San Clemente State Beach Camping

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  1. Midnightpass

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    We’ve been here since Saturday afternoon. The Surf has been booming…. So no fishing yet. :emoji_frowning2:
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    When booming , fish the small backwash and mini rip areas . Surprisingly small water can hold big fish . The fish are there and still have to eat . Have a nice camp , looks like fun . WR
     
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    Bill, the surf is breaking inside as well as out, So it would be tough to keep a bait in the bottom or in a zone. Kinda like dropping it in a washing machine. Not sure I’d feel a bite if I got one.
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    Cool Samurai!
     
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    Well at least the beach will get a remodel and maybe have some new structure when it calms down . Tight lines
     
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    San Clemente State Beach is generally a shorebreak type of beach so it's tough to fish unless there's zero swell. I've camped there a few times and ditched my rod for some fun bodyboarding and bodysurfing.
     
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    Thank you…. I got some good advice from WR about them, when I 1st bought it. Fun little car.
    Butch
     
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    I agree with you. I’ve camped here since the early ‘60s. Nearly every year for the last 50.. I’ll fish it in some pretty bad conditions, but not even trying until this swell passes through I still have the rest of the week, so maybe, like WR said, afterwards….
    Butch.
     
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    Cast far with the rod and put it on a spike! :emoji_smile:
     
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    One of the best places to take the grandkids (ages 11, 9 & 7) camping if you can get a spot. Close enough for a 1 1/2 hr ride up there ("are we there yet ?") close enough to walk down to the beach, beautiful sunsets, clean showers and bathrooms and a great place for them to ride bikes. Great place and better than the inland campground.
     
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    Thanks for the report Butch. I hope the surf becomes fishable & productive. I love that Samari! That RV looks like quite a rig too!
    Have fun and we look forward to some more pics, hopefully w/ some nice fish.
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    That's a sweet looking outsuck! Perfect setup for a predator ambush point.
    Thanks for posting these pics Butch.
    It looks pretty, and not too terribly crowded.
    A couple pretty interesting looking spots. That's one sweet looking outsuck, perfect ambush point for predators, though I don't know what if any of your species would find that attractive. Looks like some deep water around & behind it too. I know I'd look for stripers there if it was up in my neck of the woods. Also, looks pretty interesting around that point down by the rocks. Looks like there might be a little bit of a bowel beside / along side of it.
    Am I reading that right?
    Catch'em up brother!
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    I guess the long stretch of white water is rip current, which brings the bubbles back? Some Youtube video talked about rip current is where you see a long stretch of clear water "channel" between white waters, as wave does not break there. This seems opposite. Still learning about reading surf...
     
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    Yes,
    On most flat - straight beaches, a channel somewhat perpendicular to the surfline forms. It’s where the water that gets pushed in, recedes from. It’s a little deeper and the current pulls small baitfish and crustaceans out. On either side and around the end are prime ambush points.
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    Yeah, that's what I meant by rip current, which flows through a "cut" through the sandbar. My question is more about how to spot it from the surf. Some Youtube video (like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFMYkzF1aF0) stated that clear water strip in between white waters is an indicator of rip current. However, in Butch's pictures, it is a white water strip between clear waters. These are two opposite appearances, but maybe both indicate rip current...
     
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    Hello! For riptide, I normally try to find white water that is flowing back to the ocean. If you aren't too sure you can always ask the lifeguard. If a lifeguard is doing the job right he/she will tell swimmers to move away for their own safety.
     
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    The best advice I’ve ever gotten from a surf guide is this….. Don’t just walk right down to the surf and cast. Spend more time looking, observing, than fishing. He said take your binoculars, stand at a high point, e.g., dunes. Just watch the waves. Notice where swells rise to waves, crest & break. Notice the current, wind, timing of the swells / waves. Especially watch for places where the waves end on either side. There most likely will be places where the waves don’t crest. These are deeper spots and can help point you to cuts. You’ll notice white water or bubbles, or sone indication of current move out, like a river.
    Lots of good vids online to watch about how to read the surf.
    Tight lines!
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