Truth be told the CIH and Ventura harbors are best at night. Both these harbors (and Santa Barbara as well) have transient fish populations. They move in and out of the harbor depending on condition. I think this is because they are all, short, shallow, and narrow harbors. But because of that, they have some of the BIGGEST fish I have ever caught in harbors. I have caught 6lb+ calicos and sandies,as well as market size brown rockfish (CIH break wall) 15-20 pound halibut, (mouth of the Ventura) and 10 and 12 lb. WSBs and stripers.(Santa Barbara). These harbors are tricky, and can be very dangerous, but very rewarding as well, if you learn how. Oddly I do not think I have ever caught a spotted bay bass in any of these places.
PS. I have never fished these harbors at night in a kick craft. Only small powered pots. Again, they are tricky, your biggest danger is the boat traffic and the current.