Monthly Archives: January 2018

Striped bass fishing in estuaries, bays and along the beach with Greg Silks


Striped Bass Fishing in Estuaries, Bays and Along the Beach By Bill Varney Jr. Over the last few decades there were so few stripers caught in the Southern California surf that catching one was almost considered a miracle.  Yet, over the past several years stripped bass catches have increased dramatically for anglers fishing estuaries, back

Shore Fishing in the Bay

Mark Gauvin Corbina

Shore Fishing in the Bay By Bill Varney Jr. Wind and waves pound the coast and make surf fishing difficult in winter.  It’s no fun for the fish either.  Both food and a safe home along the open beach are scarce in winter so most surf fish move inside bays, harbors and estuaries during these

What is Light-Line Surf Fishing Anyway?


WHAT IS LIGHT-LINE SURF FISHING ANYWAY? By Bill Varney Jr. Every week my mailbox is flooded with questions about surf fishing.  Surprisingly, a good number of folks often ask me the difference between light-line and the old fashioned style of surf fishing we once practiced.  So I’ve put together a few of the questions anglers

Finding The Perfect Surf Rod

Congratulations to Scott...The Winner of a New Cousins/BV surf rod!

Finding The Perfect Surf Rod By, Bill Varney Over the years we’ve had some great on-the-beach surf fishing seminars and have seen thousands of different rod and reel combinations make they way to the sand.  Some have been right on the money and others, well let’s just say, were a bit lacking. When it comes

Fall Fishing Road Trips

leo carrillo beach

Fall Surf Fishing Road Trips By Bill Varney Jr. The warm days of summer is a great time to get out for a surf fishing road trip but the truth is, I really enjoy hitting the road in fall with cool mornings, warm days, empty beaches and great fishing. Two of my favorite spots to