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

Follow the grunion to get the 'buts

Halibut are biting in 20 to 60 feet of water

San Diego weather has been blown up enough to keep a good part of the plastic fleet ashore.
San Diego weather has been blown up enough to keep a good part of the plastic fleet ashore.

Dock Totals May 13 – May 19: 1,947 anglers aboard 93 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 111 bluefin tuna, 442 yellowtail, 205 calico bass (1,003 released), 36 sand bass, 2,808 rockfish, 440 whitefish, 8 lingcod, 22 bonito, 160 sculpin, 241 sanddab, 12 sheephead, 45 bocaccio, 10 halibut, 4 barracuda, 15 white seabass (released), 1 smoothhound shark, and 1 thresher shark.

Saltwater: Boats are picking away at the bluefin tuna and yellowtail within overnight range and though the bite has been sluggish, the signs are positive for the season ahead. The number of fish caught doesn’t always equal the potential, and the bluefin tuna especially can be tough to get into the hold once hooked. Back inside, sardine, mackerel and staging grunion are plentiful, and yellowtail action feeding on the surface off the kelp edge have resulted in nice catches for the kayakers and boaters off La Jolla and Point Loma. Calico bass have been biting on the kelp edge, and in a decent size; one out of every six caught being at least 14 inches. A few spots of barracuda and bonito have shown up on the bait, and those counts should increase.

White seabass have been victims of a well-placed bait or lure this week, though I am sure the spookier fish will show better when the seas allow more kayakers out through the surf. The fifteen in the party boat counts were shorts and mostly from Oceanside, though several fish have been caught by private boaters and kayakers, mainly off La Jolla. Though it has been blown up enough to keep a good part of the plastic fleet ashore, when the bait is thick and the yellowtail and seabass show, those that have gone out have had their chances at larger gamefish.

Halibut are biting along the reefs in the sandier areas in 20 to 60 feet of water, and up to the surf line on the weeks during the grunion runs. This is the time of year when catching a legal ‘but from shore while surf fishing is most possible. Try early mornings after the peak grunion run; the tide will be low by then and coming up. You want to fish the cuts and holes that are reachable while the tide is at the bottom, and then work behind the breaking waves as the tide rises through the morning. Another option is to fish directly behind the grunion at night during the run. For the best results, try a live bait on a Carolina rig, or lures that best mimic grunion; clear/green swimbaits, Krokadile-type spoons, or crankbaits in flashy, blue/green colors.

Fish Plants: May 25, Santee Lakes, catfish (1,000), Jennings, catfish (2,000)

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

Previous article

“Medicine Show” webcast showcases Mrs. Henry’s puppeteering

Friends from Earthless, The Blank Tapes, Howlin Rain, Warish, and others join in the fun
San Diego weather has been blown up enough to keep a good part of the plastic fleet ashore.
San Diego weather has been blown up enough to keep a good part of the plastic fleet ashore.

Dock Totals May 13 – May 19: 1,947 anglers aboard 93 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 111 bluefin tuna, 442 yellowtail, 205 calico bass (1,003 released), 36 sand bass, 2,808 rockfish, 440 whitefish, 8 lingcod, 22 bonito, 160 sculpin, 241 sanddab, 12 sheephead, 45 bocaccio, 10 halibut, 4 barracuda, 15 white seabass (released), 1 smoothhound shark, and 1 thresher shark.

Saltwater: Boats are picking away at the bluefin tuna and yellowtail within overnight range and though the bite has been sluggish, the signs are positive for the season ahead. The number of fish caught doesn’t always equal the potential, and the bluefin tuna especially can be tough to get into the hold once hooked. Back inside, sardine, mackerel and staging grunion are plentiful, and yellowtail action feeding on the surface off the kelp edge have resulted in nice catches for the kayakers and boaters off La Jolla and Point Loma. Calico bass have been biting on the kelp edge, and in a decent size; one out of every six caught being at least 14 inches. A few spots of barracuda and bonito have shown up on the bait, and those counts should increase.

White seabass have been victims of a well-placed bait or lure this week, though I am sure the spookier fish will show better when the seas allow more kayakers out through the surf. The fifteen in the party boat counts were shorts and mostly from Oceanside, though several fish have been caught by private boaters and kayakers, mainly off La Jolla. Though it has been blown up enough to keep a good part of the plastic fleet ashore, when the bait is thick and the yellowtail and seabass show, those that have gone out have had their chances at larger gamefish.

Halibut are biting along the reefs in the sandier areas in 20 to 60 feet of water, and up to the surf line on the weeks during the grunion runs. This is the time of year when catching a legal ‘but from shore while surf fishing is most possible. Try early mornings after the peak grunion run; the tide will be low by then and coming up. You want to fish the cuts and holes that are reachable while the tide is at the bottom, and then work behind the breaking waves as the tide rises through the morning. Another option is to fish directly behind the grunion at night during the run. For the best results, try a live bait on a Carolina rig, or lures that best mimic grunion; clear/green swimbaits, Krokadile-type spoons, or crankbaits in flashy, blue/green colors.

Fish Plants: May 25, Santee Lakes, catfish (1,000), Jennings, catfish (2,000)

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

No longer a David, Stone Brewing recast as a Goliath

The foe of big beer tangles with small breweries over trademarks, including a local IPA
Next Article

Poppin’ Padres petition for permanent props in stands

The Crowd Goes Mild!
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