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

Too crowded in LA? Try the other Los Angeles.

San Diego fishing October 15-21

Juan Cook with grouper caught in Bahia de los Angeles - Image by Juan Cook
Juan Cook with grouper caught in Bahia de los Angeles

Dock Totals Oct 15 – Oct 21: 3,121 anglers aboard 136 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 289 bluefin tuna, 3,970 yellowfin tuna, 843 skipjack tuna, 103 dorado, 967 yellowtail, 1 mako shark, 811 calico bass, 49 sand bass, 1,381 rockfish, 17 lingcod, 2,220 bonito, 9 barracuda, 216 whitefish, 79 sheephead, 2 halibut, 220 sanddab, 50 bocaccio, 19 Spanish jack, 10 red rock crab and 217 spiny lobster

Saltwater: The offshore pelagic fishing action remained about the same as the week before, though there were more bluefin tuna caught and the dorado numbers went down. Spiny lobster are still coming up in a good average size and decent numbers, with about 3 legals per hoopnet per trip. With a little bump outside and a couple windy days late in the week, more local trips to the kelp were made by the ¾ or ½ day boats that have been chasing tuna in better weather of late. This, along with the mid-morning high tide brought the calico bass count back up for the week. As it lays back down into “Indian summer” conditions with an expected heat wave and a lull in the swell and wind Monday through Friday, I expect there will be a lot of sportboats fishing the offshore surface action rather than the kelp.

A little about Los Angeles. Bahia de, that is. Bahia de Los Angeles, the once gold-mining town turned fishing destination in the upper-mid Sea of Cortez also known as BOLA for its English pronunciation Bay of L.A., has been good for grouper, cabrilla, sierra mackerel, and yellowtail just off the beach and the east side of Angel de la Guardia island. Though Bahia de Los Angeles is in the Ensenada municipality, it is a ten-hour drive, give or take, from San Diego. The emerald-colored bay fronting the village is dotted with islets, while the coastal area is protected by the 35 mile-long Isla Angel La Guardia a little further offshore.

Captain Juan Cook is making his fall runs from his home in San Quintin across the peninsula to fish the area in the window between the heat of summer and the north winds that usually start to blow in mid-November. He has been reporting flat calm conditions with temps in the 90s daytime and 70s overnight. Cabrilla, along with gulf and leopard grouper, have been blowing up bait on the high tides right just yards from shore and many fish caught in the 10 to 20 pound range. Though the pangeros have been making bait in the mornings, they have been getting most of the fish on white 4-ounce casting jigs.

As these fish will rock the angler quick, it is imperative to have the cranking power to keep them in the fight zone and out of the reef where they will most usually break off. 80-pound test braid to 50- or 60-pound fluorocarbon on a 2-speed reel is recommended. Trolled Rapalas will work well for cabrilla and grouper, too, but they are fishing them by sight as the fish push the bait against the shore and then ‘blow up’ on it. That close in, anglers will lose a lot of hardware trolling as the fish can make a dash for the rocks before the angler can react to the strike. One technique to use if trolling on the inside in rocky areas is to head straight into deeper water as soon as the fish strike, dragging them away from the rocks. As these fish are big, heavy and strong, sometimes they win regardless of technique and gear used. Either way, it is a good time to go fish Bahia de Los Angeles before the north winds start funneling down the Sea of Cortez.

Top boats of the week:

Oct 21 – The San Diego returned to the dock with 3 yellowtail, 124 yellowfin tuna and 22 skipjack tuna for the 39 anglers aboard their ¾ day run.

Oct 20 – 21 anglers aboard the Ocean Odyssey 1.5 day trip put limits of 105 yellowfin tuna in the hold. The Pacific Voyager called in with 37 yellowtail, 116 yellowfin tuna, 3 dorado and 36 bluefin tuna for the 12 anglers aboard their 4 day trip.

Oct 19 – 28 anglers aboard the Sea Watch ¾ day trip caught limits of 140 yellowfin tuna. The Mission Belle’s 25 anglers caught a mixed bag of 12 bluefin tuna, 55 bonito, 1 lingcod, 18 calico bass and 60 yellowtail on a ¾ day run to the Coronado Islands.

Oct 18 – The Tribute reported 1 dorado, 3 skipjack tuna, 6 yellowtail and limits of 160 yellowfin tuna for the 32 anglers aboard their ¾ day trip.

Oct 17 – 7 anglers aboard the Chubasco II ½ day trip caught 35 calico bass, 1 sheephead, 35 bonito and 7 yellowtail on a ½ day run.

Oct 16 – 6 hoop-netters aboard the Jig Strike ½ day lobster trip raised 2 red rock crab and 54 spiny lobster with 22 lobsters kept and 32 released. 12 anglers aboard the Condor overnight run caught 5 yellowtail, 47 skipjack tuna and limits of 60 yellowfin tuna.

Oct 15 – Wide open fishing reported by the San Diego for the 55 anglers aboard their ¾ day run with 1 yellowtail, 4 dorado, 60 skipjack tuna and limits of 275 yellowfin tuna caught.

Fish Plants: No plants this week.

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

Previous article

Tacos Lily: good enough for Anthony Bourdain!

