Fished Santa Ana for the 3rd time yesterday. First outing was zero fish and 2nd trip I was able to get one. Decided to try it out one more time and yes, I finally limited out and actually think I cracked my own code to having success here. In reality for me it was just sticking to the basics. I fished power bait with a power worm, Night crawlers and mice tails and got hits on all. I used a short leader and casted out max 20 ft.
I lost 6 fish probably due to bad knots ( it was cold w heavy rain) and I was for the first time using 2lb test. I ended up adjusting my drag, tied better knots and took my time brining them in which was the ticket.