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Stories by Daniel Powell

Pelagic species common during light La Niña years

Dock Totals 7/24 – 7/30: 5,483 anglers aboard 235 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 109 barracuda, 3 black seabass (released), 404 bluefin tuna (to 203 pounds), 26 ...

July 31, 2022
Yellowfin bite is slow but Yellowtail and Dorado numbers are up

Dock Totals 7/17 – 7/23: 5322 anglers aboard 230 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 142 barracuda, 594 bluefin tuna (to 197 pounds), 55 bocaccio, 636 bonito, 1,253 ...

July 24, 2022
Catch halibut with dead-sticking or bounce-ball technique

Dock Totals 7/10 – 7/16: 4424 anglers aboard 189 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 397 barracuda, 793 bluefin tuna (to 210 pounds), 1 blue perch, 4 bocaccio, ...

July 17, 2022
Surf perch bonanza in San Quintin

Dock Totals 7/3 – 7/9: 3,950 anglers aboard 162 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 961 barracuda, 83 bluefin tuna (to 70 pounds), 676 bonito, 2,625 calico bass, ...

July 10, 2022
Pelicans, seagulls upchuck anchovies in flight

Dock Totals 6/26 – 7/2: 3886 anglers aboard 167 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 503 barracuda, 312 bluefin tuna (to 180 pounds), 1 blue perch, 609 bonito, ...

July 3, 2022
Saury, anchovies, sardines compete with San Diego's fishermen

Dock Totals 6/12 – 6/18: 4,526 anglers aboard 187 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 164 barracuda, 1,217 bluefin tuna (to 210 pounds), 163 bonito, 3,246 calico bass, ...

June 26, 2022
67.6-pound white seabass snagged at Catalina

Dock Totals 6/5 – 6/11: 3,530 anglers aboard 159 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 25 barracuda, 1,873 bluefin tuna (to 180 pounds), 2 bonito, 1,330 calico bass, ...

June 12, 2022
Bluefin follow the food

Dock Totals 5/29 – 6/4: 3,685 anglers aboard 157 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 31 barracuda, 2 black seabass (released), 2,337 bluefin tuna (to 256 pounds), 1 ...

June 5, 2022
Finger Bank looked like a parking lot

Dock Totals 5/22 – 5/28: 3103 anglers aboard 142 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1816 bluefin tuna (to 235 pounds), 7 bonito, 847 calico bass, 2 halibut, ...

May 29, 2022
San Diego – world’s largest live-bait sportfishing fleet

Dock Totals 5/15 – 5/21: 2,578 anglers aboard 117 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1,076 bluefin tuna (to 232 pounds), 4 bonito, 273 calico bass, 4 halibut, ...

May 22, 2022
265 pound bluefin caught from New Lo-An

Dock Totals 5/8 – 5/14: 1,623 anglers aboard 71 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 813 bluefin tuna (to 265 pounds), 8 bonito, 143 calico bass, 4 lingcod, ...

May 15, 2022
Grey ghosts are tasty baked, grilled, fried

Dock Totals 5/1 – 5/7: 2194 anglers aboard 98 half-day to 3-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 2511 bluefin tuna (to 215 pounds), 24 bonito, 330 calico bass, 6 halibut, ...

May 8, 2022
Anglers and bluefin jump

Dock Totals 4/24 – 4/30: 2,147 anglers aboard 93 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 2,140 bluefin tuna (to 170 pounds), 1 bocaccio, 58 bonito, 37 calico bass, ...

May 1, 2022
San Diego freshwater trout give way to catfish

Dock Totals 4/17 – 4/23: 1,330 anglers aboard 65 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 987 bluefin tuna (to 100 pounds), 28 bonito, 22 calico bass, 12 lingcod, ...

April 24, 2022
Calif. Fish and Wildlife lets hot stick guys exceed limit

Dock Totals 4/10 – 4/16: 1,846 anglers aboard 74 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 954 bluefin tuna (to 60 pounds), 1 blue perch, 13 bocaccio, 12 bonito, ...

April 17, 2022
14-foot inflatable out of S.D. Bay gets decent yellowtail

Dock Totals 4/3 – 4/9: 1,924 anglers aboard 95 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1,202 bluefin tuna (to 100 pounds), 4 bocaccio, 11 bonito, 74 calico bass, ...

April 10, 2022
Bluefin tuna boiling at 425 Bank

Dock Totals 3/27 – 4/2: 1,436 anglers aboard 61 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 173 bluefin tuna (to 197 pounds), 52 calico bass, 8 lingcod, 3,370 rockfish, ...

April 3, 2022
Go to Tanner and Cortex banks for elusive bluefin

Dock Totals 3/20 – 3/26: 1,238 anglers aboard 59 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1 bocaccio, 3 calico bass, 2 halibut, 8 lingcod, 2,763 rockfish, 34 sand ...

March 27, 2022
Full moon is the enemy

Dock Totals 3/13 – 3/19: 1,668 anglers aboard 76 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 2 bocaccio, 18 calico bass, 2 halibut, 21 lingcod, 6 lobster (18 released), ...

March 20, 2022
Bluefin don't swim alone

Dock Totals 3/6 – 3/12: 1,003 anglers aboard 48 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1 bluefin tuna, 20 calico bass, 120 halfmoon, 3 halibut, 11 lingcod, 10 ...

