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     May gray has given way to June gloom…but don’t despair!  The gloom hopefully signals the end of west winds and always means that warm clear water is coming up the coast and speading out along the beach….This always means great fishing is here for the summer!

 Santa Barbara..winds have turned the water over all along the coast.  SB temps fell last week to 56 and have now begun to recover.  Barred surfperch has remained good with some nice 10-14″ fish in the mix.  Halibut fishing slowed a bit but will pick up for the next few weeks as we make our way past the new and full moon periods.  Halibut many times congregate 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.

VenturaNot many reports from Ventura and Oxnard because of their direct West orientation which is hampered by wind.  A few perch and halibut have been reported.  Look for corbina fishing (which have already be caught there) to pick up over the next month.

Malibu, Santa Monica and the South Bayhas been the hotspot over the last two weeks.   Up north at the beaches that surround Leo Carrillo there have been quite a few calico bass and sand bass taken along the rocks.  Best baits have been cut squid, smelt and olive/orange 2″ grubs.  Along this same area, and all the way to Topanga look for great perch fishing…with some really big ones.  Sand Crabs, lug worms and grubs have all been working.  The big news is the catches of white seabass (to 15lbs) caught along the kelp areas from Leo to Broad Beach Dr.  

The Santa Monica Pier, all the way to Hermosa has had some fine corbina fishing.  Big fish have been hitting soft sand crabs, almost exclusively.  Farther South along Torrance beach there has been good fishing for smaller corbina and some big leopard sharks.  Most of the anglers targeting leopards are using 1/2 mackeral on a 6/0 hook on 40lb or a sliced surfperch with the same setup.  Some of the best bites have been at or near high tide, after dark. No striper reports, after last weeks dozen or so.  Great upcoming tides and anglers using cut anchovy and hardbaits have the best chance at stripers as they fill back in during the full/new moon phases.

Orange CountyContinues to have great fishing.  This doesn’t surprise anyone who has seen all the work put into the estuaries and harbors to make them prime breeding grounds with easy access to the open ocean.  With the wind up a bit, fishing slowed but good catches still remain on corbina of varrying sizes, along with good perch fishing.  What has really slowed has been the spotfin…but they’ll be back soon.  Best bite has been on soft sand crabs with lug worms taking a close second.  The exception for spotfin has been a good bite near the Sano power plant up the coast to just west of Cotton’s surf spot.

     San Diego…Corbina and perch continue to steal the scene with a few yellowfin croaker in the mix.  The very best corbina catches have been by anglers walking the beach at low tide.  Finding the troughs…then coming back at high tide and fishing them.  The best bait has been a tossup between lug or blood worms and soft sand crabs.  Look for surf fishing here to really pick up in the next couple of weeks.

Upcoming GRUNION RUNS

JUNE
3 Mo 9:45 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
4 Tu 10:20 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.
5 We 11:05 p.m. – 1:05 a.m.
6 Th 11:55 p.m. – 1:55 a.m.
17 Mo 9:50 p.m. – 11:50 p.m.
18 Tu 10:20 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.
19 We 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
20 Th 11:35 p.m. – 1:35 a.m.

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    What to Look for this Month: 

Tides:  Great tides surrounding the new moon on 6/3 and the full moon on 6/17.  Big tides will be bringing grunion to shore and halibut will follow!  Find where the grunion came in, bait up with a grunion or grunion pattern and fish there for big flatties!

Water Temps:  After the recent winds we have had some wide ranging temps from 64 in San Clemente to 55 in Santa Barbara.  Look for temps not only to stabilize but also in slowly climb through the month of June.

Swell: We are now on the heels of 5, yes already 5, South swells.  This is important because each swell from the South brings clean warm water and good summer fishing.  Expect a new batch of south swells, all the way from Tahiti, to begin creasing the beaches around the 8th of June and continue through the month.

Winds:  Wind should be lightly onshore (from the southwest) in the morning with gusts 9-14 knots in the afternoon.  Very little change with only the chance of one or two more small lows pushing wind from the North.

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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,

   Bill

 

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