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White seabass fishing bite on at Catalina Island

April 23, 2009 | 12:52 pm

Ruben Marciel from Hemet, CA (left) is pictured here with Pacific Quest Captain Josh Walton from Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach. Passengers on the overnight boat Pacific Quest from Pierpoint Landing sportfishing in Long Beach had an awesome catch of white seabass at Catalina Island on Wednesday.

The eight anglers on board landed seven keepers up to 40 pounds. There were several others hooked that either were lost or shorter than the legal length of 28 inches.

"This could be what we have been waiting for," said Pacific Quest captain Josh Walton.

White seabass are currently spawning, so many can be caught in water as shallow as 6 feet, though most are hitting at about 20 feet, with live squid the bait of choice.

The warmer weather during the past few days has put the large fish in a biting mood it seems. Another Pierpoint boat, Dreamer, radioed in to Philip Friedman of 976-TUNA.com that they have caught limits this morning.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Ruben Marciel from Hemet, Calif., (left) is pictured here with Pacific Quest Captain Josh Walton. Credit: Pierpoint Landing