Calico, Sand Bass, Spotted Bay Bass, Striped Bass
Calico Bass, Stripped Bass, Spotted Bass , Sand Bass, are all main stays of the San Diego winter fishing scene. The main reason why, is some people don't like to go rock fishing. They say its boring, they say its too easy, well I have no comment on that. I like rock fishing, but its true if you want a more challenging fish that will absolutely put up a strong fight, then look no further than the Calico Bass. I personally have seen one that was 9lbs, but most of them are in the 3-6lb class. Perfect for a light rod and reel, running 10lb test. The two most popular methods of catching this fish are live bait on a hook with a very small lead, that is free-lined slowly to the bottom and then retrieved quickly. Alternatively there are a myriad of artificial lures for saltwater bass fishing.
The 1/2 day charter runs to the local kelp beds just outside of Point Loma, all the way down to La Jolla along vast fields of kelp forest. In and among these forests underwater, are Calico Bass, Sand Bass, Spotted Bass, and a number of other sub-species.
These fish can get up to about 10 lbs. and put a pretty darn good fight for their size. Great for the kids to learn on, but also fun for seasoned fisherman using light tackle or artificial lures.
When they are hungry, they will eat just about anything you throw at them but squid, live anchoives, or artificial lures work best.