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[*] posted on 4/3/19 at 11:13 Reply With Quote
Salt Creek - 3/3



Before the rains came this weekend, Kent Conklin and I had the chance to get out at Doheny Beach, to explore the new structure created by the last deluge of rain, and ensuing runoff. The water visibility on Thursday was fair for the most part, and though fishing conditions were perfect with lots of good holding water, we were only able to find a handful of fish between the two of us; a couple of BSP and a small sand bass hiding in the reef structure on the north end of the beach. Missing were baitfish and sand crabs, and it was obvious that all the freshwater runoff and polluted water has forced them elsewhere for the time being. This will surely change as the water warms into the 60’s in a few weeks, and the saltwater wedge returns to the jetty area. At the moment the jetty itself is completely buried under the sand bar, with sand extending well to the north, outward to sea, and somewhat to the south. If you fish the south side of the river, there are more than a few logs buried in the sand with branches under the surface, so fish weedless flies if you want to keep ‘em. That said, one of our perch was holding tight to the timber to stay out of the flow.

Lots of rain on Saturday meant going back to fish at Doho on Sunday would have been counterproductive, so we headed to Strands and Salt Creek in search of cleaner water instead. Though we were several hours into the ebb tide at 8am when we took to the sand, the water was still really high at the former, and I found lots of 6-8” BSP working in and out of the trenches with the rhythm of the waves, which were pushing 2-3’. It didn’t take long to get hooked up with a tandem of flies, fished on a short 7’ leader, behind a 26’ T-14 shooting head. Though I thought about adding at least one baitfish pattern to the rig, I stayed with a pair of size 4 surfworms (one weighted, one not) all day, while Kent went with one of his Conkalinis and a surfworm dropper.

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[*] posted on 4/3/19 at 11:16 Reply With Quote


We turned the rocky point at the north end of Strands around 10am, and found much clearer water, deep near-shore ditches, and building rips all along the Salt Creek beach. Leaving the surfers to the sets of waves at the point, we worked our was 2/3’s of the way down the beach, before settling into three huge holes, pulling out another half-dozen perch and a trio of halibut, including this beauty that came home with us for dinner:

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[*] posted on 4/3/19 at 11:23 Reply With Quote


Nice looking dinner guest



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As fast as the bite took off it came to an end, with the spring tide draining water rapidly off the shore. The long walk back to the car was punctuated with lots of photo ops for Kent and his fish, to round out the morning.

Kim Z.

Conditions: Water visibility- good to excellent. Water temperature- 58*F. Weather- partly cloudy, with sunshine later
Winds- light and variable early, becoming WSW at 5-8 knots by noon.

Observations: Keep moving, especially on spring tides - you have to find the fish that are cruising the beach right now, and not settled in to any regular feeding locations. Food is scarce, so your targeted fish are out looking for it. Also, two people out fishing find fish four times faster than one, so take a friend with you if you can when you go, and keep making adjustments as a team.
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[*] posted on 4/3/19 at 15:47 Reply With Quote


Z what do you run your 26’ T-14 shooting head for running line?

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[*] posted on 4/3/19 at 23:23 Reply With Quote


Mark, I think he uses Rio SlickShooter or OPST Lazar Line...
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[*] posted on 5/3/19 at 14:57 Reply With Quote


Joe would that work in the bay in a kayak also?

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[*] posted on 5/3/19 at 16:04 Reply With Quote


Definitely...
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