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Oh A-rig. How do I love thee!!! Let me count the…FISH!

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Updated on: July 4th, 2022 at 04:34 amOh A-rig…How do I love thee!!! Let me count the times! So, WOW!!! Back in 2011 when the “A-rig” or Alabama rig or umbrella rig came to the market, I didn’t even know about it. I actually took an unintentional break from fishing for quite a few years – actually, maybe like 5 or 6 years. I didn’t really miss it because I was so focused on other stuff…like getting married, a mortgage, kids etc. Basically life got in the way and priorities changed without even realizing it. I fast forward to the last 3 years, I have only focused on saltwater – be it offshore inshore (jetty and surf fishing). The day that has changed my fishing life forever was April 8 of this year, 2021. I was fishing at one of the local jetties and this guy (Peter) shows up with…

North Orange County Beach Fishing Report – April 29-May 8, 2021

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Updated on: June 22nd, 2021 at 08:43 amFishing Summary Let’s start this report off by saying “Wow!!! What a week!” It’s really hard to find the time to sit down to write a fishing report when you’re using nearly every opportunity to fish. It is spring and the fish spawn turned on. OMG did it turn on! Last week was tough (leading into Thursday April 29th). I was using every fishing style I could think of, Lucky Craft, Jigpara, dropshot, Carolina rig with Gulp! Sandworms and grubs, Fishbites…The list goes on. I was getting bites here and there, but nothing was wanting to play along. Then, on Thursday, April 29, everything changed – quickly. I was walking back to my vehicle after waiving the white flag early when I decided to take a look at a jetty opening. I was really surprised to see that there was nobody fishing (this…

Bolsa Chica Halibut Report – April 23, 2021

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Updated on: May 10th, 2021 at 09:36 amOverall Conditions – Morning Weather: Mostly cloudy and 63 degrees Ocean Surface: Relatively Smooth Water Temp: 62 degrees Surf: 3-5′ faces Bait used: ZOOM Super Fluke in Smokin’ Shad color on Tokyo Rig Fishing Summary Today’s trip was nearly a duplicate of yesterday, just a faster incoming tide. So, just like yesterday, I go to the beach at 6am and walked straight to my spot. The water was moving much quicker than yesterday as there is a new south swell in the water with much bigger surf. With faster moving water, it was nearly impossible to keep my jig on the bottom. I was only using a 3/8oz sinker in an effort to not get stuck in the rock structure that is present on the bottom in a few spots. Though, I did manage to get stuck once.  Here is a little tip…

Bolsa Chica Fishing Report – April 22, 2021

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Updated on: October 7th, 2023 at 08:10 pmFishing Summary I want to start off by saying that the last week or so has definitely seen a drastic increase in “fishy” water. I am seeing TONS of anchovies and topsmelt in surf and jetty water. With TONS of bait in the area, I am seeing corbina (this means sandcrabs are here), spotfin croaker, hundreds of stingrays, bat rays, butterfly rays, and, of course, the great flat fish – HALIBUT!!! Now for my experiences the past week. On Saturday, I started the morning with a surf session early am. It only lasted about an hour as conditions weren’t all that great and I had to get home by 9am. So I stopped surfing and grabbed the fishing gear. There were other anglers all over the place. I managed to find a nice little area near the jetty at Bolsa Chica. Tide was…

Bolsa Chica Halibut – April 11, 2021

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Updated on: May 10th, 2021 at 09:38 amOverall Conditions – Morning Weather: Mostly cloudy and 63 degrees Ocean Surface: Relatively Smooth Water Temp: 61.3 degrees Surf: 2-3′ faces Bait used: Lucky Craft FM 115 and Jigpara Micro Fishing Summary First off, I’m sorry it’s been nearly 3 months since the last post. It’s been VERY SLOW in north OC to start the year. I’ll try my best to not go that long again. Before I get into this morning’s action, I’m going to go off on a little tangent, then circle back to the report. If you have read any of my previous reports, the one there is one thing in the Overall Conditions above that should jump out at you….the Water Temp!!!! After many months of patiently waiting, the ocean surface temperature at the beach has made it up past 60 degrees. That is a HUGE difference maker. With…

Sunset Beach Surf Fishing Report – Jan 22, 2021

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Updated on: May 10th, 2021 at 09:39 amOverall Conditions – Morning Weather: Mostly cloudy and 55 degrees Ocean Surface: Relatively Smooth Water Temp: About 58 degrees Surf: 2-3′ faces Bait used: Lucky Craft FM 110 Fishing Summary When I got my YFC yesterday am, I saw a halibut jump out of the water. So, I changed it up today and brought the hard baits. This 13″ corbina was hungry! Was it the target species? Of course! It’s a fin fish that took my bait.  I really love it when you go the the beach with no expectations of catching anything – just doing it for the experience and enjoy the fresh air. Watching the dolphins jump and surf the waves while almost unknowingly continuously casting away. Then, out of nowhere, you get the bite. It’s startling at first and you’re not sure whether you have a fish, debris of some…