So Cal anglers…this is a VERY important issue that could potentially, drastically affect the face of sportfishing as we know it. Please read below and either show up this Wednesday, August 8th in Ventura to share your opinion, or write to the commission to let them know how you feel. Below are the 3 options being considered. The commission will likely implement some combination of the three options.
I personally support raising the minimum take size to 13 inches, keeping the bag limit at 10, but reducing the individual species take to 5 of any one of the 3 species (calico, sand, spotted bay bass). Closing down sand bass at the height of summer fishing season would (in my opinion) make sportfishing a rich man only game as it would absolutely crush a majority of the local boats (1/2 and 3/4 day) where a lot of us got our start and continue to enjoy in between the longer trips. PLEASE READ AND RESPOND.
The meeting will begin Wed. 8th at 8:30 am here:
The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel,
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Or you can email the commission at: FGC@fgc.ca.gov
The following summarizes the options for regulatory change in Title 14, Sections 27.65(b)(1) and 28.30:
Option 1: The proposed regulation would increase the minimum size limit for bass to either 13, 14, or 15 inches total length. An increase in the minimum size limit to 13, 14,
or 15 inches will require a corresponding increase in the fillet length size to 7, 7.5, or 8 inches, respectively and a corresponding increase in the alternate length size to 9.25, 10, or 10.75 inches, respectively. Ocean whitefish fillets would retain the 6.5 inches
minimum length and require the entire skin be attached.
Option 2: Current regulations specify a limit of 10 fish (bass) in any combination of species. The proposed regulation would retain the 10 fish upper limit in aggregate stipulation, but provide for a reduction in the individual species limit within the range of 10 to 0.
Option 3: Current regulations do not specify any seasonal closure of barred sand bass fishing. The proposed regulation would close barred sand bass fishing from 1 week to 3 months during the spawning season (June 1-August 31).