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            Surf Fish Report

       The heat of summer has turned on the corbina bite with fish reported all the way from the Mexican border to Point Conception…and everywhere inbetween.

     LARRY BETANCOURT SAN DIEGO CORBINASanta Barbara.. Barred surfperch has remained good with some nice 10-14″ fish in the mix.  Halibut fishing continues to pick up.  Fish have been found near the harbor entrance, along the Wharf and below the White Estate, just South of East Beach. Hard baits like Lucky Craft and Rapalla XRaps work well for halibut as do grunion and straight white 6″ plastic swim baits.  The big news has been the large number of big corbina that have been seen at Carpinteria, East Beach and all the way up to Jalama, just north of Point Conception.  Sand crabs are plentiful here and are your best bait for both perch and corbina.

Ventura…remains quiet with just a couple of reports of corbina and barred surfperch being reported in the Ventura Harbor and McGrath State Beach area.

Malibu, Santa Monica and the South Bay…From Malibu proper to Point Mugu has there has been some great perch, seabass and yellowfin croaker fishing this past week.  Broome Thornhill State Beach was the hotspot for barred surfperch fishing.  Sand crabs and mussel have both worked great there fishing near rock structure along the beach.  The Leo Carrillo area beaches have held a few legal sized white seabass.  With anglers telling me that Lucky Craft Flash Minnows and white 1 ounce Krocodile spoons tipped with stringersJUSTIN BURR OF PORT HUENEME PERCH of squid, have worked the best.  Not to far away in Hermosa, where the water temp this week hit 67 degrees, corbina fishing has been fantastic.  Fish in the 4-6lb range have been common.  The bite is all the way to RAT beach, right up against PV where corbina have been smaller but numerous.  There has also been a fantastic bite on leopard sharks at both the Torrance Beach ramp and Bluff Cove.  Fishing at night with mackeral has been the best bet with fish to 40lbs.

Orange CountyAs expected OC continues to have great fishing.  Corbina have really filled in along all the NORTHERN PERCHbeaches.  Some of the best fishing has been between Anderson St. in Surfside and the Balboa Pier.  This entire stretch has fish.  Best reports for a wide offering of fish has been near and around the Newport jetties.  Corbina, yellowfin croaker and small perch have been gorging on sand crabs, lug worms and fresh mussel.

San Diego…Looking forward to coming to San Diego this week!  Our Carlsbad clinics are this weekend and I’ve go a week to fish the heck out of the SD beaches.  As with every other spot, corbina have been very plentiful here.  Most Miguel angel De los Reyes Thornhill Broome State Beachfish are in the 14-16” range with some bigger fish along Torey Pines, San Elijo and the Ponto Jetty.  Perch fishing has been slow, with some of the largest fish (strangely enough) being caught along the beach in Coronado.  Sand Crabs, lug worms and stripped mussel are all go to baits.  In the next few weeks it will be time to ad ghost shrimp to the list.  The ghosties have always been great surf bait in the fall!





                                              UPCOMING GRUNION RUNS



Th 10:05 p.m. – 12:05 a.m.


Fr 10:50 p.m. – 12:50 a.m.


Sa 11:45 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.


Su 12:40 a.m. – 2:40 a.m.*


Th 9:55 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.


Fr 10:25 p.m. – 12:25 a.m.


Sa 10:55 p.m. – 12:55 a.m.


Fr 9:55 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.


Sa 10:45 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.


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    What to look for this Month: 

Tides:  Excellent tides at the beginning and end of August.  Every week has great tides for bait catching and surf fishing.  The middle of the month will have less tidal movement and may be ideal for halibut fishing following the grunion runs.  Look to fish dredged beaches around the high tide periods.  Fish beaches with kelp from about an hour after low tide….up to high tide.

Water Temps:  Water temps have really warmed up and are benefiting anglers by forcing sand crabs to molt their old shells and provide lots of soft shells at the beach.  Temps in SD were near 71 with Santa Barbara coming in at 67.  Watch for temps to continue to climb up as more swells push warm water from the south.

Swell: As of now, August is not showing any large swells coming from the south.  This is always subject to change!  But surf will continue to be from knee to chest high with a bigger swell coming into south facing beaches around mid August.

Winds:  Perfect summer winds with light AM winds pushing up to between 9-14 knots in the afternoon.

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All in all, great weather and conditons for surf fishing…

Good fishing out there and send me some reports!

I’ll see you on the beach,



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