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Hey guys, I am heading out to Santa Barbara the first few days of February for work. I am considering packing a surf rod and some plugs with the hopes of sneaking out in the early morning one or two days. Having never been out there, I am clueless as to the fishing. Would it be worth it for me to pack up this gear and bring it accross the country that time of year? What species could I target? I fish plugs almost exclusively. Any feedback would be much appreciated. The place we are staying is pretty much right on the water (East Beach?). Thanks,

Steve

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Santa Barbara is Southern California and has little to no Striper action. Most of the Striper Surf action happens from Central California up. You can fish for Perch in the Surf there during that time but not sure if you would be excited about catching 1lb fish. :p

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Thanks for the info. I would probably look pretty funny with a 10'6" rod throwing plugs on the beach then. I can catch perch in my backyard, so guess I'll leave the rods home. Thanks again!

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Thanks for the info. I would probably look pretty funny with a 10'6" rod throwing plugs on the beach then. I can catch perch in my backyard, so guess I'll leave the rods home. Thanks again!

 

Hello; Check your P.M.'s......Mark

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February is a really chilly time of the year for Socal Ocean waters.....and the fishing inshore is usually on and off. You can catch Halibut, Perch from the shore but catching halibut is pretty hard still. If you take a boat trip you can get into Calico and Sand Bass but not in big #s.

 

Look at this report from one the sportfishing boats out there on Jan 31st of this year.....http://www.sealanding.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1418

 

also look how they do no fishing during the month of february....;)

 

http://www.sealanding.net/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=4&PN=7

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Thanks for the info. I would probably look pretty funny with a 10'6" rod throwing plugs on the beach then. I can catch perch in my backyard, so guess I'll leave the rods home. Thanks again!

Different type of fish than your perch:

Here is just a few threads (I did a search and came up with 48 pages of perch threads in here)

 

http://www.stripersonline.com/forum/thread/453987/perch-grubbing

 

http://www.stripersonline.com/forum/thread/453974/perch-grubbing-is-redhot

 

http://www.stripersonline.com/forum/thread/749722/8-10-surf-perches

 

Light gear they can be pretty fun. You also have chances for Kelp and calico bass, and halibut from the surf. Its hard for us Central and Northern Californian's to give you a good feel for Southern Californian fishing Kind of like asking you how the fishing in Florida is and you live in Mass. (We are a very long state.;) )

You can also look into charters for warm water species. Do a search on those

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Different type of fish than your perch:

Here is just a few threads (I did a search and came up with 48 pages of perch threads in here)

http://www.stripersonline.com/forum/thread/453987/perch-grubbing

http://www.stripersonline.com/forum/thread/453974/perch-grubbing-is-redhot

http://www.stripersonline.com/forum/thread/749722/8-10-surf-perches

Light gear they can be pretty fun. You also have chances for Kelp and calico bass, and halibut from the surf. Its hard for us Central and Northern Californian's to give you a good feel for Southern Californian fishing Kind of like asking you how the fishing in Florida is and you live in Mass. (We are a very long state.;) )

You can also look into charters for warm water species. Do a search on those

 

Thanks for the info Winch. I know the perch are different, that was a joke :D. I'll take a look through the threads. Don't think I'll have time to get on a boat while I'm out there, which is why I was hoping the surf might have some action.

Steve

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With light gear (easy to travel with) you can have a ball if you find perch schools. Kind of like (Porgie or what ever you call this fish in your area?) in size and fight.

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What would I throw for perch? Tins, small plastics, small swimmers, fly? Thanks

 

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small rootbeer grubs work fine. Do a search and read up on how to rig them. Most guy like a slider weight about 18 inches from the grub. Hook is threaded through the grub. Its a short cast and reel slow game. They will hit it good and then give you a good fight as they turn and use the beach surge.

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yeah what Winch said....small 2in grubs in motor oil red flake is killer! basically rig a carolina rig with a size 2 mosquito hook and nose hook the grub and go at it, cast and retrieve slowly.. I like using a real lightweight gear for them. Depending on the Surf 1/4 oz to 1/2 oz works for Socal waters in the surf. You can use 10-15 ft test for a leader and 18inches is sufficient.

 

Here is a pic of when I was in Socal, another good bait is Sandcrabs when they are around and its free.

 

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Thanks again! Nice looking fish. Would probably be some good bait ;).

So no big pikies?

 

LOL!

 

some of the bigger perch will hit 3in big hammers in the sexy smelt pattern and also the Lucky Craft 110 inshore series jerkbait. The good thing about using either of those is you also throwing something that will get Halibut. Here is a pic of what I take to Socal for the surf tackle wise.

 

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