Fishing Spots

NOTE: These locations are not for navigational purposes. 
As I have compared different resources, the Lat/Lons vary for the spots, so the locations are approximate.

These locations are from Marlin Online....

Points and Ports


34 09.30'

119 13.67'

Pt. Dume

33 59.59'

118 48.25'

Marina Del Rey

33 57.87'

118 27.71'

King Harbor

33 50.30'

118 23.80'

Pt. Vicente

33 44.20'

118 25.00'

Los Angeles Harbor

33 42.50'

118 15.10'

Long Beach Harbor

33 43.40'

118 11.20'

Alamitos Bay

33 43.00'

118 07.00'

Newport Beach

33 35.10'

117 52.60'

Dana Point

33 27.30'

117 43.24'

San Onofre

33 21.60'

117 33.60'


33 12.10'

117 24.43'

Mission Bay

32 45.54'

117 15.38'

Pt. Loma

32 37.30'

117 14.70'

Hotel Coral

31 51.76'

116 39.75'

Pt. Colnett

31 04.74'

116 19.55'


Anacapa - West End

34 01.00'

119 27.00'

Isla Todos Santos

31 50.00'

116 49.00'

Coronado del Norte

32 27.00'

117 18.00'

Coronado del Sur

32 25.22'

117 14.89'

San Clemente - NW Harbor

33 01.00'

118 35.50'

San Clemente - Pyramid Head

32 48.92'

118 21.25'

San Nicholas - East End

33 14.40'

119 12.40'

Santa Barbara

33 29.20'

119 00.75'

Santa Catalina - Avalon

33 20.83'

118 19.42'

Santa Catalina - Cat Harbor

33 25.23'

118 30.21'

Santa Catalina - Church Rock

33 17.80'

118 18.60'

Santa Catalina - East End

33 17.94'

118 19.07'

Santa Catalina - Farnsworth Bank

33 20.40'

118 31.15'

Santa Catalina - Isthmus Cove

33 26.80'

118 29.30'

Santa Catalina - Slide

33 17.80'

118 17.90'

Santa Catalina - West End

33 28.96'

118 36.62'

Santa Cruz - Smuggler's Cove

34 01.34'

119 32.24'


Airplane Bank

31 52.00'

118 08.00'

Avalon Bank

33 24.50'

118 13.30'

Boomerang Bank

31 59.00'

119 01.00'

Butterfly Bank

32 22.00'

118 15.00'

Cortez Bank

32 28.68'

119 12.90'

Dumping Ground

31 42.00'

118 28.00'

Finger Bank - Lower

31 40.00'

116 52.00'

Finger Bank - Upper

32 04.00'

117 03.00'

Footprint Bank

33 57.80'

119 29.20'

Harrison's Reef

34 02.00'

118 56.50'

Hidden Reef

33 43.60'

119 09.69'

Inner Bank

31 40.00'

117 15.00'

Mackeral Bank

33 02.40'

118 23.20'

Mid-Channel Platforms

33 34.95'

118 07.75'

Mushroom Bank

32 04.94'

118 29.61'

Osborne Bank

33 21.60'

119 02.40'

Potato Bank

33 15.00'

119 49.60'

Santa Monica Basin Buoy

33 45.00'

119 04.80'

Tanner Bank

32 42.35'

119 08.01'

Worm Bank

31 24.00'

116 52.00'

9-Mile Bank - North

32 39.00'

117 26.70'

9-Mile Bank - South

32 32.50'

117 20.80'

14-Mile Bank

33 23.92'

118 00.20'

17-Fathom Spot

33 43.70'

119 09.60'

43-Fathom Spot

32 39.30'

117 58.30'

48-Fathom Spot

33 56.00'

119 51.00'

60-Mile Bank

32 .03.67'

118 13.14'

125-Fathom Spot

33 29.00'

118 42.60'

152-Fathom Spot

33 15.70'

118 11.06'

153-Fathom Spot

33 55.20'

119 28.80'

