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Stories by Daniel Powell

Giant sharks south of Ensenada

The wind was blowing from the east before sunup, and a faint predawn illuminated whitecaps on the bay. My plan for kayak fishing Isla Asunción had become out of the question. If the wind was ...

September 11, 2019
Kayak goes missing in Bahia Asuncion, then returned

My kayak, which I foolishly leave at the center-town ramp in Bahia Asuncion, went missing. I have a hard time loading and unloading the bulky thing, and it made it easier to leave the stripped ...

June 18, 2019
Car in Otay Lakes, fire at Mission Bay Yacht Club, Seaworld gondola rescue

Feb 24 09:36 Medical: 911 call of a surfer with a head injury at Tourmaline. U25, 21S, M20 and E16 respond. E16 transports patient. 10:06 Boating: Fire calls with a report of smoke coming from ...

Intermediate volleyball on sands of Mission Beach

Since its inception at the 1996 Olympics, beach volleyball has exploded in popularity, and what was once a recreational sport now garners support from over sixty universities with Division 1 beach volleyball programs. Volleyball club ...

February 26, 2019
Fishing between the fronts offers few choices

Dock Totals Feb 17 – Feb 23: 569 anglers aboard 25 half day to one and a half day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 3 bonito, 1 halibut, 57 calico ...

February 25, 2019
Wind shut down the Open Bay Bass tournament

Dock Totals Feb 10 – Feb 16: 484 anglers aboard 25 half day to one and a half day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 25 yellowtail, 87 bonito, 2 halibut, ...

February 18, 2019
Overturned catamaran 10 miles off Encinitas too far for lifeguards

Feb 10 10:25 Other: Call box report of person in distress not in the water, drug related. U25 and 21S respond. 21 Sam handles dispute between two beach patrons. 13:33 Medical: Person down, 32 year-old ...

One would think scheduling a fishing tournament would be easy

Considering our mild weather, one would think scheduling a fishing tournament would be easy to pull off. This has not been the case the last few years for the San Diego Anglers and their Open ...

February 12, 2019
Know your limits while fishing off Baja

Dock Totals Feb 3 – Feb 9: 383 anglers aboard 24 half day to one and a half day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 58 yellowtail, 58 calico bass, 473 ...

February 11, 2019
River rescue in El Cajon

Feb 3 12:58 Swimmer: 911 report of a dog owner and dog in the rip at Big Jetty. U12, 1S, R1, E15, and M3 respond. Lifeguards make rescue. Medics transport victim to UCSD. 16:38 Cliff: ...

Two seals, one issue

The seawall at Casa Beach’s Children’s pool was built in 1931. The goal was to provide a safe, surf-free area for children to play in the ocean. Eighty-eight years later, the seawall is still providing ...

February 5, 2019
Ramp re-model and weather delay bass tourney in San Diego bay

Dock Totals Jan 27 – Feb 2: 698 anglers aboard 36 half day to three day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 92 yellowtail, 145 bonito, 70 calico bass, 412 sand ...

February 4, 2019
Boogie boarders rescued near Marine Room, sea lion on La Jolla Cove boardwalk

San Diego Lifeguard report Jan. 21-27 Jan 27 12:55 Medical: 911 call of sick person at the Torrey Pines Glider Port. 31S, M9, and M72 respond. Medics to handle. 16:20 Other: San Diego police department ...

Calving season of the devil fish

Once known as “devil fish" for attacking skiffs used by whalers that hunted them, gray whales are now viewed as docile, sometimes attention-seeking creatures by those who have been up close during whale-watch trips to ...

January 29, 2019
Float tubes and kayaks considered boats in Mexico

Dock Totals Jan 20 – Jan 26: 827 anglers aboard 47 half day to three day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 190 yellowtail, 72 bonito, 90 calico bass, 356 sand ...

January 28, 2019
Scripps research boat off Torrey Pines mistaken for panga

San Diego Lifeguard reports Jan. 14-20 Jan 20 11:41 Cliff: Report of 2 person cliff rescue (no injuries) at Boundary Line. 31S, 4L, U35, R43, and state guards respond. Victim and rescuer at the top ...

One immigrant’s contribution to paddle sports

One of the longest running races featuring outrigger canoes, surfskis, paddleboards, standup paddleboards and kayaks will be held again this Saturday in Mission Bay. Some 650 athletes ages 7 to 80 will compete. The Hanohano ...

