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TP is full of rocks, Black's is too shallow, where else for croaker?

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  1. JediZavv

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    Okay, my curiosity was enlightened by another thread, so I went to Black's Beach to check out the condition after work today;
    No rocks, great; however, too shallow!!! Miles of shallow sand 100ft outward!!!
    Quite an amount of birds but no sign of sand crab; a lot of tiny jumpy white "nano-bugs" though;
    Found a rip, threw my lure in, let current suck out all the line on my reel, reel back, got 10 patches of weed;
    Great sunset & weather, great hike but not fishing unless I get a chest-wader and walk a 100 ft outward.

    Now the question is, where else can I go, to hunt for croaker?

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    Which croaker are you looking for
     
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    I've caught yellowfin & spotfin croaker before, so I'm probably referring to those;
    however, I'm also open to white croaker, or corbina or corvina...
    last year, I caught a few from TP when the sand crabs were there;
    now there's no sand crab but rocks, so I'm looking for alternative place.
     
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    Maybe north mb, or pb just south of the pier?
     
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    maybe, although, too many swimmers / surfers there, gonna be a hassle avoid tangling them; not to mention the hell level parking.
     
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    Lol.. Fish sunset on an incoming. . less chaos by lots..
     
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    now that u mention sunset, maybe I should try sunset cliff;
    I've been there but never fished there.
     
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    Totaly worth it.. Go prepared.. Great spot
     
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    I think I'll bring 3oz pyramid sinker, #6 baitholder and shrimp.
     
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    Might want a lighter weight.. If using heavy gear, switch to a four.. Light weight will keep you out of the rocks.... If you want more precise fishing, LJ is the way to go IMO
     
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    isn't LJ marine protected area?
     
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    D/L a map and study.. There are open areas in LJ.. Some of the sandy ones are productive. . a lot more for the rocky fish.. Have seen vids on the tube about spotfin tho
     
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    So you are talking about southwest of Point La Jolla, like children tidal pool area;
    interesting, I never thought about fishing there...

    https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=43293

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    IMG_4111.PNG Essentially, fishable area in LJ = area south of Point La Jolla (by La Jolla Cove) all the way to north of Palomar Ave.

    Many different types of shore fishing, cliffs, rocks, beaches, etc.

    You just have to move around and see what area is fishable because conditions are changing constantly.

    Have caught calico, sand bass, sargo, etc. (No YF/white croakers n perch yet though)

    Here is an Opaleye hole found off the beach.

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    When did you do this? Nice work
     
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    Yesterday. Lol.
     
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    Incredible, were u using bait or lure?
     
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    Bait, Carolina Rig.

    My tip is to select an area you think is fishable, and just pound it like shore pounding from the bay.

    Eventually, you will hit the honey spot.
     
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    Great work scuba!! That opaleye must've been Delish!
     
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