Steve Ellis and Ken Lindsay have traveled far and wide to hone their fly-fishing skills—they bring knowledge gained in Belize, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and several US states to their Van Nuys fly-fishing shop, Fishermen’s Spot. For the past four decades, the shop has stocked high-quality fishing gear from makers such as Sage, Simms, Winston, and Abel, as well as vintage equipment such as bamboo rods and ancient flies that still haven't evolved wings. To complement these wares, the shop offers classes that help students master fly-fishing basics, such as casting, selecting tackle and flies, and tying knots.
First String Sportfishing sails the open seas off of Southern California, taking passengers on both fishing voyages and educational marine tours. Its largest boat, First String, can hold up to 149 people for its whale-watching tours. On board the 93-foot boat, you’ll find two 9-ton fish holds, two radars, a large-screen television, and a dolphin-to-English dictionary. First String Sportfishing’s other boats depart for both Californian and Mexican waters on fishing excursions. These trips typically yield shallow-water rockfish such as Sculpin and Whitefish and larger varieties including yellowtail and barracuda.
Operated by Harbor Breeze Cruises, L.A. Harbor Sportfishing allows passengers to experience the South Bay from an up-close perspective. Three vessels with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities stand ready to cast off and lead groups on various excursions. Wintertime sightseeing trips track the gray whales migrating just off southern California's coastline and in summer, visitors have the opportunity to spot dolphins, seals, sea lions, birds, and other diverse species. The captains also offer fishing trips to scour the waters for everything from whitefish to barracudas, depending on the season.