Question - how close can you fish to the San Pedro shelf oil rigs?

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  1. DrBob89

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    I'm heading out tomorrow from San Pedro and want to hit the 150 spot and nearby oil rigs looking for early pelagics. I'm tired of bottom fishing, I'd rather troll all morning.

    I've not seen a definitive answer to this question on the various BloodyDecks threads or a Google search. So I ask you all: How close can you legally fish to the three rigs (double and single) near the 150 spot?

    Thanks fo the help.

    Bob/Drbob89
     
  2. Timmo

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    They have signs posted on the rig that said something like Keep Away 100 Yards (or was it 300). But yeah, it's posted.
     
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    I believe the signs say 100 yds.
     
  4. J Woodman

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    The oil rigs in Ventura County have the same signs but all the 1/2 day boats pull up right next to them. I have also fished real close and every time the guys on the rig wave or ask how I'm doing.
     
  5. surfgoose

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    It used to be that the distance from the rigs you mentioned was a suggestion because of the danger of something dropping off of the rig and hitting someone. It was not enforceable and generally ignored. But since 9/11 and the later events, the distance from the rigs has become a matter of national security interests. Stay at least 100 yards away or you will be attracting the attention of the harbor security officers. Ventura is a different situation.
     
  6. fishingsurfing

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    Like everyone else is saying yes the signs are posted but I have seen several of the local sport boats have their stern within 20 yards of the pilings on the rigs almost dangerously close being such big boats. That was during that 2015 yellowtail bite. Not saying it’s right or wrong but I’ve never heard of anyone getting in trouble and I’ve caught yellows while drifting under the bridge that connects the double rigs while someone who works on the platform waves from above
     
  7. DPevin

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    Probably depends on what they have going on whether they care how close you get or not. If they have any sort of well operations going on they will probably be more concerned with you vs normal day to day production operations.
     
  8. watersdeep

    watersdeep I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Go to the oyster farm.......hint hint
     
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    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Part of the distance thing is how much of the rig is underwater. They do not want boats anchoring too close and damaging the underwater part with the anchor.
     
  10. pacificscout

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    Sheriff has asked that we not fish near platform ester last year.
    We were actually watching a whale that surface next to platform.
    Rig workers are real nice.
    We have fished right up against the farther out rigs without a problem.
    Just keep a eye out for transport boat.
     
  11. FishyNicky

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    'Legally" the rigs have a sign that says stay back 300 yards. The guys on the rigs don't care if you're there, they will even point to the fish for you sometimes. However, occasionally a sheriff boat will stop by and tell you to back off. Don't worry about it, but be safe obviously.
     
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    I have been asked by the Sheriff dept to back off the rigs, I did and there were no further communications.
     
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    this ^ with a Rapala X-Rap 30
     
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    CaptJgray I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    regardless of which rigs your fishing the best advice I can give is, do not get in the way of the workboats and you will not have issues...

    You can get close but you do not want to be up against them anyway as they kinda flare out a bit underwater. think of them as an underwater pyramid. use your meter as there are definitely areas that produce and some areas that suck...
     
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    You can fish as close as you want to them.Until you get caught.
     
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    This close

     
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    That's a damn fun bass spot when the conditions are right.
     
  18. SaltH20Angler

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    Yep, you can fish it close for sure. My buddies were throwing weedless swimbaits in the rafters when the Sheriff or some other type of law enforcement type told them to back off. He left, then they went back in close. The same Sheriff came back about 15 mins later and was losing his shit on them, pissed off!! Threatened to take them to jail...or so the story was told to me.

    Funny thing is that the same buddies and I were fishing in close with another PB a few years ago when enforcement came up... my buddy got the hell out of there...dragging lines and everything..lol. The enforcement gave the other boat a warning.
     
  19. ja73

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    I've fished pretty close to the rigs awhile back, but don't anymore, since things can easily fall off the rigs, especially off the cranes. Typically I stay at least a 100 yards away and cast in.
    When you see the transport boat coming in, move far away from the rig and you won't have any issues.
    The sheriff will come out and check on you if you're at the Esther rig, but as long as you're a good 100 yards away and not anchored, they won't have any issues.
    But if you're to close and you don't make an effort to move when you see the sheriff, they'll have a conversation with you.
     
  20. calicobassguy

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    Don't drop the anchor anywhere near a oil platform. Use common sense and drift. A sport boat captain usually knows the location of the underwater gotcha's. The sport boat usually contacts the rig on radio before anchoring up. The workers on the platforms are usually cool. Up in the Ventura area, I once saw the crew of a platform use a fire hose on a private boat located near a rig. In my opinion, the extremely wet private boat and all of its soaked occupants deserved it. They were interfering with the business operation. They were fishing where the supply boat delivers equipment.
     
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