Surf Fishing S. Orange County 4/19/2017

Walking down to the beach everything looked good. The waves weren’t as big as expected, the tide was at the right place, and the local whale watching boats were chasing whales just outside of the surf zone.


In spite of conditions being right, I knew it was going to be a tough day. Most of the reports from Santa Barbara down to San Diego were showing little to no activity. Orange County reports have been even worse. That said, you can’t catch fish if you don’t go!

Conditions shot. Waves were 2-4 feet with a bit of wind chop.


As usual I started with the Lucky Craft Flash Minnow in Aurora Black. I fished this until I ran out of beach about a half mile down without a bump.


I switched to a Carolina rigged Gulp Camo Sand worm with a 1/2 oz weight and worked back to the start. Again, not a nibble. In spite of tons of structure and the swell being cooperative, the fish just weren’t home. And they haven’t been for some time.

To say that Surf Fishing in Socal has been slow the last few years would be an understatement. We’re all feeling it and there are no definitive answers to what the cause is. It may be lingering El Nino effects, it may be climate change, or it could be any number of other factors. Hopefully it’s a temporary phenomenon and things will become productive again soon. Only time will tell.



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