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Stories by Daniel Powell

Rules tightened on lingcod, loosened on scorpionfish, canary rockfish

Hard to believe we’re in the middle of December

Dock Totals Dec 9 – Dec 15: 936 anglers aboard 63 half day to three day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 3 bluefin tuna, 1 yellowfin tuna, 21 skipjack tuna, ...

Struggling for trout while ponds dry to puddles

Conservation efforts in San Diego streams

“San Diego Trout is an ad-hoc consortium of outdoor enthusiasts, scientists, conservationists, and consultants who share the common goal of improving and maintaining San Diego's wild trout fisheries in as many as possible of the ...

Lobster on the crawl

Big yellowtail at Guadalupe Island

Dock Totals Dec 2 – Dec 8: 616 anglers aboard 39 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 113 bluefin tuna, 1 yellowtail, 77 bonito, 12 calico bass, 58 sand bass, 56 ...

Target spotties and don’t forget your Hawg Trough

Productive haunts are on either side of the bridge

The Toys for Tots Kayak Fishing Tournament launches from Tidelands Park this Saturday morning. The targeted species will be the basses that reside in the bay. Although calico and sand bass grow to over double ...

Fishing beat down by storms

"Epic" report from the Poseidon

Dock Totals Nov 25 – Dec 1: 830 anglers aboard 46 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 326 bluefin tuna, 3 yellowfin tuna, 15 skipjack tuna, 333 yellowtail, 150 bonito, 54 ...

Shoulda gone fishing on Thanksgiving

26 anglers scored 56 bluefin and 18 yellowfin

Dock Totals Nov 18 – Nov 24: 2,542 anglers aboard 93 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 742 bluefin tuna, 1,069 yellowfin tuna, 56 skipjack tuna, 1,506 yellowtail, 689 bonito, 74 ...

Body found half mile off Mission Beach, boat sinks at South Mission jetty,

San Diego lifeguard reports Oct. 8-14

Oct 14 11:41 Medical: Unconscious mail on boardwalk at Garnett. Lifeguard, fire, medical and San Diego police respond. No aid given. 13:49 Medical: 62 year-old male unconscious at Ventura and Mission Blvd. Lifeguard, fire, medical ...

Cooler water cools down the surface action, except for bluefin tuna.

San Diego fishing Nov. 11-17

Dock Totals Nov 11 – Nov 17: 2,282 anglers aboard 107 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1,499 bluefin tuna, 441 yellowfin tuna, 113 skipjack tuna, 1 bigeye tuna, 5 dorado, ...

The green turtles hang on

From the Gulf of Ulloa to south San Diego Bay

The Gulf of Ulloa is south/southeast of San Diego along the Pacific coast of the Baja peninsula. It is vibrant with sea life. Whales cruise and forage the gulf during annual migratory patterns; tuna, wahoo, ...

Great bluefin at last

Tanner Bank, just below San Clemente Island

. Dock Totals Nov 4 – Nov 10: 2,206 anglers aboard 109 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 852 bluefin tuna, 755 yellowfin tuna, 823 skipjack tuna, 6 bigeye tuna, 15 ...

Rescues at Boundary Line, Ventura Street Bridge, maybe murder at Bonita Cove

San Diego lifeguard reports Oct. 1-7

Oct 7 13:58 Medical: Medical distress call, report of man down on stairs at the foot of Gravilla at Neptune. Slip and fall. Lifeguard, emergency, and medical units respond. Medics transport patient to Scripps La ...

Bonito for dinner? Smoke some.

Fishing in San Diego Oct. 28 – Nov. 3

Dock Totals Oct 28 – Nov 3: 2,228 anglers aboard 112 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 256 bluefin tuna, 2,665 yellowfin tuna, 1,882 skipjack tuna, 6 bigeye tuna, 55 dorado, ...

Crawfish past and present

From Alvarado Creek to Sierra Nevadas

Alvarado Creek runs through La Mesa along the south side of Interstate 8 from the Mount Helix watershed to where it converges with the San Diego River a few hundred yards east of the mission. ...

40+ jumpers at Sunset Cliffs

Overturned vessel in Leisure Lagoon area, hooked sea turtle, Marina Villa fuel spill

Sept 30 05:35 Boating: VHF 16 call of disabled sloop off tip of south channel jetty. Captain with shoulder injury (previous). Lifeguard rescue vessel responds and tows sloop back to reception dock. 14:50 Enforcement: Lifeguard ...

