California Winter Fishing Forecast — 12/4/2020

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Every Friday I’m looking to provide a rundown of the local fishing conditions here in Southern California and into Central California and a bit into Baja.

We’ll cover tides, wind, swells, water temperature, what’s biting, and if it’s worth going out. We also want to showcase the local fishing scene giving props to those fishermen/women and spearos who catch something they’re excited about.

  • 0:30 – Fishing Conditions for December 4-11, 2020
  • 11:17 – How to Read a Tide Chart for Fishing
  • 22:14 – Understanding wind for fishing
  • 28:47 – Central and NorCal Fishing Report
  • 31:30 – Party Boat Fish Counts
  • 38:10 – Surfline Swell Forecast
  • 54:18 – MONSTER Lingcod Caught by B8DHOOK

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There looks like there will be some good opportunities for some dusk shark fishing as well next week!

How to Check Fishing & Spearfishing Conditions

When it comes to planning your fishing or dive trip, it’s helpful to look at few variables to increase your chances of not getting skunked.

The first thing we like to look at is water temperature. This let’s you know if the cold water is moving in which will push certain species closer to shore or away from the surface.

Tides, swells, and wind forecasts are helpful to pinpoint a window that might have a higher probability of fish that’s bite. For divers this information is important for water clarity.

We like moving water so it’s helpful to know when there is a decent tide swing. If you’re diving, try to go out during a low to high tide for cleaner water.

Helpful Websites

If there’s anything you’d like us to cover in a future episode, shoot us a note in the comments on YouTube. We’re looking to make these once a week as a helpful tool for you to keep the skunk at bay.

Tight lines and sling steel,


Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing enthusiast. He has over 25 years of fishing experience, and 6 years of spearfishing experience, and is currently learning how to boat. Jon has his Open Water PADI Certification and FII Freediver Level 1 Certification. Jon has traveled the world to fish and dive, most notably in the Great Barrier Reef, Baja Mexico, Thailand, and Malaysia. More Articles
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