Fish Report

Fish the late afternoon around the full moon

Dorado fall off dramatically

Inshore: The ½- and ¾-day boats backed off the calicos this past week, after posting over 5000 caught per week twice in a row. The inshore runs mostly caught rockfish as the bonito and barracuda ...

Sportfishing vessels v. pangas

Pangas ahead 1-0

Inshore: Half-day boats are still pounding away at the calico bass. Hard to imagine the kelps from La Jolla to the Coronado Islands producing over 5,000, 14” or greater of the slow-growing bass per week, ...

Dorado numbers surge; first spearfish caught

Weekly fishing report

Inshore: Half-day boats are still concentrating on the great calico bass bite of the kelp in Point Loma and La Jolla. Yellowtail are just about everywhere from the kelp edges out and the short runs ...

A dollar and six cents for access to perch

Carl and Sue’s Surf-fishing Derby this weekend in Baja

For the initial southward migration of anglers into Baja, those in search of trophy fish usually bypassed San Quintín, known as a windy and coolish place with sand dunes between rocky escarpments dotted with shallow ...

Sheephead graze the reef; yellowtail dominate the fishery

Fish the direction opposite the drift

Inshore: Half-day boats are still concentrating on the great calico bass bite of the kelp in Point Loma and La Jolla. The inshore yellowtail bite slowed a bit, but the size of the fish are ...

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 ...

Avoid the bane of surf-fishing

Surf-fishing tips from Bill Varney

Bill Varney, through his books and clinics, has been leading the light-tackle charge in California; no longer do surf anglers need a 14-foot surf pole and a five-ounce sinker. Varney recently led one of his ...

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 ...

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