halibut were reported from the surfline. The street jetties and River Jetties were good stretches. Look for the halibut bite to take off with better weather. There is a lot of small bait around. A few nice perch were scratched out near the Wedge, but the wind swell made conditions tough on most days. Pier anglers caught mostly mackerel and smelt this week. A few yellowfin croaker and short halibut were also reported. The annual Lilly Call Tournament takes place this weekend.

DANA POINT — A strong grunion run at Doheny perked up the inside bite despite the weather, reported Hogan’s. On the better days, anglers throwing zebra sardine-pattern Flash Minnows found biting halibut from the jetty to Hole in the Fence. Most of the fish were short to just legal. With a stretch of better weather and lots of bait around, look for the halibut bite all along Capo Bay to take off. The perch bite was sporadic this week. The schools have been small and scattered. The best action has been off Salt Creek and Strands and below the San Clemente Pier. Motor oil/gold flake grubs fished Carolina-style have been a good locater. Gulp! Sandworms and live lugworms have also been top producers. Cool, off-colored water slowed the bay bite.

OCEANSIDE — The steady wind rolled over the water all along this stretch, reported Pacific Coast. The cold, dirty water produced few good catches. A handful of legal halibut were taken at the lagoon mouths — one on a bucktail-grub combo, and the others on Flash Minnows. Look for the bite to pick up with better weather. All other conditions are favorable. A bright spot was a night bite on orangemouth corvina in the bays and lagoons. The schools of small anchovies have been shoaling at night under the lights and the fish are taking small topwater baits like Zara Puppies and Sammys. The fish have ranged from 4 to 12 pounds. A few topwater halibut were also in the mix.

SOLANA BEACH — With the wind up, anglers focused their efforts in the bays and lagoons and at the mouths, reported Blue Water. The results were good with some respectable halibut catches reported. With lots of shorts in the mix, a live smelt was a good way to get a legal one. Small swimbaits, hard and soft jerkbaits and spoons were all getting bites. The perch bite was up and down with the wind. There were several orangemouth corvina also reported taken at the lagoon mouths on chartreuse-colored swimbaits.

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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