Fish chasing bait in breaking waves

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  1. Fritzy

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    Ive been fishing and bodysurfing north county for fourty plus years and lately Ive seen more fish chasing baitfish into the peaks of breaking waves than ever before. They look to be about a foot long and have a semi streamlined body. Im having a hard time getting a good enough look to identify them but Im guessing maybe juvenile yellowtail? I also saw what i believed to be a really small bonita in the surf zone. It chased a school of anchovies untill they were out of the water tail walking when it jumped completely out of the water to snag one. Anybody have any ideas? ThanksP.S. Encinitas area between Moonlight and D street. Cheers.
     
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    Could be striped bass this year.. Juv yellows or wsb, corvina, even yfc, big macks, bonito, or very rarely, black skipjack also will crash in our local surf
     
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    I haven't been in the water for a week, but have seen mullet jumping in the surf/ riding waves countless times; so my guess would be mullet.
     
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    Can't say I've seen them in the surf but I sure saw them at Fiesta the other day, kind of nerve racking.
     
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    The only times Ive seen mullet are in the estuaries, I m not sure but I dont think they feed on other fish.
     
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    One of my guesses as well
     
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    My top thoughts were yellowtail,wsb and possibly macs . Pretty sure they werent corbina or croakers as these were in the tops of some pretty big waves and Im not sure its part of their M.O. To chase baitfish up top....
     
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    I have seen yfc crashing in Dana and ACH many times. Not the surf that I can remember.. There is another possibility I hadn't mentioned.. Jack mackerel.. Jacks will certainly enter shallow water and hammer any kind of vermin available, even in a few inches of water..
     
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    I've seen hundreds in the surf at TP many moons ago waiting for the tide to be high enough to enter the estuary. Used to toss a weighted treble hook into the surf and snag them. Buggers put up a great fight.
     
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    Good eating as well
     
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    Ive seen lots of mullet jumping in all the lagoons. The thing about them is they are bottom/ vegetation feeders they dont chase bait....
     
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    They don't. Looks can often be deceiving, especially from shore. You could have multiple species swimming in the waves at the same time. I haven't put in as much time as OP, but I have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours in, on and under the water on that stretch of beach. I regularly see bait, yfc and mullet in the surf (waves); corbina and perch in the skinny water. Once in a while I'll see a hali on the outside or it it's flat. Not to say it couldn't be something sexier, but I haven't seen it; at least not in the surf. Out deeper toward and including the kelp is a whole different story. I've swam/ SUP'd with everything from whales to an opah, seen a school of large yt crashing bait on more than one occasion, wsb. No yft or bonita, but pretty much everything else.
     
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    Guys with mullets or the fish?
     
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