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Stories by Daniel Powell

Fishing off the three Californias

From Bahia Tortugas to Channel Islands

Dock Totals Sept 9 – Sept 15: 5,549 anglers aboard 249 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 442 bluefin tuna, 7,681 yellowfin tuna, 8,170 skipjack tuna, 1 bigeye tuna, 804 dorado, ...

Citizens Trail and Black Gold Rd. - repeat rescues

False reports of water polo team and of Black's Beach lewdness

Aug 26 10:29 Medical: Lifeguards, Fire, and Medics respond to a man down on the Emerald Street stairs. Medics transport patient to Kaiser. 11:25 Medical: Lifeguards, Fire, and Medics respond to a fainting at Newport ...

Old School fish, new techniques to get them

Fishing in San Diego Sept. 2-8

Dock Totals Sept 2 – Sept 8: 5,827 anglers aboard 249 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 246 bluefin tuna, 7,729 yellowfin tuna, 10,315 skipjack tuna, 8 bigeye tuna, 1,506 dorado, ...

Stow-away on fishing charter and spinal injury speeding over wake

Harbor Police reports Aug. 12-22

Aug 22 Harbor Police investigated a burglary that occurred aboard a vessel at the Sunroad Marina. The suspect broke a window, entered the vessel, ate and drank some food and then vandalized the interior. Harbor ...

Try areas 421 and 390

Fishing in San Diego Aug. 26- Sept. 1

Dock Totals Aug 26 – Sept 1: 5,769 anglers aboard 234 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 375 bluefin tuna, 6,262 yellowfin tuna, 7,672 skipjack tuna, 3 bigeye tuna, 776 dorado, ...

A beach sport for the elite

Real polo at the Hotel del Coronado

This weekend you can watch a sport played in the sand that you rarely get to see, polo, the sport of the elite. The Polo America Beach Polo Cup. No, this isn’t some frat-invented game ...

Missing diver at New Break, motorhome fire on Fiesta Island

Lifeguard reports, July 31- August 5

August 5 09:24 Medical: Lifeguard, emergency, and medical personnel respond to fainting at El Paseo Grande. Medics handle. 10:23 Medical: Lifeguard and medical personnel respond to Mission Bay Drive for sick person. Medics handle. 11:46 ...

San Diego's ocean becomes parking lot

And the importance of kelp paddies

Dock Totals Aug 19 – Aug 25: 6,969 anglers aboard 255 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 110 bluefin tuna, 12,349 yellowfin tuna, 10,565 skipjack tuna, 1,202 dorado, 1,644 yellowtail, 2 ...

All the kayaking options

San Diego fishing meetup this Sunday at 7 am

If you’ve ever looked out on the water at all the people on kayaks and wondered, “that looks like fun, but it is such an investment,” you aren’t alone. Like surfing, until one tries to ...

Harbor police stop man swimming to Hawaii

Or did they?

Aug 11 Harbor Police stored a small dinghy that was found adrift within the south San Diego Bay main shipping channel. Aug 9 Harbor Police investigated an accident where a small vessel (dinghy) was operating ...

Yellowfin, skipjack turn on – record bluefin caught

Fishing in San Diego Aug. 12-18

Dock Totals Aug 12 – Aug 18: 6,583 anglers aboard 256 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 654 bluefin tuna, 8,190 yellowfin tuna, 7,093 skipjack tuna (50 released), 1,294 dorado, 3,178 ...

Stingrays, of course, but scooter accidents, too

Lifeguard report, July 23-20

Hit and run at Dog Beach among calls on busy week July 29 05:59 Boating: VHF channel 16 call of a 36 ft. fishing vessel with small electrical fire, one mile off Crystal Pier. Lifeguard ...

The $50,000 swim bladder

Captain Paul Watson and the crew of the ship named for author Farley Mowat have been chasing, harassing, ramming, and boarding whalers operating illegally. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society behind the Farley Mowat has waged ...

Dorado Invasion 2.0

Fishing in San Diego Aug. 5-11

Dock Totals Aug 5 – Aug 11: 6,512 anglers aboard 270 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 155 bluefin tuna, 2,984 yellowfin tuna, 1,594 skipjack tuna, 3,493 dorado, 6,676 yellowtail, 2 ...

Stingrays at Blacks, Boundary Line, Tourmaline

Lifeguard report, July 16-22

July 22 10:55 Medical: Lifeguard, fire, and medical units respond to traumatic injuries from contact with a police officer after an arrest. San Diego Police Department officers take the arrest and medics are cancelled. 11:45 ...

Hot water: good for exotics, bad for kelp

Welcome yellowfin, skipjack, dorado, and wahoo

Dock Totals July 29 – Aug 4: 6,072 anglers aboard 232 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 192 bluefin tuna, 1,235 yellowfin tuna, 544 skipjack tuna, 1,306 dorado, 6,685 yellowtail, 9 ...

