Corbina PB in OB

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  1. BestFishes

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    Took my dad out for his first surf fishing day. He popped a cherry on perch and corbina, although they’re the smallest fish in the ocean. I was lucky with a 17” and 23.5” bean. I have to count that 1/2” to make my pb haha.

    All caught on Carolina rigged sand crabs. We fished from 6:00am - 9:00am and tide got slack low around 8:00am. Lots of seaweed especially when the tide started rising.

    Last photo is stomach contents. Anyone have an id? Blood worms? Different looking to me.

    Also if anyone wants to share filet tips for these fish I wouldn’t mind! Thanks.

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    Those look like sand crab pieces and fish spines to me; probably digested baby grunion or something
     
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    Dam hefty beans all over right now! Definitely grunion spines.
     
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    Right on. Thanks guys. I had no idea corbina ate grunion! Probably fattens them up faster than sand crabs.
     
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    Nice session. OB is one of my main stomping grounds. Salad is often present, usually one side or the other of the stub jetty is worse. Filleting a bean is pretty straight forward, just take your time and bounce that knife off the bones. They're pretty long and slender compared to some other fish, so a sloppy job can leave some meat on. The smaller one I would just cook whole to get maximum yield.
     
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    Thanks. I’m planning to steam the smaller one whole but I want to try ceviche with the momma. I feel like I waste too much meat when filleting.
     
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    Nice fish, congrats on the catch and getting your dad a hook-up.
    Just scale, gill, gut, & cut off the fins. Cut in half length wise so both pieces fit in your largest skillet. Med-high heat, some oil, toss her in the pan and cover with foil. Flip when about half cooked. Best meat is up around the head.
     
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    So you caught these fish during outgoing and slack tide?

    Apparently I am limiting myself by only fishing the incoming tides.

    Huh...
     
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    Yes. Actually my two were both on the outgoing, early. Not my ideal tide to fish, but I’ll get out when I can and haven’t noticed corbina biting better at a specific tide. Typically I would agree with you on incoming tides.
     
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    Nice job, still looking for my first Corbina, way to go getting your dad in the surf, was it his first time surf fishing? That would make a special memory.
     
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    Yep, his first time. At least in my 34 years. He’s a life long trout guy, local and sierras but now that he’s retired he’s up for venturing out more. Can’t wait to get him on some tuna.
     
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    If you can read the surf, you can catch fish on any tide especially for beans. Doesn’t matter what tide really.
     
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