Friday, September 12, 2008

It was dark and overcast this moring but the water was a warm 68 degrees and a medium south swell was filling in the beach with surf.

Went down to my favorite set of rocks and mud and collected some small neck clams and a few orange and green bay mussels. Didn't have the time or energy to dig for ghost shrimp so I stopped by Big Fish in Seal Beach to buy a dozen and prepare to hit the beach this morning.

Fished using the carolina rig with a 3/4th ounce sinker and a nice fresh medium sized ghost shrimp. My first cast yielded this beautiful 22" spotfin.

Caught a wide variety of fish on the ghost shrimp and the ghost shrimp clam or mussel combo.

Fishing stayed good until about 9am when the flood of surfers scared everything away with the exception of sting rays. I let this one go behind a guy paddeling out and hoped he would chase him down!

We are going to have some great tides coming up this next week. The south swell has created some new troughs and it looks like the swell will continue though the week. This bodes well not only for the new holes and troughs but also because it will continue to bring warm clear water up the coast.

Fall fishing is always great when we have an overcast morning and warm water. Although I haven't seen many corbina around in the last week the bite on spotfin croaker is the best it's been in a long time and will just get better in the next few weeks.

Finished off the day seeing a guy catch a legal halibut on the LC and one last spotfin just an inch smaller than my earlier fish.

Hope you folks get down to the beach and give it a go. The fishing's been great this summer and it will be even better this fall now that I've told so many surfers about the huge white shark right offshore!!!

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