Baits and Rigs: Live, fresh-dead or frozen market (opalescent) squid, fished one or two at a time on a hook
Rods: 8-foot medium-action rods
Reels: Small, fast, lever-drag reels such as Okuma Cedro 10 or Penn Squall 30LD
Line: 40-pound-test monofilament; or 65-pound-test coated braid with a 3-foot, 40- to 50-pound fluorocarbon leader
Terminal Rig: Lazer Trokar TK10 7/0 hooks, dropper loop three feet above a 6- to 10-ounce fluorescent torpedo sinker. For surface fishing, use a sliding egg sinker from 1⁄8 to 1 ounce above a 7/0 hook; the same rig can be fished with a balloon about six feet above. For the mid-depths, fish a white/fluorescent Tady AA fastened to a 9/0 single Siwash hook.
What: White seabass
Where: Squid grounds and kelp beds along Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands.
When: May through August
Who: Boating anglers with reliable craft from 20 feet up. Here are four top six-pack charters:
- Capt. Gary Adams, Rail Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Capt. Tony Saldivar, MarDiosa, 949-305-0165, www.mardiosasportfishing.com
- Capt. Tino Valentine, Options, 562-980-2009, www.optionssportfishing.net
- Capt. Allyn Watson, Dreamer, 562-394-8602, www.dreamerfishing.com