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Monterey and Bay Area Surf Fly Fishing Report

Monterey and Bay Area Surf Fly Fishing Report

Evan Praskin Reports on 10.6.20

Hey my salty surf charging fanatics! Fresh report from the Monterey Bay Area. The mass of salty bass have definitely made their way north from MB to SF Bay, though we always have some lingering around because let’s face it, our water is beautiful!

We have been getting out all over this past week catching halibut and Stripers toward SF and handfuls of perch down in MB. Plenty of action to be had this time of year and now is the time to connect with some of our awesome local surf species. As we climb further into winter, the perch should become more frequent and larger fish will start showing up(MB area). If your closer to SF bay you have great fishing all the way until thanksgiving, so dust off those rods, tie on your favorite Adachi clouser, and go get em. We’ll see you on the beach!

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Monterey Bay Fly Fishing Report

Evan Praskin Reports on 10.1.20
Can you feel it in the air? Actually can you smell it in the air? Seems like smoky air for our area is the new normal. Anyways the fishing down in Monterey Bay has been pretty good with lots of perch in the mix with a few ray species making and appearance.  Striped bass are still being caught here and there but the majority of fish have made their move north towards SF Bay. Ocean Beach Baker Beach and Crissy Field have been good places to spend your time tossing feathers for the line siders. We will be hosting clinics starting this weekend October 3 and fourth as well as the following weekend October 10 and 11th. If you haven’t done so and are interested contact the shop to see if there’s any spots available. Stay tuned because we are just starting to kick off clinics again and there will be plenty more to come! Hope everyone is staying safe and finding time to get out, we’ll see you on the beach!
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Local Surf Fly Fishing Report

Local Surf Fly Fishing Report

Ben Engle Reports 9.18.2020

STRIPERS ARE BACK IN THE BAY!!! 

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Fishing has been picking up the last month in the bay.  From as far north as San Pablo bay to the south bay more and more people are hooking into striped bass, halibut, and in some cases closer to the gate even surf perch.  For most of you Crissy field is the best option as far as either honing your skills in an area with some fish around.  Whether you are just learning the cast or a skilled caster Crissy Field is a great option right in our backyard!

As far as tides go I tend to like the hour before and the hour after BOTH low and high tide.  Keep in mind that the wind in the mornings and the evenings is significantly less. Any time you have less wind out there casting is always a little more "Fun". For the next couple of days and into next week our mornings are looking pretty prime.  Low tide at first light tomorrow and similar times through the weekend should add up to some fish

What you'll need to be successful out there:

Rod: any 5-8 wt rod (Switch or Single Hand)

most of the fish we find off crissy tend to be in the "schoolie" size and come in between 16 and 24 inches.  While these fish pack a punch crissy can be a great option for either throwing your traditional 8wt or even lining down to a rod that makes the smaller fish a little more fun (like a 9' 6wt or even 9' 5 wt) Hit us up at the shop if you have any questions about converting one of your favorite trout rods into a potential surf stick!

Lines: Intermediate Sink (1-2 ips )or Type 3(3-4ips)

Either of these 2 lines will work but i prefer the type 3 for most days out at crissy.  The intermediate line allows you to play with the fly a little more through the retrieve with longer pauses through your retrieve due to the slower sink rate. Conversely you can throw a faster sink line out there (like a type 6 which is 6-7 ips) if you want to get deeper but make sure you are stripping quickly as you will definitely bump bottom on some areas of the beach. Learn more about fly lines for fishing the the surf. 

Leader: Wingspan (4-6feet) of 20-25lb fluorocarbon 

Flies: Adachi Clousers!!!

There are tons of flies on the market but as a fly tyer myself, I can say there are few I buy, but i buy Adachi Clousers.  As far as lifespan of a fly nothing compares to these three step epoxy coated beasts.  And they fish better than anything.  Grab a couple of both the size 2's and the 1/0's for the bay. Shop Flies

 

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Local Surf, and Trinity Update

Local Surf, and Trinity Update
Well, here we are, folks. Summer is over, schools back in session, and that means two things. Fewer crowds on the beach and striper migration! 
I’ve been fortunate enough to escape with my family up to the Trinity Alps for the first part of summer, now out in Idaho with my in-laws for another month, and boy do I miss the surf! No complaints as the fishing in both locations have been phenomenal. I did get a chance to guide a bit while home for a few weeks and found some perch and bass willing to eat a fly. While gone I kept in touch with friends, checked reports, and it looks like I wasn’t missing too much until more recently. Monterey was cursed with red tide and a lot of junk for many weeks. Fish were caught, but they didn’t come easy for most. Lots of walking and searching for clean water. I’m now seeing more perch and stripers being landed with a couple “hot” bites the last few weeks.
There will be plenty of bass still in the Monterey system through September, but soon we begin to focus our striper catching efforts towards the SF bay. Perch on the other hand are still here to be caught and you never know when that big lingering striper will take a bite. 
Hope everyone is happy, healthy and staying safe during these crazy times. If you have any questions please reach out to me or anyone at the shop. We’ll see you on the beach! 
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Local Surf Fly Fishing Report

Local Surf Fly Fishing Report

Fish have definitely started showing up on our coastal beaches.  Been noticing a lot more birds hanging around Ocean Beach and Stinson which means they're chasing the same thing the Stripers are, and that's baitfish.  

