Calico Bass Fishing Tips

News On Critical Elements Of Calico Bass Fishing

News On Critical Elements Of Calico Bass Fishing

However, with the rockfish season beginning its two-month close on December 31st, it's the right time for you to start looking at another fishing options. Probably the most thrilling of these choices may be the wintertime calico bass bite at San Clemente Island.

If your notion of wintertime bass fishing entails a leisurely day of soaking a squid on a lead head, I must warn you though, you're in for a huge surprise.

Earlier this week I spoke with Chris Lilis, who has spent the last few months fishing the island in preparation for the approaching SWBA California Offshore Challenge, a 2-day event, hosted out of Two Harbors at Catalina Island on January 5th and 6th.

While Lilis was understandably loath to give up some of his secret spots, he was more than very happy to describe the nuts-and bolts of fishing for huge Calico Bass Fishing Tips at San Clemente Island. "San Clemente is about a 60-mile run from Long Beach, so if the wind starts to blow while you are out there it will make for a really long and wet ride home. Always check the weather forecast for the whole day before heading out and remember that simply since it's quiet on the beach doesn't mean that it's not likely to be rough and windy offshore."

If you're thinking about making the run in a centre console, like Lilis does, it's better to try and schedule your trips on days forecasted for 10 knots or less of wind and in seas that have an interval of at least twice the swell height. When there is a big swell you can go out, you just do not need to do it when the large swells are certainly close together.

San Clemente Island is subject to closures and home to a naval base, so it is vital that you assess the position of the part of the island you mean to fish before making the long term. Island closures can be viewed at

"A large amount of times, the portions of the island that are shown as red are only closed for part of the day." Lilis clarified, "If you click on the red areas of the map, it'll show you the times during which each area is closed."

Regarding fishing techniques, Lilis says the conditions order his approach. "The fish bite differently in the morning, or on an overcast day than they do when the sun is going. You can catch fish within exactly the same locations, but you need to change up your approach," he said. "At this time of yr, we invest a lot of time fishing kelp beds on the backside of the island in 20 to 40 feet of water. In the early hours, or when it's uncertain, the fish seem to stay deeper in the column, so I will normally throw a swimbait on a heavier head and let it sink for the bottom before winding it back at a reasonable pace."