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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 Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing San Diego, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Kelp Bass

  2. Kelp Bass

    There is a 47.34% catch rate for Kelp Bass, based on 10315 Kelp Bass counted.

    San Diego Kelp Bass Counts Chart


  3. Spiny Dogfish

  4. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 45.95% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 10013 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    San Diego Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  5. California Sheephead

  6. California Sheephead

    There is a 1.15% catch rate for California Sheephead, based on 251 California Sheephead counted.

    San Diego California Sheephead Counts Chart


  7. Queenfish

  8. Queenfish

    There is a 1.07% catch rate for Queenfish, based on 233 Queenfish counted.

    San Diego Queenfish Counts Chart


  9. Shortspine Thornyhead

  10. Shortspine Thornyhead

    There is a 0.45% catch rate for Shortspine Thornyhead, based on 99 Shortspine Thornyhead counted.

    San Diego Shortspine Thornyhead Counts Chart


  11. Chub Mackerel

  12. Chub Mackerel

    There is a 0.43% catch rate for Chub Mackerel, based on 94 Chub Mackerel counted.

    San Diego Chub Mackerel Counts Chart


  13. Shortbelly Rockfish

  14. Shortbelly Rockfish

    There is a 0.41% catch rate for Shortbelly Rockfish, based on 90 Shortbelly Rockfish counted.

    San Diego Shortbelly Rockfish Counts Chart


  15. Giant Sea Bass

  16. Giant Sea Bass

    There is a 0.34% catch rate for Giant Sea Bass, based on 74 Giant Sea Bass counted.

    San Diego Giant Sea Bass Counts Chart


  17. Cabezon

  18. Cabezon

    There is a 0.27% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 59 Cabezon counted.

    San Diego Cabezon Counts Chart


  19. Rex Sole

  20. Rex Sole

    There is a 0.23% catch rate for Rex Sole, based on 50 Rex Sole counted.

    San Diego Rex Sole Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 49 species of fish and 21789 fish counted for June around San Diego.

To date, there are 88 species of fish and a total of 295042 fish counted for San Diego and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 6/12/2024 12:52:13 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top San Diego Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for San Diego are the following:

  1. 425-FATHOM-SPOT

  2. drop off 6 mi out
    32° 46.310' ,-117° 22.783'

  3. drop off glider port
    32° 53.512' ,-117° 16.944'

  4. South Kelp Ridge

  5. Carlsbad Canyon

  6. drop off del mar track
    32° 58.244' ,-117° 18.979'

  7. Salina

  8. Loma Canyon

  9. International Reef
    First constructed in 1992 and still being added onto. Over 25,000 tons of quarry rock, concrete and steel Triton missile tower, and 300 tons concrete rubble have been used.

  10. Scripps Canyon

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Latest San Diego Fishing Reports

  • Nice Night
    The fish were definitely in a more cooperative mood this evening. We were able to capitalize on that and put together a nice evening on mainly 100 to 150 pound fish with a few

  • It’s a start
    We saw some fish last night but it was tough to work with. We had a couple stops where we were able to scratch up some fish. We are hoping for more cooperative fish today and

  • Wrap it up
    We did a little bit of coding in the morning and then finished up with some night time bluefin action. The fish weighed 40 to 60 pounds. We will be in this morning and then tu

  • Quality
    We had some good shots as soon as it got dark on beautiful grade bluefin but the bite window didn’t last as long as the previous nights. Our weather is beautiful and the Eddie

  • Great Start!
    We got off to another great start this trip and enjoyed an excellent first evening of fishing! The fish weighed mostly 100 to 150 pounds with a few 40 to 60 pounders mixed in.

  • Finished with a BANG
    Finished up the trip with some good night time action on beautiful grade bluefin tuna. We got all turned around and are currently heading back out for another 3 day.

    We enjoyed an epic night of bluefin tuna fishing. We stopped on good schools all day long and only managed a few fish from 120-150 pounds. Once it got dark it was game on unti

  • We Are Back!
    Great way to start the first three day of the year! We managed several beautiful grade Bluefin Tuna. Most of the fish are eating heavy knife jigs and Eddie Bombs in the dark.

