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Offshore Fishing In South Florida Vs. Southern California

Author: Bullbuster Team

Offshore Fishing South Florida Vs. Southern California

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South Florida Fishing

           . Weed Lines Vs. Kelp Patties


When offshore fishing, finding any type of structure in the water is like finding an oasis.  The most natural oasis in the ocean is floating plant life. This plant life is home to bait fish, juvenile fish, crustaceans, and plankton.  Larger fish natural gather around these areas to feed.  So fishermen look for floating plantlife to catch them. 

In South Florida, offshore fishermen look for areas of current that have pushed Sargassum weeds together that have broken off from the Sargasso Sea, these areas often hold, jacks, mahi mahi, and wahoo down deep.  

In Southern California, offshore fishermen look for kelp paddies, or pieces of kelp that have broken off from coastal kelp beds and are floating offshore. These paddies often hold yellowtail underneath them and yellowfi tuna or skip jacks down deep below them. 

           . Blackfin Vs. Yellowfin

Both South Florida and Southern California have abundant small tunas under 40Lbs.  In South Florida, these tuna are blackfin tuna that often school and are caught more often in the spring. It is not uncommon for an angler to catch 10 blackfin in a day's fishing.   In Southern California, yellowfin tuna can be found in large schools, mostly in the summer and fall months. These tuna can be part of schools of thousands of fish, and it is not uncommon for a sport boat to land over 100 yellowfin in a day. 

           . Grouper & Snapper Vs. Rockfish & Lingcod

Bottom fishing in South Florida and Southern California is done in a similar style and with similar baits, but the species that are targeted are different.  In South Florida, the main targeted species are Groupers & Snappers. In Southern California, the main targeted species are Rockfish and Lingcod. 

           . Warm Water Vs. Cold Water

When comparing water temperatures of these two fishing destinations, South Florida has relatively warm water, while Southern California has much colder water.  The average water temperature offshore in South Florida is in the 80’s where the average temperature in Southern California is in the upper 60’s. 

           . Sabiki & Cast Net Vs. Bait Barge

Catching bait is also very different in South Florida vs. Southern California.  In South Florida anglers load up on chum blocks to catch bait using sabiki rigs, or cast nets.  In Southern California most fishing landings have a bait barge where bait has been pre-harvested by trawlers and can purchased in large quantities at low prices. 

            . 6 Pack Boats Vs. Cattle Boats

The charter fishing fleet is also much different in these two fishing destinations.  The most common type of charter boat in South Florida is a 6-pack boat (boat that has a license to take 6 passengers).  These boats are more expensive for the angler, but can  provide a more private environment to go fishing, the fishing mates do more of the work here in regards to rigging and setting up rods. Anglers for the most part do not bring their own gear. 

  In Southern California, the most common type of fishing charter is a Cattle Boat, or boat that usually takes up to 30 anglers, these boats are much larger, have a full galley,  and often have sophisticated electronics to find fish. Anglers usually bring their own gear, and the mates main job is chumming, gaffing, and explaining fishing techniques to new anglers. 

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