I raise my Tecate to the Master.
Juan Cook with grouper caught in Bahia de los Angeles - Image by Juan Cook
Juan Cook with grouper caught in Bahia de los Angeles

Dock Totals Oct 15 – Oct 21: 3,121 anglers aboard 136 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 289 bluefin tuna, 3,970 yellowfin tuna, 843 skipjack tuna, 103 dorado, 967 yellowtail, 1 mako shark, 811 calico bass, 49 sand bass, 1,381 rockfish, 17 lingcod, 2,220 bonito, 9 barracuda, 216 whitefish, 79 sheephead, 2 halibut, 220 sanddab, 50 bocaccio, 19 Spanish jack, 10 red rock crab and 217 spiny lobster

Saltwater: The offshore pelagic fishing action remained about the same as the week before, though there were more bluefin tuna caught and the dorado numbers went down. Spiny lobster are still coming up in a good average size and decent numbers, with about 3 legals per hoopnet per trip. With a little bump outside and a couple windy days late in the week, more local trips to the kelp were made by the ¾ or ½ day boats that have been chasing tuna in better weather of late. This, along with the mid-morning high tide brought the calico bass count back up for the week. As it lays back down into “Indian summer” conditions with an expected heat wave and a lull in the swell and wind Monday through Friday, I expect there will be a lot of sportboats fishing the offshore surface action rather than the kelp.

A little about Los Angeles. Bahia de, that is. Bahia de Los Angeles, the once gold-mining town turned fishing destination in the upper-mid Sea of Cortez also known as BOLA for its English pronunciation Bay of L.A., has been good for grouper, cabrilla, sierra mackerel, and yellowtail just off the beach and the east side of Angel de la Guardia island. Though Bahia de Los Angeles is in the Ensenada municipality, it is a ten-hour drive, give or take, from San Diego. The emerald-colored bay fronting the village is dotted with islets, while the coastal area is protected by the 35 mile-long Isla Angel La Guardia a little further offshore.

Captain Juan Cook is making his fall runs from his home in San Quintin across the peninsula to fish the area in the window between the heat of summer and the north winds that usually start to blow in mid-November. He has been reporting flat calm conditions with temps in the 90s daytime and 70s overnight. Cabrilla, along with gulf and leopard grouper, have been blowing up bait on the high tides right just yards from shore and many fish caught in the 10 to 20 pound range. Though the pangeros have been making bait in the mornings, they have been getting most of the fish on white 4-ounce casting jigs.

As these fish will rock the angler quick, it is imperative to have the cranking power to keep them in the fight zone and out of the reef where they will most usually break off. 80-pound test braid to 50- or 60-pound fluorocarbon on a 2-speed reel is recommended. Trolled Rapalas will work well for cabrilla and grouper, too, but they are fishing them by sight as the fish push the bait against the shore and then ‘blow up’ on it. That close in, anglers will lose a lot of hardware trolling as the fish can make a dash for the rocks before the angler can react to the strike. One technique to use if trolling on the inside in rocky areas is to head straight into deeper water as soon as the fish strike, dragging them away from the rocks. As these fish are big, heavy and strong, sometimes they win regardless of technique and gear used. Either way, it is a good time to go fish Bahia de Los Angeles before the north winds start funneling down the Sea of Cortez.

Top boats of the week:

Oct 21 – The San Diego returned to the dock with 3 yellowtail, 124 yellowfin tuna and 22 skipjack tuna for the 39 anglers aboard their ¾ day run.

Oct 20 – 21 anglers aboard the Ocean Odyssey 1.5 day trip put limits of 105 yellowfin tuna in the hold. The Pacific Voyager called in with 37 yellowtail, 116 yellowfin tuna, 3 dorado and 36 bluefin tuna for the 12 anglers aboard their 4 day trip.

Oct 19 – 28 anglers aboard the Sea Watch ¾ day trip caught limits of 140 yellowfin tuna. The Mission Belle’s 25 anglers caught a mixed bag of 12 bluefin tuna, 55 bonito, 1 lingcod, 18 calico bass and 60 yellowtail on a ¾ day run to the Coronado Islands.

Oct 18 – The Tribute reported 1 dorado, 3 skipjack tuna, 6 yellowtail and limits of 160 yellowfin tuna for the 32 anglers aboard their ¾ day trip.

Oct 17 – 7 anglers aboard the Chubasco II ½ day trip caught 35 calico bass, 1 sheephead, 35 bonito and 7 yellowtail on a ½ day run.

Oct 16 – 6 hoop-netters aboard the Jig Strike ½ day lobster trip raised 2 red rock crab and 54 spiny lobster with 22 lobsters kept and 32 released. 12 anglers aboard the Condor overnight run caught 5 yellowtail, 47 skipjack tuna and limits of 60 yellowfin tuna.

Oct 15 – Wide open fishing reported by the San Diego for the 55 anglers aboard their ¾ day run with 1 yellowtail, 4 dorado, 60 skipjack tuna and limits of 275 yellowfin tuna caught.

Fish Plants: No plants this week.

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

Native Americans who rocked the world

Stevie Salas, FreeMartin, City Windows, Charles Burton Blues Band, Army of Love
Next Article

The glamour and crime of Tijuana

Club Campestre abduction, cross-border prostitution, Russian-owned gym, TJ's new night scene
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