  • Farewell Roy
    After a 30-year tenure aboard our vessel Captain Roy Rose has made the decision to chart a new course in his journey. Today with both affection and deepest respect we announce

  • UFC 2024
    Jonathan is the BEST!after many days of nagging pranking and obnoxious beahvior the end is near and I can’t wait to get to cabo. He is the definition of juvenile and sophmoric

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Top San Diego Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. 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 help you with the competitive advantage

  2. Barnacle Bill's Bait & Tackle
    We are a local business here in Lemon Grove, California. Come visit our store and pick up your bait and tackle for your fishing. Whether it's for fresh or saltwater we've got what you're looking for.

  3. 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.

  4. Angler's Arsenal
    Fresh and Saltwater fishing Tackle. Featuring hand-poured custom fishing lures

  5. 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 / saltwater fly fishing pursuits.

  6. Squidco Fishing
    Fishermen serving fishermen since 1939

  7. M & M Custom Fishing Rods

  8. Everingham Brothers Bait Co

  9. Kayak Fishing Supplies

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Top San Diego Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. 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 successful fishing trip.

  2. 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 fact, he brings in World Record fish! Wit

  3. Royal Polaris
    Welcome aboard the Royal Polaris, considered to be the finest long-range Sportfishing vessel in the world. From summer Albacore, to Yellowtail and Wahoo, to giant Yellowfin Tuna, our catch record is unmatched.

  4. 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 combined experience, our captains have the

  5. Searcher Sportfishing
    Dreaming about catching bluefin, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, dorado, wahoo and other saltwater fish?. At Searcher Sportfishing, we offer 1.5 day to to 7 day long range sportfishing excursions.

  6. Fish Hunter Sportfishing Charters
    Private Fishing Charters, all inclusive Fishing trips to Los Coronados Islands or Offshore for great fishing action off the San Diego Coastline.

  7. Blackjack Sportfishing
    The Blackjack is a 29’ Center console boat built by Mirage boats and powered by a 2008 Volvo Penta Diesel engine. It is a Florida-style boat with a Carolina flare to the bow, which keeps passengers dry and allows for a complete walk around when fight

  8. H & M Sportfishing Landing
    H&M Landing is the West Coast's oldest, most experienced Sportfishing company and represents San Diego's finest ocean going passenger fleet. Whether you're looking for the challenge and excitement of offshore fishing or sea-going adve

  9. Blue Horizon Sportfishing
    The Blue Horizon and Captain Jim Sharp have proven over the years that he can put you on the fish. Whether it's local 3/4 day fishing at the Coronado Islands, overnight trips to San Clemente Island, or Offshore Tuna trips. Jim and his crew have t

  10. Point Loma Sportfishing
    At Point Loma Sportfishing, we have everything you need for your next offshore fishing adventure; be it a half-day day run to the local kelp beds, a private charter to the islands or outer banks or a long range trip deep into Mexican waters. Our full

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Top San Diego Marinas

  1. 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. Point Loma Marina's location is id

  2. 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 yachts and cruisers. It's the closest yac

  3. 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 customer service. Our boaters enjoy deep wa

  4. Chula Vista Marina
    We are located in San Diego's Beautiful South Bay, We are just 7 minutes from downtown, South of the Bridge, in a peaceful "island like" haven.

  5. Safe Harbor Sunroad
    We are entirely dedicated to providing Safe Harbor Sunroad Members with an unparalleled waterfront experience - whether enjoying a day at home port or exploring any of Safe Harbor’s premium nationwide locations.

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Latest Fishing Spots

Punta Descanso

Buoy 3 Hardbottom

The Dropoff

Point Loma Pipe

Mission Bay Park Ingraham Street Bridge Rubble

Pacific Beacn Artificial Reef 4A

Pacific Beach Artificial Reef 3A

32 Fathom Spot

The Bump

The Cove

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Bouy Conditions

Station 46232 - Point Loma South, CA (191)
June 14, 2024 12:26 pm PDT
Location: 32.517N 117.425W
Significant Wave Height: 3.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 14 sec
Average Period: 6.8 sec
Mean Wave Direction: SSW (206°)

Current Moon Phase

Quarter Moon

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