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  Report updated 9/23/17     DON’T FORGET to sign up for our surf fishing newsletter below!

Great surf fishing continues from Santa Barbara to San Diego.  Surf fish are getting away from sand crabs (as crabs begin their hibernation) and seem to be keying in on blood worms, lug worms and ghost shrimp.


Santa Barbara:  Santa Barbara has had some great perch and halibut fishing.  Best spots seem to be Goleta Beach, Henry’s, Leadbedder, just south of the Wharf and Graveyards.  Smelt and anchovy hard and soft baits have been working (rapala, lucky craft, colt sniper and plastics).

ANDRE HALIBUT      Malibu, Santa Monica and the South Bay have continued to have great fishing.  Santa Monica right down the coast to Palos Verdes has been slow in areas and had good corbina fishing in others.  Sand crabs, worms and ghost shrimp have been working best.  Most of the corbina are small but lots in the mix.  Biggest story of the last week was the bonefish landed at Torrance beach.  Maybe a dorado or wahoo is next?

     Orange County is on fire!  Over the last two weeks we have had some epic spotfin and corbina days.  Both fish are keying in on blood worms and it won’t be long before they add clams to their diet.  The fish are spread out but some of the more productive spots have been Anderson St., Bolsa Chica tower 21 and in front of the Huntington Beach power plant.  October generally ushers in spawning bean clams and surf fish go crazy over them.  Look to add clams to your bait line during October and you might be surprised with the biggest fish of your life!

     San Diego Continues to have fantastic corbina, spotfin, yellow fin and striper action.  Lug worms have been working great down here.  You may pick them up at several locations (San Marcos Turners, Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle, Angler’s Tackle).  The corbina bite has been excellent below South Carlsbad State Beach, at Torrey Pines and along Pacific Beach.  Look for halibut transiting into the inner bays.  For halibut, fish the outside jetties, opposite of the swell, and you’ll catch fish.

BRAD SPOTFIN 9 17     What to look for this Month:  Per my tide calendar :-)  Very good tides this month with perfect surf fishing tides every two weeks.  Full moon falls on Oct. 5 and no moon falls on Oct. 19.   Look for both weeks around these moon phases to be a great time to fish.  The hurricane season is winding down but there is still activity just south of Cabo San Lucas.  We will probably see two or three disturbances originating from this area in the month of October.  Although they may wash out a few days of surf fishing they will continue to bring warm water and fish north.  Bait wise it’s just about time to forget about sand crabs and concentrate on blood/lug worms, clams and my very favorite–ghost shrimp.  Good fishing out there and send me some reports!

To follow the migration of hurricanes and tropical storms 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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2018 SportFishing Tide Calendar