Difference between a Yellowtail and a
Yellowfin Tuna - Yellowtail fish species off San Diego and Baja often get
confused with Tuna fish. The main difference between the two fish.. read more
Yellowtail Fishing Tips - Article
Rob wrote filled with tips and techniques how to catch Yellowtail
from San Diego boats.
San Diego Sport fishing on a Budget -
Article about discounts available with links, how to save money when planning or booking a
trip and online printable discounts for half-day, three-quarter day or others.
Trip Types Defined -
Read about the various sport fishing trip types. Whether an afternoon half-day or a group
multi-day 6-pack charter there's a trip for your need's and target goals.
Seasonal Targets - Find out what fish species are
being targeted depending on time of year fished.
How-To "Yo-Yo" Iron for Yellowtail (Jack
family not Tuna) - Just in time for this year's early and hot
Yellowtail bite this is a must know technique when all the Yellow's
are taking in the deep water column is Heavy Iron (local So Cal
popular style for catching Yellow's.
Half-Day and Three-Quarter Day Tackle List -
a lot can happen on these popular daily fishing trips, leave the dock prepared for not only
what IS biting but what MAY bite. Here's my basic tackle suggestions.
Overnight to 2 Day Tuna Trip Tackle List - Here's
a list of my suggested tackle to take along on your seasonal Tuna trip.
San Diego Open Party Trip
Fishing Basics - Here's how to make the most of your time when fishing from the popular
open party sport fishing boats.
Fish Processing - You just arrived back at
the dock with all this fish now what?
Sickness Article - Here's a brief article I put together on preventing sea sickness.
Sea conditions can change in a matter of hours from flat calm seas to "spin cycle" as
commonly called during tuna season. Be prepared by always taking something along to help in
the event you or anyone in your group becomes sea sick while out fishing.
New - SportfishSanDiego.com has gone mobile:
One of the most under rated fish that is one of my favorites this
time of year is the big grumpy Sand Bass. My favorite
and most successfully technique is to fish them using plastic swim
baits like"Fish Trap", a local made and tested favorite.
Sand Bass filets make excellent fish tacos.
I had a great chat with Captain/Owner
Gary Abbamonte on his six-pack "Alexes" about this
fish species and Gary brought up a great point that a kid is
hooked for life after catching one of these relatively good fighting
and good eating fish as they are easy to catch, abundant and
are fun to catch, especially when the more popular target species
aren't biting. Sand Bass get enormous to over 11lbs and there's
always a shot at catching a Halibut, Calico Bass,Bonito or Yellowtail
while on a hot Sand Bass bite. For
more info on the Alexes or to speak with Owner Gary he can
be reached at 619-990-0926 - his knowledge of
the local fishery as well as tuna is excellent and productive.
The Alexes also
always ready for a private 6 - pack charter. Next door
to Seaforth down the road a short ride is Dana
Landing, San Diego's only 4 - 6 pack landing.
San Diego Landings Page
SIX Pac Fleet
Malihini - 3/4 Day (Featured
Boat, thanks for great service guys and June in the galley!!!)
- Great sport fisher with long, productive history of
fishing the Coronado Islands. As mentioned above this is another
boat I followed Tim Green on when he owned and ran it. My first
boat to fish as a kid when I was just 6 years old.
Daily Double - Half Day -
This is my favorite half day boat in San Diego. Captain Fred Huber
runs a top notch boat and his experience gives the best possible
chance of catching fish. When Calico Bass are biting he finds them.
If you should catch Fred on a stop he fishes, watch carefully and
take notes. I learned by watching him. Great boat.
Experience the ultimate sportfishing experience as part of any number
of San Diego California vacations that
can be organized. Book a San
Diego hotel room today.
I created a calendar for trip planning and posting upcoming trips
I like from the San Diego fishing fleet.
and Facebook are fast becoming a popular way for boats and local sportfishing
web sites to get fish reports and news out as it's happening.
San Diego Fishing
Report / News Flash / Fish Counts -
Some past reports 2010 -
Sat. Aug. 21, 2010 - From Capt.Art - Searcher Facebook ETA:
- 8:22 PM Thur. Aug. 18, 2010 - Last minute Malihini Sportfishing Report:
- Conditions at the Coronado Islands are improving as the Malihini caught 13 more Yellowtail today.
