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Giant squid and bass shine in local saltwater fishing spotlight

January 16, 2009 | 11:43 am

Earl McVicar of Torrance, left and Southern Cal captain Ryan Carrillo display sand bass during recent trip out of Long Beach.

Philip Friedman of 976-TUNA will resume offering occasional best-bets saltwater fishing blurbs for Outposts. He filed this one today:

Winter in Southern California. Surface fishing disappears and most anglers retire their gear until spring. Usually.

Summer-like conditions these past couple of weeks, coupled with the availability of live squid for bait, have sparked a solid sand bass bite.

"I had eight nice big sand bass on the Southern Cal," said Torrance angler Earl McVicar, after his trip aboard the half-day Southern Cal from Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach. McVicar advises using 25-pound test and a one-ounce torpedo sinker.

Said Rick Oefinger of Marina del Rey Sportfishing: "Big quality sand bass are biting during the day and at night, and you will never find a more beautiful time to be on the water."

Rockfish season is closed in Southern California but anglers aboard San Diego boats inside Mexican waters are catching large lingcod and limits of assorted rockfish.

Giant squid have been voracious out of San Diego, to the delight of calamari-loving anglers aboard night excursions out of Seaforth Sportfishing. The trips have produced as many as 400 squid to 50 pounds. They fight hard and often douse anglers with water and ink, so dress appropriately.

Lastly, guests on my radio show, Sportfishing Saturday, this week will include Steve Fukuto, new president of the United Anglers of Southern California, and Rosarito Beach Mayor Hugo Torres. The show airs on KLAC-AM (570) at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Photo: Earl McVicar of Torrance, left and Southern Cal captain Ryan Carrillo display sand bass during recent trip out of Long Beach. Credit: Pierpoint Sportfishing

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