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    Default Santa Barbara tip

    I am heading south to Santa Barbara and plan to spend some time fishing the surf. Any tips for the area would be appreciated.

    thanks

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    Default Re: Santa Barbara tip

    Watch out for the seals down there. Had one try to jump on my surf board when I was trying to catch a wave. Scared the BEJEESUS out of me. Was never comfortable in the water gain.

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    yep, for good seafood go to Brophy Bros.

    sorry can't help on the fishing topic
    I am highly qualified to comment in this forum after receiving a Specialized High Intensive Training (S.H.I.T) at the Olde Schitt Institute of Technology (O.S.H.I.T).

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    Default Re: Santa Barbara tip

    Any suggestions of beaches to fish?

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    Default Re: Santa Barbara tip

    I googled Santa Barbara Fly Fishing and got these guys.

    Santa Barbara Flyfishers Links

    If anything just head out and recon the area. There are lagoons between Santa Barbara and Ventura so I'd poke around there. Good luck, take pictures, submit your final report here. SF

    ---------- Post added at 01:38 AM ---------- Previous post was at 01:17 AM ----------

    More info. This guy looks like he knows something.
    Gary Bulla Saltwater Fly Fishing - Surf Fishing

    Sorry about all the spam. I have family that lives in that area and your request for tips got me looking. I'll be interested in how your trip goes. Thanks
    Last edited by innes; 07-18-2013 at 02:35 AM.

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    Most of the beaches along Hwy 101 between Ventura (where I live) and Santa Barbara are fishable. I've heard good things about the area around the oil pier (looks like a fake island off shore), I'm planning to head up there sometime soon myself. I don't know the SB area as well as down here in Ventura, I mainly fish from the ventura harbor down towards Port Hueneme. The ventura harbor beaches have suepr easy access and will not be crowded.

    Check the tide tables, and be aware that these are some of the most popular surfing beaches in the area, so it may take a little doing to find a stretch to fish.

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    Default Re: Santa Barbara tip

    Anywhere between Ventura and Santa Barbara has great surf fishing. The corbina are out in numbers right now, and the surf perch have been plentiful and huge. Use anything that resembles a sand crab, and they will grab your fly.

    There have also been lots of leopard sharks cruising the beaches as well. I would recommend at least an 8 wt. in case you hook into one of the sharks. The leopards usually like red flies.

    Early mornings are best, and try to hit an incoming tide. You'll miss the crowds of beachgoers at that time and the conditions will be best early in the morning.

    PM me if you want any specifics on sweet spots in the area.

    Cheers,

    -VB

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    Default Re: Santa Barbara tip

    If you wish to hire a guide, Gary Bulla is well known and will put you on fish. You could also give Lee Baermann a call. He's out there all the time, and is an excellent local guide who specializes in the surf.

    I see him all the time in Carpinteria, which is between Ventura and Santa Barbara.

    Here's his website: Fly Fish The Surf Home

    I'm not a guide, but I fish out there fairly often. If you want to meet up for some fishing, send me a PM.

    -VB

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    Default Re: Santa Barbara tip

    Appreciate the assistance.
    I had a great time fishing yesterday morning around Carpinteria.
    Saw a number of corbina in the shallows and cruising the drop.
    I also spotted a few leopards.

    I had some luck with the perch on small sand crab patters and had a couple hook ups with other species on coyote clousers.

    I hope to sneak out today for another session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by von behr View Post
    I'm not a guide, but I fish out there fairly often. If you want to meet up for some fishing, send me a PM.

    -VB
    Thanks Von! Sorry I don't have more time in the area.
    I will take you up on your offer next time I am in the area

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    Quote Originally Posted by 650flyguy View Post
    Appreciate the assistance.
    I had a great time fishing yesterday morning around Carpinteria.
    Saw a number of corbina in the shallows and cruising the drop.
    I also spotted a few leopards.

    I had some luck with the perch on small sand crab patters and had a couple hook ups with other species on coyote clousers.

    I hope to sneak out today for another session.

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    Thanks Von! Sorry I don't have more time in the area.
    I will take you up on your offer next time I am in the area
    Glad to hear you made it out there this weekend. I was just in Carpinteria this morning, and the guitarfish were thick. I caught a few guitars and a couple of perch. I didn't see any corbina or leopards, but I'm sure they were out there.

    Between Carpinteria and Mussel Shoals, it was a good outing. Next time you're down this way, give me a shout.

    -VB
    ....Just one more cast...

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