Rocks, rips, and reefs

Diving classes, free and open to the public

Of the several hundred rescues on summer weekends by San Diego lifeguards, most are people caught in rip currents. Yet those currents are used by surfers, kayakers, and swimmers as a path out through the ...

Tired kiteboarder needs a lift

Harbor Police reports July 15-27

July 27 Harbor Police responded to the area of Harbor Island for two jet skis that were capsized. Harbor Police called for the rental company to respond, assisted the subjects out of the water and ...

Why the kelp keeps producing — and Baja's fish vigilantes

Fishing in San Diego July 22-28

Dock Totals July 22 – July 28: 5,446 anglers aboard 209 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 213 bluefin tuna, 310 yellowfin tuna, 11 skipjack tuna, 139 dorado, 1,318 yellowtail, 5 ...

Man falls over 30 feet from cliff at No Surf Beach

Lifeguard report, June 25 to July 1

July 1 09:51 Diving: Rescue vessel responds to the Ruby E dive site for a 29 year-old male with a dislocated shoulder aboard the Humboldt. Rescue vessel transports patient to the reception dock. Patient turned ...

San Clemente Island has been pointing at the tuna

Some of the counts look horrible

Dock Totals July 15 – July 21: 5,356 anglers aboard 199 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 669 bluefin tuna, 243 yellowfin tuna, 19 dorado, 777 yellowtail, 1 white seabass (released), ...

40-foot sailboat stolen from the Chula Vista Marina

Harbor Police reports July 8-13

July 13 Harbor Police issued a citation to a boater who was illegally anchored in the A-1 La Playa Anchorage. The subject had been warned earlier. Harbor Police assisted a boater who fell out of ...

Large area of tight-lipped tuna

San Diego fishing July 8-14

Dock Totals July 8 – July 14: 5,420 anglers aboard 197 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 498 bluefin tuna, 613 yellowfin tuna, 17 dorado, 1,957 yellowtail, 15 white seabass (13 ...

Other people’s stuff

Help restore Boulder Creek

The OPS standard has been used for as long as I can remember. Other People’s Stuff. As in “I smoke OPCs” or “The cheapest boat to fish from is an OPB.” Investors like to use ...

Boats dragged anchors because of July 4 high winds

Harbor Police reports June 24- July 6

July 6 Harbor Police investigated a burglary that occurred on a vessel in the Marriott Marina. Subject/s broke into and boarded a large yacht, stealing several items while the owners were asleep within their vessel. ...

Hot weather, hot fishing

San Diego fishing July 1-7

Dock Totals July 1 – July 7: 5,236 anglers aboard 171 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 307 bluefin tuna, 221 yellowfin tuna, 1 dorado, 4,681 yellowtail, 28 white seabass (28 ...

Imperial Beach sandcastles - standing the test of time

Kid-friendly means no alcohol

Sandcastles, typically, are not built for longevity; they are the perfect metaphor for a thing constructed that will not last. Yet, in Imperial Beach, sandcastles have survived the test of time. Founded in 1887, the ...

15-year-old burglary suspect on Jamaica Court nearly drowns

Lifeguard report June 4-10

June 10 12:09 Swimmer: Lifeguard responds to Pappy’s Point for a reporting person who’s concerned with a group of inexperienced swimmers. Lifeguard issues warnings. 12:12 Medical: Lifeguards respond to a 14 year-old male hit in ...

Dorado, opah make colorful week

San Diego fishing June 24-30

Dock Totals June 24 – June 30: 5,007 anglers aboard 165 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 410 bluefin tuna, 17 yellowfin tuna, 2 dorado, 4,167 yellowtail, 41 white seabass (40 ...

How much do you love your dog?

Surf and SUP in Del Mar for your best friend

If you are interested in getting Fido into the waves, the first thought might be how does one go about it. His short attention span is important. Plan for an hour or so, as the ...

Narcotics found on the Red Rooster by crew unclaimed

Stolen dinghy, jet ski collision, phone threats, petroleum spill

June 24 Harbor Police responded to Marina Cortez for a diesel fuel spill. Harbor Police and the US Coast Guard located the suspect vessel and will be investigating for possible prosecution. June 22 Harbor Police ...

Throw your J hooks away

Bluefin tuna continue to taunt, tease and torture

Dock Totals June 17 – June 23: 4,457 anglers aboard 155 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 228 bluefin tuna, 1 yellowfin tuna, 2,948 yellowtail, 40 white seabass (30 released), 2,200 ...