Reward 6-Pack Charters - Offshore Fish Report 08/17/10:
We had great Yellowtail fishing with limits for both days of our 2.5 day trip. The weather is beautiful with flat calm seas and we are finally starting to see some sun and blue skies. Hopefully our tuna fishing will swing into gear as it is starting to feel a lot more like summer.
Malihini, San Diego California - Sportfishing report - Aug.
18, 2010 by Capt. Bill Wilkerson
(Rob posted these fish count / sportfishing report update Wed. Aug. 19, 2010 at 8:40 AM) - Expect another good day on the water again today with this very warm weather and improving water conditions daily at the Coronado Island's. The Yellowtail bite should take off with the better water.
Here's Capt. Bill's Daily Malihini Report:
Well good evening all, it seems that the fish are starting to bite a little bit for us the past few days. Capt Mike says it looks like we are on an up swing as far as the surface fishing. The yellowtail are starting to show some and he says he is seeing lots of schools. He thinks in the next few days there might be a big hit in the books that remains to be seen. The cod fishing has been good but we are looking forward to the water warming up. He found some real good signal with water temp getting in the hi 60's the counts for the today as follows:
54 anglers caught 10 yellowtail 41 sculpin and 10 rock fish
Good evening Anglers -
As I reported earlier Capt Mike called to tell me that there was some good clean warm water he found and the Yellowtail seem to bite a little bit for us. The day over all was pretty good with 145 Rock Cod and 13 Yellowtail. No one ventured in to the beach in search of the Sand Bass. He said he saw some 70 degree water as well it looks like the slump might be over we sure hope so.
The fish counts for the past five days are as follows:
08-16-2010 3/4 Day 26 114 Rockfish, 1 California Yellowtail, 5 Barred Sand Bass
08-15-2010 3/4 Day 45 anglers 45 Vermilion Rockfish, 1 Bocaccio, 13 Barred Sand Bass
08-12-2010 3/4 Day 21 anglers 5 California Barracuda, 21 Rockfish, 74 Barred Sand Bass
08-11-2010 3/4 Day 24 anglers 21 California Scorpion fish, 1 California Halibut, 43 Barred Sand Bass
08-10-2010 3/4 Day 22 anglers 10 California Barracuda, 110 Barred Sand Bass
More Info on Any Boat - Ask me about booking a trip or any other
question no matter what level of fisherman
If this pattern stays true we should we should be in the fish for a while.
If you have not made the reservation remember there are two ways to book your trip - you can call the landing at 619-222-1144 or go online to either www.malihinisportfishing.com/booking.html or hmlanding.com and click on the booking tab. Look forward to seeing you all on the water. Until tomorrow have a great fish day - Capt Bill & Capt mike
Fish Report: Well good afternoon,
- it seems that the water is finally starting to give us a break. As of right now, 1:20 PM, Capt. Mike called and said they are starting to see real good schools of Yellowtail and they have so far boated 6 of these fish up to 22 pounds. It looked real bad a couple of days ago. The water was off color and cool. He said he has found some 68 dergee water and the fish are in it…… will report later today for final counts and the past week…….
Sand Bass Report
Good evening all, well the Sand Bass fishing is still good with limits every day except
one, the ocean can't seem to make up its mind. What i mean by that
is the water is still unstable cold in some areas and warm in
others. Fishing has been spending several hours per day in hopes of finding
some surface action, and although we see them they are still reluctant
to bite…… by that I mean the Yellowtail and Bluefin tuna.
