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  1. John The Bass

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    I want to start surf fishing for halibut and surf perch, but I don’t know where to fish. I don’t need any secret spots, I just want to know where are some beaches that aren’t constantly crowded with tourists. Thanks.
     
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    Early morning any beach out of the mlpa will be empty...
     
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  3. OPERATOR SPECTRE

    OPERATOR SPECTRE Small stingrays make great frisbees
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    I've had good luck in carlsbad beach in front of the army navy academy before... That whole area can be really good at times
     
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    Halibut and surf perch require two separate rigs - in case you didn't know. However, I did catch a small halibut when going for surf perch. So basically don't listen to me.
     
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    For surf perch, c rig with sand crabs, gulp sandworms, bloodworms, mussels, etc.. Halis like lucky craft flashminnows, surf pointers, krocodile spoons, There are plenty more lures and baits you can get them on... these are just what iv'e had luck on
     
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    This time of year the tourism falls off dramatically . Surfers are the main obstruction at some of the close in reef areas . Watch the tides and hit some of the lowest tide mornings so you can find the exposed or shallow reefs , troughs and rocks . Mark those in a notebook or on the phone or GPS maybe take a picture of the back ground so you can find those areas when they are covered with water . This time of year also brings heavy longshore currents as well as swell that will dig the sand away exposing more areas that were covered up in the summer . There can be dramatic change from one day or week to the next . Talking to a UCSD grad student studying beach change , she showed me areas of Torrey pines beach on her laptop that changed up to 2 meters in elevation summer to winter . Any where you choose to fish will be less crowded in the early or late hours . The fish will be in or between the structure as far as where to start , keep mobile a few casts at each area if you don't get bit move. Try to figure out the best tide to fish the areas you found when scouting . Keep notes if it helps look at the time and record when you catch fish then compare to the tide tables as a reference . Places to scout ? Torrey pines , Delmar , Cardiff and many others . Good luck ! Iam sure you will get good input from others on the site as well . WR Add /edit be prepared to do a lot of walking , If you get a cheap used bike with fat tires that is easily cleaned you can really cover the distance scouting on the hard pack sand at low tide.
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    More walking you do, fewer people there will be, generally. Uglier the access, fewer people as well. Long hikes over slick rocks, steep cliffs, etc will inevitably get you into good territory for the hunt. Additionally, while not so good for halibut and surf perch, our local coastline tends to empty out at night, too. Huge bass, big sharks, rays, etc are all easily targeted at night, usually without a person in sight for miles
     
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    what i heard is fun is light gear for surf perch
     
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    I caught 7 this summer my first surf fish just south of Belmont Park on 6lb test and it was a lot of fun and they are beautiful fish I wasn’t in the prepared to clean them properly so I didn’t get to taste them but next time, I hear they’re tasty.
     
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    try it i dont ussaly do surf fishing as beaches are crowded and waves are big but i do cast into surf from peirs and am looking forward to catching some perch
     
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    Black's beach is a constant surf producer. Moonlight for halibut. U didnt hear that here...
     
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    Get 1 to 2 ounce flat coin style sinkers/weights. Tie a couple dropper loops 12 inches and 20 inches from the weight. Use squid or kalis white grubs to Target Hali and use smaller hooks and 2 inch camo colored gulp sandworms for Surf Perch. Go as early as possible a (near sunrise) you will only see a few people in the beach. Try north or south of the roller coaster at Mission Beach. Get your feet wet and throw out far as possible without breaking the line. Reel in very slowly. Fish are usually within 50-70 ft away from beach
     
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    Fishing in Torrey pines, Del Mar. everywhere basically
     
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    All Can have fish but out of a 2 mile long beach there might only be a few hundred feet of productive water . The old saying is 90 percent of the fish are in 10 percent of the water . Do your home work learn to read the water you will catch fish . WR
     
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    Light line perhaps...

    While I don't recommend this setup, I've caught them using a fast 10' 15-40lb paired with an 8k reel, using 17lb fluoro just as easy as with my goto 8' setup on a 4k reel on 10lb fl...
     
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    Please let us know how it works out for you.
     
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    Thanks for that link I’m going to watch every clip over and over until sinks in.
     
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    Thanks for that link I’m going to watch every clip over and over until sinks in.
     
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    Thanks for that link I’m going to watch every clip over and over until sinks in.
     
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