Sportboat Prowler a total loss in collision, one dead

Good fishing can disappear with a little wind and cool upwelling

Dock Totals Oct 21 – Oct 27: 3,426 anglers aboard 204 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 127 bluefin tuna, 4,755 yellowfin tuna, 4,617 skipjack tuna, 3 bigeye tuna, 132 dorado, ...

Get catfish at trout opener

Light line and treble hook may be problem

Catfish bite actively during trout season, especially in the fall during the first trout plants. When the trout stocking begins around November, anglers show up in droves and most are using scented baits, and catfish ...

Stuck on rocks at Ladera Park

San Diego lifeguard reports Sept. 17-23

Sept 23 07:45 Medical: Lifeguard requests medics to tower 13 for a 27 year-old male with a dislocated shoulder from a fight the night before. Medics and San Diego Police respond. Medics transport patient to ...

What to do with bonito

Tax imposed on Guadalupe Island

Dock Totals Oct 14 – Oct 20: 4,339 anglers aboard 204 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 452 bluefin tuna, 9,469 yellowfin tuna, 3,806 skipjack tuna, 3 bigeye tuna, 766 dorado, ...

Fleet Week's celebration on Broadway Pier

Ship visits plus Notre Dame-Annapolis party

It was the water that brought them. Since the first forays of Europeans, San Diego’s natural harbor offered a strategic naval location. Silts carried by runoff and outflow from the inland mountains could not fill ...

How a fishing boat ticket can pay for itself

Bluefin loin runs $15, lobster $21 per pound

Dock Totals Oct 7 – Oct 13: 4,334 anglers aboard 192 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 546 bluefin tuna, 9,322 yellowfin tuna, 3,261 skipjack tuna, 1 bigeye tuna, 636 dorado, ...

O'pen Bic – extreme sailing

Kid boats mimic skateboards

O’pen BIC is another product from Bic, and open is for the open transom of the junior-sized sailing dinghy. Like many vessel designations, the prototype became the class. The capital O and apostrophe of O’pen ...

One out of three lobsters were keepers this week

But what about San Diego or Mission Bay pollutants tainting them?

Dock Totals Sept 30 – Oct 6: 4,001 anglers aboard 183 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 80 bluefin tuna, 9,062 yellowfin tuna, 3,900 skipjack tuna, 3 bigeye tuna, 263 dorado, ...

Divers who want to see meet at La Jolla Shores

Why use a Secchi Disk

Snorkeling is usually a shallow water endeavor where you see the bottom while you breathe. Freedivers drop to depth, usually to hunt or forage. To get the best use of time below the surface, freediving ...

Paddle boarders pinned down

Two swimmers – one naked – transported to county mental health

Sept 22 Harbor Police responded to the A-3 Anchorage and investigated a theft of some rigging from a moored vessel. The stolen rigging is used to hoist dinghies up to the stern of a vessel. ...

Reader fish man drives further south into Baja

Washboard tooth-clatterer road is now paved

Dock Totals Sept 23 – Sept 29: 5,557 anglers aboard 250 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 310 bluefin tuna, 12,327 yellowfin tuna, 7,361 skipjack tuna, 11 bigeye tuna, 847 dorado, ...

Rose Creek was worst of the Clairemont parks

Help clean it up this weekend

In the 1850s, San Diego pioneer Louis Rose maintained cattle and a ranch house in Rose Canyon, utilizing the canyon’s stream to water his animals. As the town grew up around the creek and Mission ...

Missing Yukon diver reunited with boat

Boater propped by her rental boat after jumping into bay to rescue dog

Sept 2 01:48 Swimmer: Lifeguard and San Diego Police units respond to Crystal Pier for someone supposedly yelling for help in the water. SD Police on scene with two intoxicated swimmers who went in the ...

Lobsters sigh as big goat caught

Bug-hunting season nears

Dock Totals Sept 16 – Sept 22: 5,465 anglers aboard 230 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 95 bluefin tuna, 13,530 yellowfin tuna, 8,624 skipjack tuna, 8 bigeye tuna, 351 dorado, ...

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

Tour the Farley Mowat

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 ...

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