WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS ON-THE-SPOT
ROSA ROCKFISH FOR kids and adults fishing aboard Stardust out of Sea Landing in Santa Barbara.
SANTA BARBARA — For most kids, making their first trip across to Santa Rosa or another of the Channel Islands can be pretty intimidating.
But Stardust owner/operator Jason Diamond and Captain Luke Stamatis make a point of running a boat that is “Kid-Friendly” while still remaining serious about the fishing. “We want everybody to have a good time and to get fish. For some of the kids it’s their first fishing outing so we try to be sure they have a good time,” explained Capt. Stamatis just prior to a recent 7 a.m. departure.
The short, two-and-a-half hour run across the channel gave everyone plenty of time to rig up dropper loops in anticipation of fishing the 130 feet of water around Santa Rosa Island. Deck hands Sal Silva and Dane Johnston made the rounds, helping to tie the proper set-ups for everyone aboard with 8- to10-ounce torpedoes hanging below two size 1 or 2 bait hooks loaded with squid strips or live sardines.
During the flat calm drive to the island, cook Casey Vaccarezza, a five year veteran on Stardust served up great breakfast sandwiches and burritos in the recently refitted galley and lounge area.
The first stop of the day had everybody at the rail and soon fish were loading up the bags. 11-year-old Noah Browne of Lompoc seemed to always be pulling in a rockfish and would prove to be one of the “Hot Stick” kids aboard Stardust.
Out from Chandler, Arizona, educator Greg Moody was visiting the area around Santa Barbara for the July 4th holiday when he decided to take the kids fishing. 10-year-old Alden Moody and 8-year-old Orla Simpson both showed Greg how much they enjoyed the trip by bagging several nice rockfish throughout the day.
The trip proved to be a real family affair. Marvin Dinovitz of Oxnard and his son Trever arranged a day together, despite Trever’s having moved to work in Los Gatos, California some years ago. They both had big bags of fillets when the day was done. This reporter enjoyed the day with 15-year-old grandson, Dylan Semerau, who pulled doubles on bocaccio and reds to out-fish his grandpa.
Stardust Captain Luke Stamatis made several moves throughout the day to keep things fresh. With continuing calm seas and light air even the novices aboard stayed busy and everybody managed to get into the fish.
Of course Stardust is not just for family fun trips. Serious anglers get their fill as well. Larry Patrick of Santa Clarita loaded up at the island for the fourth time this year aboard Stardust and continually makes the time to get out and fish.
As 2:30 p.m. rolled around Captain Stamatis called for lines up and Stardust headed back to the docks at Sea Landing in Santa Barbara. The 27 anglers fishing that day caught 146 rockfish, 124 red rockfish and 1 lingcod for young Noah Browne.
Sea Landing and Stardust
301 W. Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, Ca. 93101
DECKHAND DANE JOHNSTON displays a Santa Rosa red taken for 10-year-old Alden Moody of Chandler Arizona.
NOAH BROWNE OF Lompoc ook his first lingcod while fishing with family aboard Stardust.
LARRY PATRICK FISHES as often as he can. Shown here is a set of doubles on rockfish taken at Santa Rosa Island aboard Stardust.
BIG JOHNNY BASS and bocaccio were all a part of the day’s fishing for 15-year-old Dylan Semerau, a sophomore at Mission Viejo High School.
MARVIN, LEFT, AND son, Trever Dinovitz fished together for rockfish limits aboard Stardust.