Carpinteria / Santa Barbara Surf Fishing ... What do I do???

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  1. nukefish

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    I am a veteran fisher, been fishing since I was 4 or so. My wonderful wife bought me a surf rod for Christmas and since we live 3 blocks from the beach, it's a wonderful thing. I have done some surf fishing with my 7ft ugly stick with little success, but now that I have a 13ft surf rod, I need to know what the best techniques, areas, setups, and lures/plastics/jigs to use. We live close to Carpinteria State Beach and often walk down to the cliffs. Is it better to fish the rocky areas or the sandy areas? I also work right at butterfly beach, so I might be tempted to head out on my lunch break and get my line wet. Teach me please!
     
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    With that set up I would use double dropper loops and squid or change it up and run squid high and chovie/deen low or vise versa. If you can manage up some live bait that works too or ever trolley rig it so your live doesn't take the full cast out.

    You could try some different gulp baits but they work better on smaller set ups from what I have used just working the surf.
     
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    Thanks Drew... would you recommend rocky areas or sandy areas? I don't care what I catch... I just want to catch something other than weeds
     
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    hey mark. alot of guys will chime up to let you know. I never fished your area, but all beaches are pretty much the same. ask your local tackle store or ask ? when you see other anglers out in your area. Allright family help this fellow angler out with some info, or invite him out on a surf trip and show him the ropes...
     
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    Butterfly beach is one of my favorite Halibut stops!

    Good luck
     
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    It looks like people have had success on the Gulp Shrimp new penny... I think I'll tell my wife to pick some up for my stocking and try butterfly beach
     
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    in the past the swimbaits have worked better for me at Butterfly! Try the gulp at east beach. (not far away)
     
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    Nino stepping up!!!!
     
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    Ya Nino knows his ssshhhhtuff when it comes to shore fishing trust me. Ya the swim baits have worked well and I have hit a few halis (shorts) on new penny gulp shrimp down this way in Ventura and Malibu. That rod though I think is a bit big for working SB and gulp they are more of a bomb it out as far as you can rod and static fish bait. I usually do that then bring something smaller or lighter weight to work the lures or SB or what ever to kill time between what ever hits the big rod or reloading it.
     
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    Nino, Do you eat what you catch? What kind of fish do you catch?
     
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    hey mark, ive looked around @ carp beach (fishing without fishing), i think u could do well there. wouldnt mind pounding the sand there myself ... id try setting up next to the kelp an hr b4 high tide , ive nailed cabezon, surf perch, and croakers with a dropper set up / squid ... also try looking @ low tide to see the layout so u get an idea of what ur throwing into...
     
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    thank tony... I'll give it shot
     
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    Drew, well put. allways bring a smaller rod to cast when the big rod is sitting waiting for big moe to hit.
     
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    thanks thats some great info guys.... good luck buddy
     
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    Thanks for the info... I'll put some squid on the long pole and fish some swim baits or gulp with my ugly stick. Is there a swim bait that works exceptionally well? Color? what size do you normally use?
     
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    With girls.....YES! (JK im married)

    With fish
    Halibut..........................Thats all! dont care for perch.
    Fishing swimbaits you land an occasional slabbie or corb and they are always pigs. But they don't do much for me.

    I have ate a few beach flatties, But I C&R 99 percent!
     
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    Use anchovey or smelt color. i allways do good with those colors
     
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    Ill take note of that! I don't always do good period.

    Different tides, conditions, currents and clarity play a part of color decisions!

    As the DINGALING would say...............

    My MOTO is :rofl:

    Clearer the water, lighter the lure.

    And for ding...... Dont light it on fire!
     
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    Nice one nino.....
     
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    We used to fish Rincon and Santa Claus up that way years ago. We used those long rods with a big 2-4oz pyramid sinker and a double hooked anchovy, or cut mackeral that we let cure in the sun for a day. BSP were big and plentiful back then, also caught plenty of sharks.
     

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