Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Hooker heaven

Good weather and rockfish opening equals higher passenger and fish count for San Diego fleet

Fishermen disembarking the Dolphin. "The biggest, nicest half-day boats on the West Coast are these Poole Hulls from the '80s."  - Image by Alan Decker
Fishermen disembarking the Dolphin. "The biggest, nicest half-day boats on the West Coast are these Poole Hulls from the '80s."

As mostly decent weather and doable seas coincided with the week of the March 1 rockfish opener, the passenger numbers and fish counts nearly doubled over previous weeks, even though nobody got out the last two days of February. The local high spots are producing good vermillion rockfish along with a few lingcod and whitefish for the ½- and ¾-day fleet. Calico and sand bass numbers dropped as the kelp was mostly abandoned for the deeper reefs that have been unavailable to anglers since December 31. Still, the private boats and kayakers targeting the kelp are reporting a decent bite on the calicos and the sand bass are biting in the flats.

San Diego Bay has been putting out some real good spotted bay bass fishing along the eelgrass edges and an occasional halibut in the deeper holes. Down the coast in Baja waters, the yellowtail continue to bite the yoyo iron in 100-200 feet of water or so near the high seamounts that dot the nearshore waters from Ensenada to El Rosario. Further south along the Pacific coast, the fish are moving higher in the water column as the water warms and will eat fly-lined bait and surface irons. Along with the good yellowtail fishing just south of the border, there is real good rockfish, lingcod, whitefish and sheephead action in 80 to 200 feet of water all the way through the cool water zone that stretches from Punta Banda to the northern Vizcaino Bay.

Dock Totals 2/26 – 3/4: 975 anglers aboard 50 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 287 yellowtail, 9 calico bass, 9 sand bass, 2,405 rockfish, 274 sanddab, 2 rubberlip seaperch, 14 halfmoon, 37 lingcod, 3 halibut, 40 bonito, 265 sculpin, 60 mackerel, 1 cabezon, 23 sheephead, 150 whitefish, 2 bocaccio, 3 finescale triggerfish and 1 spiny lobster.

Top performing boats of the week:

February 26: The Pacific Queen called in with 64 yellowtail and 15 rockfish from their 1.5 day Baja coast trip with 33 anglers aboard. The Liberty carrying 36 anglers south for a 1.5 day run returned to the dock with 57 yellowtail and 12 bonito in the hold. The Tribute returned to the dock from a 1.5 day run with 32 yellowtail, 10 bonito, 5 lingcod, 15 whitefish and 85 rockfish for their 17 anglers. The Eclipse, on a 2 day run with 28 anglers aboard called in with 6 bonito, 11 lingcod, 32 yellowtail and 239 rockfish in the hold.

March 1: The Electra, with 14 anglers aboard out of Oceanside returned to the dock with 34 rockfish, 33 sanddab and 1 whitefish.

March 2: The Dolphin with 15 anglers aboard their ½ day run called in with 4 sheephead, 4 calico bass, 81 rockfish and 6 sculpin.

March 3: The Outer Limits reported 10 whitefish, 11 lingcod and 160 rockfish for the 16 anglers aboard their overnight trip.

March 4: The Chubasco II called in 75 whitefish and 75 rockfish for their 15 anglers aboard a ¾-day run.

Fish Plants: 3/10, Santee Lakes, Trout (TBA — fish up to 12 pounds, tagged trout worth prizes), 3/13, Lake Jennings, Trout (1500)

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

NPR Livestream: The Dears, To Tame a Wild Tongue Charla (Talk), Cinema Under the Stars: Midnight In Paris

Events July 16-July 17, 2020
Next Article

Mexico after the millenium

Smuggling, TJ nightlife, deported, TJ as hip destination, can't stop thinking about TJ, cross-border kidnapping
Fishermen disembarking the Dolphin. "The biggest, nicest half-day boats on the West Coast are these Poole Hulls from the '80s."  - Image by Alan Decker
Fishermen disembarking the Dolphin. "The biggest, nicest half-day boats on the West Coast are these Poole Hulls from the '80s."

As mostly decent weather and doable seas coincided with the week of the March 1 rockfish opener, the passenger numbers and fish counts nearly doubled over previous weeks, even though nobody got out the last two days of February. The local high spots are producing good vermillion rockfish along with a few lingcod and whitefish for the ½- and ¾-day fleet. Calico and sand bass numbers dropped as the kelp was mostly abandoned for the deeper reefs that have been unavailable to anglers since December 31. Still, the private boats and kayakers targeting the kelp are reporting a decent bite on the calicos and the sand bass are biting in the flats.

San Diego Bay has been putting out some real good spotted bay bass fishing along the eelgrass edges and an occasional halibut in the deeper holes. Down the coast in Baja waters, the yellowtail continue to bite the yoyo iron in 100-200 feet of water or so near the high seamounts that dot the nearshore waters from Ensenada to El Rosario. Further south along the Pacific coast, the fish are moving higher in the water column as the water warms and will eat fly-lined bait and surface irons. Along with the good yellowtail fishing just south of the border, there is real good rockfish, lingcod, whitefish and sheephead action in 80 to 200 feet of water all the way through the cool water zone that stretches from Punta Banda to the northern Vizcaino Bay.

Dock Totals 2/26 – 3/4: 975 anglers aboard 50 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 287 yellowtail, 9 calico bass, 9 sand bass, 2,405 rockfish, 274 sanddab, 2 rubberlip seaperch, 14 halfmoon, 37 lingcod, 3 halibut, 40 bonito, 265 sculpin, 60 mackerel, 1 cabezon, 23 sheephead, 150 whitefish, 2 bocaccio, 3 finescale triggerfish and 1 spiny lobster.

Top performing boats of the week:

February 26: The Pacific Queen called in with 64 yellowtail and 15 rockfish from their 1.5 day Baja coast trip with 33 anglers aboard. The Liberty carrying 36 anglers south for a 1.5 day run returned to the dock with 57 yellowtail and 12 bonito in the hold. The Tribute returned to the dock from a 1.5 day run with 32 yellowtail, 10 bonito, 5 lingcod, 15 whitefish and 85 rockfish for their 17 anglers. The Eclipse, on a 2 day run with 28 anglers aboard called in with 6 bonito, 11 lingcod, 32 yellowtail and 239 rockfish in the hold.

March 1: The Electra, with 14 anglers aboard out of Oceanside returned to the dock with 34 rockfish, 33 sanddab and 1 whitefish.

March 2: The Dolphin with 15 anglers aboard their ½ day run called in with 4 sheephead, 4 calico bass, 81 rockfish and 6 sculpin.

March 3: The Outer Limits reported 10 whitefish, 11 lingcod and 160 rockfish for the 16 anglers aboard their overnight trip.

March 4: The Chubasco II called in 75 whitefish and 75 rockfish for their 15 anglers aboard a ¾-day run.

Fish Plants: 3/10, Santee Lakes, Trout (TBA — fish up to 12 pounds, tagged trout worth prizes), 3/13, Lake Jennings, Trout (1500)

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

The Red, White, and Blue can never tell a lie: San Diego was the place to be for the Fourth of July!

America’s Finest County
Next Article

John Harris: editor of one of the first English dictionaries

Known as a man of science as a man of faith
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close