Fish Report

Yellowfin still smokin’ hot

Near enough to find

Inshore: Half-day trips are targeting the local kelps and bumps for rockfish, sheephead and calico bass and the occasional yellowtail or halibut. ¾ day boats are mostly looking for yellowfin tuna with mixed success, some ...

A handful of bigeye show

Yellowfin on the chew

Inshore: Half-day boats are fishing inside again with the occasional extended trip looking for those yellowfin tuna in close. A few yellowtail and white seabass are being caught off Point Loma and the La Jolla ...

Anglers are sensitive folks

Go fishing now, while the fishing's good

Inshore: Some of the half-day boats are passing up the kelp and are running extended trips out to hunt for the school-sized yellowfin tuna just off the 9 Mile and 182 banks. For those staying ...

Black and Blue warm-up almost all blue

Just under $1000 a pound

Inshore: The barracuda seemed to disappear this past week while bonito numbers held steady. The calico bass bite is still pretty good, but the average size is going back down, judging by the kept/release ratio ...

Is El Niño giving way to La Niña?

The days of wahoo, shortbill spearfish, blue marlin, and opah in U.S. Pacific waters may be over.

Inshore: The calico catch continues to slide as the rockfish pick up, seemingly early in season after the last two amazing years in the San Diego area inshore fishery. Yellowtail numbers also fell off dramatically, ...

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 ...

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