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November 11, 2003 | Michael Koehn
As in everything else, timing on the Baja fishing circuit is everything. This site can get you up to date on what's biting where and when so that you'll greatly improve your chances of returning with trophy photos and bulging coolers of filets. For the big picture, click on "Seasonal Charts" for a color-coded table that shows the most productive months for each species. "Fish Reports" surveys the most recent catches of local charter companies so you know where the hottest action is.
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December 27, 2011 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
Thick, tarry fuel oil disgorged into San Francisco Bay from a damaged cargo ship in 2007 was surprisingly toxic to fish embryos, devastating the herring population that feeds seabirds, whales and the bay's last commercial fishery, scientists reported Monday. Although the bay's herring spawning grounds are now free of toxic oil, studies have found that the moderate-size spill of 54,000 gallons had an unexpectedly large and lethal effect. The culprit, a common type of ship fuel called "bunker fuel," appears to be especially toxic to fish embryos, particularly when exposed to sunlight, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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NEWS
December 27, 1990 | DAN STANTON
Jim Peterson of San Pedro was only 10 when he started ocean sportfishing. Peterson, now 41, said he scrubbed decks and did any work required to go out fishing with one of the local captains. In 1959, he became a full-time deck hand under Captain Don McLean aboard the Pierpoint Landing boat Sea Angler. According to McLean, Peterson's fishing savvy and expert boat handling was evident at a young age.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2005 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Male fish with female characteristics have been discovered in ocean waters off Los Angeles and Orange counties, raising concerns that treated sewage released offshore contains hormone-disrupting compounds that are deforming the sex organs of marine life. Scientists around the world have found sexual abnormalities in frogs, fish, alligators and other wild animals exposed to sewage effluent and industrial contaminants that mimic estrogens and other hormones.
SPORTS
March 24, 1988 | DAN STANTON
Warm weather and climbing water temperatures have sparked an early spring run of surface fish. The Freedom from 22nd Street Landing was fishing San Clemente Island with live squid and anglers were catching bull bass when a breezing school of yellowtail made a strong showing, chasing the bait. Fishermen, switching to heavy gear, battled the tackle busters and 19 came aboard, going to 40 pounds.
SPORTS
April 21, 1989 | Dan Stanton
Just about every species of surface fish was caught during the past weekend. As the water temperatures crept up to the 60s, the cork was out of the fish bottle, giving anglers a taste of things to come. Catalina and San Clemente islands were the hot spots for exotics. Yellowtail have been cruising around San Clemente, and with improving conditions a wide-open bite can be expected. The Sportking from L.A. Harbor Sportfishing had outstanding catches Sunday and Monday.
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | Dan Stanton
Just about every species of surface fish was caught during the past weekend. As the water temperatures crept up to the 60s, the cork was out of the fish bottle, giving anglers a taste of things to come. Catalina and San Clemente islands were the hot spots for exotics. Yellowtail have been cruising around San Clemente, and with improving conditions a wide-open bite can be expected. The Sportking from L.A. Harbor Sportfishing had outstanding catches Sunday and Monday.
NEWS
May 25, 1989 | DAN STANTON
Anglers planning to go out over the three-day Memorial Day weekend should prepare for a fish fry. Name any fish you would like to catch and chances are it can be hooked, especially the three Bs: barracuda, bonito and bass. The hottest run continues to be barracuda with the biggest concentration outside Rocky Point. Yellowtail and white sea bass have broken wide open at Catalina Island. The Topgun, sailing from L.A. Harbor Sportfishing with a tank of live squid, found the hot spot early this week at Catalina.
SPORTS
May 19, 1989 | Dan Stanton
It's twilight time. The popular trips for sand bass have started from South Bay sportfishing landings with departure times at 6 and 6:30 p.m. When the party boats turn on their floodlights it looks like a city at the fishing grounds. Spawning sand bass bite anything thrown at them, feathers or bait. Some individual boats had limits of 4- to 5-pound fish on most trips this past week. What does a boat do when the 10-fish limit is reached? A short move from the sandy bottom to deeper water and a steady anchovy chumming bring the barracuda up. That's not to overlook the daytime wide-open barracuda bite at Rocky Point.
SPORTS
June 16, 1989 | Dan Stanton
Women anglers for the past two decades have been catching up to the men. Take a look any day aboard a party boat or private fishing boat and you will see women casting and reeling in fish, either from casting a jig or from a bait cast. Marilyn Robinson of Long Beach, a galley cook on sportfishing boats for four years, says she has observed women having more success than men "on many ips." What does she do on her day off? She fishes. Vickie Rubinson of West Los Angeles said her boyfriends enjoy hearing her brag about the times she tries to outdo them, either surface fishing or diving at Catalina Island.
NEWS
July 19, 2005
Updated through Sunday Freshwater Largemouth bass: Lake Success busted open last week as bass to 5-8 started smacking crawdads. Lake Perris has been pretty good as fish crash on green or purple plastics, reaction baits, or topwater plugs. At Diamond Valley Lake, anglers who get on the water very early or very late in the day score lots of fish around 3-0 -- best size in Southern California now -- but the midday bite is poor.
SPORTS
August 11, 1988 | DAN STANTON
It was kids day on the Annie B barge. The San Pedro YMCA's 11-week summer youth camp includes one day each year to introduce boys and girls to ocean sportfishing. And 150 youngsters boarded the Billy V and were shuttled to the calm waters of L.A. Harbor for a morning of fishing aboard the Annie B. Tiffany Russo and Jerry Lister, directors of the group said most of the 6-to-12-year-olds had never been ocean fishing.
NEWS
May 4, 1989 | DAN STANTON
Line-slashing barracuda and white sea bass have spiced spring deep-sea fishing. The biggest concentration of barracuda is spread out from the oil rigs to Rocky Point. The white sea bass at Catalina Island have been showing signs of biting. They play hide and seek one day and then bust tackle the next. Most barracuda caught by anglers tossing jigs have averaged five pounds. The largest weighed 10 1/2 pounds and was caught by Long Beach angler Howard Bagley on Monday aboard the Southern Cal out of Long Beach Sportfishing.
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