Southern CA Fishing Report

Rockfish and calicos wide open for surf fishers

Compiled By George BeersPublished: Jul 09, 2013

SANTA BARBARA  — According to Tiffany Vague at Hook, Line and Sinker Tackle in Santa Barbara the rockfish and especially the calicos are wide open. Anglers throwing anchovy and Big Hammer baits nailing the calico, cabazon, and rockfish off Goleta. Gaviota Pier is also hot, producing both seabass and halibut. Tiffany says the sea bass are hitting squid and Lucky Craft Minnows while the halibut seem to prefer the 3-inch Kustom Craft Plastic Sand Dabs along with Lucky Craft Minnows. The halibut bite is also good at East Beach and the harbor entrance.Surf perch continue hit up and down the beach on Berkley Grubs and Worms with the larger perch hitting on the Lucky Craft Minnows. Tiffany also scored a 36-inch halibut from the surf while she and her hubby were on their anniversary week.

MALIBU — Ginny Wylie of Wylie’s Bait and Tackle in Malibu said the El Pescador area is kicking out numbers of rockfish and Cabazon on frozen squid around the rocky areas. Tony Ortiz of Los Angeles nailed a 4.6-pound and a 3.5-pound cabazon while fishing El Pescador with frozen squid.It is wide open for sargo, calico, sand bass, croaker, and rock fish from Coral Beach to Latigo Canyon. Try 5 to 6 ounces of weight on heavy line tipped with squid tossed into the kelp beds. Chris O’Keefe of Malibu was fishing out of his kayak just off county line when a 50-pound sea bass inhaled his squid. O’Keefe also nailed a 24 and 25-inch halibut on the same day. Must be living right. If you are looking for lizard fish, mackerel or smelt, the pier is the place for you. Ginny also said that there are lots of corbina in area, but so far no biters.

REDONDO BEACH According to Pete Wilcowski at Just Fishing in Redondo Beach a squid bubble off the pier has not hurt the fishing one little bit. Bill Gehring of Culver City had one of those days while fishing his kayak of Hermosa Beach.Gehring nailed a 51-pound and a 27-pound halibut then topped off the day with a 30-pound seabass. All fish hit on live squid. Wilcowski said corbina in the 2 to 4-pound range are hitting soft shell crab or crushed mussel from Backwater to Marina Del Rey with a few fish showing off Venice Beach. The halibut are still hitting of the “avenues.”


TIM NICOLAS of La Verne caught and released this corbina and two others the same size last week in Alamitos Bay on bay mussel.

SEAL BEACH Jimmy Gutierrez at Big Fish Bait and Tackle in Seal Beach reports the yellow fin croaker bite is wide open, especially off of Sunset. Fish up to 3 pounds are common and hitting anything that shines like Krocodiles, Kastmasters and Lucky Craft Minnows. Corbina are hitting the ghost shrimp in very shallow water. These are spooky fish so drop down to 4- to 6-pound flouro with a split shot for your best bet. A few short halibut are hitting in the Bolsa Chica area. Anglers are hitting mackerel, leopard shark, and shovel nose on the pier on mackerel slabs. Tim Nicolasof Laverne e-mailed WON and said he caught and releasedthree heft corbinalast week in Alamitos Bay while using bay mussel.

COSTA MESA Alan Ketcham at Jimmy’s Bait and Tackle in Costa Mesa states it is still very crowded with bathers but for those willing to get up early the fishing is good for corbina on sand crabs. The spotfin croaker is good in the bay on blood worms and swim baits.Halibut action is slow.

DANA POINT According to Al Ortega of the Jig Shop in Dana Point the spotfin croaker have busted wide open off the beaches and in the harbor.Try blood worms or sand crabs for your best bet. The harbor is also producing short barries’ on Krocodiles. Chris Carter of the “Hole in the Fence Gang” in Capo beach did well using squid. Carter nailed a 44-inch shovel nose and a 15-pound bat ray.

OCEANSIDE/CARLSBAD —  Staffers at Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle on PCH said Agua Hedionda Lagoon was the place to be for one happy angler. The fisherman nailed a 13.6-pound halibut that inhaled a jack smelt. Corbina are wide open for anglers using sand crabs.The crabs are small so put 2 or 3 on the hook with the eggs facing out. The pier is kicking out nice numbers of spot fin croakers and squid and crushed clam or mussel.

SOLANA BEACH Jeff King of Bluewater Tackle in Solana Beach reports fishing has been smokin’ hot for spot fin croaker and corbina. The croaker hitting lugworms, sand crabs, and bloodworm. The corbina bite is wide open from Blacks being the best spot. Fish are in the 1- to 2-pound range and are very spooky.King say that when possible anglers show get a high vantage point like the bluffs to first locate the fish. After you have found the fish drop down to 6- to 8-pound fluorocarbon and tip the hook with a sand crab. Be patient, quiet and work the area well for your best results.

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