January 22, 2019
Tues., Jan. 15 – no San Diego boats left their slips

Dock Totals Jan 13 – Jan 19: 595 anglers aboard 32 half day to three day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 42 yellowtail, 15 bonito, 77 calico bass, 519 sand ...

January 21, 2019
Scooter accidents edging out stingray calls 4-3

Jan 13 08:45 Boating: Report of a 25 foot power boat beached in Mariner’s Basin. Vessel came off mooring number 702. G1 responds and puts vessel back on its mooring. Jan 12 03:37 Cliff: 2 ...

10.1 pound halibut caught by five year-old

Dock Totals Jan 6 – Jan 12: 461 anglers aboard 29 half day to three day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 89 yellowtail, 3 white seabass, 1 bonito, 62 calico ...

January 14, 2019
2018: A trashy year

Between San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, there will be some forty cleanup events this year. Add other organizations like the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Creek to ...

January 14, 2019
If you think San Diego is nirvana...

When the timing is right— when the sun and moon affect light and tide; when the wind and swell affect clarity — the ocean tilts herself to me, and from my perch just 20 feet ...

January 9, 2019
Female swept off rocks at Clam, males off North Channel Jetty and Osprey Point

Dec 30 07:58 Medical: San Diego Fire Department requests response for a body in Mission Bay washing up on the south side of El Carmel. 24 Sam, 4 Sam, 4 L, M 21, E 21, ...

Yellowtail bite gets better the further south you go

Head: Dolphin Halibut tournament gets a good start – excellent yellowtail fishing along Baja - bluefin tuna caught off SoCal coast Dock Totals Dec 30 – Jan 5: 1,610 anglers aboard 60 half day to ...

January 7, 2019
Rescues at Dolphin Tanks, Hospitals, Wipeout, South Garbage, No Surf, and Fiesta Island

Dec 23 09:01 Call for service: Reporting party reports they heard someone scream for help in area of 3991 Crown Point Dr. Rescue 5, Rescue 3, 4Sam respond. Unable to locate. 4Sam calls clear. 13:35 ...

Don't cast near swimmers

Dock Totals Dec 21 – Dec 27: 1,576 anglers aboard 56 half day to full day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 9 yellowtail, 133 bonito, 77 calico bass, 120 sand ...

December 28, 2018
Dive in, have a mimosa

Every New Year's Day in the Netherlands, some 10,000 people dive together into the frigid water at Scheveningen. New Zealanders do it in mass at various beaches in late June, which is when winter just ...

December 25, 2018
Calmer seas might reveal Clemente tuna

Dock Totals Dec 16 – Dec 20: 537 anglers aboard 28 half-day to three-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 4 bonito, 55 calico bass, 50 sand bass, 1,844 rockfish, 408 ...

December 24, 2018
Kayakers stuck at Devil's Slides and Razor Reef

Oct 21 07:08 Boating: US Coast Guard notifies San Diego Lifeguards that an 18 ft. runabout is on the beach at No Surf. Lifeguard vessel, Joint Harbor Operations Center, and Border Patrol respond. Lifeguard vessel ...

Rules tightened on lingcod, loosened on scorpionfish, canary rockfish

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, ...

December 17, 2018
Struggling for trout while ponds dry to puddles

“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 ...

December 17, 2018
Lobster on the crawl

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 ...

December 10, 2018
Target spotties and don’t forget your Hawg Trough

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 ...

December 4, 2018
Fishing beat down by storms

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 ...

December 3, 2018
Shoulda gone fishing on Thanksgiving

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 ...

November 26, 2018
Body found half mile off Mission Beach, boat sinks at South Mission jetty,

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.

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, ...

November 19, 2018
The green turtles hang on

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

. 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 ...

November 12, 2018
Rescues at Boundary Line, Ventura Street Bridge, maybe murder at Bonita Cove

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.

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, ...

November 5, 2018
Crawfish past and present

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. ...

November 5, 2018
40+ jumpers at Sunset Cliffs

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

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, ...

October 29, 2018
Get catfish at trout opener

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 ...

October 29, 2018
Stuck on rocks at Ladera Park

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

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, ...

October 22, 2018
Fleet Week's celebration on Broadway Pier

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

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, ...

October 15, 2018
O'pen Bic – extreme sailing

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 ...

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