Sunday, May 8, 2011

Good reports have been coming in for the last two weeks with the first corbina of the season being reported in several areas. Halibut fishing remains good with most fish being taken in or near the estuary openings in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, San Diego and upper Santa Monica Bay. Also, and almost without saying: The perch bite remains great with quite a few 2 pound plus fish taken.

Last week we had a great on-the-beach seminar with the Fibber’s Fishing Club at Bolsa Chica State Beach. We took a few minutes going over rigging and how to hook both sand crabs and ghost shrimp then hit the surf.

Had a nice bite on perch and yellowfin croaker with everyone getting in on the action.

Weather conditions are just what we expect this time of year with morning fog and a south wind. We have just begun to get swells from the south and in just one day it really cleaned up the green water. The combination of both the south wind and south swells are great news because they push warm, clear water up from Mexico and bring the fish out to eat.

The later days of this upcoming week have some good tides. Look for good fishing and good bait catching for the next couple of weeks. I would again concentrate on fishing halibut around the upcoming grunion runs (check out the link to grunion runs and info on my front page) and pick up some sand crabs and fish for corbina near the estuary and harbor outlets. This is the time of year that they begin to move out of the warmer back bays and into the surf to feed on sand crabs.

I’ve announced the first summer on-the-beach surf fishing seminar. It’s at Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna, on Friday June 3, 2011. Go to my site and sign up now if you wish to get a reservation. The event includes bait and instruction and is free--so it will fill up fast!
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