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Stories by Daniel Powell

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. ...

Bluefin stubborn

Fishing in San Diego April 29-May 5

Dock Totals Apr 29 – May 5: 1,592 anglers aboard 60 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 64 bluefin tuna, 955 yellowtail, 13 calico bass, 34 sand bass, 2,149 rockfish, 519 ...

Dockless scooters tossed from docks

Harbor Police reports Apr. 4-19

Apr 19 Harbor Police were dispatched to a female who was observed swimming in the bay around the Marriott Marina. HP located the subject as she was already out of the water, extremely cold and ...

Bluefin tuna moving closer to Pt. Loma

Fishing report Apr. 22-28

Dock Totals Apr 22 – Apr 28: 1,887 anglers aboard 60 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 130 bluefin tuna, 555 yellowtail, 2 calico bass, 14 sand bass, 3,324 rockfish, 291 ...

Lake Elsinore — our largest freshwater lake

Dream Extreme tournament

About twenty miles north of the San Diego-Riverside county line, and situated at the lowest point within the San Jacinto River watershed, lies the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California — Lake Elsinore. At ...

Large cows, medium bluefin

Fishing in San Diego April 15-21

Dock Totals Apr 15 – Apr 21: 1,390 anglers aboard 60 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 50 bluefin tuna, 53 yellowtail, 24 calico bass, 8 sand bass, 3,618 rockfish, 370 ...

Only the young in the outrigger canoes

Shaka Fest at De Anza Park Saturday April 28

Long before the magnetic compass, the sextant, global positioning systems and other navigational aids, Polynesians sailed solely by observation of the sun, stars, and ocean swells coupled with other signs of nature such as the ...

Ripped in a rip current

San Diego lifeguard rescues March 12-18

Mar 18 07:11 Swimmer: Lifeguards respond to two swimmers in South Mission Jetty rip. One swimmer with obvious intoxication. Two rescues in high-hazard area. 11:55 River: Lifeguard unit responds to San Diego Police Department request ...

Lots of bait off La Jolla

San Diego fishing report April 8-15

Dock Totals Apr 8 – Apr 15: 1,423 anglers aboard 52 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 28 bluefin tuna, 90 yellowtail, 6 calico bass, 15 sand bass, 3,812 rockfish, 251 ...

Boat owner sells vessel to different people — duplicate pink slips

Harbor Patrol reports March 13-31

Mar 31 Harbor Police Harbor Police issued a citation for illegal mooring at the Harbor Police guest dock for a person who did not have a reservation. Harbor Police assisted a vessel in distress that ...

Mission Bay Classic kayak fishing

A non-impact activity

For those of us that have it in our blood, fishing can be a cathartic thing; a way to purge stress. The more one can quiet the noise of human hustle and bustle, the better. ...

Yellowfin at the beach in Cabo

50-pound whitefish off La Jolla kelp beds

Dock Totals Apr 1 – Apr 7: 1,729 anglers aboard 73 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 58 bluefin tuna, 63 yellowtail, 5 calico bass, 18 sand bass, 6,363 rockfish, 259 ...

Man jumps from OB Pier at midnight, body washes up at 3 a.m.

Lifeguards make five cliff rescues

Mar 11 11:28 Diving: Lifeguard, emergency and medical units respond to diver being dragged out of the water at 2100 Vallecitos. Diver suffering from 70’ rapid ascent. Patient advised with medical. 12:49 Boating: Lifeguard vessel ...

Rockfish bonanza — yellowtail return

Dock totals March 24-31

Dock Totals Mar 24 – Mar 31: 2,477 anglers aboard 94 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 479 yellowtail, 12 calico bass, 26 sand bass, 6,795 rockfish, 1,877 whitefish, 16 lingcod, ...

Look to mountaintops for bottom fish

Groundfish might be up-chucking pelagiac crab when you bring them in

Dock Totals Mar 18 – Mar 24: 1,457 anglers aboard 64 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 5 yellowtail, 3 calico bass, 8 sand bass, 4,617 rockfish, 1,490 whitefish, 9 lingcod, ...

Missing crab pots at Tuna Harbor

Harbor Patrol resurrect thankful man at Cabrillo Marina

Mar 10 Harbor Patrol responded to the Harbor Patrol Guest slips to investigate a fuel spill. Harbor Patrol located the suspect vessel and issued a citation to the owner. Mar 8 Harbor Patrol documented a ...

Lobster done, white seabass limit, and Fred is back in town.

Sand bass and halibut run with grunion

Dock Totals Mar 11 – Mar 17: 1,186 anglers aboard 54 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 9 yellowtail, 9 calico bass, 30 sand bass, 3,770 rockfish, 874 whitefish, 19 lingcod, ...

