Saturday, July 4, 2009

Good tides made it easy to find bait this week and it only took a short time to put together a bunch of crabs, ghost shrimp and razor clams.

I reached the beach at sunrise to find fog, wind and the bucket brigade. The meat fishermen were in my usual spot so I moseyed down the beach and took my place at a new spot. This is where I have many time found sand crabs so I knew the fish probably liked this area too.

By the time I took my first cast my buddy KV was already on…

My first bait was snapped up immediately and another corbina rolled up the beach…

Fishing the clam was an instant slam on the perch…

Time and time again we were both on fish--getting bit on every bait….

To keep things interesting we had a mix of perch, shovelnose, leopard and smooth hound sharks. The corbina are small and up in big numbers now--just like you would see in early June. Once again, it seems we are late this year with everything..

As the beach became more crowded with early July 4 revelers we decided to pack it up and make our way home—but not before seeing the bait boat set up just outside the surf line and pull in a net full of chovey. Can you say halibut? With the amount of birds crashing bait along the central OC coast there's no doubt why fishing for flatties has been so good. Maybe there’s a Lucky Craft in my future????

Starting on Sunday we have some great morning and evening – low to high tide periods which will make for some great corbina fishing. The high evening tides will also provide some good sand crab collecting and perch fishing. Hopefully, the West winds will finally abate and be replaced by the gentle Southwest mornings we are familiar with here in Southern California.

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