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    San Clemente Pier 11-28 Bass, Wrasse, Macks and Jacks

    Got to San Clemente Pier around 5:30AM. My girlfriend and I split up. She stayed inshore, and I went to the end. Morning bite was good. Most productive rig was a high low rig. I rigged the top hook with 1/3 of a live blood worm and the bottom hook with a piece of cut shrimp. I fairly quickly...
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    Finding live anchovies

    I've been fishing the Southern California piers for a little over 6 months now and I have yet to encounter anchovies. Do they come around any of the piers in Southern California? Are they a significantly better live bait than smelt or sardines?
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    San Clemente 11/22

    First time fishing at San Clemente Pier. Arrived around 5:30AM. Parking is close and very reasonable. They don't start charging for parking until 10AM but you can pay as soon as you arrive. Went down to the end of the pier and there were already the beginnings of what would be a large crew of...
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    Bolsa Chica Inlet 11-14, HB Pier 11-15

    Hit the Bolsa Chica inlet on Saturday with my brother inlaw. Big surf redirected us from the Newport Jetty towards a safer spot. I fished from 7AM -1PM. My brother in law joined me around 8:30AM. Between the two of us we fished, jerk baits (calissa 110mm sardine color and smaller lucky craft...
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    Thinking about targeting squid at Newport Jetty. Any tips?

    My brother in law and I will hit the Newport Jetty tomorrow morning. I want to bring a live well and try to catch some live bait and I'm thinking about going for squid with those sabiki style squid jigs. Any tips from people that have caught them before? Is it worth trying to target them when...
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    Friday (11/6), Sunday (11/8), Monday (11/9) at HB Pier

    Got to the pier early morning on Friday at about 6AM. Started in-shore but could not get any bites on a high low rig with Berkeley Gulp on one hook and a salt cured ghost shrimp on the other. Moved to the north side of the pier caddy corner to the restrooms. I started fishing a sabiki to get...
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    Southern California Pier Fishing Approach For November and December

    As the weather and water temperature cools, how do people change their approach for fishing piers in general or Southern California Piers specifically. Want to keep fishing but want to make the right adjustments to get the best results. I live closest to HB, Newport and Balboa but we are...
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    HB Pier 11-1-20

    Went to the HB Pier to use up the extra live bait from our skiff trip. We had left over live ghost shrimp and blood worms. We started inshore at about 10:20AM. No bites at all on the live ghost shrimp for about 90 minutes so we moved towards the end of the pier on the Northside of Rubies...
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    Skiff Rental Out of Newport Harbor

    Rented a skiff out of Davey's Locker in Newport Beach. Got there at 6:30AM and waited about 15 minutes for the sun to come out a bit more. It was foggy and cloudy in the morning. Made our way out to the bait barge and bought live sardines. The sardines were quite large. We stayed out in that...
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    Fishing Calendars

    Anyone have any fishing calendars that they like? These are things like Farmer's Almanac or the Fishing Calendar App or FishBrain that use a combination of Moon phases, tides etc. to attempt to predict the best times to fish. It seems like they don't agree very often. Which is odd cause I...
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    Bolsa Chica Inlet and HB Pier 10/28

    We arrived just after 6AM. There was a line of cars waiting for the Bolsa Chica State Beach to Open. When we got to the inlet there were four of us total fishing. All the videos I've seen of people fishing at this place are during low tide. During low tide you can actually stand on the sand and...
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    HB Pier 10/24 Croakers and Sharks

    Got to the pier around 5:30AM after stopping at Big Fish Bait and Tackle and loading up on live bait. I got on pack of live ghost shrimp, a bag of mussels and, a pack of live blood worms. Set up pretty close to the breakers to start with and started fishing the live ghost shrimp on a carolina...
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    Pelagic Trifecta and Fishing with the Bonito Whisperer Newport Jetty Report 10/22/20

    Met up with EgoNonBaptizo and DiegoGarciaWahoos for last hurrah for Bonito Season at the Newport Jetty. We got there at 6AM and made our way down to a spot just before the crowd at the end of the Jetty. We all started fishing with splasher rigs with feathers. First cast and I caught my first...
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    Sleepy Day at Huntington Beach Pier interrupted by Halibut Report 10/18/20

    Went to Huntington Beach Pier on Sunday. Arrived around 5:30am and set my girl up for fishing to save our spots while I drove back home to pick up my forgotten tackle box. We decided to fish close to shore for the first time. We were the furthest in of anyone and setup just beyond the first...
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    Went Out Rock Fishing and Back Side of Catalina with Wagner Charters

    My sister got me a birthday gift of a Charter fishing trip with Wagner Charters out of Huntington Beach. Met the boat at 6:00AM and promptly boarded. Took a long trip out to deep water for some rock fishing. Fished rented Penn Battle 2 Reels paired with Shakespeare Tiger rods with 50lb mono...
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    Huntington Beach Pier 9/27 Report

    We got there around 6:15AM and made our way to the north side of the pier just before Rubies. The bite was slow and steady today with most of the action coming from small to medium sized mackerel. I fished many different types of cut bait today (shrimp, squid, anchovy, and mackerel) and...
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    Newport Jetty 9/26 Report

    Got there around 6:15AM. Our plan was for me to get out to the end of the Jetty quicker and save some spots while my girl took her time walking the rocks. I got to the end around 6:30AM and started fishing the south side of the jetty (outlet for the harbor). This is calmer water and seems more...
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    Newport Pier 9/20

    Got there pretty close to opening around 5:10AM. We were able to get spots at the end of the pier but it was fairly crowded. All morning it was a pretty slow bite. Sporadic mackerel catches. I caught some smelt and we set my girlfriend up to fish a live smelt on a fish finder rig. The end of the...
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    Any tips for the Newport Jetty

    My girl and I are going to fish Newport Jetty on Saturday. Our plan is to get there around 6am. High tide is around 7:30am. My plan is to set the poles up with floats. A standard float setup for her with a smaller bait hook so she can fish for Opal eye and perch. I’m thinking about setting up...
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    Huntington Beach Pier 9/12, 9/13

    9/12/20 Got to the Pier around 7:45AM on Saturday. About an hour of so in people started catching bonito on the back right side of the pier behind Rubies. I would estimate maybe 15-20 were caught on that side in about a 2 hour period. I fished with my sister until 12:30PM or so and had to...