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  1. Jordand

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    I have been fishing Cardiff for the last few months and am looking for some new spots to fish with a different variety of fish. I am mostly catching carbina, YFC, stingrays, bat rays, guitar fish and leopard sharks. I don't know if its my setup or bait, but that's been about it. Looking to catch some new species. Anyone have any suggestions? Love the convenience of Cardiff as I live 2 minutes up the hill so would love some spots close, but any advice would be greatly appreciated on rig, bait or spots. Thank you in advance for the help!
     
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    There will be different fish if you switch to a rocky area.. find a spot with mixed rocks and sand or heavy reef...
     
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    Thank you Coach! Being new at this any advice on how to figure that out is appreciated.
     
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    Google Earth, look for the areas rocky bottom approaches the shore, any kind of kelp that looks attached to the bottom (get some binoculars), closer to shore is better, you won't usually see any super close, since wave action normally breaks it off pretty quickly. Even if the beach is sand, sometimes the rocks come close enough to cast to, and those rocks can have many manner of fish.. and other stuff.. lol
     
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    Awesome. Thank you. I’ll give it a try!
     
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    This is swamis. There are a lot of rocks underwater at high tide. Is this the type of thing I should look for or should the bottom be rock instead of sand too?
     
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    I live in Cardiff and unless the perch are hungry for gulp and natural worms, I’ll go somewhere else. The inability to gather sand crabs ultimately frustrates me so
    I head to northern beaches. I haven’t focused on rocky reefs so I can’t tell you if there are (m)any but I usually have good luck from stone steps to tamarack.
     
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    Looks like it could be a good spot...
     
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    Thank you. I’ve heard stone steps is good. But I’m guessing you have to go at low tide? Not much beach. I’ve been using lugworms and had good luck with them thus far.
     
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    Not much beach is exactly what you are looking for..
     
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    Understood! I’ll give it a go up there as well. I’ve heard the camouflage gulp worms can be a good choice?. But are sand crabs the best choice?
     
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    For rocky areas, I like market shrimp chunks on a number 6 hook
     
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    Perfect! You guys are awesome! I’m a chef locally, so shrimp are not an issue. Thanks for all the advice and being willing to guide/share! I’ll report back hopefully with photos of an amazing catch.
     
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    Sargo, opaleye, halfmoon, calicos, rockfish, blennies, kelpfish, Garibaldi (unhook in the water when possible) and many many more species are all available in great numbers.. of course things like sharks and morays too..
     
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    I’m definitely going to need an identification chart and size limit guide with all those species. Do you suggest releasing in the water just to be sure you don’t injure the fish? I know they are CA state fish and protected.
     
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    Something like that.. no size limit on most fish, number limit is ten.. throw everything back if you don't know what it is...
     
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    Between Swamis and Cardiff reef there are many sand / rock interface areas that can be pretty good fishing . Some you will see at low tide that are covered with eel grass , others will appear as rock boils when the waves or swell pass over . I fish mainly artificial ,but bait will certainly work . Most of the largest Calicos I have caught wether from a boat or shore have been from that area . Have landed many Halibut from the same locations . Keep in mind that just switching up the gear and the way it is fished can change the prospects of an area that seems to be Ho Hum . The reef areas change it up during different times of year due to the beach eroding and replenishing with the seasons . Good Luck . WR
     
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    Awesome info! I’m going to try that area tomorrow morning at sunrise.
     
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    This screen shot may widen the prospective . Be prepared to loose tackle and lures , just think of it as gifts to the reef gods . Dark areas reef , light areas sand . Go at a low water tide to best scout it . Swamis at north end Cardiff and the river outlet at the south Again good luck . WR Cardiff.jpg
     
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