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Southern California Ocean Fishing Hot Spots

I've put years of research and testing into bringing you all the great fishing hot spots including maps and GPS Coordinates for your fishing fun. No more wandering around looking for good places. Just pop these numbers into your GPS and follow the arrow to great fishing holes.

Southern California Fishing Types

Southern California Ocean Fishingpicture

There are a number of different fishing types, from nearshore kelp beds to sand and mud flats to open water surface fishing. I've broken these down into different categories since the species, techniques, and of course, the locations are different for each type of fishing. If there's another type of fishing you'd like to learn about feel free to e-mail me and I'll tell you what I know about it. There's a handy e-mail link at the bottom of every page.

In each category, I explain exactly where to fish and what species of fish you're likely to find in that habitat. I also go into the most successful techniques, baits, tackle, and even what time of year you're most likely to catch them.

Once you read this treatise, you'll know more that 90% of the local fishermen, and you'll greatly multiply your chances for success. I get e-mails all of the time from fishermen thanking me for this great information - and it's all free besides! The more you know, the more likely you are to score big.

Kelp Bed Fishing Hot Spots Picture

Kelp Bed Fishing Hot Spots

Shallow reefs all over Southern California grow thick stands of kelp, a rapidly growing brown algae. This provides a safe haven for all sorts of sea life, especially game fish.

Kelp bed hot spots

Flats Fishing Hot Spots Picture

Flats Fishing Hot Spots

The many broad expanses of sand and mud flats off the coast of Southern California provide exciting opportunities for excellent fishing.

Flats hot spots

Pier and Beach Fishing Hot Spots Picture

Pier and Beach Fishing Hot Spots

For the beginning or advanced angler, fishing from shore, whether on one of the many piers, or surf casting from the beaches, provides excellent fishing opportunities.

Pier and Surf hot spots

Shipwreck and Artificial Reef Hot Spots Picture

Shipwreck and Artificial Reef Hot Spots

The California Department of Fish and Game has been creating artificial reefs since the 1960s to promote fish habitat to serve the recreational angler. In addition, sunken ships also provide excellent fishing.

Shipwreck and Artificial Reef Hot Spots

Tuna and Offshore Species Hot Spots Picture

Tuna and Offshore Species Hot Spots

Southern California is blessed with generally excellent offshore species fishing for tuna, marlin, and big sharks. In the warmer years, exotic species find their war here from southern waters, too.

Tuna and Offshore Species Hot Spots


Fishing boat plans

Ever think about building a boat?

It's easier than you probably imagine. You could be out fishing in your home crafted boat yet this summer. Stop by my other web site for lots of information and to download free study plans for many different boats you can build. There's also free e-books, videos, and photo essays of boat construction.

Spira International Boat Plans Web Site

Fishing and Navigation Books by Jeff Spira

Wrecks and Reefs Book

Wrecks and Reefs

Shipwrecks and Artificial Reefs of Southern Califormia for Fisherman and Divers

The most complete listing of wrecks and reefs of Southern California complete with GPS coordinates!

Wrecks and Reefs Book

Saltwater Angler's Guide to Southern California

Over 400 pages crammed with information, maps and everything you'd ever want to know about fishing the Southern California Ocean

Wrecks and Reefs Book

Seamanship and Navigation

A simplified approach - companion book to the class taught by Jeff of the same name.

Wrecks and Reefs Book

Celestial Navigation

A simplified approach - companion book to the class taught by Jeff of the same name.

Just click on the book or title to be taken to the Spira International Web site for more information or to order