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Channel Islands Sportfishing Fish Report December 5, 2016

Fish Report:

The clock is ticking away on this season with less than a month to go. December has always been slow to start but finishes with a bang. As expected, it’s very slow around here but that will change soon. For now, it’s a great time to go fishing if you don’t like the crowds.

All the trips that got out this week had minimal loads which is great if you like lots of elbow room. We had a few off days this week because we either didn’t have enough reservations to run or the weather was bad.

But when we did go, fishing has been solid for the most part, with bottom fish like Red Snapper, Whitefish, Lingcod and Sheephead. The game fish season is basically over with the exception of our offshore banks which are still holding Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. Because of this, we just added a 2 day trip departing Friday December 16th returning the following Sunday night and one departing December 21 returning Demember 23. Other than these two trips, all of our boats are focusing on catching Rockfish and other bottom species.

The last two weeks of the season we expect a big push to catch fish before the end of the season.

Over the counter sales will greatly increase as gift certificates and fishing licenses for next season make the best stocking stuffers for the fisherman in your family.

But the main reason its going to get so busy is because anglers will realize they don’t have enough fish in the freezer. Also, added to the mix is the beginning of our popular whale watch season.

We hope everyone gets a chance to go fish at least one more time before the season closes. Two months of no fishing doesn’t sound like much to some, but to a fisherman it feels like an eternity!


1) Danny Romo from Bakersfield caught a 16lb Lingcod on a full day trip aboard the Aloha Spirit.

2) Mary Thompson from Oxnard caught a 19lb Sheephead on a full day trip aboard the Island Tak.

3) Clayton Wortman from Ventura caught a 12lb Lingcod on an overnight trip aboard the Mirage.

To see the rest of our season schedule, visit the website

Call us at 805-382-1612 for any live bait information, tackle information or what is currently happening!