SOCAL Surf Fishing Round Up

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Feb 02, 2010


LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Surf action has been on the slow side, but there’s been some action around for those fishing the right spots. The Temescal Canyon area and Point Mugu have been the top spots for surfperch. Ginny Wylie at Wylie’s Bait and Tackle said that she heard about Bob Cable getting a 1-13 surfperch to go with some small-grade perch. Cable was fishing around Temescal with mussel to get his surfperch. Avid surf angler Don Takasuka had a nice creel of surfperch from to almost 2 pounds over the weekend while fishing around Mugu. As far a pier fishing goes, Wylie said that perch, smelt and small sharks have been taken off the Malibu Pier. Down in the Santa Monica Bay, Pete Wilkowski at Just Fishing in Redondo Beach reported that the surf’s been up, and the surf fishing has been down. The days that have had decent weather had anglers catching sand bass of the breakwater, but with the weather predicted to get up again, it goes without saying that surf anglers should heed caution — especially off the rocks and breakwaters.

ORANGE COUNTY  — Staff at Big Fish Bait and Tackle in Seal Beach have heard of croaker and perch being taken off Sunset Beach by anglers fishing with ghost shrimp. The Seal Beach Pier has been kicking out pretty good fishing. Anglers fishing in the deeper water have been finding short halibut that are willing to eat the frozen anchovies, while those fishing the skinny water around the base of the pier have been getting surfperch on the lugworms. There was even a corbina reported from the shallow water off the pier.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY  — Weather has been hampering the surf action for SD anglers. “We’ve had another week of unfavorable conditions: turbulence at the beaches and muddy water in the lagoons,” said Hugh Cobb at Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle. “Despite this a few anglers ventured out and caught fish here and there. Squid and bloodworms worked for bass and yellowfin croaker at Oceanside Harbor, according to Tom Hardling of Vista, who fished from the rocks near the bait receiver. Barred surfperch cooperated at South Carlsbad for anglers using bloodworms and Gulp! with heavy sinkers.”

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