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Kelp Bass aka Calico Bass
Seriola lalandai californicus


While the official name is kelp bass, this fish is almost universally known as the calico bass, or calicos in the plural. The dark and light pattern on the side of the fish has also earned them the name of checkerboards, while a really big calico is a bull bass. Calicos hit like a ton of bricks and can be taken on a wide variety of top water and subsurface lures.

In recent years a tournament circuit of two-man teams in skiffs has been built around fishing calicos and many of the top teams use techniques normally found on freshwater lakes. While all those approaches can work in ideal conditions on the big party boats, traditional saltwater lures like swim baits and surface iron are preferred due to the ease of casting and reaching the target zone. The name kelp bass would make you think that the target is always a kelp bed, that’s not true. Calicos favor any form of structure and can be targeted along breakwaters, reefs, boiler rocks and oilrigs. They also aggregate in deeper water to spawn and can be found pushing bait or simply grouped up by looking for bird activity.

Except for peak feeding periods, calico bass are known as a “talent fish” on the party boats due to the need to be able to fish a sardine in the weeds or have the technique to set the hook when a bull bass swoops in to snatch a squid away from nagging perch.







Kelp Bass Daily Report for Aug 22, 2017




Boat
Trip Type
Anglers
Kelp Bass
Kelp Bass Per Angler
Dolphin1/2 Day PM
59
41
0.69
Island TakFull Day
9
40
4.44
New Seaforth1/2 Day PM
35
36
1.03
Western PrideFull Day
48
31
0.65
Malihini3/4 Day
32
26
0.81
Boardroom1/2 Day AM
5
25
5
Sum Fun1/2 Day Twilight
89
23
0.26
Clemente3/4 Day
43
22
0.51
FreelanceFull Day
80
22
0.28
Nautilus1/2 Day AM
90
21
0.23
Sea JayFull Day
7
20
2.86
Daily Double1/2 Day PM
10
19
1.9
PursuitFull Day
36
19
0.53
Southern Cal1/2 Day AM
20
18
0.9
Aloha SpiritFull Day
22
16
0.73
CobraFull Day
9
12
1.33
Monte Carlo1/2 Day PM
10
12
1.2
Premier1/2 Day PM
36
12
0.33
Erna B3/4 Day
22
7
0.32
Reel Fun3/4 Day
18
7
0.39
Redondo Special1/2 Day PM
26
6
0.23
Speed Twin1/2 Day AM
44
5
0.11
Jig Strike1.5 Day
16
2
0.13
Tradition3/4 Day
15
2
0.13
Victory3/4 Day
32
2
0.06
Island SpiritFull Day
15
1
0.07



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