Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mid week in central Orange County had some rather calm conditions and the hope for an early spring. NOT...

Today was no less than "victory at sea." Huge surf pushed by 40 mile and hour winds pummeled the coast. The beach today looked like drifting snow blowing a foot above the ground. You could look across the beach and not see a footprint. The wind was scaring the sands surface and I felt like Lawrence of Arabia as I crossed the beach to try to find some bait.

It looks like it will take a few days for the conditions to improve, and I think they will, as we have some great tides next week--but come on... who's kidding themselves? The fish are hungry and they have to eat!

The best news of the week was the first substantial find of sand crabs. The water is just warm enough for them to come to the surface. They are a bit spread out but look for areas where warm water exists (like stagnet water near jetties or exposed beach) and you'll find them just below the high tide mark. The best time to find crabs this time of year is during high tide.

Thanks to all the folks who came by to see us at the Fred Hall show and thanks for all those great pictures on your iphone, cellphone, camera and in print. Wow, has fishing ever changed. I was amazed by one devout surf fisherman. He was happy to say that my book helped him catch more fish and in fact his first corbina. Which he showed me on his iphone and then went to google earth, punched up the exact spot and zoomed in so we could see where the fish was caught. WOW, now that's unbelievable!

John's nice corbina taken last week in Ventura. This proves they are starting to show!

I'll be adding a new slide show to my front page called "Hall of Fame" where folks who send in their surf fish pictures will be posted. I received dozens of pictures in the last year and this will be a great place to share them. Please keep sending your pics and fish stories to:

Wayne's beautiful redtail surf perch taken on slider grubs (he won in last year's Fred Hall raffle) last July at Gull Beach, Humboldt County--Nice going Wayne!

Coming up in April I'll be having a surf fishing seminar at Sav-on Tackle in Santa Fe Springs. We should have the details worked out next week so check back to find the day, time and how to register.

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