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theduece
07-17-2012, 7:28 PM
Any experienced guys here? Never done it any recommendations for gear spots etc.?

I've had a lapse in my fishing...... I actually hadn't fished in 15+ years, well the kids talked me into going again a week or so ago. What a blast we had! Well being from norcal I just mainly trout fished before. Now living in OC trout fisheries are far, hell all but the ocean is far.... ok well just started looking for honey holes.

castgold
07-17-2012, 8:04 PM
6-10 lb test line, long parabolic rod for casting into the wind, beads, Carolina keepers, 1/4 to 1/2 ounce sliding egg sinkers, mosquito hooks, motor oil/red fleck grub plastics, Gulp! crawdads, 3" plastics and small leadheads, maybe make some live sand crabs or live go shrimp, license, MLPA closure map, and start looking around.

I haven't done surf for a while, but plastics got me some barred surf perch, rays, leopard shark, and croaker. The live bait got me corvina.

Fun, but boring, and always gotta look out for any nearby people in the water.

AAShooter
07-17-2012, 8:06 PM
I used to wade in the surf and capture "sand fleas" for bait. Caught lots of perch on "sand fleas".

http://cdn.stripersonline.com/4/48/484a407c_vbattach6598.jpg

Nahuatl
07-18-2012, 7:17 AM
It's worth spending a few bucks to buy or build a long handled sand strainer to catch sandcrabs and sort out the soft shells right after they moult. Low tide at the HB bluffs is a good spot to look for Corbina cruising in between the sandbars. Wear good polarized sun glasses. Small hooks, light line, ~7ft rod, something with a sensitive tip that lets you feel light bites. You'll be lucky to catch one, but they can be 3-4 pounds.

With heavier tackle, longer rods, bigger baits, you'll catch bigger fish.

ElvenSoul
07-18-2012, 7:27 AM
Done good at Seal Beach Pier.

tony270
07-18-2012, 8:07 AM
I use a 12 foot surf rod and reel combo with 20 pound test with backing, the set up is a surf leader with 2 or 3 hooks and a 3 to 6 ounce weight, the conventional reel cast much farther that a spinning reel, the trick is learning how to cast it without getting a backlash. I have a Shimano Baitrunner (spining reel) and a 12 foot Fenwick Alanticstick, old school but still top of the line in my book.
If I was going to purchasing a new surf fishing set I might go with these:
http://fish.shimano.com/publish/content/global_fish/en/us/index/products/reels/saltwater_spinning/Biatrunner.html
BTR4000D
CLNC-SS1062MHRS
http://www.daiwa.com/rod/detail.aspx?id=124&parentid=120

theduece
07-18-2012, 3:48 PM
Thanks for the tips so far guys!

ewarmour
07-18-2012, 3:58 PM
6-10 lb test line, long parabolic rod for casting into the wind, beads, Carolina keepers, 1/4 to 1/2 ounce sliding egg sinkers, mosquito hooks, motor oil/red fleck grub plastics, Gulp! crawdads, 3" plastics and small leadheads, maybe make some live sand crabs or live go shrimp, license, MLPA closure map, and start looking around.

I haven't done surf for a while, but plastics got me some barred surf perch, rays, leopard shark, and croaker. The live bait got me corvina.

Fun, but boring, and always gotta look out for any nearby people in the water.

This here ^ and using a shorter/stiffer 8-10# fluorocarbon leader (12-14" long) will help prevent the leader wrapping around your main line in the surf. Or go big for the big stuff as posted above.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-EqY1pfCIONc/SvCQx2258JI/AAAAAAAABmc/aRWCHUeQRgo/s512/1_fish.jpg

21SF
07-18-2012, 4:32 PM
I use a 12 foot surf rod and reel combo with 20 pound test with backing, the set up is a surf leader with 2 or 3 hooks and a 3 to 6 ounce weight, the conventional reel cast much farther that a spinning reel, the trick is learning how to cast it without getting a backlash. I have a Shimano Baitrunner (spining reel) and a 12 foot Fenwick Alanticstick, old school but still top of the line in my book.
If I was going to purchasing a new surf fishing set I might go with these:
http://fish.shimano.com/publish/content/global_fish/en/us/index/products/reels/saltwater_spinning/Biatrunner.html
BTR4000D
CLNC-SS1062MHRS
http://www.daiwa.com/rod/detail.aspx?id=124&parentid=120

Man I used to have a couple of those reels, I have no idea what happend to them. i loved them. Now im satisfied with my okuma baitrunner. But I might have to look for some of those shimanos again.

21SF
07-18-2012, 4:33 PM
Also if you have not switched to braid yet try some power pro. Been using since it first vame out 10+ years ago. You will cast way further !!

gibbygoo
07-21-2012, 6:41 AM
I used to wade in the surf and capture "sand fleas" for bait. Caught lots of perch on "sand fleas".

http://cdn.stripersonline.com/4/48/484a407c_vbattach6598.jpg

Those are sand crabs.

This site has tons of info: www.scsurffishing.com

AAShooter
07-21-2012, 6:45 AM
Those are sand crabs.

This site has tons of info: www.scsurffishing.com

They are called a variety of things:

http://fishingdestinguide.com/baitSANDFLEAS.html

I just use one of these collapsible fish holders and drag the mouth through the sand:

http://img.orbitbid.com/2012/05/22/Midway%20Machine%205-31%20249.JPG

tony270
07-21-2012, 9:53 AM
Yeah, I have always known those as sand crabs too, I've known sand fleas as the California Beach Hopper, they attach themselves to fish on a stringer in the surf. The California Beach Hopper is what I've known as a sand flea. But I'm sure there can be more than one type of beach flea.

http://www.marinebio.net/marinescience/03ecology/sblife.htm

AAShooter
07-21-2012, 10:49 AM
Good link.

gibbygoo
07-22-2012, 8:34 AM
Yeah, I have always known those as sand crabs too, I've known sand fleas as the California Beach Hopper, they attach themselves to fish on a stringer in the surf. The California Beach Hopper is what I've known as a sand flea. But I'm sure there can be more than one type of beach flea.

http://www.marinebio.net/marinescience/03ecology/sblife.htm

I assumed the sand flea was the jumping flea thing that lands on you right in the dry area of the sand. There are usually lots near Ventura, but none near Pismo. I guess they like it warmer.

Mstnpete
07-22-2012, 8:42 AM
I surf fish as well. Just got tired of the fresh water fishing.
Caught a couple of Halibuts and some Barbed surf perch.
I'm in Oc as well and fish at Bolsa Chika in HB, and in Seal Beach.
Let's go one of these days. Pm me and when you want to go. I like using Berkley grub products on a Carolina rig.

Peter

HokeySon
07-22-2012, 10:50 AM
***
I'm in Oc as well and fish at Bolsa Chika in HB, and in Seal Beach.
Let's go one of these days. Pm me and when you want to go. ***

Peter

I would like to go sometime, but I have never surf fished before. If anyone wouldn't mind a newbie tagging along and tryin' to learn a little somethin, please let me know.

I am in Long Beach, so seal beach, bolsa, and the rest of OC are doable for me easy.

pmoradi2002
07-22-2012, 7:22 PM
Let me know if you go, I'll join along. I heard Dana Point is a good spot. I do a lot of harbor fishing if you're down for that.