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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Another good week of classic fall fishing


Another solid halibut bite this week
Anglers throwing Flash Minnows scored a nice mix of short and legal fish, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. A store regular reported several fish taken off Goleta Beach. East Beach, the Slough, the harbor spit and inside the harbor also produced catches. Sexy smelt-colored Big Hammers were also effective in the calmer waters. The small swimbaits have also been hot for a mix of sand bass and calico bass on the rocky beaches. Johnnie bass, and chocolates have also been in the mix. The perch bite continues to improve with better numbers and better quality. Carolina-rigged Gulp! Sandworms have been hard to beat. The barred perch bite has been good along the Central Coast, with Virg’s reporting a good bite on 2-pound-class barred surfperch on small Rapalas and bloodworms.

MALIBU — Despite cooling water, there are still good catches to be had, reported Wylie’s. Fish of the week was a 31-inch white seabass taken by Will Marquez of L.A. near Coastline Drive. The fish ate a 4-inch anchovy-pattern swimbait fished on 10-pound test. There have been more of these smaller seabass along the reefed beaches along with a mix of smaller halibut. The perch bite continues to improve off Ventura and Oxnard beaches. Locally, Sycamore kicked out some barred perch mixed with yellowfin croaker. Anglers are reporting better numbers and quality. Grubs, Gulp! Sandworms, shrimp and mussel are all working. The corbina bite slowed this week.


REDONDO BEACH — Still a few striped bass being taken along the stretch near the Hermosa Pier, reported Just Fishing. Spoons and hard jerkbaits have taken fish. Bloodworms have been the best bait. Most of the fish have been ranging from 4 to 8 pounds. The barred perch bit has been picking up along South Bay beaches. Anglers dragging Carolina-rigged grubs have been taking fish from a half-pound to 1¼ pounds on the incoming tide. Look for this bite to improve as the water cools. There have been good numbers of smaller halibut in the surf but few anglers are pursuing them. A week of warm weather should keep the bonito around. There have been a few nice kickers mixed in with the smaller fish. Bubble and feather combos in blue and white and red and white have been a good locating bait.


SEAL BEACH — Some quality corbina went on a late bite on the sheltered beaches, reported Big Fish. Anglers reported taking fish averaging 2 pounds or better on bloodworms. One shop regular had 5 fish in a session. The angler scouted the holes at low tide and returned to fish at high. Surfside, dog beach, Sunset and Bolsa Chica have been holding the warmer water. Best bet for a legal halibut has been along Shoreline Drive and Cherry Beach. You will have to weed through some shorts but the quality is there. The Daiwa SP Minnow has been hot. No sign of those big bonito this week.


NEWPORT BEACH — With cooling water, some better quality barred perch have been showing from the piers to the Wedge, reported Ketcham Bait and Tackle. Motor oil and root beer grubs have been a good fish finder. Gulp! Baits and mussel have also been solid. There have also been decent numbers of halibut in the surfline along the peninsula. Fishing a larger profile bait will help keep the shorts off. Covering water has been key. The pier bite on bigger bonito slowed this week but warm weather may bring the tackle busters back. Anglers fishing mussel at River Jetties have been taking a mix of barred perch, yellowfin croaker and the occasional corbina. Overall, corbina fishing was tough this past week.


DANA POINT — Anglers fishing off the short and long jetties have been scoring some nice sheephead on the nearby hard bottom. Mussel and clam have been the top baits. The key has been to use thread to secure the bait to the hook for a long cast. Cool water has brought the sheephead into the shallows. The halibut bite has been consistent for those putting in the time. The catch has been a mix of short and legal fish to 28 inches. Small 4-inch Big Hammer swimbaits in smelt and anchovy patterns and trap-rigged frozen anchovy were the top offerings. Doheny, the stretch below the pier and San Onofre have all been kicking out fish. Bay bass, sand bass and small barracuda have been chasing spots of small anchovies in the harbor. The bonito bite slowed off the San Clemente Pier.


OCEANSIDE — The sharks were active this week, reported Pacific Coast. Anglers reported catches of soupfin, seven-gill, leopards, shovelnose and smoothhounds. Chunk mackerel fished near the lagoon and river mouths was the ticket. A 5-degree water temperature drop slowed the beach bite. Anglers scratched at a mix of small perch and yellowfin croaker. No corbina were reported. The bonito on the Oceanside Pier also disappeared. Anglers throwing small swimbaits in the lagoons reported good bass fishing with the occasional halibut or juvenile white seabass.


SOLANA BEACH — Anglers soaking clam reported some quality spotfin croaker, according to Blue Water. Table Tops, Del Mar river mouth, Ponto and Dog Beach all kicked out fish to 4 pounds. One 20-inch corbina was also in the mix. A few legal halibut were also reported off Dog Beach and Ponto. White Rapala X-Raps in the 10 size were hot this week. A couple of leopard sharks in the 5- to 6-foot range were caught and released off Torrey Pine. The fish bit at night on mackerel chunks.


Compiled by Gundy Gunderson


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