Feature Article: Vanian 25 Years

Del Mar Show: 976-Bite Fish Reports Celebrating 25 Years of service!

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Mar 16, 2017

DEL MAR – The Fred Hall Del Mar show is this Thursday through Sunday, and this week’s special 24-page supplement is also the official show prograsm. One of the important exhibitors is Bob Vanian of 976-Bite Fish Reports, who is celebrating his 25th year of providing detailed fish reports to Southern California saltwater anglers.

Vanian started 976-Bite Fish Reports in 1993 during the pre-home computer era and at that time anglers had to access his fish reports via telephone recordings. In 2017 has since evolved to a website-based service at but Vanian also still provides an additional telephone service where you can talk with him directly at (619) 226-8218.

976-Bite is based in Point Loma and the offshore reports cover the entirety of Southern California and Northern Baja tuna, kelp paddie and marlin fishing. In addition to the offshore reports, Vanian provides year round coverage of the Coronado Islands and of the kelp bed fishing at Catalina and San Clemente Islands during the winter and spring white seabass and yellowtail seasons. The coastal kelp bed reports cover an area ranging from the Bull Ring at Tijuana on up to Dana Point with the yellowtail and rockfish fishing outside of Punta Colnett being covered during the winter and spring seasons.

Varian's reports are noted for their specific detail and are of such high quality that they are used by professional Captains. Vanian says his goal is to make the reader of his reports "feel as if they had been out fishing themselves the day before their trip."

The reports are loaded with information to provide skippers with the specific location of where fish have been biting and are filled with latitude and longitude coordinates and other references to location such as landmarks and depths. The reports are also filled with specifics to help skippers know what to look for to locate fish once they are out on the fishing grounds.

Anglers are provided with loads of information as to what baits and lures have been working best and with the type of presentation that has been most effective. Links to interactive SST and chlorophyll charts, weather information, bait information, tides and moon phases are all provided.

Vanian says "I have been blessed to have been able to work in a field that I love for the past 25 years. I look forward to providing many more years of service and give my sincere thanks to all the loyal subscribers who have made this possible with their support."

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