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New to Spearfishing and Catalina Island

Mark Conley

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Hello,

I am new to the world of spearfishing and was planning a camping trip to Catalina Island. Can anyone tell me where I can spear and where it is easy to get to from a beach? Anything else you can share would be helpful as well.
Thank you,

Mark
 

R_kindley27

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Mark, just got back from Catalina it was awsome. If I were to suggest, I would get on a spearfishing charter there. The island can be difficult to navigate by foot, and there are a few environmentally protected areas. Or you hike out a few miles to the east side of the island where I believe its open, but I stayed in Avalon because of the steepness and distance of the trans catalina trail. P.S. bring sunblock...

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Mark Conley

Mark Conley

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Mark, just got back from Catalina it was awsome. If I were to suggest, I would get on a spearfishing charter there. The island can be difficult to navigate by foot, and there are a few environmentally protected areas. Or you hike out a few miles to the east side of the island where I believe its open, but I stayed in Avalon because of the steepness and distance of the trans catalina trail. P.S. bring sunblock...

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Thank you. I am planning on camping mostly on the East side.

Best,

Mark
 

BatRay

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Hi Mark, welcome to Deeperblue. Most people spear Catalina from a boat. The beach is more of a mud flat if I recall correctly. Beware of the Marine Protected Areas. Spearing is forbidden in those.
 

Bill McIntyre

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A good spot to camp with access to Spearfishing is Little Harbor on the back side. It's a relatively short swim out to the rocky point protecting the harbor. Then turn right and there is a big kelp bed extending from shore out to a depth of about 40 feet. I was there in my boat a couple of weeks ago and the kelp was in good shape. I have taken White Sea bass in the bed and there is a good chance that yellowtail will be cruising the outside edge. And if course there are calicos and sheepshead. I'm afraid that I don't know anything about the details on camping such as reservations and access since I'm always in a boat but I do know that I see campers there.
 

Bill McIntyre

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https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/camping-and-boating/two-harbors-camping/little-harbor

It occurs to me that a little explanation of terminology might be in order. While we may think of the California coast and islands running north and south, the long axis of Catalina is oriented closer to east-west, so the ends are called the east end and west end. Then the confusing part is what to call the sides. The side closest to the mainland is called the front side, and the side facing the open ocean is called the back side. It seems perfectly logical that the side facing the ocean might be the front side and my wife still has trouble getting it straight after living here since 1975, but you can't fight local custom. I just bring this up since you may read references to the ends and long sides of Catalina, and they might be confusing.
 
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