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Live squid enter Santa Monica Bay picture

BY RICH HOLLAND/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Nov 21, 2017

MARINA DEL REY — The appearance of live squid could signal a transition in the Santa Monica Bay, or at least provide the fodder for some bigger rockfish, now that the bonito have become tougher to get.

NovemberalohaNOVEMBER ALOHA — Most days this November have felt like summer and the boys from the New Del Mar scored snapping calicos on a run up north to the Channel Islands on the Aloha Spirit.

"The squid could turn up some exotics and we've already been doing well on the sand bass during the 6 p.m.-to-midnight twilight trips Friday and Saturday using strips of squid on leadheads," reported Rick Oefinger at Marina del Rey Sportfishing. "There are still bonito around, and if the sea lions leave you alone, you can get some of the 2 to 6 pounders."

Rockfishing has been good, with some lingcod scattered in the catches off the local hard bottom areas. Saturday the Betty-O took 23 anglers to189 rockfish, 12 sheephead, 4 lingcod, 4 bonito and 6 whitefish.

On the Spitfire, 25 anglers ended up with 233 rockfish, 12 whitefish, 4 sheephead and 4 lingcod.Two trips on the New Del Mar New saw 70 anglers total 475 rockfish, 7 sheephead, 15 ocean whitefish and 2 lingcod.

Redondo Sportfishing reported the Redondo Special headed out with live squid Sunday morning. On Saturday, the morning half-day run produced 1 bonito, 18 blue perch and 91 whitefish and 110 rockfish.

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