Angling and Diving Records

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Angling and diving records for several species in the state of California are from the California Channel Islands. [Outdoor California 58: 4 (25), 1997]. State law currently prohibits the take of giant (black) sea bass.


California Saltwater Diving Records (Free or SCUBA diving):
California Barracuda 14 lb 7 oz Santa Catalina Island August, 1957
California Halibut 72 lb 8 oz Santa Cruz Island August, 1982
Giant Sea Bass 545 lb 0 oz Santa Cruz Island September, 1968
Kelp Bass 12 lb 1 oz Santa Catalina Island July, 1996
Pacific Bonito 10 lb 4 oz Santa Catalina Island July, 1967
Spiny Lobster 16 lb 1 oz Santa Catalina Island February, 1968
Sheephead 40 lb 7 oz San Miguel Island August, 1992
California Saltwater Angling Records:
California Halibut 53 lb 8 oz Santa Rosa Island May, 1975
Giant Sea Bass 563 lb 8 oz Anacapa Island August, 1968
Kelp Bass 14 lb 7 oz San Clemente Island July, 1958
Shark, Blue 231 lb 0 oz Santa Cruz Island August, 1974
Shark, Mako 298 lb 0 oz Anacapa Island July, 1970
Striped Marlin 339 lb 0 oz Santa Catalina Island July, 1985
Swordfish, Broadbill 337 lb 12 oz Santa Catalina Island July, 1958
Tuna, Albacore 79 lb 0 oz Santa Catalina Island October, 1985
Tuna, Yellowfin 239 lb 0 oz Santa Catalina Island November, 1984
State law currently prohibits the take of giant (black) sea bass


October 13, 1883 [SBDP]: “There are enough fish in the Santa Barbara Channel alone to supply this whole state, if proper facilities for catching and marketing them were provided. The waters all up and down the coast literally swarm with the finest and best of fish… Someone in Santa Barbara should start a barracuda and pompano cannery. The so-called crawfish is abundant in this channel and is easily entrapped… ”