172-Fathom Spot

33 30.30'

118 50.30'

175-Fathom Spot

33 36.70'

118 57.00'

181-Fathom Spot

32 54.40'

117 53.00'

182-Fathom Spot

32 41.25'

117 42.30'

209-Fathom Spot

33 05.62'

117 52.28'

213-Fathom Spot

31 51.00'

117 51.00'

220-Fathom Spot

31 37.00'

117 35.00'

267-Fathom Spot

32 30.40'

118 40.90'

270-Fathom Spot

33 40.70'

118 34.50'

277-Fathom Spot

33 11.90'

118 04.72'

279-Fathom Spot

33 17.50'

117 49.00'

286-Fathom Spot

33 34.50'

118 36.00'

289-Fathom Spot

32 56.25'

118 05.75'

295-Fathom Spot

31 39.00'

117 25.00'

302-Fathom Spot

32 26.40'

117 35.00'

371-Fathom Spot

32 17.00'

117 32.00'

425-Fathom Spot

32 16.00'

117 26.00'

499-Fathom Spot

33 16.50'

118 44.30'

Southern California's hot spots from
Affordable Marine Service

1.Church Rock/Seal Rocks
Just 26 miles from both Newport beach and Long beach an area known as the East End of Catalina Island encompasses the area from the Southern California Edison power plant east of Avalon and east to Church Rock at Catalina's southeast point. Most schools of migrating fish from Mexico, such as barracuda, white seabass, and yellowtail, make their debut in local waters here and many stay for long periods. The power plant, which provides all electricity for the island, is often a fine fishing spot for a variety of species. The underwater seamount off the rock face just east of the plant is a good holding ground for migratory fish, such as yellowtail and white seabass. Kelp beds along the  shoreline between the power plant and Seal Rocks at the northeast corner of the island sometimes provide good fishing for kelp bass, yellowtail, barracuda and white seabass. Anglers should be cautious in the area of the active rock quarry midway, as tugs and barges often traverse the area hauling rock an fill dirt to the mainland. The tip of Seal Rocks is a good fishing spot for yellowtail, white seabass and barracuda. There is an offshore reef covered with kelp midway between Seal Rocks and Church Rock underneath a flashing white navigation light halfway up the East End. It is usually a good spot for white seabass.

2.Pyramid Head
Located at the eastern end of San Clemente Island, "The Head" is so named for the pyramid rock formation from which it is formed. There is a sharply pointed reef here, which juts eastward into deep water and is covered by a heavy kelp bed. The north side of " The Head" is a well known fishing area that often yields yellowtail and calico bass. The bottom drops quickly to depths sufficient for a number of varieties of rockfish. Fishing is best here when there is a strong current running to
the east. During late summer and early fall, the area east of " The Head" is known for marlin, tuna and swordfish, especially at the 43 Fathom Spot located just a little more than 20 miles to the southeast. Exercise caution as the shoreline is a Navy practice bombing range. For schedules and permitted fishing/anchoring periods and locations, contact the island's security office at (619) 524-9214. 

3.San Diego's Point Loma
Located in the sovereign waters of Mexico but just 16 miles from San Diego's Point Loma, this three island archipelago has provided great fishing for recreational anglers since the 1930s.Yellowtail, tuna and even marlin sometimes can be found here. Yellowtail can also be found on both the lee and the weather sides of the island. Nearby to the southeast, Coronado Medio, the middle island, has a 10-12 foot fathom rocky reef that provides good fishing for yellowtail, as does the lee side
of the island. Coronado Sur, a few miles farther to the southeast, is the largest in the chain and has the only inhabitants - mostly native fishermen and their families. On the lee side of the island, anglers will find yellowtail and halibut. A very large kelp bed extends to the south and is a good spot for white seabass, barracuda and yellowtail.

