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Last week again was a boon for wind and surf but as the maylay simmered down there was some very good surf fishing from Santa Monica to the Mexican border and great sign that summer surf fishing is just around the corner.  The biggest news has to be the good number of halibut and crazy number of yellowfin croaker around.  One internet report called the yellowfin the “new perch” and that really does seem to be true as both perch and yellowfin are making for a great many catches, up and down the coast.  Because halibut seem to run in the same circles as grunion be sure to check this link for times, runs and fun grunion facts:  Go HERE to see the dates of the grunion runs and some fun facts.

Santa Barbara   Not many reports for either SB or Ventura this week.  SB and Ventura continue to have a good bite on palm-sized barred surfperch and also a few halibut showing at both Goleta and near Stearn’s Wharf.  Most anglers have been using flash minnows, swimbaits and imitation sand dabs.  Stop by and visit with Capt. Tiffany Vague and Capt. David Bacon at their shop Hook, Line and Sinker to get the details about how to rig for surf fishing with sand dabs.

Malibu, Santa Monica and the South Bay have all had some fantastic perch fishing on sand crabs and motor oil grubs.  Small corbina and some legal sized halibut have been caught this week in both Malibu and Manhattan Beach.  The big news is the good bonito bite going on now inside King Harbor.  Kastmasters, Krocodiles, Tiny Tots and bobber and feather have all been working well with fish around 3lbs.

Orange County has slowed a bit from last report but still has a wide variety of fish from perch to croaker and halibut in the mix.  A couple of good reports showed corbina biting in central OC with the best bait being ghost shrimp and lug/blood worms.  Warning:  Closed again is the shore from the Talbert Channel in Huntington Beach to Highland St. in Newport for yet another sewage spill.  This time more than 1800 gallons of raw sewage went into the surf.  When will these folks learn that fishermen are not the problem!

San Diego charges into a league of it’s own last week with great catches of corbina, yellowfin and spotfin croaker.  The monster news down south is about halibut fishing.  Not only has it been good along the beaches and near the estuary exits but inside the bay has been outstanding with a 30+lb halibut landed this week.  Ponto jetty also produced a couple legal halibut this week so look for that bite to continue strong.

What to look for this week:  Per my tide calendar :-)  This week’s diurnal tides will give way to the onslaught of astronomical tides as we make our way toward the new moon on May 25.  Although we have had some big surf and winds coming this week (maybe even some rain!) the good news is that two tropical storms have begun to form.  One comes to us from French Polynesia and should hit later this week.  But the most promising south swell may come from TS “Adrian” which is now spinning off El Salvador.  If this makes it to the coast off Acapulco we may be in for the first big south swell (read: warm clear fish-filled water) of the summer.

Water temps are 57 to the north and 63 to the south–very much normal for this time of year.

To follow the migration of hurricanes and tropical storms (they have yet to form so be patient) from beginning to end, check out this site:   it’s awesome and a great tool to plan your off shore and surf fishing trips!

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2017 SportFishing Tide Calendar