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Striped Bass in Southern California

Santa Barbara’s Marco Farrell Practices Catch and Release


Who: Marco Farrell

What: 35-pound striped bass (caught, measured, and quickly released)

Where: On a sandy beach in the 805 area code, south of Point Conception

When: Late last month

Why: “I fish to enjoy being outside [and] to bring home fresh, sustainably harvested seafood,” said Farrell. “But this one was a big breeder, so I set her free.”

How: “She came in and lunged at my one-ounce Krocodile seven times in 18 inches of water before finally grabbing the lure just six feet away from my rod tip!”

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