4.Farnsworth Bank
Located about a mile and a half south of Ben Watson Point on the weather side of Catalina
Island, this bank is difficult to locate without navigation and sonar equipment, as it only rises to
within 8 fathoms at its shallowest and consists of a number of rocky pinnacles. It is home to a resident population of yellowtail, which knows every rock and is therefore hard to land unless heavy tackle is used. A variety of bottomfish can be found here and during the early summer months, large schools of sculpin sometimes come to spawn. Nearby, some high spots are home to deepwater rockfish, while the outside of Farnsworth Bank is sometimes a good spot for marlin during summer and fall. 

5.Osborn Bank 
About 6 miles south of Santa Barbara Island, the Osborne Bank is a favorite spot for many anglers. It rises to within 19 fathoms of the surface at its shallowest and its largest area is located at about 50 fathoms. Large sand dabs can be found off the bank, while a variety of rockfish and lingcod are scattered among the rocky pinacles that make up the bank. Yellowtail is occasionally found here and striped marlin is often taken on drifting or slowly trolled mackerel.

6.14 Mile Bank
Just 14 miles from the entrance to Newport Harbor. 14 Mile Bank rises to just under 350 feet of the surface from the bluewater depths. While it does provide some surprising fishing for deepwater rock cod species, it is heavily fished by both commercial and recreational anglers. The 14 has long been known as a good area for marlin, when in season, as its close proximity to Pedro makes it easily
accessible to a majority of Southern California anglers.

7.Ship Rock
The north, lees side of Catalina's Isthmus is not only a popular anchorage for boaters, but also offers some of the island's best fishing. Ship Rock is farthest offshore, in the Isthmus' center. Rising 75 feet above sea level, it is on the edge of the 100 fathom curve. Schools of pelagic fish are sometimes found here, as are white seabass. Bird Rick is large, low flat rock, covered with white guano, located on the east side of the Isthmus. It has large kelp bass, barracuda and yellowtail. There is a very productive area located in the middle of the Isthmus, which rises to within 6.5 fathoms of the surface out of the surrounding waters as deep as 30 fathoms. A favorite area for white seabass during spring and summer, it is also good for bluefin tuna when they migrate to local waters.

8.Huntington Flats
"The Flats" as this area is generally known, are compromised of shallow, offshore waters between the Huntington Beach Pier on the south, to the north end of the Bolsa Chica wetlands. It includes two offshore oil drilling platforms and a large flat bottom area from which it gets its name. It has a number of hard bottom areas and a few rock outcroppings, which hold kelp bass, sand bass, and halibut. 

9.Cortes Bank
This is the farthest point of land off the California coastline and is claimed as US territory, with Bishop rock rising out of the sea some 100 miles offshore. Cortes Bank is 17 miles long and rises to a depth of 50 fathoms or less. It has numerous shallow pinnacles in the vicinity of Bishop Rock. Although the area is dangerous during periods of large swells and is noted for its strong currents, fishing can be excellent for many species during periods of good weather. Rockfish and lingcod
can be found in the rocky areas while yellowtail, tuna and white seabass are sometimes just off the edge of the dropoffs. The area is also a favored haunt of the protected giant black seabass, and marlin and swordfish are often found here.There is no protected anchorage area - and it is not for the timid. 

10.Horseshoe Kelp
The "Shoe" as it is called by anglers, is the closest offshore area from both Long Beach and San Pedro harbors. There is consistent summer fishing for bass, barracuda and bonito here. Despite its name, there has not been any surface kelp here for more than 50 years, to my knowledge. It covers an area from 6 to 12 miles from the San Pedro Lighthouse, south to the edge of the dropoff and eastward. There are a number of rocky outcroppings and hard sports on the bottom, and a number of wrecks that provide holding areas for kelp, as well as sand bass, barracuda and sometimes yellow-tail and white seabass. When the wind is against the current, it can make for a bad fishing trip. Anglers should always check the compass heading of boats already at anchor in order to anchor correctly for prevailing conditions.


When the wind is against the current, it can make for a bad fishing trip. Anglers should always
check the compass heading of boats already at anchor in order to anchor correctly for prevailing conditions.