The weather is finally starting to cooperate here in the Southern California Bight, which means we’ll finally be getting some coverage out in our local waters. There have been some whispers of yellowtail, bluefin, white sea bass, rockfish and bonito. Erik Landesfeind one of our most respected contributors fills us in on this week’s report. Additionally, we get some great insight into “shallow water” artificials for targeting rockfish. Make sure to check in with the Department of Fish and Game for the latest regulations on your targeted species.

About Erik Landesfiend

Since getting his start working as a deckhand on a ¾ day boat in the 1980’s, Erik Landesfeind has spent the last 35 years fishing the waters off Southern California and Baja. Taking what he’d learned during his years fishing on sport boats, Erik branched out to get his own boat with the intention of fishing saltwater bass tournaments. Over the next decade, Erik dedicated the majority of his fishing time to learning the patterns and behaviors sand bass, calicos, and spotted bay bass. His efforts paid off in multiple tournament wins and an angler of the year title. Erik is also an avid offshore fisherman who spends most summers targeting tuna and marlin when he isn’t fishing calico bass and yellowtail at the islands. This extensive and varied experience allows Erik to write knowledgeably about all aspects of Southern California fishing. We are lucky to have Erik’s weekly insight into what’s going on in the Southern California Bight.


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Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal...