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Toy gun, pier jumper in boxers, and entangled whale on lifeguard to-do list

San Diego water blotter August 28-September 3

September 3 Harbor Patrol investigated a minor vessel collision in the Chula Vista Marina. Two vessels collided while one of them was attempting to enter a slip. The damage was minor. 07:51 Medical: 27 year-old ...

Getting buggy

Spiny lobster season opener

What bug can cost five hundred dollars? There are a bunch of them cruising along, especially near reefs and jetties. The hefty price tag is the fine for illegal take or possession of the California ...

Yellowfin tuna fishing off the hook

Beware border closing

Dock Totals Sept 10 – Sept 16: 5,182 anglers aboard 218 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 353 bluefin tuna, 10,824 yellowfin tuna, 1,378 skipjack tuna, 247 dorado, 1,886 yellowtail, 441 ...

Arterial bleeding from stingray, boating under the influence

Lifeguard and Harbor Patrol calls August 14-20

Aug 20 07:57 - Medical: 700 North Jetty Rd. 20 year-old male with burns. Lifeguard, medical and emergency units respond to South Mission Beach. Medical to UCSD. 08:22 - Medical: 13 year-old female nausea & ...

You need the right gear for big-shoulders bluefin

"We are going for lifetime opportunities”

Dock Totals Sept 3 – Sept 9: 4,672 anglers aboard 188 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1,334 bluefin tuna, 696 yellowfin tuna, 345 skipjack tuna, 202 dorado, 2,500 yellowtail, 1,471 ...

OMBAC's Classic Longboard contest at Crystal Pier

Ready for a nine-foot board?

The Classic Longboard Surfing Contest, held in the waves aside Crystal Pier this Saturday, is sponsored by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. The club was formed and operated in the early 1950s, mostly as ...

Baby locked in vehicle, 4 year-old drowning/aspiration at Leisure Lagoon

San Diego lifeguards called all over

Aug 13 11:02 Boating: Seaforth rental boat on rocks at Islandia Point. Lifeguard boat unit responds, Good Samaritan pulls off rocks and clears. 11:22 Medical: Vessel Humbolt reports patient with elevated heart rate. Lifeguard boat ...

Kayak fishing tournament starts midnight Sunday

17 years since sport started here

In just a few years of internet postings by paddle-angler pioneers like Jim Sammons and Dennis Spike hitting the beaches with remarkable catches on an inexpensive plastic boat, the popularity of kayak fishing exploded. The ...

Bluefin fishing still strong off 9 Mile Bank and elsewhere

Yellowtail numbers back to near-normal

Dock Totals Aug 27 — Sept 2: 5,708 anglers aboard 215 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1,746 bluefin tuna, 1,607 yellowfin tuna, 100 skipjack tuna, 868 dorado, 2,651 yellowtail, 1,028 ...

Good fishing means deckhand shortage

Black seabass release tips

Dock Totals August 20 – August 26: 6,921 anglers aboard 255 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1,749 bluefin tuna, 2,022 yellowfin tuna, 508 skipjack tuna, 1,032 dorado, 12,916 yellowtail, 1,045 ...

Black's Beach knife-wielder found on trail

All in a week's work by San Diego lifeguards

August 6 01:37 Boating: Boat aground at Tourmaline. Reporting person states three occupants ran ashore and up Sea Ridge Drive. Lifeguard units respond. SDPD, Coast Guard, and Border Patrol are notified. Lifeguard confirms no occupants ...

Festival of Sail — not fuel-driven design

Importance of the Civil War to ship technology

Though steam-driven or steam-assisted vessels first ventured onto the high seas in 1831, the main turning point from sail to side-wheel and eventually propeller for naval technology was during the Civil War. During the war, ...

Unable to re-attach his arm but saved his leg.

San Diego Harbor Patrol reports July 30-August 12

August 12 HP investigated a theft of some property that was taken from a boat in the A-2 Americas Cup Harbor. August 11 HP located an adrift dinghy in the area of the Grape Street ...

Mako my day — bonito sharks following the fray

One of the fastest fish in the world

Dock Totals August 13-19: 6,385 anglers aboard 244 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 686 bluefin tuna, 2,406 yellowfin tuna, 4 bigeye tuna, 300 skipjack tuna, 3,687 dorado, 7,910 yellowtail, 885 ...

Cornhole finally on California beaches

Boys and Girls Club get Ballast Point and Latitude 33 to bring suds

During summer, especially in the Midwest, one can usually find a game of cornhole (tossing a corn-filled sack onto a tilted plank) in progress at the local park. During winter, it is played indoors where ...

A 3,900-peso surf perch

2,633 yellowfin tuna, 12,021 yellowtail caught in San Diego August 6-12

Dock Totals August 6-12: 6,782 anglers aboard 253 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 106 bluefin tuna, 2,633 yellowfin tuna, 47 skipjack tuna, 3,010 dorado, 12,021 yellowtail, 546 calico bass, 7 ...

