Great White Sharks In Southern California – Potential Hazard To Offshore Kayak Anglers

I don’t plan to fish in the ocean except bays and harbors this year. Too many Great White sightings from La Jolla to Avila Beach. However, I’ll still paddle in the bays and harbors for exercise, and troll while doing so.

Here’s a short report from Al Jay, from California, who’s already contributed technical information and a trip report to our blog:

“I’ve only fished in the Newport Beach Back Bay. The fish there are mostly small spotted bass which I released. See picture below on my first fishing trip.
I don’t plan to fish in the ocean except bays and harbors this year. Too many Great White sightings from La Jolla to Avila Beach. However, I’ll still paddle in the bays and harbors for exercise, and troll while doing so.

I’m thinking of going up to the Eastern Sierra for trout fishing. It’s about 350 miles north from where I live.

Al”

Fishing kayak rigged with fish finder, California

Small spotted bass released form Al's kayak, California



6 thoughts on “Great White Sharks In Southern California – Potential Hazard To Offshore Kayak Anglers”

  1. I’m sure there are still many yak anglers who keep fishing out there, and some even with live bait!

  2. And I’ll bet there’s even one or two of them who secretly hope to hook a great white and have someone take a picture just in time before … well, you know what 😉

    Marco

  3. That’s why I Love Fresh water fishing, unless I lived down south.
    There is nothing up here that can take a bite out of me on the sweet water. 🙂

    Be safe, tight lines.
    Rox

  4. I’d be curious how a great white would perceive a W since it has two hulls, maybe they’s not associate it with food. I think you should get out there and give us a report. Take a mono hulled friend along though and let the sharks decide. I like your equipment bar.

  5. Hey Kevin,

    The safer way would be to have two of Al’s friends go out there – one in a SOT, and the other in Al’s W. That way Al would be safe in any case, even if our initial hypothesis (I.E. ‘W is safer with sharks around’) proves to be the wrong one 😀
    BTW, I enjoyed reading the comments you made recently on the Jax Kayak forum, about the SOT equipped with a the pedal drive and flaps, and what some male marine animals might attempt to do to it under certain circumstances 😉 Hilarious!… 😀

    Yoav

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