Hey guys! Just moved to the area in April and just started fishing Ventura pier. I've been throwing cut squid on a double drop rig from my cheap spinning rod. Went out Friday morning, caught and threw back 4 little white croakers and got my bait stole more than a couple times. Also been throwing a hoop net with some mackerel as bait with only one tiny crab to speak of. Any tips for a noob? How can I keep the little guys away and target bigger game? Any tips on using a hoop net? I grew up in Las Vegas and use to shore fish Lake Mead for catfish and stripers but I'm very new to saltwater.