Dangers of Bay Fishing alone?

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  1. twiggen

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    I only started fishing last year and love to go night fishing. However, I've been wondering about the safety of fishing alone in San Diego, and would like to hear some more experienced opinions and advice on the subject. Has anyone had any sketchy experiences in SD bay? Especially up north near Harbor / Shelter island areas. Thanks.
     
  2. Jenx

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    I always carry pepper spray and a pocket knife with me when I fish alone at night. I've never had any problems, but better safe than sorry.

    There are a lot of tweakers out around our bays, but with that said I have only heard a couple stories of people having problems with anyone.
     
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    Only been yelled at by the trolls at the liberty station Bridge. They never do anything else. Done tons of late night fishing up till 2am. Downtown and Coronado. Usually use my cheaper rod/reels and a lite tackle load. Never had a problem or even felt like I was going to get jacked for my stuff. I always make sure to be aware of my surroundings and acknowledge people who walk past or near me. Not a bad idea to have you buddy with you. Especially if you are fishing off the rocks.
     
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    To add to my previous comment: I have heard more stories of fisherman being harassed, during the the day, by anti fishing kooks than I have of fisherman being attacked at night by tweakers and homeless.

    With that said, it is still smart to bring protection. It only takes one bad encounter.
     
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    Most dangerous thing that ever happened to me on the bay was almost being run in my float tube over by a sailboat full of drunks at midday, missed by about 2', Spanish Landing area. Also have had many skiers, speed boats and jet skiers come too close near the bridge. One reason I like South Bay, fewer idiots. And Mission Bay is even worse than SD bay.
     
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    I’ve had a couple situations. Nothing bad happened in either one, but you need to prepare yourself for the “just in case” moment. Best if not fishing alone, I rarely do anymore.
     
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    Not the bay, but I had some close calls as a teenager fishing the Oceanside pier all night. Even with buddies there. You never know. Be ready. Now I have a family I don’t go out at night lol
     
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    Not at night but sailboat skippers in broad daylight can be hazardous. I have an air horn at the ready at all times!
     
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    I usually stick to small piers at night there’s usually more folk around those parts, I’ll some times go off rocks at harbor but I don’t stray too far from the car. Coronado side seems to have less homeless I believe, I don’t fish alone at mission bay.
     
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    I work in restaurants and get out of work late more often than not. I hit mission bay solo quite a bit and have never had a problem. That said, my choice in spots at that time of night is more based on safety than where I think the bite is at. Near ample lighting or a hotel and avoiding other areas that are opportunistic for bad guys.
     
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    Very rare trouble finds me but if someone wants trouble...

    Mostly looky loos who go away as quick as they come. But they usually come right as I'm getting bit.

    Harbor Island is relatively safe. Shelter Island is fine except for the launch ramp parking lot. Thieves, tweakers, and homeless lurk over there.
     
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    I find most of the weirdos are asleep at sunrise.
     
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    Biggest risk is probably busting an ankle or tripping on the rocks in the dark.

    See some sketchy stuff sometimes but mind your own business and be ready for anything is my mindset
     
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    I always fish ready at night
     
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    So when I shorepound solo I only take one rod and a small kit of tackle and both are always on my person. If you leave an extra rod or tackle bag high on the rocks while you fish low or on the sand when wading you may have to visit tacklewarehouse.com later on that day. That quiet guy riding the bike on the sand behind you is probably not there to check out the cut of your waders.
     
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    the biggest risk ive seen is that you catch your PB an no one else is there to confirm it. If you dont look/act sketchy, most people will leave you alone.
     
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    Harbor Island is very safe.
    I had 3 different boats in slips at Harbor Island West for about 10 years and not once did I find any trouble. I never got the cars broken into or saw it happen to anyone either. I agree that bridge by Spanish landing had some loud drunks maybe bums at times but not on Harbor Island.
     
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    Just look behind when you cast so you don't hook a bum or a drunk. If you have heavy enough line and some patience, you can probably play him out and get your rig back though.
     
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    fish the coronado ferry landing area if you wanna do safe night time shore pounding. bring the light gear because its a nursery.
     
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    Just make sure you don't have an open container when the Coronado PD roll by.
     
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