Surf Fishing Round-Up

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Wahoo beached itself in the surfline

Fish are taking both bait and lures
Cooler water temps and strong tides made for limit-style perch fishing all along this stretch, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. Much of the catch was under a pound with a few kickers up to 1½. Mussel, lugworms, shrimp and cut anchovy have been top baits. Grubs and Gulp! Sandworms are also producing. The better-sized fish seem to be on the structure like reef, jetty rock and pier pilings. Good catches were reported from Goleta, Gaviota, East Beach and Carpinteria. Cooler water has also meant more bait in shallow. This has perked up the halibut bite as more and more fall fish are being reported. No real big fish but a good bite going on 18- to 26-inch models.

MALIBU — The shop held another Uptown Derby on Saturday, according to Wylie’s. The barred perch were plentiful with limit or near-limit fishing but most of the fish were under a pound. Dave Keeley from Tustin beached a 1-pound, 12-ounce barred perch to take top honors. The big perch fell for a sexy smelt pattern 110 Flash Minnow fished off Pt. Mugu. The group fished Carpinteria, Santa Clause, Ventura and Oxnard beaches and found lots of biters but just not a lot of bigger fish. Anglers fishing Malibu beaches surprisingly scored several late-season corbina. The fish have still been around but not inclined to bite a hooked bait.

REDONDO BEACH — With cooler water temps and a good sign of bait inside, more halibut were reported on the beaches, according to Just Fishing. Covering lots of water is key so search baits like hard jerkbaits and spoons have been the top choices. Look for birds and bait to tip off the most productive waters. Catches have been made off Manhattan and Torrance beaches. Most of the fish have ranged from 18 to 28 inches. The bait has also drawn in some striped bass as a few more fish were hooked in the surf zone. The fish have ranged from 4 to 8 pounds and have been taken on lures like flash Minnows and Krocodiles, or bait like lugworms or cut anchovy.

SEAL BEACH — Full moon tides and fair weather put the croaker in the mood this week, reported Big Fish. Anglers reported good catches of both yellowfin and spotfin croaker on a variety of baits. Fresh-shucked mussel was a top choice but bloodworms, lugworms, shrimp and cut squid were also working. Good catches were reported from The Seal Beach Pier and jetty, Dog Beach, 72nd Place, and the Bolsa Chica Inlet. The yellowfin ranged from 1 to 3 pounds. A few spotfin were pushing the 5-pound mark. With warm weather and water temps still in the mid 60s, a few corbina were hooked this week.

NEWPORT BEACH — Halibut anglers continue to pick at legal fish, according to Ketcham Tackle. River Jetties has been a better stretch with catches reported up to Newland. The fish are scattered so covering water and moving your feet is key. Look for signs of bait. Flash Minnows and XR-10s are good search baits. Spoon fishers can also score with Krocodiles or Kastmasters. The bait soakers are scoring a few legal fish at the harbor mouth. Cut anchovy and live smelt have been the top bait choices. Best bites take place on the tide movement in or out.

DANA POINT — South Laguna and Salt Creek continue to kick out good barred perch catches, according to Hogan’s. Good tides, clean water and warm weather put the fish in the mood. Even a few corbina were hooked this week. The perch have ranged from 8 to 12 inches. There are still spots of sand crabs tight to the reef and they can be made with a shovel and a screen. The better fish are relating to the reef. Mussel, bloodworms and lugworms are also working well. The perch are biting along Capo Bay beaches but are mostly small — still seeing corbina here.

OCEANSIDE — The halibut bite continued to gain steam both on the beaches and in the lagoons, reported Pacific Coast. Search baits like Flash Minnows and spoons were best on the open beaches. The lagoon mouths and river mouths were best with strong tides but fish were hooked on open beaches as well. The fish on the beach have ranged from 17 to 28 inches. Inside the lagoons, the smelt and small anchovy have been lining up in the tide current. Smelt and anchovy swimbaits have been working well. A couple fish in the 30-inch class were taken on live smelt.

SOLANA BEACH — The grub bite for barred perch was good off Mission Beach this week, according to Blue Water. Fair weather, strong tides and lots of smaller sand crabs had the fish on the bite. Most of the catch was well under a pound with the better models approaching 10 inches. Goggle eye and a few small yellowfin croaker were also in the mix. Other good perch catches were reported off Ponto, Del Mar and Torrey Pines. Small sand crabs, mussel and lugworms were good bait choices.

— Compiled by Gundy Gunderson

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