Etchells sailboats will race this week from Pt. Loma along Coronado

Former underdogs not chosen by Europeans

In 1965, Stamford, Connecticut boat designer and builder Skip Etchells saw a notice by the International Yacht Racing Union announcing a contest to build four new classes of racing sailboats, including a new three-man keelboat ...

Overturned kayakers, pier jumpers, and seal harassers

San Diego lifeguards take care of us — July 24-30

July 30 0757 - Medical: 28 year-old male with a stingray injury at Blacks Beach. Lifeguard unit responds. Unable to locate. 0940 - Boating: Overturned kayak with 3 people in the water at Dana Landing. ...

Dorado by kayak off La Jolla's Children's Pool

Last week's fishing was off the hook

Dock Totals July 30 — August 5: 6,658 anglers aboard 244 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 520 bluefin tuna, 1,527 yellowfin tuna, 28 skipjack tuna, 3,826 dorado, 15,653 yellowtail, 3 ...

Clydesdale and Athena categories in Chula Vista Challenge

Most inclusive triathlon — easy for spectators too

What is probably the most inclusive triathlon event on the West Coast will be held at South Bay’s Bayside Park this Sunday. The Chula Vista Challenge features race events for entrants in groups the ‘Itsy ...

Last week's dorado catch equalled nearly one third of last year's total

Yellowtail was over one quarter of all last year's

Dock Totals July 23 – July 29: 6,210 anglers aboard 220 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 57 bluefin tuna, 129 yellowfin tuna, 1,810 dorado, 15,825 yellowtail, 3,069 calico bass, 162 ...

Broadway pier swept by divers

To get it ready for the Giffords

July 21 HPD Dive Team members conducted a security sweep and assessment at Broadway Pier prior to the arrival of the newly named USS Gabrielle Giffords, which is an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the ...

Epic yellowtail, dorado fishing continues

While tuna remain sluggish.

Dock Totals 7/16 – 7/22: 5,128 anglers aboard 200 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 90 bluefin tuna, 24 yellowfin tuna, 727 dorado, 10,126 yellowtail, 2 white seabass, 3,813 calico bass, ...

Soggy jetskier unable to remount ski

Plus drug busts

July 15 HP issued a citation to a boater in the A-1 Anchorage who did not have a valid permit. HP were dispatched to the area of Buoy 22 for a boater needing assistance. It ...

Lots of yellowtail

Much bigger fish for the Dorado Shootout

Dock Totals July 9 – July 15: 4,197 anglers aboard 163 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 33 bluefin tuna, 28 yellowfin tuna, 89 dorado, 3,804 yellowtail, 2 white seabass, 3,370 ...

Rule 9 infraction, boating under the influence, and inexperienced sailor

Large sailboat hitting anchored vessels in La Playa

July 6 HP took a phone report for a subject who claimed he hired a vessel mechanic to perform some work. The subject claimed the mechanic took miscellaneous engine components and cashed checks he should ...

Another opah caught

Big bluefin tuna still here, still stubborn

Dock Totals 7/2 – 7/8: 4,009 anglers aboard 134 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 46 bluefin tuna, 12 yellowfin tuna, 16 dorado, 552 yellowtail, 2 white seabass, 2,406 calico bass, ...

Mahi-mahi fishing contest at Los Barriles in Baja

Our friends, the dorado

Mahi-mahi, their name in Polynesian, means “very strong.” Common in warmer waters worldwide, they have been a food fish for thousands of years. They are known by at least ten names around the globe. Here ...

Rockfish counts doubled and calico bass counts went down by half

San Diego fishing report for late June

Dock Totals 6/25 – 7/1 3293 anglers aboard 132 boats out of San Diego landings this past week caught 49 bluefin tuna, 17 yellowfin tuna, 513 yellowtail, 1 white seabass, 1,114 calico bass, 63 sand ...

Investigations and arrests on the waterfront

Busy in the wind

June 24 — HP investigated a vessel collision that occurred when an operator was attempting to pull out of his slip in a Harbor Island marina. The operator lost control of his boat in the ...

Big blue whales surface in San Diego

Four-hour tours on the 9 Mile Bank

As summer begins and springtime fades, the gray whales have completed their trip from the seas off Alaska to the lagoons of Baja Sur and back. But for those seeking whales to watch, this is ...

Inshore fishing produces good mix; Mako Bob Kayak Halibut Tournament results

When a kayak angler living in Baja says it’s too tough, it’s too tough.

Maybe the hot, hot weather and/or the big tide swing put a damper on the tuna fishing for the second week in a row. Yes, the yellowfin and bluefin are around, as is their cousin ...

