Holy Mackerel! Seal Beach is the place to be!

By: Jim Root , 3:49 PM GMT on March 11, 2014

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I just got back from a trip to the sunny shores of Southern California and I already want to go back, especially after having been to Seal Beach. Not only was the sun warm and the sand soft, but the pier offers some excellent fishing!



I was fortunate enough to meet not only experienced local anglers who frequent this particular location often, but I also spent some time talking to a woman from Ontario, Canada, who was there visiting family and came to spend a little time pitching squid into the surf. This fellow Northeastern Native was, like myself, just happy to be out of the frigid temperatures we've had back home and makes the trip to this part of California annually.

Two friends who were more experienced anglers told me that they've seemed to have better fishing at night. I asked them why they felt that was and they couldn't really tell me. I told them that if they started keeping track of some very simple information (tides, moon phase, temperature) that they might be able to find a pattern and increase their success. They also noted that it seemed that the people on the north side of the pier were catching 10:1 more fish than they were. I told them it was my opinion that the cause of that was three things: bait, presentation, and shade.

The first was the bait. These two guys, like my new friend from Ontario, were using squid, and fishing on the bottom. The two guys who were catching fish well were, as it turns out, using very small jigs. They were also moving the bait much quicker, lifting and letting it fall at a rate of about 1 or 2 lifts per second.

Last but not least, the sun was very bright that day, and the fish that were biting were under the pier. By setting up on the north side, the waves were able to bring the bait under it and into range of the fish. Apparently my years of dock fishing for largemouth allowed me to help them a bit. Within five minutes of switching sides and using much smaller pieces of their squid the friends were able to each hook up with decent Mackerel.

When I go back I'll try to hit the pier at high tide.

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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:33 PM GMT on March 16, 2014
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4. theshepherd
12:12 AM GMT on March 15, 2014
Quoting 3. JimRoot:


Naturally, my friend. I eat nothing that breathes underwater.

:)


ROFL :)))

I totally meant sumpin' else, amigo.
I really enjoy good seafood....and a Blue Gill or two once in awhile.
We have our own pond here on the ranch.


I was referring to sensitive coral formations and some of those really cool looking anemones and other rare critters out on the reef, along the shore and through the back country.

:)

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3. Jim Root
11:48 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Quoting 2. theshepherd:
Hi Jim
If you think fishing from a pier at Seal Beach is the place to be, you should try Sebastian Inlet.
Or better yet, the Florida Keys.
It's a whole nother' world down here.

Take only memories, leave only bubbles.
:)))

Tight lines.

> )))">


Naturally, my friend. I eat nothing that breathes underwater.

:)
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2. theshepherd
11:30 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Hi Jim
If you think fishing from a pier at Seal Beach is the place to be, you should try Sebastian Inlet.
Or better yet, the Florida Keys.
It's a whole nother' world down here.

Take only memories, leave only bubbles.
:)))

Tight lines.

> )))">
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1. MarineHQ
8:36 AM GMT on March 13, 2014
This winter the coastal water temperatures in Southern California were consistently warmer than normal. We're expecting a good year for fishing, especially with some of the moratoriums in place. You will have to find the good spots, but the water temperature this summer should hit 70 consistently.

Fix those boat parts and head out into the Big Blue. 14 Mile Bank is a great location to fish, as well as, Catalina Island (backside), San Clemente Island, and the Huntington Flats.

We do see most marinas at or near full capacity - this will surely be a year when more boats should be used more frequently than the past 5 years. Remember, Safe Boating is No Accident.
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