GREAT conditions over the last few week up and down the coast. San Simeon, Guadalupe, Jalama and Santa Barbara have been kicking out some huge perch, LA and Orange County have had some of the best bites for corbina in years (along with a nice stripped bass caught in Hermosa) and San Diego is producing with halibut, corbina and yellowfin croaker in the mix. Probably the biggest news might be that barred surfperch are back along the entire coast. Such good news as they are finally back after the warm El Nino waters. For the next week here is my forecast: Morning winds should be near zero with onshore winds to 15mph in the afternoon. Typical winds for this time of year. Swell and surf will be on the small size with a bit larger waves to 4′ on Sunday and Monday. Not much change for the next week with the surf as typhoon Lionrock’s angle to the coast will just push more warm water this way along with a small south swell. Water temps are still in the 68-72 range which means that fish (especially corbina) will continue to forage into Fall as they wait for the water to cool and for them to move inside local bays, harbors and estuaries. On the horizon we are looking down south at the formation of a new hurricane off southern Baja. This could be the biggest hurricane so far of the year. Not sure quite yet if it will skirt the coast or move into the Sea of Cortez. If it remains along the coast and in the Pacific we could see some sizeable surf next weekend and a whole lot of warm clear water moving this way and extending our already incredible season…
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