Fish 23 hours on June 29, win Offshore Jackpot

On the Relentless, Constitution, Chief, Ocean Odyssey, Old Glory, Ranger 85, Legend, First String, Sea Adventure II, Daiwa Pacific, Producer. Pacific Queen, Prowler, Dominator, New Lo An

San Diego is the home of the world’s largest live bait sportfishing fleet. Beginning in the 1930s, vessels have been fitted to take anglers out for deep sea fishing; tournament fishing grew in the post ...

Wharf rats busy

Theft and vandalism monopolize Harbor Patrol's time last week

June 15 — HP investigated a burglary that occurred on a commercial fishing vessel in north SD Bay where unknown subjects broke into the vessel, damaging it and taking a few items. HP is still ...

Calico Bass firing up in the kelp, tuna action slow

San Diego fishing report for mid-June

Lots of long boat rides with little results for those boats hunting tuna in local waters out to 40 miles or so. A few biters were coaxed out of the metered and sighted schools along ...

Offshore tuna cools a bit while the bays heat up for corvina and halibut

Will current IGFA record of 10.6-pound shortfin corvina be broken?

The word is that the shortfin corvina and halibut are on the chew in the bays. San Diego Bay and Mission Bay can be excellent fisheries for spotted bay bass and sand bass through the ...

Revolt Summer Surf Series — #NoSharksinOB

Four-part event at Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach

This year’s Revolt Summer Surf Series kicks off Saturday, June 17 at Ocean Beach Pier with the tag #NoSharksinOB for a reason: great white sharks have been spotted along the Southern California coast this spring, ...

Wildcoast Baja Bash at Coronado Cays

Pangas vs. sportfishing boats as background

Last fall along Baja California’s Pacific coast, several San Diego-based sportfishing vessels were aggressively confronted by local pangeros. The problem is, for the pangeros, the high spots that hold the endemic rockfish and draw the ...

Good Sam to the rescue

Vessel hits buoy, ejects occupants, does circles until dry

6/2 HP issued two citations to boaters that were illegally moored at the HPD Guest slips. 6/1 HP contacted a subject on the HPD guest slips and subject was subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant. ...

Yellowtail numbers drop dramatically

Two more opah caught

A lot of boats went out and worked hard for the tuna with mixed results from a long boat ride for nada to maybe a fish per rod on the best runs. It doesn’t seem ...

Speeding Jetski rider hits shoal, gets ejected

End-of-May Harbor Patrol happenings

May 27 — HP responded to South Bay for a Jet Ski collision. It was found that the operator of the Jetski was unfamiliar with the area and struck a shoal / sand bar which ...

More big bluefin; yellowfin close

One out of ten fish kept off the Baja coast

Yellowfin tuna, big ones in the 50-pound class, are showing up within ¾-day range along with bluefin tuna and bonito that are still around. The San Diego reported two bluefin tuna over 100 pounds (one ...

Zippers surf break tested at Los Cabos Open

Mexican locals can be as territorial as Calif.'s

The arroyo El Tule cuts through the volcanic hills that rise just inland between Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas. The dry river bed runs south/southeast toward the confluence of the Sea of Cortez and ...

Sailboat sinks truck at ramp

Excerpts from last week's Harbor Patrol report

May 20 — HP responded to a north bay anchorage for a subject that was feeling depressed and suicidal. HP transported the subject to shore and then to County Mental Health for an evaluation. — ...

The larger fish are coming

Long-range season ends with a slow bite

It’s been an odd week in the blue with a humpback whale taking a tour of Ventura Harbor, and great whites posting up just out of the lineup as might the one surfer too far ...

Lake Dixon clean-up — do it for Dottie

The most famous largemouth bass in history

Dixon Lake is a smallish, 70-acre reservoir outside of Escondido on the skirts of the Daley Ranch. Even though the lake doesn’t cover much surface area, the dam, completed in 1971, holds up to 80-feet-deep ...

Disabled sailboat removed from cruise ship path; stoned stowaway stowed in county jail

The latest happenings of the Harbor Patrol

May 12 — HP impounded a vessel that was illegally anchored in Glorietta Bay without a valid permit. This vessel was recently impounded for the same violation. May 9 — HP were dispatched to the ...

Yellowtail going off between blows; CNR calico fishing heating up

The week in San Diego fishing

Rough seas and high winds kept the counts low early in the week as not many boats ventured out. By Wednesday, the wind started laying down, boats got out and the yellowtail went on the ...

Famosa Slough Nature and Bird Walk

Fed by San Diego River culvert, protected since the 1970s

Though it is estimated that 95 percent of California’s historical wetlands have been lost to development, one slough in that has survived human encroachment, albeit nearly completely surrounded by it, is Famosa Slough. Other than ...

Another opah caught

And the first local yellowfin tuna of 2017 hits the deck

Yellowfin tuna have moved into the overnight range within 80 miles of Point Loma. Though they just caught a scratch, a few good sized schools were sighted and metered. The bluefin tuna bite picked up ...

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