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I'm still in southern California and plan to stay until about April. I finally figured out how to catch spotted bay bass from shore here. I caught maybe 10 total in 3 outings, all early morning, all on Texas-rigged paddle tails in various colors.

Photos below. These fish are very popular here. They don't get big, but they do slam the lure hard and dig relentlessly. I'd say they're like a large perch or a smallish smallmouth. Nothing huge, but a fun enough way to spend the winter.

Plus I have the chance to catch other species. A guy near me this morning caught a mackerel while fishing for spotties. There are also calico bass and halibut and corbina and corvina (note one letter difference) among others. You never know!
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They look cool, do you keep them?
I don't keep them and I've never seen anyone else keep them either. Apparently they're considered slow-growing fish so it makes sense not to keep them. Plus the minimum legal size is 14 inches. I haven't caught one that large yet.
 
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