Santa Monica Bay Rockfish 2021 vs Past Years

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  • Oct 23, 2020
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    Fishing for Memories
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    Parker 2120
    Has anyone else been noticing that fishing for rockfish in SMB has been slower this year than the past couple of years? Just my observations... Who knows... Maybe it's just my luck. Have had great success in the past years, just feels different this year.
    I'm not talking about the recently opened areas but about the usual banks and stones that you skip around to and eventually find a "bigger-grade" biting school.
    The "bigger" fish just seem to be tight-lipped. Been able to have a good sessions but mostly just scratching it out. The whitefish seem to be plentiful and hungry.
    Are they just filling up on all the bait and clear sea cucumber-looking things out there? Or am I missing something.
    I'm open to any tips for future trips if anyone would be kind to share some advice on technique and or etc. Not asking for spots.
     

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  • Sep 23, 2019
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    Andre
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    If your wondering where all the cods went just watch del rey's sportboat count . It's damn near all they target year round anymore
    The bass have all but disappeared, the cuda haven't really showed up in numbers and even the sculpin in the muds have gotten too small to fish. Nothing else to target.
     
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  • Jan 10, 2006
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    The bass have all but disappeared, the cuda haven't really showed up in numbers and even the sculpin in the muds have gotten too small to fish. Nothing else to target.
    I was still ripping them up on the reefs last year during lobster season . 5 bass on the filet table aren't worth as much to a deckhand as 10 cods . If you know the bay the bass are still there and their large .
     
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    Aug 21, 2020
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    Harry karaoglanian
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    Coastal fishing is usually ass. SMB is even worse. You got 3-4 sport boats that go 3-4 times a day out to the same spot, same bank, and knock out rockfish every. Single. Day. The good fishing was pt. Dume, then they closed that.
     
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  • Sep 10, 2006
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    kev
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    Ever since the El Nino last year, The cod fishing in the Santa Monica Bay has been way down, Shitty and a waste of time and money looking for them.
     
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    FishinMcNuggets

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  • Oct 25, 2010
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    If your wondering where all the cods went just watch del rey's sportboat count . It's damn near all they target year round anymore .
    Plus Redondo!

    Likewise, seems like most Kayakers outta King Harbor are after a stack of cods. Nothing like the landing, though.
     
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    Omarkayak

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    Jul 26, 2007
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    Donald W. Clarke III
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    I'm a guess conditions are a bit on the marginal side this year. Every time water improves or temps start to perk, seems like an upwelling event comes along. Kinda been that way forever, though, but usually a little more consistently favorable once the summer gets going. Couple halibut seem to be showing up again, which could be promising. They were pretty thick for awhile then appeared to almost vanish. Seems like whitefish are on a rampage in a lot of areas this year, but the bay has fewer than elsewhere.

    Bay and surroundings used to support quite a few more sportboats years ago. Two separate half day boats, a 3/4 day, and barge at Redondo; at least one half day boat and a 3/4 day plus the Betty-O who traditionally fished "rockcod" at del Rey; probably one half day and one 3/4 day boat plus a barge at one time at Santa Monnie; a half day and a 3/4 day boat at Malibu; a half day and/or a 3/4 day boat at Paradise Cove, plus a barge at one time there too. I remember catching almost nothing but a number of olive rockfish in the north part of the bay a couple years, even in summer (along with a couple nice bonito). I think there may even have been a boat out of Hermosa Pier at one point.

    "We'd live the life we choose, we thought we'd never lose, but we young and chose to have our way"--Those Were the Days, sung by Mary Hopkins, 1968, (had to look that one up because I couldn't remember who did it, haha. I did remember the lyric segment though, more or less). There's the old guy emoticon, found it... 🧓

    Good fishin'!
    BDC OK
     
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  • Jun 8, 2021
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    Fukushima has given a new glow to the sea life in the pacific. Millions of extra people in the greater LA/OC area washing tons of toxins into the ocean with every heavy rain (Lawns, driveway, commercial property spills). I’m pretty sure the pollution kills more sea life then the fishermen can. Ballona Creek and Marina Del Rey are so toxic the signs tell you not to eat the fish.
    Back in the 80’s I used to surf Dockweiler and there were days we would try to splash away the crazy colored chemicals floating in the water (Standard Oil, illegal dumping?). There is a reason the water in the bay is brown instead of clear.

    I would like to be clear, it’s not the sport fishermen’s fault.
     
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