Fish Report

Hot (tuna) fun in the summertime

Time to load up the smoker

Inshore: Half-day boats are concentrating on the great calico bass bite of the kelp in Point Loma and La Jolla. The legal-sized (14” or greater) count on the "checkers" nearly doubled last week over the ...

Bluefin ban?

Bluefin tuna to become endangered species?

Bluefin should become an endangered species, thus banning all fishing of the large tuna on the West Coast, says the Center for Biological Diversity. Wayne Kokow of Rancho Peñasquitos is the executive director of the ...

Yellowfin tuna count up dramatically; another opah hits the deck

Weekly fish report

Inshore: The total angler count for the San Diego sportfishing fleet topped 5000 for the first time in 2016 last week, after 4000 the week previous. The ¾-day boats are getting bonito some very large, ...

Water temp edges up, along with yellowfin, dorado and bonito count

Weekly fishing report

Inshore: The total angler count for the San Diego sportfishing fleet topped 4000 this week and it looks good for the operators for months to come. Last year’s epic season is so far mirrored this ...

Exotic pelagic species moving up the line

Weekly fishing report

Inshore: The yellowtail numbers are still good locally along with a few white seabass and halibut for the inshore anglers. The calico bass fishing is very good along the kelp and even off the jetties, ...

Silver spoons aren’t just for rich kids

Make your own fishing lures!

Inshore: The yellowtail numbers came back up a bit this past week for the ½- and ¾-day boats, while calico bass, rockfish, and bonito are dominating the counts for the short trips. A few more ...

Practice CPR on your bass

Catch, photograph, release

Inshore: As summer begins with a heat wave, the inshore yellowtail fishing has cooled slightly. The jacks are still there, of course, and the slow bite might just be moon phase and/or the plethora of ...

Fat flatties on the flats

This week's fishing report

Inshore: The pelagic “tuna” crabs that have been painting many beaches red and sometimes requiring dozers to clean them up are also causing the inshore fishing to be a little iffy. Most fish caught, whether ...

My personal best halibut at San Quintín — 44 pounds

Fishing hole location disclosed

San Quintín Bay lies in the shadow of volcanoes a couple hundred miles south of the border on the Pacific coast of Baja. The bay spreads out from over seven miles of channel into false ...

First opah landing of the year

Here comes summer with a big bluefin splash

Inshore: With the majority of the fleet looking for yellowtail and bluefin in the top of the water column, the calico and sand bass counts dropped off a bit. Still, those ½-day and ¾-day trips ...

Thresher shark parts sought by study

Bacterial brain infection stranding young sharks

Weekly fishing report Inshore: Last week was a coolish, gray week on the water. The full moon phase put a bit of a damper on the upper-water column species, though the yellowtail were definitely out ...

Opening day for catfish night-fishing this Friday

Try chicken liver or shrimp

Lake Jennings, off the I-8 in Lakeside, is an 85-acre reservoir at about 700 feet in elevation. It holds channel catfish, largemouth bass, stocked trout, blue catfish, redear sunfish, and even “wipers” — a white ...

Rare albacore hits the deck

Broomtail caught in Mission Bay

Inshore: In spite of being fat-plugged with pelagic crab, the rockfish continue to bite well for the local bottom-fish trips. Most of these fish come up with mouths and bellies full of the hapless crabs, ...

Sharks rampage in La Jolla

Kayakers hooted and hollered as large threshers took them on sleigh rides out to sea.

May the Fourth. International Star Wars day to some, but to La Jolla kayak fishermen, it will forever be the beginning of the Wide Open Thresher Bite of 2016. The gray, windless day — with ...

White seabass numbers down, thresher sharks thick off La Jolla

Weekly fish report

Inshore: The half-day boats are working the kelp edges for calico bass, barracuda, and bonito, and the high spots for rockfish, whitefish, and anything else that is biting. The fish are still plugged with pelagic ...

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