Coronado Islands Fishing Report from Captain Alan Clowers

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  • We went out to the Coronado Islands on a trip on the 25th and started out around north point where we greeted by a big pod of grey whales, about 15 of them. It was an amazing start to the day. After getting some photos and video of the whales, we worked our way over to a spot where we dropped to the bottom for rockfish.

    The fishing out there is phenomenal right now for mixed rockfish; reds, lingcod, sheephead, whitefish, and sculpin are all biting real good. We had four guys on board, and put them all on limits by 11 AM.

    With limits of rockfish, we switched gears to target yellowtail. We actually saw some yellowtail at the rock cod spot in 140-240′ of water, and had some bites on the bottom fishing gear. They straightened the hooks on those rigs though, so we switched it up with bigger circle hooks on dropper loops with heavier line and started putting them in the boat. No real big ones, just 10-20 pounders. But, still awesome fishing!

    The water was 62 degrees with a real nice purple/blue water with [pelagic red]crabs everywhere with great weather.

    I’m running a special on trips through February – $50 off the price of any trip. Give me a call to go over the available days. 

    Fishing has been good for about everything in San Diego right now – the lakes, the lobster, the bay, the big yellowtail outside Mission Bay, the fishing at the Islands – the fishing is good, but crowds are just light.

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    Alan Clowers

    Captain Alan Clowers has over 25 years of fishing experience on Southern California lakes, bays, and oceans. He offers guided fishing trips, private fishing lessons, and San Diego Bay tours.

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