Saturday, May 18, 2013

Surf fishing does not get any better than this...

Just like a broken record: Surf fishing has not been this good in a very, very long time. If you are at all thinking of going to the beach or to fish in the bay—NOW is the time.

This week, again, was phenomenal. Fishing both the bay and the beach were very good. My first step was to collect some ghost shrimp and head down to the bay. With such a calm, quiet place it seemed nothing could be living there.

First cast yellowfin croaker

Then Mark hooks into this corbina

Followed by a spotfin

Followed by Behdad’s corbina
In a matter of two days we racked up 16 corbina, 11 spotfin and countless yellowfin croaker and turbot. Amazing fishing in the bays. Doesn’t matter if you are in San Diego, Newport Harbor, Long Beach or Pedro. Just amazingly good.

But that’s just the half of it. The water temp at Orange County beaches is now 66 degrees. That’s warm for this time of year—a good 2-4 degrees warmer. The last time this happened we had 70 degree water in the first of June and corbina fishing was so good they actually had to make it illegal for a few weeks! Just kidding…

Here’s my suggestion for this weekend and upcoming week. 1. Go fishing. 2. Look for fish at both the beach and in the bays. When fishing the bays the best time to fish is on the low tide going to a high tide. As with the beach there needs to be water movement so if you are there at slack tide it might be better to collect bait then and wait for the tidal change. For beach fishing try two hours before high tide to about two hours after. Corbina prefer a medium tide going to a high tide so plan your visits to the beach around those times. 3. For bait, ghost shrimp are great in the bay and both shrimp and sand crabs (especially sand crabs) are your best bet at the beach. 4. One last thing, fish both areas on the Carolina rig with a number 2 or 4 hook. For the bay use a very light 1/4th oz sliding sinker and use a ¾ oz at the beach.

Good luck out there and send me a fish report with a few pics. Would love to have you on our site or in Western Outdoor News. So get out there! You’re just wasting time here!


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