Sunday, June 12, 2011









What a blessing it is that the winds from the West have finally stopped and a warm South swell has filled in at the beach to bring the water temperature back from the 50’s into the low 60’s.

Decided to hit the beach in the evening due to some great high tides and fish some of my favorite holes on the open beach. Bolsa Chica is mainly quiet in the late afternoon on a weekend so no time like the present to get down there and catch a few. My first job was to catch crabs. That was to prove no problem with a full net the first pull. This year I have seen more sand crabs in Orange and LA Counties then I’ve seen since the 1960’s—and that has always meant a superb summer of surf fishing.

The bite was on and into my first catch a nice little perch…

Followed by a dozen more in sizes from 8”-12”…

Then came the pinback shark. Always a great sign that all the summer fish have moved in and corbina, spotfin, leopards and everything else is on it’s way…

Finished off the evening with two nice yellowfin croaker…

Decided to take a last shot at peak high tide up at the jetties. Wasn’t surprised to see 15 other guys there giving it a try. No bites but enough entertainment to keep one coming back. First I hear a loud splash and look over to see this boat. AAAH….

Then a posse of police on 4 runners coming from the South followed by a code three lifeguard on the North jetty. The lifeguard rushes to a stop, out jumps the swimmer and into the water and under the bridge. Moments later everything’s good. Seems the boater is a surveyor doing his job. All in a good day of fishing….



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