SANTA BARBARA — A long-running white seabass bite along the coast above Goleta shows no signs of dying out. Halibut bit at Santa Rosa Island and schoolie-size white seabass ate baits right alongside the halibut. Barracuda made a mediocre day of fishing into a great event.
“From Goleta to above Gaviota, squid spawn activity spurred a coastal white seabass bite reminiscent of last year’s epic coastal bite out of Santa Barbara," said Capt. David Bacon of WaveWalker Charters in Santa Barbara. "These croakers are running on the large side, between 30 and 70 pounds and we got a 40 pounder late in the week.”. The bite has been going off for weeks now and it just looks to keep right on going.
Open-party boats out of Ventura and Channel Islands Harbor scored well early in the week, on both white seabass and halibut, at the east end of Santa Rosa Island but by the weekend the boats were scratching again. The fall-back plan was a good one… hook plenty of the ever-present rockfish and lingcod that the Santa Barbara Channel is known for.
The 4-Mile area produced very good rockfish and lingcod action, with an 18-pound lingcod brought aboard the WaveWalker by Scott Lindberg of Paso Robles. On another trip, a 10 year old boy got a 25-inch lingcod aboard the boat and considering the relative sizes of the anglers, the battle was just as fierce.
“Barracuda are hammering trolled Rapalas in bright colors. I found them off of Padaro Lane at about 100 feet, following baitballs. It was a hookup every few minutes,” said Capt. Tony Vultaggio of the Jesse Mae in Santa Barbara.
SUPER SEABASS — Richard Flores of Santa Barbara fished aboard the private boat Caroline Honey out of Santa Barbara for this 54-pound white seabass, which are now showing from there up to Capitola and even parts farther north.