They put on a great show… all show and no go….the
weather has been wonderful with a little breeze in the afternoon
and little to no swell. the fish counts for the past week are as follows
08-09-2010 3/4 Day 26 Anglers 5 Rockfish, 5 California Barracuda,
130 Barred Sand Bass
08-08-2010 3/4 Day 29 Anglers 100 Rockfish, 145 Barred Sand Bass
08-07-2010 3/4 Day 49 Anglers 1 California Barracuda, 112 Barred
Sand Bass, 31 Rockfish
08-06-2010 3/4 Day 24 125 Rockfish, 3 California Barracuda, 72
Barred Sand Bass
If you have not made the reservation Remember there are two ways
to book your trip - you can call H&M Landing at 619-222-1144 or go
online to either www.malihinisportfishing.com or hmlanding.com
Wed. August 11, 2010 - A Few Handy Fishing Tips - 5:00 PM by
- In addition to the fish report I thought I'd post a few tips
that apply to the current fishing / bite conditions:
Board early as allowed for best spot in rod holders, tackle storage. galley or
outside seating and near start of manifest for early rail (for local
half-three quarter day trips that do so) or troll (on tuna trips)
Lost Bluefin Tuna on
three-quarter day trips this year has occurred too often from unprepared
fisherman not expecting a shot at tuna on a local trip. If you have a
30-40lb rig in the event BFT's show on a stop you have a far
better shot then someone fishing a spinning outfit with 10lb test and a
rod with no butt and inadequate drags - tuna typically destroy these
reels. I'm just being honest and want people to have bragging rights
for landing one of these awesome fish by being prepared before boarding
the boat. It's critical to have proper drag settings, 30# or equivalent
line, a spool to load it on and most important imo is using the proper
knot tied correctly - nothing worse then breaking off at the hook from
a failed knot. Read what Owner/Capt. Bill had to say on one of his
recent trips out on the Malihini.
About fishing Sand Bass: On half-day trips while fishing the anchor ALWAYS
leave your rod at the rail when fetching a bait. The general rule
is pick the liveliest bait and either nose, collar or tail hook it.
As the boat circles and chum is sprinkled be ready to hear the anchor
chain as the anchor is dropped and a moment later the captain will
announce to let the lines drop. Often as soon as the weight hits
the bottom, the line slacks and typically as soon as you engage the reel and pick up the slack, the Sand
Bass will bite if there. Best of luck, Rob
Malihini Sportfishing Report - Week 1 - Aug. 2010
Well good afternoon all
the week in review it has been pretty good fishing for the Malihini
(3/4 day boat out of H&M Landing) over all, with only one day so
far of just OK fishing. The sand bass have been on the chew for
about nine days, there is no end in sight we hope. As for the yellow
tail and island bluefin still the same old song, you see them but
they don't want to bite, and if the bluefin do bite a hook chances
are you cant land them (because of lack of adequate gear or experience fishing tuna). These blue fin are (better grade) any where
from 25-60 pounds. The fish counts for the past six days are as follows:
08/04/2010 - 37 anglers 3 California Yellowtail
167 Sand Bass 35 Rock Fish
08-03-2010 - 32 anglers 10 Rockfish, 3 California
Yellowtail, 22 Barred Sand Bass
08-02-2010 - 24 anglers 1 California Barracuda, 30 Rockfish,
35 Barred Sand Bass
08-01-2010 - 32 anglers 27 Rockfish, 1 California
Scorpion fish, 5 California Barracuda, 160 Barred Sand Bass
07-31-2010 - 56 anglers 10 Kelp Bass, 7 California
Barracuda, 197 Barred Sand Bass
07-30-2010 - 51 anglers 8 Kelp Bass, 249 Barred
Sand Bass, 1 California Barracuda, 7 Rockfish
If you have not made the reservation Remember there
are two ways to book your trip you can call the landing at 619-222-1144
or go online to either www.malihinisportfishing.com or hmlanding.com and click on the booking tab. Look forward to seeing you all on
the water. Until tomorrow have a great fish day. Capt Bill & Capt Mike
August 3, 2010 2:45pm - I just spoke with Owner/Capt. William
of the 3/4 day sport boat Malihini - Coronado Islands conditions
update: The Bluefin Tuna that have been spotted around the Coronado's
the past month are finally starting to bite and even several were
landed over the past weekend. Boats are still scratching for Yellow's
and those limit style days are still rare. The Sand bass bite continues
to be good on both sides of the border near the Flats and the Bullring.
Expect to see fish being caught dropping bait (Anchovy, Sardine
or Brown Bait) to the bottom using a dropper loop rig, on plastic
swim baits (my personal favorite for catching the big grumpy variety)
or even on surface iron. I love Sandbass fishing and they make
excellent fish tacos. You can even have your catch filleted on
the boat and mailed home (Call H&M Landing for best info where
- but I know the Mission Bay area by Seaforth you can try Sportsman's
Seafood at (619) 224-3551.
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