Newport surf fishing red hot

July 27, 2003

Surf fishing is wide open all along the south coastline. Prime spots

off Huntington Beach are kicking out barred perch, corbina and

yellowfin croaker while the calmer surf line between the Newport and

Balboa piers has been the beach to fish for perch, a fair number of

corbina and halibut. The water temperature is holding in the low 70s

and this is making fishing very comfortable during the early morning

hours and on into the night time fishing period.


Angler's Center in Newport Beach is always a good place to find

out what's happening around Newport and a stop by the tackle shop

last week to check on off shore fishing ended by setting up a fishing

date with reel service manager, Ed Dillon of Newport Beach, to fish a

good morning tide on Thursday. "We have a medium high tide at 8:27

a.m. which should produce pretty decent fishing until the summer

crowds hit the beach at 9 a.m. Lets plan on meeting at 6 a.m. at the

Stuft Surfer Cafe to walk down to the beach and start fishing. I'll

go out the night before and catch us a bunch of sand crabs so we

won't have to waste time finding crabs when the fishing gets going,"

stated Dillon, who has fished the surf and Newport Bay for nearly a

half a century.

Dillion invited Jim Decker of Newport to join us for the morning.

Decker is a heavy crane operator, but spends his days off crewing on

sportfishers out of the harbor and is one of the best "local's" when

it comes to fishing ultra-light tackle. Decker showed up with a small

conventional reel filled with two-pound mono and on the way down to

the beach talked about the world record 47-pound thresher shark he

caught on two-pound test recently. Also joining our fishing party

would be my wife, Toni, who loves to fish the productive waters

around Newport.

Dillon set us up right in front of the lifeguard tower were he

went through the proper rigging for fishing small sand crabs. The rod

and reel selected by this outdoor writer was a Daiwa SS700 reel,

spooled with six-pound Maxima and matched to a Daiwa "Inshore"

seven-foot spinning rod. Dillon was outfitted with his home made,

20-year-old noodle tip fiberglass rod, quality spinning reel,

four-pound test Ande line, crab box, leader case, hemostats (used to

remove the hook), Polaroid sunglasses and, just in case we ran short

on bait, he dragged along his custom crab catcher.

The terminal tackle we all ended up fishing was a 1/2 ounce

sliding egg sinker, small red glass bead (to avoid line chaffing),

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