Surf Calico Bass Fishing is Fun

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  1. Alexander Joseph Gonzalez

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    Fishing the surf for Calico Bass can be so much fun! Literally almost any lure or bait could catch a bass depending on conditions and location.

    Calico Bass mature to adults in 4-5 years at about 10”-11”, then grow very slowly to around 33 years old, ((?size is mainly dependent on how much they can eat.?)) They are called kelp bass but are frequently caught around any sort of structure or cover available for them to hide and ambush prey.

    Jerk baits with single hook replacements work great and surprisingly will only pick up a very small amount of kelp / eel grass compared to trebles, just use heavy leader like 20- 25lb fluorocarbon just in case you get hung up.

    I’m just learning so ANY advise on lure selection or locations or just shootin the shit about calicos would be appreciated greatly!!!!


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    zero dark thirty
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    put a good bend on that small rod :)
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    typical size / smaller one
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    Lucky Craft Flash Minnow 110SP
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    Lucky Craft Surf Pointer Ayame
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    Rapala Xrap
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    if its really slow, try a drop shot
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    Thank for reading!
    Hope you get a chance to get out there and have some fun!
     
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    What size of single replacement hooks did you use for the luckycrafts 110?
     
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    lookin good!
     
  4. Alexander Joseph Gonzalez

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    Hey there !

    Thanks for the views and comment!

    Flash Minnow 110SP = 1/0
    Most 3”-4” jerk baits will be 1/0
    Most 4”-5” jerk baits will be 2/0
    I’ve used up to 3/0 on SP Minnows and colt sniper jerks but not in the surf.

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    The single hook replacements are badass and I use them on every jerkbait where it’s kelpy.

    The only bad part is that to be honest the baits were for sure designed to swim a certain way with the weight of the hooks affecting the action of the lure. So to get the best swimming action from your lure you have to unfortunately take all 3 treble hooks off and weigh them on a digital scale. Then choose hooks that weigh the closes to the combined weight of the trebles. I think they ALMOST kill the action on the 110 , (I only use them where I have to) but they really enhance the action on the X-raps and surf pointers.(I use them everywhere) It’s a personal preference thing and confidence in what your use to.

    Have a good 1!
     
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  5. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Great post.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks 4 the info
     
  7. Tuna Vic

    Tuna Vic I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Quality fish from the surf always impresses me,wtg!
     
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    Way to go bro... thanks for a full report that was awesome
     
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    nice bass from the land! thanks for the report.
     
  10. Alexander Joseph Gonzalez

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    This is the box that I take to the surf when the Calico Bass are near the shore.

    If you have some time, suggest lures that I should add if you guys have any particular favorites.


    Calico Surf Bass Box

    Tackle Box:
    Plano Small Tackle Box Model# 3650N


    Tools:

    •Boomerang Tool Company Line Cutter
    •Stainless Steel Folding Knife
    •Line Cutter Ring


    Jerkbaits and Lures:
    •Lucky Craft Flash Minnow 110SP
    •Rapala X-rap size 10
    •Lucky Craft Surf Pointer Ayame x2
    •Heddon Zara Spook
    •Shimano Waxwing 68 Baby
    •Shimano Waxwing 88 Boy


    Jig Heads and Hooks:

    •Owner Sled Heads 1/2oz
    •War Baits Weedless Jig Heads 3/8oz and 1/2oz
    •Z-Man Chatter Baits 1/2oz
    •Round Ball Jig Heads 1/8oz
    •Trokar TK130 1/0 and 2/0


    Plastics:

    •MC Swimbaits MC Slugs 5”
    •MC Swimbaits MC Swimmer 4”
    •Big Hammer Swimbaits 3”
    •AA’s Single Tail Shrimp 3”
    •Berkley Jerk Shad 5”


    Weights:

    •1oz weights for drop shot


    Procure Gel:

    •Fill up a small pocket size bottle
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    It all fits nicely into the case and slips into a small backpack.

    I like this little box and it covers a lot of options for fishing different locations and conditions. I have caught bass on all the lures EXCEPT the Zara Spook but you can't stop dreaming right? hahaha

    Have some fun out there!!
     
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    You from san diego
     
  12. rrocco

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    Nice write up and report.
    Something I might add to your tackle box is a couple of metal jigs like p-line minnow. They can be very productive and can be casted a mile and if very windy may be your only option. For light gear I like 3/4 to 1 oz size.
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    Am I wrong or are some of those Olive Rock fish of Johnny Bass? Some don't seem to have a full checkerboard. I've caught similar fish off of Zuniga Jetty and couldn't identify them positively as Calicos so I threw them back.
     
  14. Alexander Joseph Gonzalez

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    Hey Scott! you could be 100% correct with the identification on some of those bass/rockfish! To be honest I’m not perfect at identifying ocean species that tend to look similar. Thanks for the heads up brotha.

    Thanks to Robert as well! Those p-line minnows work really great for me from the kayak and I’ll be adding one or two to my box for this year for the surf. They will really shine when it’s windy and you don’t have a lot of other options like you mentioned, especially in the afternoon when conditions are less than ideal.
    Thanks!

    Hope everyone has a good day:hali_olutta:
     
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    What is difference between the LC flash minnow and the LC surf pointer? Which one is better for halibut?
     
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    I can tell you the difference between the flash minnow and the surf pointer but I wouldn't say that one is "better" for halibut than the other. The best lure you can use is the one that puts you nearest to where the fish are feeding.

    Both lures are 4 1/2" long.

    Flash minnow is 5/8oz (light), and is intended to be fished 1-2 feet deep (shallow). So if the bait is up, you see birds, and the wind isn't blowing, maybe try the flash minnow?
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    Surf pointer is 3/4oz (heavier), and is intended to be fished 2.5-5 feet deep (deeper). If its windy, casting over waves or you don't see bait maybe a surf pointer?
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    but I'm sure 99% of the people you ask will fish a flash minnow for halibut.
    ~500 casts for a quality halibut in the surf is typical in my area.

    Have fun out there!:Smoke_Emoticon:
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    Great info. Thanks for your input and time
     
  18. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Lucky Craft makes a bunch of different lures. Just to clarify, the sites you posted state that the flash minnow is 110mm, but it's not 4.5" as stated. The Surf Pointer is 115mm or 4.5". They also make a Pointer which is 110mm, has two hooks, and is lighter than the other two. I fish all of them and other brands too. My favorite of the two mentioned is the Surf Pointer 115MR.
     
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    swami 805 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Pretty sure those are all calico bass,the color varies alot depending on where they live.
    Looks like a fun way to get some fresh air. Thanks for posting
     
  20. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I’m 95% they are all calico, the only one I had to look at more than once is the dark photo with a the lip grip, looks like the fish is covered in sand or something and initially I thought it might have been a grass rockfish, either way definitely not a Johnny.
    Nice work!
     

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