While many people fish the light gear in the surf for perch, croaker and even corbina, there are a handful of hardy souls that like bringing down the long rods armed with heavy lines and big hooks looking to find a much bigger quarry. SevengillTheVC has been putting his time in and came away with a whopper Leopard shark while searching for larger grinners as seen here. The biggest issue with bringing big gear down to the surf is weeds, kelp and grass. Even with a big swell, it can be fishable with the right type of weight, but add any kelp into the equation and you might as well just pack for home. He only found grass and duked it out in the less than ideal conditions. He was rewarded with a beautiful leo even though he had his sights set higher in finding a bigger species of shark swimming the shoreline.
His story can be read here: http://prehistoricsoul.com/forum/index.php?topic=299.0
The Sevengill Shark fishing has been rather slow this year, maybe due to the warm El Nino like conditions this past season, but the Soupfin Shark have filled the void nicely in providing some big/hard fighting game in SoCal’s surfline! Soupfin Shark fight for their lives with long blistering runs while Sevengill push their weight around like a gunny sack full of rocks. Both are exciting and very sought after but no one would turn away a nice leopard shark which fight similar to that of a Soupfin Shark, only proportionally smaller.