Friday, October 18, 2013

This last month has been a whirlwind of seminars, work and some very good perch fishing.  The best news is that my line of surf rods is finally here and will be out in about two weeks.  I will have them on both my site and in tackle shops.  After working with several companies to design a rod I was lucky enough to meet up with the folks at Cousins Tackle in Huntington Beach.  With the help of Bill and Wade we have designed and tested four surf rods that are guaranteed to catch surf fish!

See them at Fisherman's Landing Tackle Day, Sat. November 2nd.  I'll be there giving surf fishing seminars and in the Cousins Tackle booth with the new rods.  Please stop on by and have a chat!

In late September we had our last of the summer surf clinics at Bolsa Chica where the fishing was great for quite a few perch and small sharks with a few corbina thrown in...
 

Then it was up to Leo Carrillo State Beach where the perch fishing was fantastic with more than a dozen over 13" and a few 15 inchers!
 

From San Diego to Malibu several seabass, halibut and striper have been caught in the surf.  Although these fish are difficult to target they are definitely out in the surf and possible to catch.

For the past few days I have been fishing around the Bolsa Chica area and found quite a few nice sized perch.  The yellowfin and spotfin have not been biting lately but it won't be long before they are looking to forage before the winter.  I like to use clams (little neck, razor clams) this time of year as that's what they are eating.  You may notice the small "bean clams" at the beach at low tide and these beds are what surf fish are feeding on now.

This weekend and next week have some great tides for both fishing and collecting bait.  Go down at low tide to an area that has rocks which are covered at high tide and look around in the sand for clams, worms, crabs and ghost shrimp.  I use gloves and a small cultivator to turn over sand and rocks.  You'll be amazed at what you find and how well it works to catch surf fish.

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