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Island fishing produces Yellowtail, White Seabass, Rockfish

Fish Whoppers

David Oshima from Glendale caught a 30lb White Seabass on a full day trip aboard the Island Tak. *at Santa Cruz Island, caught using on a red swimbait*

Eric Romero from Valencia caught a 19lb White Seabass on a full day trip aboard the Seabiscuit. *at Santa Cruz Island using frozen squid on a dropper loop rig*

Jeremy Harrington from Iowa caught a 44lb Halibut on a 2-day trip aboard the Ranger 85. *at Santa Rosa Island, using a live sardine on a dropper loop rig*

Mike McMillin from Ojai caught a 31lb White Seabass on a full day trip aboard the Aloha Spirit. *at Anacapa Island*

John Gorum from Glendora caught a 30lb White Seabass on a full day trip aboard the Sea Jay. *at Santa Cruz Island, using a red swimbait*

Raul Reyes from Carpinteria caught a 15lb Lingcod on an overnight trip aboard the Pacific Islander. *at Santa Rosa Island using a chrome Ahi assault diamond jig.

Channel Islands Sportfishing Report

The first week of June is now complete and with it the future looks promising. Not only are we catching Yellowtail at both the inner and outer islands but big schools of White Seabass are staging up for something big. The spawn must be getting close and with it comes the big bite we have all been waiting for. Lucky enough, the Seabass limit changes from one fish per angler to three fish, in only two weeks. 

Island fishing is getting hot and that has been where all the boats have been focusing their attention.

Every day we are catching a lot of fish but of course some days are better than others. Bottom fishing or Calico Bass fishing has been a solid backup plan for when the game fish don’t bite, but lucky enough we have had more good days than bad. The Yellows and Seabass with the chance of catching a barn door Halibut is what our customers are hoping for, and we are doing our best to at least give them a chance to fulfill that desire.

Coasal waters are now showing signs of life.

So far, the islands have been where all the action has been but the coastal waters are now showing signs of life. Late in the week we had a boat catch several Barracuda in the “usual spot” only a few miles off the beach. Over the weekend they looked at this spot again and found a huge school that wanted to bite. In a short time they put 100 Barracuda on the boat before coming in the harbor. This was on top of a limit of Rockfish they had already caught earlier in the day fishing the islands. Finding these fish couldn’t have come at a better time, because our twilight trips are scheduled to start this Friday and Saturday evening. Normally, twilight trips depend of coastal fishing specifically for Sand Bass and Barracuda.

Overall, fishing has been great and the month of June has always been known as one of the best months to fish this area. The “stars are aligning” for that “big bite” we have all been waiting for. With “June Gloom” now settling in, we expect the ocean to flatten out and the winds we have suffered through this spring to subside. With that said, we would like to give a “heads up” to our customers coming fishing this month. While its sunny and hot at your house inland, here at the harbor and out at the islands its 20 degrees cooler. Come dressed in layers because the mornings are cool but the afternoons will warm up, even though its overcast.

For our current daily fish counts, click here.

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