Light LB test in surf but....

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  1. DogDudeDrone

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    I have been seeing all the corbina catches and really want to try that out...I also really want another croaker. That being said, all of the threads concerning corbina talk about the light line like 6lb at most...I just have to say, I caught my only Spotfin Croaker about a month ago and I keep trippin out about the line i was using...25lb flouro! So crobinas are line shy, but theres no way in hell spotfin croakers care as much.

    Any more truth to add to this? Also I want to surf fish tomorrow, and I'm gonna take light line(trout gear) and bass gear with 10lb on it to throw topwater for corvina. Hit me up if you wanna link up, I could use all the info I can get considering I've only surf fished once or twice.
     
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    I think the beaches you fish play a big role...corbina are mostly on sandy beaches. The areas by sunset cliffs like where you got that spotfin, 6# isn't going to hold up well. Mission beach fishes very different than most point loma beaches
     
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    Well corbina might not be where spotfin are but spotfin are certainly where corbina like to hang out. My question really lies in how skittish the fish are...Its suprising to me to get a spotfin on 25lb, so they must not care at all?
     
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    Never forget that luck plays a role too... I know it's hard to swallow, but luck always has a role, no matter the preparation or skill, there is still a luck aspect...
     
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    I think corbina in skinny water are definitely picky, and when fishing sand crabs, presentation is important hence the light line. Croakers don't seem to be so picky. Right place right time usually trumps everything lol
     
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    I'll probably be out early this Friday. Targeting corbina and anything else in the surf for the entire dropping tide. PM if you want to meet up, I'll share what I can.
     
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    Fished TP for 6.5 hours this morning. Started at 630-7 and it wasn’t even low tide yet, my boots weren’t helping me stay dry and casting the jerkbait for corvina didn’t seem like it was working...

    Grabbed my ultra light for trout, threw on a 1/64 oz jighead and threw on a Berkeley sandworm. I was using the dropshot technique while everyone else had egg sinkers set up with c-rigs. Tried using sand crabs but no luck although I spoke with a couple that were fishing and they were only using sand crabs. They beat me for sure but luckily I did happen to get one baby croaker(looked like a spotfin but no spot?) and my first ever corbina at a whopping 8 inches long haha! I did however see about 7 decent(14-18”) corbina literally come up to my feet...I couldn’t understand why they didn’t bite!
     
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    Nature of the bean.. frustrating fish at times
     
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    Because they saw your feet.:emoji_face_palm:
     
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    Hey hey first time ever seeing corbina in the surf man give me some slack lol. So, I get it now, high tide at this particular location would give you the advantage to surf almost from shore completely staying dry. At first it was low tide when I started so i tried to cast as far as I could out...by the time I was finished, close to high tide, I realized you could literally be on the beach. Some older dude even told me he snorkeled out to see where the fish were one day and was amazed they were ALL inside. So I definitely gained some knowledge today, and I didn't skunk. Plus I even a corbina which is a new species for myself! Vid to come shortly ;) just hope I don't get busted for flying my drone where Peregrine(?) Falcons roam(lifeguard told me to stop flying!)

    The pic is of the first fish I caught, some kind of croaker no spot though...YFC?

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    Where you going? Unless conditions have drastically changed, I'd avoid Mission. Tides look rather puny, less than a foot between AM hi's to low. Late afternoon looks more promising but got the day trippers, etc. to contend with.
     
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    Me and another head from sdfish are planning on fishing this evening, werfless said La Jolla was a no go so we are thinking ocean beach dog park considering I think I saw someone pull out a corbina this morning.
     
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    I will be fishing there anyway. I am just curious if some fish have moved onto that one trough.
     
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    A spotfin with no spot. Queenfish?
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    Although it appears to have a spot also
     
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    Can I get a confirmation on a new species?!?!? But nah, look at that lateral line on the queeny, none on the YFC right? Oh ****, unless they both croak it was definitely the former, it was croaking!

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    Yeah, I was just trying to think of a fish that sort of resembles a spotfin but without a spot. That’s all I could come up with.

    Not a good guess but only thing I could come up with.
     
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    White croaker ? AKA tomcod ? Just a thought . White.Croaker_Avila_2013_2a-770x480.jpg
     
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    Again, I’m not seeing a lateral line on the fish I caught, but perhaps just because it was juvenile?
     
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