Switchfoot surf jousting at Moonlight Beach

Kinda like Nerf

Minnesota placekicker Fred Cox invented the Nerf football in 1972. Nerf soon became associated with safe and soft athletics. Today, the weapon of choice for surf jousting is not actually a Nerf product; the soft ...

Northbound swimmers hanging onto border fence, screaming for help

San Diego lifeguard reports May 22-27

May 27 08:32 Medical: Lifeguard, emergency and medical units respond to Tower 13 for man with breathing problems. Medical transports patient to Scripps La Jolla. 09:08 Boating: Lifeguard responds to the foot of Ladera St. ...

Bluefin tuna in La Jolla? It happens.

The kelp is now the target

Dock Totals June 10 – June 16: 3,837 anglers aboard 134 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 170 bluefin tuna, 2,214 yellowtail, 9 white seabass (8 released), 3,031 calico bass, 315 ...

MakoBob Halibut Tournament – no longer just kayaks

His home is open to those he barely knows

Robert Moore has been a fixture in the fishing community above and below the border. His spread on the Sea of Cortez just north of Punta Bufeo, Makoville, is an idyllic camp area complete with ...

Stolen car submerges itself at National City launch ramp

San Diego Harbor Police report May 27- June 8

June 8 Harbor Police stored a dinghy that was adrift near the Bali Hai dock in North Bay. Harbor Police responded to the A-3 Laurel Street Anchorage for two suspicious subjects attempting to pull a ...

Wooden boats — family, love, inspiration, life

Imagine yourself with planes, shapers, adzes, drills, mallets, chisels

“BOAT – Break Out Another Thousand." "A hole in the water you throw money into." "High-priced yard art.” To boat owners, these are common. Wooden boat owners, however, refer to their boat as family, love, ...

Water warming, yellowtail less finicky

Fishing in San Diego June 3-9

Dock Totals June 3 – June 9: 2,863 anglers aboard 123 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 96 bluefin tuna, 1 yellowfin tuna, 1,597 yellowtail, 735 calico bass, 53 sand bass, ...

Tastes like summer out there

Fishing report May 27-June 2

Dock Totals May 27 – June 2: 2,468 anglers aboard 115 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 36 bluefin tuna, 358 yellowtail, 310 calico bass, 146 sand bass, 3,543 rockfish, 372 ...

Electricity theft next to Tuna Harbor

Fights, jet ski collision, overloaded dinghy, graffiti at Hilton

May 23 Harbor Police responded to Marina Cortez [Harbor Island] for two subjects physically fighting. Harbor Police found one of the subjects pushed the other into the water. Both subjects declined to press charges on ...

The bunkers of Point Loma

New guns came in 1943

During World War II, anti-motor torpedo boat guns at Point Loma protected San Diego harbor from attack. Capable of downing enemy vessels or aircraft over four miles distant, the more accurate and rapid-firing 90mm guns ...

One marlin equals five yellowtail

More on the Red Rooster bust

Head: Over limits in Mexico? The math ain’t that hard. Dock Totals May 20 – May 26: 2,227 anglers aboard 93 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 24 bluefin tuna, 645 ...

Stopping fights and starting hearts

San Diego lifeguard reports April 23-29

Apr 29 10:15 Medical: Multiple lifeguard units and vessel respond to a report of a 50 year-old male, conscious and breathing. Call upgraded to CPR in progress, three shocks given with defibrillator. Medical unit transports ...

Follow the grunion to get the 'buts

Halibut are biting in 20 to 60 feet of water

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 ...

The swimming tongue

Lake Jennings catfish opener

Channel catfish are the most commonly caught freshwater fish in the country. As a hardy species they can survive in brackish water and are easy to farm. That their firm flesh prepares well baked or ...

Small sailboat rams Californian

Rigging and spreader damaged

May 8 Harbor Police issued a citation to a boater that was in a slip at the Harbor Police guest slips without a valid permit or reservation. Harbor Police responded to National City Pier 32 ...

Anglers are never crabbin’ for nothing

Worse: to try lighter gear in the face of tuna

Dock Totals May 6 – May 12: 2,144 anglers aboard 93 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 58 bluefin tuna, 1,814 yellowtail, 114 calico bass, 25 sand bass, 3,199 rockfish, 336 ...

Not your normal (yawn) grass soccer

Beach Soccer Jam on Fiesta Island

Soccer is a game of running, lots of running, and we who enjoy the beach know that running in the soft sand above the tideline is not easy. That’s why the beach runs for runners ...

Seal molesters slip away

Lifeguards busy in April

Apr 15 08:24 Enforcement: SDPD requests Lifeguards to stop traffic under Ventura Bridge while they diffuse an M80 found on rocks. 11:22 Boating: Person calls Lifeguards reporting two PWCs speeding in the Ski Beach area. ...

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