Abundant marine life is among Southern California and the Baja peninsula's greatest treasures. No other place in the Northern Hemisphere can boast of the diversity and sheer numbers of marine mammals!

The experience of a life time, just sit back, relax and enjoy the serenity. But be ready, in one second the ocean could explode, a fish the size of a VW bug tries to rip the rod tip to the water and the drag starts screaming. There is pandemonium on the deck, rods to be cleared, gaff to ready and a level of excitement like you've never experienced before. That is what offshore fishing is all about!

If fishing is for you then the most unique feature of the Viking 62EB is her ability to combine luxury cruising with big game fishing. Once the vessel is fully vested, she will be fitted with over one hundred thousand dollars in state of the art game fish rigging and equipment which rivals some of the top sportfishing yachts in the area. She really will combine luxury cruising with epic adventure's and with the Captain’s extensive fishing experience, you’re sure to pull in your trophy catch!

The Viking 62EB has a top speed of almost 40 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots to put you on fish fast. She will suit you perfectly for a day or week of fishing and trawling some of the most common ‘catching’ spots on the west coast.

Most game fish are caught here year round, however some have peak seasons when they are caught far more frequently as outlined below.

Fishing Season California, Northern Baja Mexico

Information about Popular Game fish Targeted In Southern California/Mexico Coastal & Offshore Waters

Short Fin Mako Shark – The largest and most vicious game fish on the west coast and also one of the captains favorite to target, when hooked they will follow the line to solve their problem and their problem is you! The short fin mako is one of the fastest fish in the ocean; capable of speeds over 45 mph. A mako will out jump any marlin by a considerable margin. No belly to the water, marlin style jumps for a big mako. When big mako's go airborne they are totally reckless jumpers. A mako will go 20 feet or more into the air somersaulting and spinning and landing anyway and anywhere. In recent years, Southern California - particularly the waters between the Channel Islands and Dana Point - has become one of the country's premiere places to catch mako's weighing from 400 to 800 pounds or larger - there are much bigger specimens out there, waiting for the angler with the right combination of luck, skill and stamina. A 1300+ pound world record mako was caught this past summer about 20 miles offshore from Long Beach California.

Yellowtail – Maybe the most prized game fish in southern California and Baja Mexican waters. This hard fighting member of the jack family will not disappoint. Caught year round along the coastal waters. 10-20 pound specimens are common and up to 40 pounds possible.

Tuna – Several species of tuna can be caught with albacore tuna found further offshore on mostly overnight trips while yellowfin tuna and bluefin tuna can be caught on full day and even ½ day fishing trips during the summer and fall months.

Albacore - Albacore are sometimes called "longfin tuna" for their distinctive extra long pectoral fins. They can get as big as 90 lbs or so but are commonly in the 25-50 lb range. They'll eagerly snap at almost any silvery object in the water when in a feeding frenzy, even bare hooks, and once on the line put up a classic, powerful tuna fight. Just because you get it on the end of your line, doesn't mean you'll land an albacore. It's dogged determination to get loose and seemingly herculean endurance make it a favorite among anglers.

Bluefin Tuna – Bluefin tuna are seasonal visitors to California waters. They usually appear in May and depart by October. Since they are temperate tunas, their availability to anglers depends on water temperatures in the 62° to 68° F degree range. They can be located by either trolling feathers or anchoring at a spot known to be frequented by bluefin tuna, and chumming with live anchovies.

Yellowfin Tuna – Yellowfin tuna are fished in much the same manner as albacore; jigs are used to locate the schools, and live anchovies are chummed to keep the fish around the boat. Most yellowfin tuna taken in California weigh 30 to 50 pounds, fish over 200 pounds are occasionally landed.

Dorado – Long runs and acrobatic jumps coupled with stunning beauty make this fish the most sought after species they grow 40 pounds within their first 12 months of life.

Stripped Marlin – The Striped Marlin is a highly prized Billfish, as majestic as it is elusive, it arrives off the coast of California in July to feed on plentiful schools of Mackerel, Tuna and Dorado. In late October the Striped Marlin makes its departure South, in search of more suitable water temperatures, solitude and clean ocean currents. The coloration of the Striped Marlin are stunning, a dark steely blue back lined with lavender stripes and a silvery white underside. When excited, or on the feed, the colors become extremely exaggerated as they become “lit up”, this is one of the moments in nature that one has to witness to truly appreciate. The Striped Marlin uses its long bill to slash at its prey, striking it from the side as opposed to impaling. They can reach twelve feet in length and weigh up to 500 pounds. Trolling artificial, hook-less squid teasers to raise the fish to the surface and switching it out for a hooked offering is the typical technique employed to be successful. Once hooked, screaming runs and outrageous acrobatics are the hallmark of the Striped Marlin.

White Sea Bass – Known for reaching giant sizes of 70 pounds or more 30-40 pounds is more the norm.

Barracuda – Aggressive game fish that attacks lures and baits and can bite through line before you feel the bite. Caught year round but primarily in the spring and summer months.

Bonito – Pacific bonito are excellent fighters and have hearty appetites. Once a school is aroused they will take almost any bait or lure that is tossed their way. Most Pacific bonito are taken by a combination of trolling and live bait fishing. The schools are located by trolling feathers, and live anchovies or squid pieces are used to bait the fish once located. Fishing for bonito generally takes place offshore in 300 to 600 feet of water, but may occur next to kelp beds when the fish are near shore. Pacific bonito may arrive off of California as the ocean warms in the spring, but may never show up if oceanic conditions dictate colder than normal water temperatures. Bonito anglers generally catch 1 to 4 year old fish, weighing between 3 and 12 pounds. Pacific bonito fishing tapers off in the fall as the water cools.

Halibut – Often caught in good numbers and large sizes. During the grunion runs in spring and summer is a favorite time to target these game fish.

Rockfish – Covers many species of game fish usually found in slightly deeper water. Red snapper, ling cod, sheephead, sculpin, whitefish or just a few all great eating and caught in larger numbers.

Calico Bass - Kelp Bass are voracious feeders. Many a fisherman has had the experience of tossing an 8 or 9 inch long brown bait (herring) right into the fringes of the kelp bed thinking he would hook a trophy sized bass, only to have the huge bait inhaled by an 11 incher (too small to be kept).

Sand Bass – These smaller game fish can make up for their size in their fighting ability. During the spring and summer months these fish spawn creating clouds of bass that will inhale most baits. During their spawn they are found in schools over sandy bottom and can be caught on very light line.

Thresher Shark – Most thresher sharks caught off California have been taken on live sardines, anchovies, or mackerel. Best localities are the inshore coastal water between Point Conception and Port Hueneme, and Santa Monica Bay, especially around Malibu and Paradise Cove. They are most abundant during the summer months. Considered a fine game species on light or medium tackle, they often put on an aerial demonstration. At other times the battle is entirely beneath the surface and consists of brute strength and shift-towing tactics.

Lobster & Crab – Fresh lobster and crab when in season - from the hoop to the pot.


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