california offshore challenge boiler rocks

COC: Back to the Islands

It's California Offshore Challenge Time! That's right, folks it's that time of the year again ! The 8th Annual ‪California Offshore Challenge‬ was set for January 8th-10th 2016, but due to bad weather has been moved to April 1st-3rd, 2016. Reigning Champs, Josh Marquard and Ryan Krost of Team Bassoholics are looking forward to defending ... More

Mission Bay CA Fishing

Fishing Mission Bay Overview

Mission Bay: Loaded with tons of eel grass. The question is not where to find it but rather where not to find it! Here is an overview of my beloved Mission Bay . I am stoked it is part of the SWBA series this year, and I want everyone to have a good time, so I will give out some spots and their names. It is up to you to find the fish ... More

night fishing for bass

Under The Cover Of Darkness

The first time I ever heard anything about fishing for calico bass at night was when I was hanging out at a local fishing tackle shop near my house when I was around 10 years old. The “old timers” would come into the tackle shop and share their stories about the big bass they had caught while fishing the Federal break wall or as they ... More

The Paralabrax, aka The Calico Bass

The Paralabrax Clathratus: Kelp Bass or more commonly known to Southern California anglers as the Calico Bass. Ben Florentino at Catalina Island, fishing 5.5” Big Hammer swimbait, caught this 9lb. version. Paralabrax as a genius are part of the Sea Bass family (Serranidae). Locally we have 3 species of this genus regularly found: ... More

Kicker Jigs: Color, Action & More

The Kicker Jigs family of Iron include Candyman and Iron Man Lures. Together they offer anglers a diverse array of colors, shapes and sizes to choose from. Color, Action & More... Mention the word ‘iron' to a west coast fisherman and many pictures immediately come to mind. Long rods swinging early summer barracuda over the rail on ... More

Saltwater Hard Bait Fishing 101

Hard Jerk-bait fishing can be deadly productive for targeting Calico Bass as Southern California's waters begin to warm. SUMMER DRAWS NEAR!!! As the water warms throughout Southern California ,calico bass migrate from their deep water winter haunts to the shallow structure that comprises what truly makes calico bass fishing so exciting. ... More

Welcome to Norbuland! North of Malibu…

So you're making the trek up to the Northern most region of our beloved Paralabrax and you're asking yourself now what? Well the Santa Barbara county coastline isn't so different than the rest of Southern California; it has lush kelp beds, rocky bottom, hard bottom, reefs etc. What it may lack is the mass amounts of visible shoreline struct... More

Tenacious Baits: Tactics for Bass

There are two main things that set Tenacious Weedless Swimbaits and lead heads apart. First, the shank on the Tenacious Weedless lead heads has a worm-hook bend to it. Second, is that every Tenacious swimbait is hand poured with a hook slot in the belly of the bait. These unique qualities combine to make a natural-looking swimbait that is ... More

Performance Tackle: Tournament Headquarters

PERFORMANCE TACKLE If you were to talk about Southern California tackle shops and their employees, Performance Tackle in Los Alamitos would certainly rank as one of the premier in terms of versatility. As technology pushes the sport in more technique specific directions, diversity becomes increasingly scarce. Anglers find a niche within ... More

Bass Boats Out of Beer Cans

A couple empty beer cans, a few hundred bucks, a weekend of work in the driveway and've got a purpose built paralabrax punisher. A lot of guys out there own aluminum boats and find themselves applying bass fishing techniques like flipping', pitchin' and casting more often than trolling or anchoring up. For these guys, the ... More