Marina State Beach is off of Reservation Road just past Catroville. Seaside is another 6 miles south of Marina. The parking lot opens around 0600AM and closes at sunset. Striper guys/gals wanting to fish after dark will park just outside of the gate and walk down to the beach. (not that far)
Both hair raisers are good. I prefer the white myself. You're on the right track with the white tail. I believe I get bit more with the tail than without.
I always carry at least one krocodile or kastmater in the event the school passes by and it's windy. You can realy reach out with the tin.
Manresa and Sunset are great beaches but I think it is still a little early for the consistent bite.
When fishing at Marina, I would walk towards the north. (To the right of the parking lot when looking at the ocean). There is a sand plant about a 25 minute walk down the beach north of the parking lot. You'll see a large dredger in what looks like a lake on the beach side. That area has good deep holes where the stripers hold.
That same area is producing barred perch in the 2-3 pound range. 2" kalin motoroil grub w/red flake. Not only will you catch perch but the stipers will hit that small grub believe it or not.
I was just out there looking at the water. It's a little dirty with seaweed in some areas. Just got to find a clear spot and fish it.
Keep moving. Don't wait for the fish to find you... Once you catch one, work the area good, fan casting, because there are usually more than one cruising together.
Remember that the stripers are in close to the waters edge feeding on sand crabs. Work your hair raiser all the way out of the water. Most of your bites will occur at the waters edge. Long cast are not necessary.
On a safety note, Marina Beach in my opinion is one of the more dangerous beaches along the coast because of the currents and the steep drop offs. NEVER TURN YOU BACK TO THE WATER! IF YOU ARE WEARING WADERS AND HAVE TO RE-TIE OR CHANGE LURES, BACK OUT OF THE WATER AND TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS THEN GET BACK TO WADING. THE WAVE ACTION IS VERY UNPREDICTABLE.
I'll keep you posted if and hopefully when it picks up consistenty. If you want to kill time, come on down. The fish are there, just got to find em.
Hope this helps.