Boater and dog rescued off tidepools at Point Loma after running aground

San Diego Harbor Patrol reports Feb. 18-22

Feb 22 Harbor Patrol documented some graffiti that was painted on the underside of a bridge. Feb 20 Harbor Patrol issued a citation to a boater in the A-1 La Playa Cove anchorage for not ...

Time to head to Gonzaga Bay

Fishing report March 4-10

Dock Totals Mar 4 – Mar 10: 1,253 anglers aboard 61 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 2 bluefin tuna, 176 yellowtail, 14 calico bass, 12 sand bass, 4,321 rockfish, 816 ...

Grunion Invasion!

Funny enough for the Beverly Hillbillies

The headline of the Malibu Sandpiper screamed “Grunion Invasion Tonight” in the largest font possible to allow the three words in a single row. Granny came from the kitchen with a double-barrel shotgun, sounding the ...

Forty-three-pound halibut wins angler $2950

A true testament of bounce-ball success

Dock Totals: Feb 25 - Mar 3: 1114 anglers aboard 55 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 518 yellowtail, 67 calico bass, 53 sand bass, 3,065 rockfish, 247 whitefish, 13 lingcod, ...

Give outrigger canoeing a try

Human-powered speed

As first noted by Magellan’s assistant in the 16th Century while in the Mariana Islands, outrigger canoes were faster and more maneuverable than any of the like-sized craft used by Europeans. The narrow canoes were ...

Great yellowfin tuna fishing

Is this trend of more tropical species moving north into our area the new normal?

Dock Totals February 18 to February 24: 791 anglers aboard 38 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 521 yellowtail, 124 calico bass, 322 sand bass, 880 rockfish, 22 whitefish, 6 lingcod, ...

Stolen vessel not stolen

San Diego lifeguard reports January 28 to February 17

February 17 Harbor Patrol located a subject in the Glorietta Bay area that was having difficulty rowing his 16' vessel back to the dock due to his engine being disabled. Harbor Patrol Towed the vessel ...

Biggest 'but on Dolphin wins

Halibut tournament ends this month

When my father was a boy and Mission Bay wasn’t dredged from the reed-choked estuary of the San Diego River, my grandparents would tote the kids to the Bathtub Rock area about where Torrey Pines ...

Lifeguards to the rescue

San Diego harbor patrol report January 22 to 28

Jan 28 09:05 Swimmer: Lifeguard responds to Tourmaline fur surfer with head injury, treated on scene. 13:00 Boating: Lifeguard shore, Jet Ski and boat units respond to 5 PWCs inside surf off Ocean Beach. Warnings ...

A SoCal angler’s Groundhog Day

Mustang still rounding up bluefin in U.S. waters

Dock Totals Feb. 4–Feb. 10 980 anglers aboard 43 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 44 bluefin tuna, 14 yellowtail, 312 calico bass, 878 sand bass, 1,155 rockfish, 44 whitefish, 14 ...

"Skiff on the rocks" not an adult beverage

San Diego lifeguard reports Jan. 9-14

Jan 14 10:10 Boating: Lifeguard boat unit responds to skiff on the rocks at Hospitality Point. Boat towed to Dana Rental reception dock after engine lost on rocks. 10:12 Medical: Lifeguard, emergency and medical units ...

When a ‘normal’ week seems slow, you’ve been spoiled by El Niño fishing.

Dock Totals Feb 4 – Feb 10: 847 anglers aboard 44 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 27 bluefin tuna, 20 yellowtail, 91 calico bass, 645 sand bass, 493 rockfish, 3 ...

The skinny on catching fat fish

Mission Bay bass seminar

Eleven out of the world’s top twenty-five largemouth bass have been caught in San Diego county lakes; Dixon, Murray, Miramar, Hodges and Wohlford have put out fish over nineteen pounds. Only the famous Castaic has ...

The death of a whale

San Quintin's bay channels get shallow

The following comes from a story posted on Daniel Powell's Facebook page. The juvenile gray whale popped up off the end of the jetty on the eastern shore that separates the upper San Quintin Bay ...

Super blue blood moon tide swings make for tough fishing

More halibut tips

Dock Totals Jan 28 – Feb 3: 1,108 anglers aboard 52 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 91 bluefin tuna, 331 yellowtail, 64 calico bass, 470 sand bass, 1,362 rockfish, 10 ...

Attempted yacht theft — suspect caused $50,000 in damage

Harbor Patrol reports Dec. 23 — Jan. 13

Jan 13 Harbor Patrol units were dispatched to retrieve numerous dinghies around SD Bay that were broken loose after the storm. Harbor Patrol towed all the dinghies to the impound dock and are attempting to ...

Tuna fishing hot behind cold front

Dock Totals Jan 21 – Jan 27: 594 anglers aboard 31 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 131 yellowtail, 37 calico bass, 293 sand bass, 175 rockfish, 2 bonito, 10 halibut, ...

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