Fishing out of Santa Monica/Venice, CA area (Marina del Ray) in the dark Pacific waters. I have fished quite a few places in the US and world even, and am always amazed that charters between LA and Ventura are some of the cheapest anywhere. I have been on 12 hour charters for $30. This one was a whopping $60 for 9 hours. Rock fishing was poor so the captain put us on a few kelp beds to live-line for calico bass. Last spot was the last spot for a good reason. For about 3 hours straight bass would hit every cast, was just a matter of hooking up and not getting wrapped up in the kelp. Not sure how many dozen I caught with 80% being about 1/4" shy of 14" keeper size, but they were super fun. I broke out some light gear which made fighting them in one after another a lot of fun. Decided to keep a few that were legal and not too big for a local joint to cook for us - not bad at all. Good time and a whole lot of catching for sure!
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