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Best lures for surf fishing around Sanat Cruz

post #1 of 18
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Hi,
I'm new to Northern California (originally from So. Calif). I'm interested in learning how to surf fish here, but can't decide on what type of lures I should use in the surf around Santa Cruz or Davenport. Can any of you give me some pointers. BTW, I just ordered a VS250 and St. Croix 10'6" rod so I have the equipment to use. I just need to buy the lures now...
post #2 of 18
I just moved from there to the Bay area and I've been kicking myself ever since.



For stripers, a lot of guys fish the monterey bay beaches w/ pencil poppers, hopkins spoons, kastmasters, and swim baits. Halibut like spoons, plastics, & swim baits. You'll loose a lot of lures working the rocks for cabezon & rock fish but it can be done around Davenport & northern SC. Most guys will throw bait for them which is usually squid, anchovies, or shrimp.



Barred surf perch will be taking 1.5-2" grubs & gulp pile worms.



That's it in a nutshell. What brands, colors, rigs, techniques, and spots are you to discover. Good luck and update us on your success.
post #3 of 18
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Yeah, Northern Calif is different then Southern Calif., but I'm determined to to make the best of it. I drove from Pacifica to Santa Cruz this past weekend scouting the coast and Davenport appears to have the most attractive structure. That's assuming I can apply what I've learned down south to here. This weekend is suppose to be pretty warm so I guess I'll be losing my virginity this weekend...

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Originally Posted by SurfFisher08 View Post
I just moved from there to the Bay area and I've been kicking myself ever since.

For stripers, a lot of guys fish the monterey bay beaches w/ pencil poppers, hopkins spoons, kastmasters, and swim baits. Halibut like spoons, plastics, & swim baits. You'll loose a lot of lures working the rocks for cabezon & rock fish but it can be done around Davenport & northern SC. Most guys will throw bait for them which is usually squid, anchovies, or shrimp.

Barred surf perch will be taking 1.5-2" grubs & gulp pile worms.

That's it in a nutshell. What brands, colors, rigs, techniques, and spots are you to discover. Good luck and update us on your success.
post #4 of 18
Yeah Davenport is my favorite place to fish in the world. It's awesome and the fishing is GREAT. The more difficult the hike to the fishing spot, the better fishing. Cut shrimp & squid & anchovies. Bring lots of tackle b/c you will loose it. The perch out there a big too.
post #5 of 18
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I just moved from there to the Bay area and I've been kicking myself ever since.


Welcome to SOL. Where did you move from?
post #6 of 18
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Welcome to SOL. Where did you move from?


Move from San Diego to Silly Valley. There's more money here (in Hi tech), but less fish. I used to drive down to Ensenada Mexico to do some off shore and surf fishing, but the drug dealers have made it too dangerous.
post #7 of 18
Damn, sounds edgy.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SurfFisher08 View Post
I just moved from there to the Bay area and I've been kicking myself ever since.

For stripers, a lot of guys fish the monterey bay beaches w/ pencil poppers, hopkins spoons, kastmasters, and swim baits. Halibut like spoons, plastics, & swim baits. You'll loose a lot of lures working the rocks for cabezon & rock fish but it can be done around Davenport & northern SC. Most guys will throw bait for them which is usually squid, anchovies, or shrimp.

Barred surf perch will be taking 1.5-2" grubs & gulp pile worms.

That's it in a nutshell. What brands, colors, rigs, techniques, and spots are you to discover. Good luck and update us on your success.


Thanks for the information. I have a question though:
How much of a weight should I use and what size hook?
post #9 of 18
For what kind of fishing? Davenport? Well, depends...



Large perch & greenling I use like a size 2-4 bait holder I think and maybe 2-3-4 ounces of lead on either a 3 way or high low rig. Mussels & magic thread can be killer for large perch. Pre-made snelled hooks will snap easy but will let you fish more and tie less rigs in the long run.



Rockfish, Cabs, & Lings I like to use a 3 way swivel rig w/ larger hooks w/ squid or anchovies.



Conditions & fishing action will ultimately make me decide on what to use. Just bring lots of pre-made rigs b/c I can guarantee you will loose a lot. A hook honer and pliers for bent dull hooks. Honestly, I'm going to switch from pricey lead weights to old spark plugs, bolts, nuts, & pieces of rebar. Just not worth loosing that much on casts.



Some of your largest fish will be right there in the rocks at your feet but that's a whole different story--pole poking.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SurfFisher08 View Post
For what kind of fishing? Davenport? Well, depends...

Large perch & greenling I use like a size 2-4 bait holder I think and maybe 2-3-4 ounces of lead on either a 3 way or high low rig. Mussels & magic thread can be killer for large perch. Pre-made snelled hooks will snap easy but will let you fish more and tie less rigs in the long run.

Rockfish, Cabs, & Lings I like to use a 3 way swivel rig w/ larger hooks w/ squid or anchovies.

Conditions & fishing action will ultimately make me decide on what to use. Just bring lots of pre-made rigs b/c I can guarantee you will loose a lot. A hook honer and pliers for bent dull hooks. Honestly, I'm going to switch from pricey lead weights to old spark plugs, bolts, nuts, & pieces of rebar. Just not worth loosing that much on casts.

Some of your largest fish will be right there in the rocks at your feet but that's a whole different story--pole poking.


Spark plugs? That's what I used on Maui while fishing from shore. Mussels are my favorite in San Diego, but I didn't know you could get them off of the rocks up here. Live Blood worms kill the Corbina in the surf in San Diego. Is there a place in the east bay where I can buy them?
post #11 of 18
Don't let anybody catch you using spark plugs. It's supposed to be no good for the water quality.

Blood works are kinda hard to get. There's a B&T in Castro Valley (don't know the name) that used to have them. The shops in Rodeo and Benicia carry them at times.
post #12 of 18
them little white tobaco sacks filled with sand or rocks..
post #13 of 18
Those tobacco sacks snag more than the sinkers do. I've lost so many rigs to them.

Old Spark plugs are made from steel and ceramic, which isn't toxic at all. A little grease and motor oil (and I mean very little b/c it will deter fish) from a spark plug is way less toxic than lead sinkers.
post #14 of 18
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Those tobacco sacks snag more than the sinkers do. I've lost so many rigs to them.

Old Spark plugs are made from steel and ceramic, which isn't toxic at all. A little grease and motor oil (and I mean very little b/c it will deter fish) from a spark plug is way less toxic than lead sinkers.


The trick with the tobacco sacks is to grab just a couple of threads of the sack with the clip.

I agree that the lead is probably more deteramental to the enviorment but, the game warden won't stop you from throwing it into the ocean. I heard that they have a problem with spark plugs.
post #15 of 18
Yeah, you're probably right but we'll see.
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