Channel Islands
SportFishing

Memorial Day Weekend Fishing

by Channel Islands Sportfishing Staff

Traveler Bait Boat Channel Islands Harbor 

Whoppers:

1) Issac Cortez from Oxnard caught a 25lb White Seabass on the Aloha Spirit.

2) Joe Trupiano from Simi Valley caught a 25lb Yellowtail on the Aloha Spirit.

3) John Kruskamp from Sunland caught a 20lb Lingcod on the Pacific Islander.

4) Fred Brandt from Ventura caught a 15lb Yellowtail on the Ranger 85.

5) Curt Adams (home town unknown) caught a 27lb Yellowtail on the Erna B.

Yellowtail Fishing Erna B May 2016

 

Sportfishing Report:

This weeks fishing action picked up dramatically as predicted. A big reason for this would be two major factors. Great weather all week and live squid has become plentiful. On Friday our bait boat "Traveler" loaded up our tanks with squid and even had enough to sell to private boaters all weekend.

As for fishing, last week we finished strong catching Yellowtail, White Seabass and even few Halibut. No big numbers but enough to raise an eyebrow. As predicted, this week it only got better. Every day this week our anglers legitimately had a chance to catch a prized Channel Islands game fish.

White Seabass fishing Ranger 85 May 2016

Up until now, all the game fish have been caught on our full day trips leaving in the early morning. But over the weekend we got reports back from our outer island boats catching Yellowtail and a couple of White Seabass. One boat alone had over 150 Yellowtail at an undisclosed location outside the reach of the local fleet.

Yellowtail Fishing Memorial Day weekend Ranger 85

Filling in the gaps between bites, we also had outstanding bottom fishing this week. The Lingcod and bigger Reds are still best on the overnight outer island boats but locally it has picked up too. Saturday, we had a half day trip on the Speed Twin return with close to limits of Rockfish, one hundred plus whitefish and several Sculpin and even Lingcod.

Ling Cod fishing on the Pacific Islander May 2016

By far one of the best half day counts of this young season. This upcoming week will most likely get even better, so if you're coming out with us simply be ready for anything. We will do our best to keep you informed on what to bring but feel free to call our office and ask. We want you to be as prepared as possible and most of all, catch fish!

Let's Go Fishing!

Thank you to all who fish with us! 

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Call us at 805-382-1612 for any information, including live bait status!

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