March 13, 2022
Rockfish count doubles

Saltwater: Rockfish opened on the first day of March after the annual two-month January-February closure. Despite the inclement weather and rough conditions on the water causing a two-to-three-day shutdown of the majority of the fleet ...

March 6, 2022
Bass biting near Imperial Beach outfall pipe

Dock Totals 2/20 – 2/26: 771 anglers aboard 36 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 15 bocaccio, 132 calico bass (109 released), 96 halfmoon, 3 halibut, 64 lingcod, ...

February 27, 2022
Sportfishing at ten percent of summer

Dock Totals 2/13 – 2/19: 578 anglers aboard 28 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 3 bonito, 149 calico bass (74 released), 1 halibut, 52 lingcod, 2 lobster ...

February 20, 2022
Lingcod pop up in Baja – blue-green flesh, sharp teeth

Dock Totals 2/6 – 2/12: 934 anglers aboard 45 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 104 calico bass (60 released), 6 halibut, 218 lingcod, 145 lobster (121 released), ...

February 13, 2022
Fishing license on Mission Bay jetty?

Dock Totals 1/30 – 2/5: 599 anglers aboard 34 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 3 bluefin tuna, 11 bocaccio, 3 bonito, 199 calico bass (143 released), 1 ...

February 6, 2022
Local fish lock jaws

Dock Totals 1/23 – 1/29: 654 anglers aboard 38 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 37 barracuda, 56 bocaccio, 235 calico bass (124 released), 3 halibut, 117 lingcod, ...

January 30, 2022
Long-range trips worth the $400-500

Dock Totals 1/16 – 1/22: 714 anglers aboard 37 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 40 barracuda, 45 bluefin tuna, 12 bocaccio, 34 bonito, 136 calico bass (104 ...

January 23, 2022
White pelicans not plunge diving at Dixon

Dock Totals 1/9 – 1/15: 578 anglers aboard 31 half-day to 1.5-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 8 blacksmith perch, 36 bluefin tuna (up to 100 pounds), 2 blue perch, ...

January 16, 2022
2500 lb. of trout stocked in Santee Lakes Friday

Dock Totals 1/2 – 1/8: 295 anglers aboard 20 half-day to full-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 79 blacksmith perch, 138 calico bass (109 released), 23 halfmoon, 19 lobster (10 ...

January 9, 2022
Bring kneepads for the Pacific bluefin

Dock Totals 12/26 – 1/1: 295 anglers aboard 19 half-day to three-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 2 bonito, 43 calico bass, 2 halibut, 2 lingcod, 37 perch, 1,080 rockfish, ...

January 2, 2022
Yellowtail will wear you out

Dock Totals 12/19 – 12/25: 557 anglers aboard 35 half-day to three-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 124 bluefin tuna (up to 30 pounds), 2 bonito, 78 calico bass, 18 ...

December 26, 2021
Santee doesn't break the bass records

Dock Totals 12/12 – 12/18: 540 anglers aboard 37 half-day to three-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 172 bluefin tuna, 18 calico bass, 8 lingcod, 25 lobster (34 released), 24 ...

December 19, 2021
Wahoo send anglers to the ER

Dock Totals 11/28 – 12/4: 826 anglers aboard 49 half-day to three-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 466 bluefin tuna (up to 70 pounds), 16 bonito, 1 cabezon, 829 calico ...

December 5, 2021
Surf fishing Baja’s Pacific coast

Dock Totals 11/21 – 11/27: 1,830 anglers aboard 81 half-day to three-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1,020 bluefin tuna (up to 256 pounds), 1 bocaccio, 58 bonito, 1,182 calico ...

November 28, 2021
As seasons change large fish are biting

Dock Totals 11/14 – 11/20: 1,362 anglers aboard 76 half-day to three-day trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 361 bluefin tuna (up to 271 pounds), 29 bonito, 651 calico bass (345 ...

November 21, 2021
‘Tis the season to get the kids fishing

Dock Totals 11/7 – 11/13: 2,078 anglers aboard 101 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 700 bluefin tuna (up to 248 pounds), 22 bonito, 566 calico bass (275 released), 14 dorado, ...

November 14, 2021
Big Bluefin Biting Again

Dock Totals 10/31 – 11/6: 1,776 anglers aboard 100 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 548 bluefin tuna (up to 310 pounds), 83 bonito, 654 calico bass (408 released), 29 dorado, ...

November 7, 2021
We drag ‘em around by the lip

Dock Totals 10/24 – 10/30: 1,599 anglers aboard 85 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 88 bluefin tuna (up to 310 pounds), 30 bocaccio, 91 bonito, 288 calico bass (187 released), ...

October 31, 2021
The battle of the sexes hits the water

Dock Totals 10/17 – 10/23: 2,940 anglers aboard 145 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1 bigeye tuna, 159 bluefin tuna (up to 240 pounds), 27 bocaccio, 54 bonito, 152 calico ...

October 24, 2021
Bisbee’s Los Cabos tournament has a record weekend

Dock Totals 10/10 – 10/16: 2,325 anglers aboard 121 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 168 bluefin tuna (up to 194 pounds), 95 bonito, 241 calico bass (80 released), 256 dorado, ...

October 17, 2021
San Diego is tops in live bait sportfishing

Dock Totals 10/3 – 10/9: 3552 anglers aboard 185 trips out of San Diego landings this past week caught 1352 bluefin tuna (up to 340 pounds), 35 bonito, 255 calico bass (64 released), 1429 dorado, ...

October 10, 2021

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