Saltwater fishing and whale watching report

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Another great trip on the water with Scott & Tracy doing a 3/4 day fishing/whale watching combo trip. We fished the first 4 hours of the incoming tide in San Diego Bay for bass and got into a steady bite the whole time using 3/4oz lead heads with Reebs Lures swimbaits in reds, browns and green based colors.

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  • The water temperature cooled down to 59 inside the bay, but is holding at 62-63 degrees outside of the bay.

    Once it slowed down a bit towards the peak of high tide, we went out into the ocean where we found feeding bonito by the Whistler Buoy and ended up catching and releasing them for 30-40 minutes or so. These were a blast on light 6lb spinning setups!

    While the ocean was flat, we decided to run outside and look for some Whales. We found a nice size group of whales with at least 5 whales in the group. Along with that group, there was singles and pairs of whales off in the distance around us. Now is a great time to see them as they are close in to our coast as they head South into Baja! After following them around and taking some pictures, they decided they wanted to end the trip with a few more fish before calling it a day.

    We headed back to where the red crab and bonito were and repeated some catch and release with more bonito and a few calicos in the mix. With high pressure setting back up again and some great tide swings starting back up, fishing should continue to be fun and productive.

    It was one of those days where everything cooperated. The wind was calm, the ocean was calm, the tides were right, the fish were hungry and the Whales came out to play! It was a great day!

    Until my next report, take care and tight lines!

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