Fish Topanga State Beach

I have not scheduled anything for a while, sorry about that! I have driven by this stretch of beach at the mouth of Topanga Canyon a number of times and have yet to try it...so let's do it! The beaches tend to be less crowded this time of year, so midday fishing is a good option. The high tide is at 1:54 on this day, so let's meet at the beach and start fishing about 11 am. That way we can fish the entire incoming tide, which is usually the best thing to do.  Now,  we often meet for a bite to eat before fishing,   so if anyone would like,  we can meet here:http://www.livinginthepalisades.com/76station/  There is a Taco Bell there, at 17299 PCH in Pacific Palisades,   we can meet there at 10 am and then head up the coast to the Beach.  I will be there at the Taco Bell for sure at 10am!

Also, if we are not catching any fish at Topanga, we can always go back south to Santa Monica and try there. Good fishing can be had from the sand there, and it just costs a few bucks to park. Also, if I decide to "pre fish" for our meetup, I'll post that here. Now, I have not posted an address here, so don't just hope your gps will get you there...from the 405, take the 10 freeway west to the beach, and go up the coast to Topanga Canyon. When you get to that point, you will either need to go up the coast a little further, make a u turn, and park along the beach near the mouth of the canyon, or....take a turn up the canyon, turn around somewhere, and come back down the canyon, and park along the beach. I have a silver ford ranger as of now, if things change I will let ya'll know...

The usual gear will work:

Rods[masked] feet spinning rods are good.

Spinning reels with 6lb test line.

#2 owner mosquito hooks, or another brand in the same size.

1/2 oz and 1oz egg shaped sinkers.

A few swivels

Bait: Berkley power bait sandworms in camo color, aka crack! The fish are addicted to em!

I will be trying a little flyfishing myself, so maybe I will be the oddball of the group, but I have had good success flyfishing in the waves!

I usually wear chest waders, but knee boots work well too. If you don't mind a little cold water, shoes and socks will work. No matter what you wear, bring an entire change of clothes to wear home, if you get a little wet, driving home is not much fun unless you are dry...

If you have not gotten your fishing license, please do, and make sure to get the ocean enhancement stamp with it, so you can fish the salt.

Bring sleeves, and sunscreen, you never know about the weather at he beach.

One last thing, weather can be tricky this time of year, if it is going to pour rain, or if a huge swell is predicted, that will cancel the event.

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  • dan

    The bite was not really happening all that great. Topanga has a shore break and the perch like the whitewash from the crashing waves. Beaches with sand bars and uneven topography in he water work well. Like Santa Monica beach and Temescal Canyon.

    February 2, 2013

    • Terry

      You had some very good advice today Dan, we'll have to try a couple of your hot spots soon!

      February 2, 2013

  • Norm

    Fishing was slow, but the camaraderie was great! Again, my thanks goes out to Terry, Marc, Rick, and Derek for all the help they gave me! Hope everyone else had a good time too!

    February 2, 2013

  • Frank

    Sorry I missed you guys, what little wind there was, was right on the nose. We motored as far as the Star wreck off Santa Monica pier after trying fish heaven, with no luck at either place. I did manage to catch a small octopus who was hanging on to my sinker. He rode it all the way to the surface and then let go. There were a lot of lobster hoopers leaving the landing when I got back. If the weather stays warm this week I may try to get out for some after work this week.

    February 2, 2013

  • Gerardo C.

    Michael.... wow the fish are alive in your aquarium? Post pics!!

    February 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yeah... i'm going to petsmart tonite to buy them food.

      February 2, 2013

  • Terry

    Fishing was tough, decent venue, great company! We'll try hard to catch more fish next time!

    February 2, 2013

    • Marc

      It will be hard to catch less next time. Santa Monica sounds like a good spot, I'm game just let me know when.

      1 · February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time, Terry. Thanks for everything. The 3 surf perch are doing exceptionally well in my salt water aquarium.

    February 2, 2013

  • Marc

    Good to see some familiar faces and meet some new people

    February 2, 2013

  • Norm

    Great day, if not great fishing! Just fun to be out there. Caught 3 due to Marc's redworm Berkeley bait. Thanks, also to to Derek, for the camo worms, as well. Doncha know everything stopped biting right after high tide @ 2PM!

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Terry

    I have no idea what that fish is, not even sure it is a fish, maybe a sea monster lol. Sorry the fishing was a bit slow, folks, Dan did give me some good ideas about Santa Monica, I'll have to check it with him sometime and maybe schedule a meetup down there soon!

    February 2, 2013

  • Lam T.

    What the heck is that thing that was caught? And who caught it?

    February 2, 2013

  • Michael

    Terry and Gang, Sorry I will have to miss this surf fishing event. I'm a bit under par and need to get some rest before Monday. Catch a lot, take plenty of pics, and enjoy!. Mike

    February 1, 2013

  • Frank

    Look for me off shore. I'll sail by tomorrow should be about noo. Listen for the airhorn. Good luck to all of you.

    1 · February 1, 2013

  • Gerardo C.

    Make sure to have your fishing Licence... DFG has checked me several times while out surf fishing. The fine for fishing with out a licence starts at $400 minimum..

    February 1, 2013

  • Gary C.

    I was hoping to make this one but a family matter has arisen and I now have to be somewhere else at 11am Sat :/

    February 1, 2013

  • Koki

    Hi Terry,

    Planning on coming and bringing my wife as well...First time doing "ocean beach fishing"...Read all the stuff herein...Will try to follow all directions (will come straight to the beach) and advise.

    One quick question - where to I get the bait (Berkley power bait sandworms in camo color, aka crack!)?

    Thanks!

    January 31, 2013

    • Lam T.

      Koki, you can also try Walmart or Sport Chalet. They should carry it.

      January 31, 2013

    • Terry

      I'll second that...they both have it. Best advice, get it off the peg in the baggie, not in the round tubs, they are way messier...

      January 31, 2013

  • Jerry M.

    Sounds like fun!! I'll be fly fishing also, What kind of flys, crabs, shrimp set ups do you have luck with? Are you using a FW line or a shooting head?

    December 9, 2012

    • Norm

      When I was a kid, the crabs were everywhere, and easy to find. Last time I tried, there were non on the beach. What's the likelihood of them, there?

      January 31, 2013

    • Marc

      There used to be big sand crabs everywhere when we were kids Norm. Now I think they're all really small and not very abundant.

      January 31, 2013

  • Marc

    Eating Taco Bell at 10? Better food options and parking at the Vons on PCH at Sunset. I'm meeting someone there around 10 and will come over before 11.

    1 · January 30, 2013

    • Norm

      Terry, I was basically replying to Marc, who I've rode and fished with in the past. We'll meet up after...

      January 30, 2013

    • Terry

      It's ok Norm, just letting ya'll know what is up. It's all good, the fishing is the most important thing...

      January 30, 2013

  • Terry

    Just in case, my cell # is[masked]-4342. Text or call with any questions u might have, or in case you have trouble finding us Sat morning. As I said, I will try to be at the taco bell around 10 am, I got the silver ford ranger with several bumper stickers on the back...

    January 29, 2013

  • dan

    I've been fishing ocean park all week since last sat. I caught 40 person satwith biggest fish 3 1/4 lbs. It was 14". No small fish.best day surf casting.

    1 · January 29, 2013

  • Terry

    By the way, forecast is for 70 degree high in Santa Monica on Saturday, so weather looks great!

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • Lam T.

      Thanks for the update Terry!

      January 29, 2013

  • Gary C.

    I may try to make this if I can get my back to cooperate. Can't seem to get it to straighten out since I messed it up on New Years :(

    January 14, 2013

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