|Wellllll…. With the short notice (just saw the post at 8PM on the 17th) I quickly looked at the tides and see a beautiful high tide at 8:37 tomorrow morning and a nice negative tide at 3:10 in the afternoon.
With that info it’s a no brainer to head to the local pier (Huntington Beach) before daylight to make some 4 to 6 inch smelt or mini macs for bait. Using some old bread I store in the garage freezer just for that, I’ll use an umbrella net and Sabiki to fill my bucket with a dozen or more. Then use those to fish the surf for halibut.
Now this always brings up the grey area of the DFG rules where you can’t take live bait to another body of water. So is moving bait caught off the pier and moved down the coast a couple miles really “another body of water”? The “ocean” definition is pretty clear. Anyways, this is another topic to ponder another day and post.
With the off shore Santa Ana wind still blowing the conditions at the beach will be superb all day, Therefore I will bring the wetsuit and pitchfork to wade the sandbars during the low tide for some Pismo clams.
A good plan for a successful day fishing with the expectation of one or more keeper halibut and nearly a limit of big old Pismo clams for chowder. No matter what, a far better day than having to go to work, Which reminds me, 3:45 comes quick and I got to go hit the sack. Maybe I’ll catch a big one in my dreams.