SANTA BARBARA — Halibut and white seabass bit on both sides of the Santa Barbara Channel, as did rockfish and lingcod. Surf fishers enjoyed good action on barred surf perch. Thresher shark slowed their attack, but some catches were reported.
“On our three-quarter day trips we nailed the lingcod and rockfish at Santa Rosa Island and on half-day trips we posted good scores on local reef zones,” said Sal Silva on the Stardust out of Sea Landing in Santa Barbara.
Sheephead joined the fish counts at shallower reef zones where pieces of crushed shrimp proved particularly effective. Eddie Barajas took the jackpot Sunday on the Stardust with a 9-pound sheephead caught at the 4-Mile.
REFUGIO THRESHER — Fishing out of an inflatable from the Refugio Campground off the beach, "Randy," no last name given, of Santa Barbara caught this nice thresher shark.
Lee Hatler at Hook, Line & Sinker Fishing Center in Santa Barbara said, “Lingcod are biting like crazy, judging by the number of Lingslayers we’re selling, though some folks are fishing inland after Santa Barbara County stocked Cachuma Lake with thousands of pounds of trout on the first of this month.” The WaveWalker found willing lingcod and rockfish at deeper spots before the maximum depth limit was reduced on Nov. 1 from 360 feet to 300 feet. The 6-pack boat is now working shallower reef zones and also for calico bass at boiler rocks at the Channel Islands.
Surf fishers reported very good success on barred surf perch along sandy stretches of beach between Carpinteria and Goleta. Berkeley Gulp! baits produced the most bites, however, Kalin and Big Hammer grubs also proved very effective. Carolina rigs were the most common terminal tackle. Best times were around high tides.