SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S BACK BAY FISHERIES
Words: Mike Murciano
Photos: Ira Waldman
The Southern California inshore scene has more to it than you’d expect. Much like the rest of the country we share similar cycles with cooler water in winters, making fish more lethargic and warmer waters in summer activating a variety of species as well as welcoming migratory visitors.
The spring season is truly a special time for the West Coast inshore area and at times can have resemblances and mirrored opportunities to that of our fisheries on the East Coast.
While West Coast harbors, bays and inner waters are far and few between in comparison to the East Coast, what the West Coast lacks in inshore fishing areas, it makes up in lack of fishing pressure and year-round availability of light tackle bruisers.
On a recent spring day we spent a brisk morning being mentored by good friend and inshore fishing aficionado, charter captain Eric Risen. What ensued was eye opening in species diversity and application of techniques. Everything from fishing finesse ned rigs on the lightest line, ripping Rapala stickbaits over shallows to tackle busting sharks and rays on chunk bait.
If getting bent, having fun and checking out a wide variety of species then this might just be the gig for you. Tight lines.
A wide range of stickbaits allows you to target a diversity of species. Colors, depths, and actions all result in strikes from different species. This variety is what makes fishing the back bays so much fun, your next cast can be any number of predators looking for bait and warm patches of water. Rapala lures from left to right: X-Rap Saltwater, X-Rap SubWalk, Scatter Rap Deep Husky, X-Rap Twitchin’ Minnow, X-Rap Prop, Skitter Pop and X-rap.
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