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Channel Islands (Ventura County)

The Channel Islands in general have been outstanding for barracuda, especially during warm-water years. They may not be quite as consistently productive as the Coronados Islands farther south, but they are hands down the finest fish habitat this side of the border.

Santa Rosa Island is not only big, but getting there requires a long trip. This combination means that anglers must have a clear plan of attack. What do you want Halibut Rockfish Maybe a chance at landing a big bluefin tuna in the late summer Each significant fishing area offers something a little different. The northwest end between Sandy Point and Brockway Point is a good example; the shoreline and sea bottom are quite rocky and hold large numbers of rockfish, lingcod, sheepshead, and occasionally white sea bass. The southwest end in the vicinity of Bee Rock is similar, harboring significant numbers of rockfish and some kelp bass. If you want halibut, there are several excellent spots to try,...

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Oxnard - Ventura (Ventura County)

The Pacific coast of California has some of the finest saltwater angling in the world and is enjoyed year-round. Marine species range from marlin to salmon and from tuna to rockfish, and strategies to catch the various and diverse saltwater fish in Southern California are as unique as those used along the central and Northern California coasts.

Naturally, many marine gamefish are pelagic or migratory by nature, and follow currents. Migrtory patterns greatly impact gamefishing opportunity along the coast from year to year. Whether large numbers of yellowtail, for example, are caught off San Diego depends largely on water temperature and coloration. When conditions are ideal, large quantities of bait species such as anchovies, smelt, sardines, and squid move offshore. If the water is too cold or too dirty, there is no bait and thus no yellowtail. Likewise, changing temperatures—as happens with the well-documented El Niño phenomenon—may spread the range of some species, or curtail it, in a given year. Similar...

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Malibu (Los Angeles County)

Sport fishing boat trips depart from the Malibu Pier twice a day. A short boat ride from the pier takes visitors to some of the best fishing grounds for sea bass, halibut and rockfish.

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Mission Bay (San Diego County)

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Santa Barbara Area (Santa Barbara County)

The Pacific coast of California has some of the finest saltwater angling in the world and is enjoyed year-round. Marine species range from marlin to salmon and from tuna to rockfish, and strategies to catch the various and diverse saltwater fish in Southern California are as unique as those used along the central and Northern California coasts.

Naturally, many marine gamefish are pelagic or migratory by nature, and follow currents. Migrtory patterns greatly impact gamefishing opportunity along the coast from year to year. Whether large numbers of yellowtail, for example, are caught off San Diego depends largely on water temperature and coloration. When conditions are ideal, large quantities of bait species such as anchovies, smelt, sardines, and squid move offshore. If the water is too cold or too dirty, there is no bait and thus no yellowtail. Likewise, changing temperatures—as happens with the well-documented El Niño phenomenon—may spread the range of some species, or curtail it, in a given year. Similar...

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