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November 23, 1989 | DAN STANTON
Seasons change and so do the species of fish anglers will be trying for in the fall and winter. With surface fish not as plentiful, the most sought-after will be rock cod. Anglers will be bringing out stout rods and big reels to fish depths from 150 to more than 600 feet. Another popular method is to bounce a heavy jig on the bottom or use the five-hook ganion with a lead weight of a pound or more. There are more than 50 species of rock fish that can be brought to the surface.
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July 7, 2002 | MARC COOPER, Marc Cooper, a contributing editor to the Nation magazine and LA Weekly's editor-at-large, spent his teenage summers as a deckhand on Santa Monica sport fishing boats.
Since my father first took me fishing--in 1955 when I was 5 years old--rockfish have always been a sure thing in and around the Santa Monica Bay. The swifter and splashier bonito would pass by for only a few months in the summer and then--as the bay became more polluted--just stopped coming around at all. Likewise with the fierce and toothy barracudas. And significant "bites" by the mighty yellowtail became infrequent enough to fall into the category of near-legend. But throughout my youth and adolescence, just about any time of the year I could board the Betty O or the orange-painted Kiora or the diesel-belching Indiana sport fishing boats at a local pier and, after a short run out of the bay, find the lumpy, lumbering rockfish to be plentiful and hungry.
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NEWS
December 8, 1988 | DAN STANTON
The winter rock cod bite has arrived for South Bay anglers. During the winter months, every angler has a chance to limit out on a genuine delicacy. The fish that stimulates these grandiose claims is the rock cod that weighs from 5 to 35 pounds. An impressive catch was seen over the weekend when the Southern Cal out of Long Beach Sportfishing headed to Catalina Island with 18 anglers and caught limits of high quality fish: grouper, cows and lingcod.
SPORTS
December 24, 1992 | DAN STANTON
Fishing Gets a Boost With Supply of Fresh Squid Fishing has improved the past week, in part because commercial seiners worked areas off San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands and brought tons of fresh squid into San Pedro. Squid is a choice bait of anglers fishing for white seabass and yellowtail. Local sportfishing boats are hoping to add to the supply of squid in the coming weeks by setting lights off the east end of Catalina Island to attract the bait.
SPORTS
December 5, 1991 | DAN STANTON
South Bay Sportfishing boats will be targeting rock cod during trips in the winter months. There are more than 50 species of rockfish that can be caught, including lingcod, cow cod, salmon grouper and red snapper. Local day boats will be fishing in depths of 200 feet. Outer island boats will fish in depths of 600 to 800 feet. After being hooked, many of the deep-water cod will float to the surface, making it easy for anglers using heavy weights or jigs to reel in their catch.
SPORTS
April 17, 1991 | PETE THOMAS
They served in the Persian Gulf War from the beginning, returning only to be called back into action by one of the Southland's most respected captains. Captain Jack Ward, active in Southern California waters for almost 40 years, requested and received the services of some of the sailors from Port Hueneme's U.S. Navy Construction Battalion and Navy Underwater Construction Diving Team-2.
SPORTS
January 26, 1990 | DAN STANTON
Could it be June in January? Rock cod anglers this winter have been hooking scrappy bonito that are running unusually deep. Almost everywhere a line is dropped at rock cod areas, anglers are assured of catching them along with bonito. On the Monte Carlo from 22nd Street Landing, fishing at the 150 Rocks, anglers were hauling in rock cod when big bonito averaging six pounds struck. Bonito normally are surface feeders more prevalent later in the year.
NEWS
February 8, 1990 | DAN STANTON
Winter weather conditions have slowed surface fishing, but rock cod action hasn't been affected. South Bay anglers have been bagging cod limits in 200 to 600 feet of water using three-pound weights. Long Beach anglers Tom Murphy and Bob Tyler, who fish at least once a week on the Southern Cal from Long Beach Sportfishing, test their angling skills in friendly competition with each other.
SPORTS
June 1, 1990 | DAN STANTON
Anglers take a step into history when they board the Betty O, known as the rock cod special, which operates out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing. The Betty O was built in Wilmington at the William Muller boat yard and launched in 1924. It was christened Betty O in honor of Betty Oldfield, the granddaughter of William K. Wrigley, the owner of the Catalina Island Company. Muller had the distinction of having built every boat for the Wrigley Company in the 1920s and '30s.
SPORTS
December 12, 1991 | DAN STANTON
It was a successful weekend for calico bass and rock cod fishermen. South Bay anglers on local and island trips were able to catch their 10-fish limit of calico bass. Other fish in plentiful supply included blue perch and a variety of rockfish. Anglers aboard the L.A. Harbor Sportfishing boat Pacifica, which worked waters around San Nicholas Island, caught their limit of grouper and lingcod.
SPORTS
December 10, 1992 | DAN STANTON
With a drop in water temperature, the area sportfishing fleet is beginning to search deep water in hopes of catching rock cod and rockfish. There are more than 50 species of rockfish, including lingcod, salmon grouper and cow cod. The area fleet is expected to fish depths of 150 to 800 feet off Santa Catalina, Santa Barbara and San Clemente islands and will also work Osborne Bank. Some area boats had success last week.
SPORTS
January 30, 1992 | DAN STANTON
For anglers who enjoy the challenge of wrestling with one of the most powerful denizens of the deep and want an opportunity to catch their 15-fish limit, this is an excellent time to fish for rock cod. Anglers have been catching cod in record numbers this winter. Last year, anglers were hard-pressed to catch their limit. South Bay Sportfishing captains are urging anglers to use a five-hook rig when fishing for cod.
SPORTS
December 12, 1991 | DAN STANTON
It was a successful weekend for calico bass and rock cod fishermen. South Bay anglers on local and island trips were able to catch their 10-fish limit of calico bass. Other fish in plentiful supply included blue perch and a variety of rockfish. Anglers aboard the L.A. Harbor Sportfishing boat Pacifica, which worked waters around San Nicholas Island, caught their limit of grouper and lingcod.
SPORTS
December 5, 1991 | DAN STANTON
South Bay Sportfishing boats will be targeting rock cod during trips in the winter months. There are more than 50 species of rockfish that can be caught, including lingcod, cow cod, salmon grouper and red snapper. Local day boats will be fishing in depths of 200 feet. Outer island boats will fish in depths of 600 to 800 feet. After being hooked, many of the deep-water cod will float to the surface, making it easy for anglers using heavy weights or jigs to reel in their catch.
SPORTS
April 17, 1991 | PETE THOMAS
They served in the Persian Gulf War from the beginning, returning only to be called back into action by one of the Southland's most respected captains. Captain Jack Ward, active in Southern California waters for almost 40 years, requested and received the services of some of the sailors from Port Hueneme's U.S. Navy Construction Battalion and Navy Underwater Construction Diving Team-2.
SPORTS
June 1, 1990 | DAN STANTON
Anglers take a step into history when they board the Betty O, known as the rock cod special, which operates out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing. The Betty O was built in Wilmington at the William Muller boat yard and launched in 1924. It was christened Betty O in honor of Betty Oldfield, the granddaughter of William K. Wrigley, the owner of the Catalina Island Company. Muller had the distinction of having built every boat for the Wrigley Company in the 1920s and '30s.
SPORTS
February 9, 1990 | DAN STANTON
Winter weather conditions have slowed surface fishing, but rock cod action hasn't been affected. South Bay anglers have been bagging cod limits in 200 to 600 feet of water using three-pound weights. Long Beach anglers Tom Murphy and Bob Tyler, who fish at least once a week on the Southern Cal from Long Beach Sportfishing, test their angling skills in friendly competition with each other.
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