San Diego Fishing

San Diego Fishing

San Diego was once known as the Tuna Fishing Capital of the World until the late 1970’s, with over 40,000 people employed in the tuna industry. However, it is still one of the best destinations to catch giant Yellowfin Tuna and is now known as the home of the Long Range Fleet, with many boats offering trips to anglers in the Mexican waters south of the border.

Offshore fishing San Diego and the Baja coast is productive for catching some of the largest Yellowfin Tuna in the world, as well as Wahoo, Dorado (Dolphinfish), Bluefin, and Bigeye Tuna. The late summer and fall offers the biggest Yellowfin cows. The Long Range Fleet can provide multi day and week long trips for a true fishing vacation.

Bottom and kelp bed fishing around San Diego waters provides excellent opportunities to catch Yellowtail, Sculpin, Sharks, various Rockfish, Rock Cod, Sand Bass, and Calico Bass nearly all year round. Halibut frequent the area during spring, fall and winter. Large White Sea Bass are thick during the spring and are often caught on squid. There is also good fishing for Barracuda, and Bonito in the summer.

San Diego Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 2 - 6 PM on Saturday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in San Diego, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Wahoo - 40.28% Catch Rate
  2. Yellowfin Tuna - 23.61% Catch Rate
  3. Mahi-mahi - 15.28% Catch Rate
  4. Bluefin Tuna - 9.72% Catch Rate
  5. Cod - 2.78% Catch Rate
  6. Sheepshead - 1.39% Catch Rate

Recommedations above based on 96 local reports and 11 species of fish for October in San Diego.

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Latest San Diego Fishing Reports

Trip 21 (3 day) 8/19-22/18
9/6/2018 7:26:11 AM - The boys brought home 8 cow bluefin and some school grade yellowfin/skipjack when they returned this morning. Each one of the big bluefin broke the 200 pound mark and our yel

Trip 22-18 3-Day (8/23-26/18)
9/6/2018 7:26:10 AM - Another group that returned this morning caught some more of those big ole bluefin and also had very good action on school grade yellowfin.  The post Trip 22-18 3-Day (8/23-2

Trip 16-18 (8/1-8/7/18) Penn 6-Day to Lupe
8/26/2018 12:51:23 PM - Thank you to Penn Fishing @pennfishing and Steve Carson for putting together yet another phenomenal sponsored trip! We returned from our 6 day trip to Guadalupe this morning

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Top San Diego Fishing Charters & Guides

American Angler Sportfishing
The American Angler is one of the most beautifully designed and appointed sport fishing boats in the San Diego fleet. The American Angler is 90’ x 25’ and features all the equipment needed to deliver a successf

Vagabond Sportfishing
Captain Michael Lackey knows a thing or two about fishing. Having caught his first bluefin at age 6 and working as a deckhand by 8, he’s got the experience and born with know-how to bring in the big fish. In f

California Shark Fishing
San Diego offers anglers some of the best mako, thresher and blue shark fishing opportunities on the west coast. Come enjoy warm weather, calm seas and good shark fishing nearly all year. With over 50 years com

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Top San Diego Bait & Tackle Stores

Angler's Choice
Angler's Choice Tackle provides the most convenient in demand fishing products for the best price. Whether you are new to fishing or have been fishing for years we have got exactly what you want.

Fishermans Landing Tackle Shop
Fisherman's Landing Tackle Shop - THE LEADER for more than 30 years! When Quality, Selection and Service matters, nobody comes close. We know saltwater fishing tackle and our professional staff is ready to

Norpine Flyfisher
Located in San Diego, Norpine Flyfisher is your one stop shop for quality fly fishing equipment in all price ranges, with casting and stream/lake/surf Clinics to show you the how and where of all freshwater / s

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Top San Diego Marinas

Point Loma Marina
Point Loma Marina is San Diego's newest marina located in Shelter Island's America's Cup Harbor. Nestled in the foothills of Point Loma, the marina offers a quiet atmosphere with a metropolitan feel

Shelter Island Marina
Shelter Island Marina is centrally located in the Shelter Island Basin of San Diego Bay (Latitude 32 50.1 N, Longitude 117 13.5 W) and is a favorite stopping point for everything from small boats to super yacht

Kona Kai Marina
Welcome to Kona Kai Marina, the closest marina to the open ocean in San Diego Bay. Along with the beauty of San Diego, Kona Kai Marina offers all our guests convenient docking, great amenities and excellent cus

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