Newport Beach Pipe

Shaun Meyer

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Hello Everyone!

So I have an old 14' Gregor that I am working on and getting all set up for this years summer time fishing. I know that it is not the most ideal boat for the ocean but it works and I am safe with it. I have fished Little CDM plenty of times with this thing and it does great. I am just trying to extend my boundaries with it a little bit more. This boat has seen La Jolla before but that was a few years back with a good friend of mine who is charter boat captain.

Since I am local to Newport Beach, has anyone heard anything about the Newport Pipe recently? My intentions are that I am trying to find some good grade Calico, decent Yellows, and if I am lucky WSB. I am an experienced fisherman, but not fish finder (if you understand what i mean. i dont have the time on the water yet searching for fish just yet). If there is any spots, tips, or anything in regards to that area, or any local areas that may hold these type of fish that local to shore, i would love to hear what you all have to say.
 
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acefuture

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Ace
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18 Klamath "Blue Can"
That boat will get you there on the right days if it’s slick and no waves. Plenty of bass at the pipe, but likelihood of yellows isn’t high. I fish crystal cove all the time. Plenty of calico, sand bass, sheepshead, whitefish, and I’ve got a few sculpin and hooked up to I’m 90% sure was a solid WSB couple of weekends ago that came unbuttoned. I see small tins with tillers there all the time
 
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GarytheCPA

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plenty of fishing to be done right now at the pipe and with some T-sharks on the coast.

This is interesting. Check out all the guys fishing the bridge right now at PCH. Saw a dude a couple weeks ago with a striper from his waist to below his calf. The bridge guys snag em.
 
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FishinMcNuggets

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Avon 2.85 "C-¢"
You have a pm.
 

woodfish330

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Brorher..... I fished that area for years with a skiff. Plenty of places.... not just the pipe area. To get there (pipe)... you've already passed up 5 or 6 consistent producing areas. When you have a few moments. ... PM me.
 

Dave Coopman

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Contact the guys who are sending you PMs for spots. If you would like to send me a private message I can give you numbers also. Dave
 

Shaun Meyer

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I appreciate all the help that all of you are giving me! I am always looking for help and advise. I would love to fish with all of you sometime this year to see how its all done!
 

Kman

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In order to get to the pipe from Newport, you practically have to drive over Newport artificial reef. Plenty of fishing to be had there too.

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hobiefish

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Just make sure you have safety gear, a VHF radio, GPS and watch the weather. That boat will do you fine. It looks like how to get to the pipe has already been resolved.

In all my years going to Catalina it still blows my mind to see people boating 20+ miles off-shore with no VHF radio and no GPS. I think my friend Forest would say "Stupid is as stupid does".

I ran a jetski offshore for years and was often told I was reckless. The ski always had a VHF radio, GPS sounder, battery operated back up GPS, and a registered PLB.

Have fun and be safe!
 
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Shaun Meyer

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I have a handheld VHF, but when fishing Little CDM, we didnt have GPS nor a fishfinder. We never went more than a few hundred yards off the beach. Land was always in site as well as the mouth of the harbor. Always had sell phone service too. But for these trips coming up this summer and being farther from the harbor mouth, i will have a radio, GPS and more to make sure that i am safe.

Also, i never leave on a trip unless i am checking the weather 2-3 days in advance. Always gotta make sure that the conditions are right.
 

Dan Salazar

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Hammer Time
Years ago I had a 13-foot whaler with a 40 horse Yamaha ran it to Avalon numerous times
Only made morning runs. The big advantage anything under 14 foot can be tied directly to the dinghy dock for overnight. Rented a nice room had a good breakfast. Topped off fuel in Avalon at 7.50 a gallon and returned home.Shot back relatively early in the morning. Always carried a handheld VHF and GPS
 

FishinMcNuggets

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Mike
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Avon 2.85 "C-¢"
Hey Shaun,

You do have a PM. But, aside from that, in case it helps you or others:

Weather:
https://www.knotabyte.com/
https://tides4fishing.com/us/california/redondo-beach
https://forecast.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KLAX.html
(adjust for newport or wherever)
https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/pacsouthwest_loop.php
(active precipitation)

Inshore news
http://www.bigwatersedge.com/bwevb/forumdisplay.php?f=6
https://www.jdsbiggame.com/index01.htm
(see the " fish reports " link)

Water temps:
http://tempbreak.com/

Last but not least, finding underwater topography with no fish finder:
https://webapp.navionics.com/?lang=en#[email protected]&key=q``lEv_rnU
Always set it on the bottom left to "sonarchart"

I HIGHLY recommend you get the Navionics app for your GPS enabled smart phone & maybe get the coast guard emergency app too until you're all dialed in with the radio.

Good luck. "Search" function is your friend on all the report sites. Kayak sites have some cool Art. reef maps & drawings if you look.

Until you get a fishfinder or a feel for what the spots have going on, you may want to rig up a couple leaders, and get some fresh squid. Pin one of the squid on the hook, and put it in ziplock with two more unhooked squid and some old food or bread and a little water. Freeze a couple ziplocks like this, and clip one on a heavy rod and send it down when you arrive at every spot.
 
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