Quick trip to Huntington...I see fish!!!

evanluck

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I scheduled an appointment to see my barber which is located near the Huntington Beach Pier at 8AM. I had some bait left over from my Catalina trip (ghost shrimp and blood worms), so I thought I would try to fish in shore at Huntington. I arrived at 6AM and had about 90 minutes to fish.

I started out on the North side just past the first expanded width section of the pier. After 15 minutes with no luck, a guy got my attention and said he could see large fish on the South side very far inshore.

I went there and sure enough there were 6-10 large corbina and spot fin croaker schooling together. I dropped my lines near them but they were not interested in either of my baits. I ended up casting farther out in the location trying to see if slowly retrieving through their location would trigger a bite. Still no interest from these larger fish but I did catch a small Barred surf perch and a small corbina. These two were nice consolation prizes as they both were first time catches for me.

I'm hypothesizing that sand crabs or mussels would have been the bait of choice to try to entice these larger fish to bite. Wish I had more time and the right baits.
 

Ken Jones

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Wow, you had ghost shrimp in Catalina? Big Fish was out when we went over and I was VERY disappointed. Plus, they really raised the price on bloodworms (one reason I picked up a couple of dozen lug worms). But, you need good bait if you want to catch the fish.
 

evanluck

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Wow, you had ghost shrimp in Catalina? Big Fish was out when we went over and I was VERY disappointed. Plus, they really raised the price on bloodworms (one reason I picked up a couple of dozen lug worms). But, you need good bait if you want to catch the fish.
What day did you go? They usually get their ghost shrimp shipment on Friday. I got 5 containers of blood worms and 2 containers of ghost shrimp from them last Friday. The way the Mole has been I actually don’t think the ghost shrimp are advantageous. The best bite we had last Sunday there was on market shrimp.

I caught a couple good fish on ghost shrimp but any advantage they have, in my opinion, is dampened by how easily they fall off the hook.

The reason we had a whole carton left over was that we all were getting plenty of enthusiastic bites on market shrimp.
 
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evanluck

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Wow, you had ghost shrimp in Catalina? Big Fish was out when we went over and I was VERY disappointed. Plus, they really raised the price on bloodworms (one reason I picked up a couple of dozen lug worms). But, you need good bait if you want to catch the fish.
What were they charging for blood worms? When I go there blood worms and lug worms are the same price (around $7.50 a box). My back up place when big fish is out is Longfin in Orange and they sell blood worms for $15 a box
 

Ken Jones

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Although the bloodworms at Big Fish were about $7.50 (or $7.99) for a container, there were only a half dozen worms in the container. The lug worms were $7.50 a dozen. I think bloodworms were only about $10 a dozen fairly recently.