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  Catalina Island

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General Info:

     Catalina Island is located approx. 28 miles offshore. 175 degrees SE (magnetic) from the San Pedro light will put you smack ontop of Avalon Harbor. The Island is 21 miles long and 8 miles at it's widest points.

  • GPS Reference Points
  • West End : 33.28.73 / 118.19.42
  • Isthmus Reef : 33.27.12 / 117.38.00
  • Isthmus Harbor : 33.26.80 / 118.29.30
  • Schooner : 33.26.77 / 118.29.38
  • Bird Rock Reef : 33.26.70 / 118.29.33
  • Avalon Bank (228 Spot) : 33.24.58 / 118.13.30
  • Long Point : 33.24.38 / 118.21.92
  • Avalon Harbor : 33.20.83 / 118.19.12
  • Farnsworth Bank : 33.20.35 / 118.31.05
  • Palisades : 33.19.32 / 118.22.28
  • East End : 33.18.50 / 118.18.20

35lb white sea bass caught off Catalina 6/1/07.

Fishing Info:

    There are a variety of saltwater gamefish which can be found here year round including : Calico Bass, White Sea Bass, Halibut, Bonito, and homeguard Yellowtail. Seasonally, migrating Yellowtail, Barracuda, and Dorado may also be taken from the Island. Also, Yellowfin tuna and Marlin are taken some years just a few miles off shore. Spring and Summer are the best times to fish here although some good bites on the White Sea Bass and homeguard Yellowtail are known to happen during the winter months when the squid start to show.

Little Harbor
Boats moored at Little Harbor

Comments and Tips:

    Although it is generally calm around this island (especially the front side), boaters should be aware that rough conditions can occur in-between the island and mainland. Smaller vessels less than 20ft. are not recommended for crossing the channel unless you are an experienced captain and know the ocean conditions well.

    If you know something about this area or have some photos that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!

Steve Eastwood with a 40-pound halibut. He was in shallow fishing seabass when this hog hammered his live squid. He caught it on 15lbs. test line in about 25 minutes.

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