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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 29.84% catch rate for Kelp Bass, based on 151 Kelp Bass counted.

    San Diego Kelp Bass Counts Chart
    Kelp

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  3. Great White Shark

  4. Great White Shark

    There is a 14.03% catch rate for Great White Shark, based on 71 Great White Shark counted.

    San Diego Great White Shark Counts Chart
    Great

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  5. Cabezon

  6. Cabezon

    There is a 9.49% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 48 Cabezon counted.

    San Diego Cabezon Counts Chart
    Cabezon

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  7. Shortspine Thornyhead

  8. Shortspine Thornyhead

    There is a 6.32% catch rate for Shortspine Thornyhead, based on 32 Shortspine Thornyhead counted.

    San Diego Shortspine Thornyhead Counts Chart
    Shortspine

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  9. Striped Mullet

  10. Striped Mullet

    There is a 5.34% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 27 Striped Mullet counted.

    San Diego Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

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  11. California Sheephead

  12. California Sheephead

    There is a 4.35% catch rate for California Sheephead, based on 22 California Sheephead counted.

    San Diego California Sheephead Counts Chart
    California

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  13. Kelp Rockfish

  14. Kelp Rockfish

    There is a 4.35% catch rate for Kelp Rockfish, based on 22 Kelp Rockfish counted.

    San Diego Kelp Rockfish Counts Chart
    Kelp

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  15. Queenfish

  16. Queenfish

    There is a 4.35% catch rate for Queenfish, based on 22 Queenfish counted.

    San Diego Queenfish Counts Chart
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  17. Rex Sole

  18. Rex Sole

    There is a 3.16% catch rate for Rex Sole, based on 16 Rex Sole counted.

    San Diego Rex Sole Counts Chart
    Rex

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  19. Lingcod

  20. Lingcod

    There is a 2.77% catch rate for Lingcod, based on 14 Lingcod counted.

    San Diego Lingcod Counts Chart
    Lingcod

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Recommendations above based on 29 species of fish and 506 fish counted for February around San Diego.

To date, there are 88 species of fish and a total of 295038 fish counted for San Diego and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 2/20/2024 11:27:22 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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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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

  • Mon 19 Feb 2024 03:33:52 +0000
    Today we were able to get the skiffs in the water and enjoy more variety fishing. While the skiffs were in the water the big boat was trying for tuna. We got one at 160 and a


  • Sun 18 Feb 2024 04:05:00 +0000
    Today we managed several wahoo. The tuna fishing was on the slow side but we picked off a few nice fish in the evening. Just after lunch we also had a good shot at some reef v


  • Sat 17 Feb 2024 03:48:23 +0000
    Everyone was up and at em today ready to fish. We started off trying for tuna but it was on the slow side. We trolled around touring the area for wahoo and only was able to pi


  • Break in the Ride
    Had a nice break in the ride for several nice wahoo this morning. It was great getting everyone out fishing today but we still have plenty more water to cover. We plan on trav


  • BBQ!
    Another beautiful day of travel. We went over a wahoo tackle seminar and spent the day getting all rigged up. To end off the day Steve and Joseph put together one of many grea


  • Travel Day
    Not much more to report today other than beautiful conditions and more delicious food including tonight’s Fillet Mignon. We will be trying for bait tonight and traveling once


  • 22-Day Freelance Trip
    Yesterday we departed on our 22-day freelance trip. We are currently rolling south. Conditions have made for a smooth ride and everyone is very excited for the fishing/ explor


  • Wed 17 Jan 2024 18:53:11 +0000
    Very nice day of fishing our way up the coast. Tomorrow is our last day of traveling up. We will be breaking up the ride again tomorrow with some fishing before calling it a t


  • Wed 17 Jan 2024 18:51:29 +0000
    Nice break in the ride today. We will be fishing somewhere else up the coast tomorrow.


  • Thank You!
    Takas Tackle Charter Thank You! We thank Taka and Katie Tanaka for keeping the trip going. We thank Wendy Tochihara for all the 50 pound spools of Izorline. We also thank Matt


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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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Bouy Conditions

Station 46232 - Point Loma South, CA (191)
February 26, 2024 2:26 pm PST
Location: 32.517N 117.425W
Significant Wave Height: 3.6 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 17 sec
Average Period: 9.2 sec
Mean Wave Direction: W (274°)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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