My sister-in-law and her kids are in town visiting, so I thought it would be fun to take them out fishing on a half-day boat. We decided to go on the Daily Double, mainly because of the fact that it left at 8:30 in the kids did not want to get up for a 6 o’clock boat. The six of us got down to the landing about 7:30, giving us enough time to sign in and get in line for the boat. The captain, Chad, came out and gave us the speech about having to wear our masks, social distancing and all that while we were on the boat and that he would take everyone’s temperature before we could board. The boat was lightly populated at about 18 or 19 anglers, and we and we headed out to the beach barge to get a nice healthy load of mixed sardines. Having never been on the daily double I thought we would head out of the harbor and fish the kelp just north of point Loma however we headed south and ended up fishing off Imperial Beach. Our first stop was quite slow with only two fish caught, both small white fish caught by my daughter and her cousin. I was quite happy to see that my niece caught her first ocean fish. The next few stops were also a bit slow, but the captain kept looking for fish. Finally on my think the fourth stop we were in it! A very steady bite of calicos sand bass and rockfish. We were probably 3:1 short to legal on the bass, but that was fine, as it kept the catching consistent and we still got to take home a bunch of fish. What worked? Well, most of my group fished with squid that we brought along and fished with a reverse dropper loop. It worked very well. My daughter even caught her largest fish to date, a 5 lb sand bass on a squid head. But what really worked was listening to the captain. Much of the time he was out fishing, and one time I asked him what he was doing (hoping for a tip or two) and he said “experimenting.” A few minutes later he shouted to the passengers “you might want to try a sliding sinker rig.” Some of us switched over and were immediately getting bit. When it slowed down a bit he said “try using the larger anchovies or smaller sardines” and this again caused the bite to pick up. Every time things started to slow down, the captain would suggest a slight change in tactics and for those that made the change it worked. Rarely have I seen a captain work so hard, changing up his techniques to see what would work best and then letting us know about it (all his fish were hooked and handed). The whole crew worked very hard all day, in one instance my nephew snagged the bottom, and Dayton came over to help, broke him off and completely re rigged his rod before I was able to reel in and set my rod aside to deal with the situation. Great boat, beautiful weather and a great time with the family, who could ask for more. I had forgotten just how much fun the half day boats can be, and I will definitely be heading back out on the Daily Double again soon. And the fish tacos were delicious. Even two kids who never eat fish just devoured them and kept going back for more.