Big Bass at The Pipe 7/30

DrBob89

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Haven't posted for a while because there's been nothing but bass to report on. Yesterday (7/30) I was going to head to Catalina but turned left out of Huntington Harbor instead and tried the Newport Pipe. It was a good move. Fishing was great, weather was perfect, and I was alone all morning. Arrived 0800 and left 1230.

Anchored up at about 60' (top of pipe) and it was a consistent bite on ordinary-size calicos & sandies for a couple hours. At least 20, I should get a clicker. Then trolled along the pipe for an hour searching for something besides bass, caught nothing but a lone mack. Switched back to bass rigs and drifted over the pipe at about 100' top depth, near a couple of old floats. There were big bass here. I caught a PB calico (6 lb 5 oz on my digital scale), a 5lb 3 oz sandie, and a 4 lb 8oz sandie. Didn't need to anchor, the west wind had come up and it exactly cancelled the 1 knot uphill current; drifts were almost standstill.

I experimented with different artificials, but all bass were caught on Kman 4" red flake swimbaits except 6" for the big bass and one calico on a spinnerbait. The fish were super aggresive and really tore up the plastics, I'll need to order more. All fish released but brought home 2 balloons.

Got absolutely drenched in the Cobia CC 220 on the way back, quartering into whitecaps. Good thing the water was warm (74-75)!

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RyanErb

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One extra question....how were you fishing the swimbaits? Dropping down and just jigging while sitting on anchor? Or were you casting out as far as you can and then letting hit the bottom then retrieving, etc.
 

DrBob89

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Ryan-

I was casting up current over the Pipe, letting it sink to the bottom with the current, and then bringing it slowly in. The jig heads were 1 or 2 oz. I prefer lighter tackle and was using either 10lb straight mono (best, but broke off a few fish) or 15lb floro tippet on 30lb braid.
 

Edward L Russ

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Sometimes when they are not biting plastics try a small megabait on a slow grind. That works great at the pipe.
 

Tailman

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glad you had a nice trip-got to have some current to make them bite !!!