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Fishing in San Diego
We’re not 100% sure who first dubbed San Diego ‘America’s Finest City’, but we’re willing to bet they were a fisherman. Home to one of the largest sportfishing flotillas in the world, San Diego is known as the number one place for fishing in the whole of California. And with good reason.
Suffice to say, San Diego fishing is nothing less than iconic. Once the home of the biggest commercial Tuna fishing fleet of the early 20th century, San Diego Bay now houses a huge charter fleet and the iconic Fisherman’s Landing, San Diego’s answer to San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf.
But what exactly is is that makes San Diego sportfishing so irresistible? Maybe it has something to do with the extremely varied habitat close to shore, with miles of kelp forests stretching around Point Loma and La Jolla attracting large numbers of baitfish to make the perfect habitat for fish and anglers alike. Maybe it is the enticing inshore waters of Mission Bay and Oceanside, which offer a welcome relief from the city. Most likely, it is the famous San Diego long range fishing fleet, a large collection of boats that fish long and hard, taking customers out for days at a time to fish the islands and beyond for Tuna, Marlin, Sharks, and Yellowtail.
With Mexican waters just around the corner, come equipped with your passport and experience fishing for Yellowfin, Bluefin, and Bigeye Tuna all within a few days of California’s southernmost metropolis. With a huge number of species available on these longer trips to the Coronado Islands, San Clemente Island, and Catalina Island, it is no surprise that the term ‘hot railing’ was invented to describe San Diego charter trips. Come aboard, and get ready for an action-packed adventure.
But it is not all about the ocean fishing. San Diego county’s lakes are home to some of the best Largemouth Bass fishing in the whole of the United States. A fifth of the top 25 all-time Bass catches came from Miramar Reservoir, with another 6 record-breaking catches coming from other locations in the county. With huge Catfish and Bluegill fisheries also available, don’t miss Barrett Lake (by reservation only), Morena, Lower Otay, El Capitan, and many, many more. Why not try to break a record yourself?
Rules & Regulations
Every person, while engaged in taking any fish in inland or ocean waters must have a valid sport fishing license on in their possession. On top of that, San Diego lakes require a permit, which must be purchased in addition to the usual sport fishing license.
Types of Fishing
Bottom fishing for the striking California Sheephead in the kelp beds around Point La Jolla and Point Loma is great fun all year round, while Yellowtail is also a staple: cast bait, fish with metal jigs, or troll for some unbeatable action and very rewarding eating. In the summer troll offshore for Marlin, Tuna, and Albacore, or jig for a huge White Sea Bass with squid.