Get out there early in the morning to avoid wind and keep an eye on tides.  Remember out there that a long cast can help but even if you're casting 40 feet you have a solid chance at fish.  Make sure you are keying in on rips, buckets, and troughs out there and make sure as always that you are covering water efficiently and not staying in one spot for too long. Most of our local beach parking lots are officially open as well but feel free to give us a call if you have any specific beaches in mind and are wondering if they are open.

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Monterey Surf Fly Fishing Report

Monterey Surf Fly Fishing Report

Evan Praskin Reports on 6.20.20

Hey everyone, here is a fresh update for the Monterey Bay surf. Stripers are still being caught throughout the bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey. The fish have spread out a bit more now giving many beach chargers a shot at connecting with one of these salty beauties. SC side has some MAJOR bait balls in the area, some half the size of a football field!

Lots of bird diving action along with bass “Blitz’s”( what is this the east coast?!) though we have had some slow days, the action overall is very good. Halibut are also being caught close to shore on the calmer beaches in town, along with some amazing perch action to fill in the slow periods. Some really nice size models are being caught towards the high tide as everything fills in.

The usual small clouser and crab patterns are the ticket. For the halibut let your fly sink and strip it with a slow, repetitive pop retrieve. Hope everyone is enjoying summer as best you can, we’ll see you on the beach! 

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Monterey Surf Fly Fishing Report

Monterey Surf Fly Fishing Report

Evan Praskin Reports On 6.8.20

Schooools out, for, Summa! Well here we are folks, we made it to summer break. Not sure how we got here so fast, but I think we all were ready for some hot and sunny days! The striper action remains great in Monterey Bay along with some really nice sized perch mixing in. Currently the water in Monterey county has been pretty dirty with a red tide. If you're committed, and know where to look, you can find some clean areas or just contribute to cleaning the ocean of weeds and kelp until you get a bite. Watsonville/Santa Cruz water has been very mellow and much cleaner so if you're planning to get out I would head towards the north side for now. 4-6" clousers chart/white green/white blue/white have all caught fish, but with the mellow swell don't be afraid to bust out that intermediate and throw some deceiver style flies or even some topwater!

I will add that just as many bass are coming in on the sand crab patterns, so pull out those trench bombs and swing away! Some bass caught on the double fly setup have chosen the crab over the clouser so don't be afraid to give them some options. The top of the incoming tide or close to it have produced the most fish, but lately we have been catching them on the outgoing as well. Hope everyone is out and safely enjoying the fresh air, we'll see you on the beach!

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California Surf Fly Fishing Report

Evan Praskin Reports on 5.28.20

What’s up all my surf fishing people! Hope you all are hanging in there through these crazy times. Wanted to get out a quick surf update and let you all know some of the low down for the Monterey Bay beaches. Unfortunately during the last few months rules and regulations were changing back and forth with some false or misleading info mixed in as well. First let’s talk about the fish! The stripers are here and have been for some time, of course during the same time the SIP was ordered. Along with the bass, there has been some very good perch action to fill in the slower days. In general we have had some beautiful weather with very fishable conditions. Typical clouser patterns 4-6” are working for both perch and bass(Chartreuse over white/ blue over white), of course your smaller sand crab imitations are catching fish as well(fish them both!) 

Now let’s talk about access.... This is all information from what I have researched and gathered, but I have heard mixed stories of tickets still being issued so please use common sense and make safe choices while venturing out. So as of right now there is a beach activity restriction in the Santa Cruz/ Watsonville coastline from 11am-5pm. It states that you may exercise and participate in water activities, but no lounging or group gatherings. The major factor right now for the entire Monterey bay is beach access via parking. Most all state lots are locked with very limited parking along the streets, this is where it can get tricky. Please do yourself a favor and look before you commit to a spot. Take a look around and look at signage, people have been removing signs and opening up taped off areas to park. Be sure to do your own due diligence to avoid an accidental ticket. Lastly please be aware that car break ins along our beaches have bee on the rise! Do not leave anything of value in your vehicles. If you must, hide them well and double check you locked your doors. My guiding has been on hold for the last few months, but I am planning on starting up again come June. Hope you all stay safe and healthy, we’ll see you on the beach! 
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Local Surf Fly Fishing Report

Local Surf Fly Fishing Report

Ben Engle Reports on 5.6.20

The bay has looked absolutely awesome recently.  With the shelter in place I've been trying my best to stay away from beaches but with the conditions being so great I've had the chance to sneak out a couple times.  Crissy seems to be fishing best on a rising tide.

The clarity in the bay has been phenomenal the last few days so don't be afraid to throw smaller flies.  Size 2 clousers and decievers seem to be a great match to the bait around the beaches right now but I've never thought stripers are that picky so throw what you got and keep those flies wet! 

Max Garrison hooked a great fish out at Crissy during one of our fishing sessions and was lucky enough to land after 3 trips into his backing so fish are there but it seems to be a right place right time kind of thing.  Remember that Crissy Field isn't necessarily a place that fish hold.  I think this is because they move up and down the beach with the tide while searching for food so make sure to cover water! 


If you have any questions on where to fish around these parts right now please don't hesitate to give us a call over at LCO and we're more than happy to help out.

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