Reel life fishing
July 2021 Fishing Report for San Diego
July 26, 2021
Here's the long and short of it, as of mid-July in San Diego, the bluefin are going off!
We are finding fish from 20lbs all the way up to 250lbs mothers! These schools can be found within 5 to 20 miles of Point Loma, a short boat trip from our slip.

Fish are being reeled in with any number of methods - flyline sardine, poppers, stick baits, spreader bars and dead flying fish. Simply put, there is a massive volume of fish all over southern California biting like crazy now. The fishing is better than ever at this point in the season.

Read on to learn more about the July fishing report in San Diego.
What We Are Seeing
(Hint: Lots of Fish)
Water temperatures are on the rise and local banks are supplied with lots of bait. And you know what they makes for... great fishing!

Bluefin, yellowtail and bonito are moving en masse into San Diego waters, and rockfish continue to offer reliable fishing.

Lucrative fishing spots are popping up all over our maps. For example, recently down in the Coronado canyon we found tons of fish, mostly 30-35lbs, but then some schools with 60-90lbs and the occasional 100-125lb daddy swimming through.

Even the kids are slaying!
How We Are Nabbing the Fishes
(Hint: All Kinds of Ways)
We're using a few methods to bring the fish on deck

1. Shimano Stick Bait

One way that's been fruitful is throwing the stick bait in the middle of foamers (bluefin and yellowfin tuna schooling on the surface) and letting the bait stick slowly sink for a couple seconds. Then we rip it back in.

2. Slow Trolling Method

Fish have also been caught using a slow trolling method. Slow trolling is a well-known technique that can be highly effective for catching large bluefin and yellowfin.

This method involves slowly trolling rigged sardines, mackerel or other baits along the surface near a congregation of large bluefin tuna. While the boat maneuvers slowly, the rig is lowered until it hits the bottom.

3. Large Live Bait

We are using 30lbs sardines and mackerels. And we are putting it on small circle hook, like a size 1. The tuna have small mouths, but big appetites!
Captain's Tip: Keep an eye out for subtle changes in the water surface for the big boy breezers coming in at 100lbs-plus.
4. Sardine Bait

Sardine has been luring the fishes in. We are chumming it with the sardines and also using a flyline with sardines.

5. Spreader Bars

This method is straight up killing it.

For the uninitiated, a spreader bar is a single lure with multiple baits, rigged onto a metal bar to help spread the baits into a desired pattern. One hook is on the spreader bar, which can have dozens of baits.

The lure with the hook (called a "stinger") should be the last bait in the center line or mainline. This is the weak link ("straggler") and is most commonly singled out by the fish.

The spreader bar creates the illusion of a partial bait school that is separated from a larger school of baitfish. Trolled on the surface and skipped across the top of the water, spreader bars are kinda like popper fishing on a larger scale.

When we've been using a spreader bar, the ocean erupts in foamers! We are seeing bluefin from 20lb to 200lbs!

Big boy breezers in the 150lb-plus range can be found in the foam. The breezers can be harder to spot, so you have to keep an eye out for very subtle changes in the water surface.

And our tried-and-true flying fish on a kite method has been nabbing plenty of bluefin as well.
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Upgrades for a More Comfortable & Lucrative Fishing Experience
We're proud to say that we've made a number of upgrades to our already comfortable, fast and high-tech Boston Whaler. You'll enjoy your trip even more with these improvements:

  • Two 300 Mercury Verados - an outboard motor for a supercharged ride.

  • A State-of-the-Art Simrad Screens and Radar - these multifunction displays combine powerful fish-finding sonar technology with the chartplotter navigation features for exceptional trip planning.

  • A Powerful Airmar Transducer - this device sends out the sound waves and then receives the echoes to detect fish in the water.

  • A Rockin' Stereo - you know you need tunes when you fish.

  • A 3-in-1 Side Scanner and Down Scan Transom Transducer - this allows us to pinpoint fish-holding areas like rock piles, standing timber, weed beds, ditches and drop-offs, with superior clarity and highest resolution images of fish and structure at a longer range than any other structure imaging technology.
Don't wait!!!
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